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Heritage Hills Baptist revival features pastors from area churches

Heritage Hills revival features pastors from area churches

Heritage Hills Baptist Church Pastor Doug Ferguson will aid in presenting a four-day community revival at his church beginning Aug. 18. (Special Photo)

Heritage Hills Baptist Church Pastor Doug Ferguson will aid in presenting a four-day community revival at his church beginning Aug. 18. (Special Photo)

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Marcus Merritt

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Tyrone Barnette

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Eric Suddith

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Bill Johnson

With so many churches working together to feed the poor and help with other needs, Heritage Hills Baptist Church has taken the opportunity to expand those relationships by having a revival featuring pastors of other area churches preaching the sermons. The Conyers church will present “Following Jesus,” a community-wide revival in August.

Spotlighting pastors and choirs from other churches and ministries in the region, the revival will be held Aug. 18 to 21, at Heritage Hills, which is located at 2987 Ga. Highway 212 in Conyers.

Heritage Hills pastor Doug Ferguson said he and his congregation decided to make the revival inclusive of the entire community.

“I wanted to have a time to help strengthen the lives of the people and ministries of Heritage Hills, but then I realized we needed to do more to help the greater Christian community,” Ferguson said. “Hopefully this will be an event that will bless the greater church community. We are focusing each day with an emphasis of just being a follower of Jesus.”

The revival kicks off Sunday, Aug. 18, with Marcus Merritt preaching a sermon titled “Following Jesus in Salvation.” Merritt, a state missionary with the Georgia Baptist Convention, formerly served as interim pastor at Heritage Hills Baptist. Ferguson said Merritt has a ministry that has a strong focus on Christian evangelism.

The Rev. Tyrone Barnette of Peace Baptist Church in Decatur will preach Monday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. His sermon will be on “Following Jesus in Spiritual Development.”

“His church has grown tremendously,” Ferguson said. “They have three services Sunday morning and multiple Sunday School times. They are continuing to reach the people in the community through ministry outreach and benevolent ministries that share the love of Christ.”

On Tuesday, Aug. 20, Eric Suddith will preach “Following Jesus in Church Connection” at 7 p.m. The pastor of Emmanuel Community Church, Suddith was the founding pastor of the church which is located in Conyers.

“They have known great, great growth under his leadership,” Ferguson said. “They went from 50 to several hundred each week. Heritage Hills was one of the churches that helped in establishing that congregation.”

The Rev. Bill Johnson of Reach the Nations Church will preach the message of “Following Jesus in Mission” on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m.

“Reach the Nations Church has numerous congregations and different language groups within the church,” Ferguson said. “(Johnson) is kind of the head pastor. He’s also a former Southern Baptist missionary.”

Johnson also works with the Stone Mountain Baptist Association, which is located in Conyers.

“I believe it’s going to be a great experience for Heritage Hills and the surrounding community,” Ferguson said.

The pastor said the revival will focus on following Jesus and spiritual development. Everyone in the community is invited to attend and free child care is available for children through 5 years old.

Heritage Hills Baptist Church offers a number of ministries throughout the year including Sunday School and worship for all ages. It also has a ministry for senior adults, youth, single and married adults, children, a prayer ministry, music ministry, women’s ministry and a support care ministry for adults and children going through divorce.

Heritage Hills also has a homeschool support program and a weekday preschool program.

Ferguson, who was ordained into the ministry in 1981 at Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Easley, S.C., became the pastor of Heritage Hills Baptist Church in 2011.

Beth Sexton is a freelance writer based in Gwinnett County. If you have a story idea, contact Karen Rohr, features editor, at karen.rohr@rockdalecitizen.com.