In September 1997 Southwest Christian Church (East Point, GA) formally sent forth a launch team to begin Heritage Christian Church. The Heritage launch team began meeting in Peachtree City's Oak Grove Elementary School on October 5, 1997. Eighty-two people were present for this first meeting. These believers committed themselves to being "real people serving the real God in the real world". Heritage had its official Grand Opening worship service on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1998, with 337 people attending.
The Lord provided a beautiful 77-acre property for this growing congregation in July 1999. When the land was dedicated to the Lord two months later, the church asked each family to take a stone from the property and place it on a commemorative "heap of stones." These stones stand to this day, in the tradition of Joshua and the Israelites, as a testimony to God's powerful provision of the church campus. A master plan has been developed to maximize this property as a tool in God's hand to fulfill His Great Commandment (to love God and love people) and His Great Commission (to make disciples of all nations).
Planning for a first phase building began almost immediately and on January 2,2000 a ground breaking ceremony was held to officially begin this endeavor. Construction officially began on the first working day of the new millennium! After a three-year journey through two elementary schools and a high school, Heritage occupied its first building on Christmas Eve 2000. Construction contnued on the Heritage campus through 2004 and 2005 with the addition of a children's ministry center as well as an education center.
The Heritage vision to plant Continental Impact Churches on every inhabited continent
across the globe began in force in 2003. The church has partnered to plant high impact churches in Buckhead, GA (Atlanta) and Gaithersburg, MD (Washington D.C.). These are two of the most strategic areas on the North American Continent. The work of developing strategic partnerships with other church planting entities to carry out this vision is being aggressively undertaken.
We praise God for His mighty works, which have been evident in the establishment of this congregation. The church is not a building, but a people. The greatest blessing God has given Heritage throughout her relatively brief history is an abundance of loving, caring, and serving people.
By His grace we desire to continue Winning, Building, and Sending Servants of Jesus Christ!