As many of you know, my family and I have been privileged to have been called to lead the fine folks at the Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Campbellsburg, KY (APC). Through a divine act of God, we accepted His placement of our lives back home in Kentucky, 2014 was a pivotal year for me personally, my family, and for APC.
The church has had an incredible past, since its inception in 1974. In fact, we celebrated our 45th anniversary just a few months ago, and it was an awesome indicator of what kind of special place APC really is, especially considering those that were in attendance. I’ll highlight those that were there, because it is NOT common for the following individuals/groups to be all under one roof…which is sad I know, but that’s the church world. So here’s who all showed up (not specifically gonna mention names, as much as generalities):
- The former Pastor and his precious family, who have grown to be some of my family’s closest of friends
- My former boss, and current Pastor
- Many former members of APC, that for whatever reason, transferred to other churches (probably what I’m most proud of)
- Pastors from the surrounding areas of Campbellsburg
- Some of my closest friends and confidants
- Our precious, current church members
The reason I felt to highlight the kinds of people that showed up, was to demonstrate (what I believe to be) what a healthy church looks like! When you can have all of those individuals and groups under one roof, in one church service, worshipping, praying, and fellowshipping with each other…how can I say this…IT’S RARE…in fact, IT’S KINDA A BIG DEAL!
So that night, was special, to say the least. While at the time I felt something exciting was going to happen, I didn’t know exactly when the timing would be just right. And of course, as 2019 began to draw to a close, I felt absolute clarity about something. So…the big news? Without any further ado…
This past Sunday, January 5, 2020, we revealed that The Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Campbellsburg, KY would begin the process of changing our name to The Hills…An Apostolic Pentecostal Church! After much prayer and fasting…much deliberating…and considering the following criteria, I felt 100% certainty that it was the right thing to do. But first, all 5 of the following criteria had to be met:
- Geographical Significance
- Missional Significance
- Cultural Significance
- Spiritual Significance
- Biblical Significance
About a year ago, the Lord dropped a scripture into my heart and mind that really began to move this idea from conception to reality. Psalms 121:1-2 (KJV) 1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
Simply put, Psalms 121:1-2 encapsulates the 5 previously posted criteria. Furthermore, it is my personal heartbeat, and I believe what we at The Hills are called to do in Campbellsburg, Henry County (KY), and the surrounding areas. What might that be exactly? The answer is simple: to help people. So, people from all around can come to The Hills, and it will be there that they can find help.
I truly envision a day where our church’s impact will be felt throughout our region. People will run to The Hills from whence cometh their help! While our primary mission is to help them spiritually, I believe that our church can truly be a place where life change happens! Where relationships can be restored, broken lives can be mended, addictions can be destroyed, healings can take place, ministries can be launched, and countless lives can be changed by the power of the Holy Spirit!
So, we are……….THE HILLS.
And we are an Apostolic Pentecostal Church. We always have been, and we always will be.
In Jesus’ Name,
Pastor Nate Roemer
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