Rock Hill began by as a dream by two people that didn’t even know each other yet. Jeff Sorvik, the pastor of Anchor Point Community Church, had a heart to not just to plant a church, but to plant a church that would plant many other churches. Because of this, they began Anchor Point with their first church plant in mind. Meanwhile, down in the Twin Cities, Kyle and Liz Eaton were doing their own dreaming as a newly married couple. Much of what consumed their thoughts were questions such as: What would it be like to start a new church that was faithful to the Scriptures, but also faithful to the city that it lived in? What would it be like to start a church that was effective at reaching people with the message of Jesus Christ AND was faithful to building people up in Christ? What would it be like to start a church that focused on bringing everyone to maturity and many people to leadership so that it would in turn plant many more churches?
In His providence, God brought these two men together in 2006. The result of their meeting and dreaming is Rock Hill Community Church. On December 8, 2007, Rock Hill officially launched their public worship services. We began with about 20 adults and we rented out space from Eastridge Community Church on Saturday nights. That location served as our home for about nine months. At that time God opened the heart of our little church to see many of the needs in our city. Because of this, we moved into the heart of downtown Duluth and began holding our worship gatherings on Sunday nights at the Historic First Presbyterian Church building downtown. It served as a good home for us for almost two years, but when the opportunity arose in March of 2010 to own our own facility, we moved to our current location in Lincoln Park.
Rock Hill has always been defined by our people, not our buildings. However, tracking Rock Hill from one location to another is a good reminder of the faithfulness of God throughout our history. It also reminds us of those special seasons of seeking Him and His direction for our community.
God has been incredibly faithful to Rock Hill. We have grown from 20 adults to now well over 300 people that gather each Sunday to worship Jesus together. Even though our location has changed multiple times, our dream remains alive to be faithful to God’s Word and loving to our beloved city of Duluth. While we celebrate the past and what God has done, we continually dream new dreams about what God will continue to do. We dream about seeing people baptized, people maturing in their walk with the Lord, leaders being developed, and new churches being started.