Rock Hill Community Church launched public worship services on December 8, 2007.
While that day stands as an official marker, Rock Hill had been a dream for many years. A dream strong enough to draw Kyle and Liz Eaton up to Duluth from the Twin Cities. A dream strong enough that Anchor Point Community Church agreed to welcome them, support them, and send them out with some of their people and blessing.
What was the dream? That we would be a church that sees the gospel of Jesus Christ take root in the city of Duluth and the entire Twin Ports Region. That we would be a church where people would consistently find salvation in Jesus Christ and be built up to maturity in Christ. That we would be a church that develops leaders effectively for Kingdom service and that we would be a church that continues to plant other churches.
And so, in December of 2007 Rock Hill was born. It met for 9 months on Arrowhead Road at Eastridge Community Church on Saturday nights. Then when God stirred in the hearts of our leaders to reach out more effectively to the poor in our community, we moved downtown to the Historic First Presbyterian Church and gathered on Sunday nights. This served as a great home for our little congregation for almost two years.
In early 2010, our leaders met and concluded that while our evening service was effective and helpful in reaching people who couldn’t go to church in the mornings, it was a significant barrier to reaching most Duluthians who just assumed that church would be on Sunday morning. And so, we began to pray that the Lord would provide a space for us to gather and do ministry. In March of 2010, he provided our current location at an incredible price and so we moved into Lincoln Park.
It has been a great home for us. But even though we are in Lincoln Park and love our neighbors, God has given us a heart for the entire Twin Ports region. We long to see churches planted all over the city and region. In March of 2018, we opened up our Chester Park Location on Sunday evenings in order to more effectively reach college students. In November of 2019 we hired a campus pastor, Dean Paulson, to lead our Chester Park location. Since then Chester Park has been meeting faithfully at 10 AM on Sunday mornings and has been home to many college students, young married couples and families and even a few seasoned folks!
The Lord has been incredibly faithful to Rock Hill over the years. We have seen incredible numerical growth and we have witnessed the transformation of so many lives and families, but deep down we know the best is yet to come.