By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector
SMYRNA — Only God.
That’s the explanation pastor Kent Shingleton has for what occurred at Hope Fellowship Church in Smyrna during a year that will forever be known by a virus that brought the world to a screeching halt.
For nearly nine years the former church plant met in a local elementary school and members spent a great deal of time each week setting up and tearing down their “portable church.”
In the fall of 2019, Shingleton felt called to lead the church to begin its first ever fund-raising campaign to begin the process of buying property for future relocation.
On Jan 1, 2020, Hope Fellowship launched its “Hope for the House,” a two-year campaign to fully fund the church’s ministry budget while intentionally raising money for a future church home. [Read more…]