It was the fall of 2002, when our God called out a few to plant what is now “Rolling Hills Community Church.” With a core team of 15 people, we began to gather in the Alara Farms apartment clubhouse on Thursday nights to study God’s Word and to talk about what church should be in our day and in our generation. During those first three months, God began to bring people to join in His calling and mission. In January of 2003, Rolling Hills Community Church was officially launched. We moved to the Marriott hotel in Cool Springs and began meeting on Sunday mornings. It continues to be an amazing journey, and every day our God does something new! God continues to bring people to join in His story, and here at Rolling Hills we are all a part of something very special!
In the spring of 2004, we moved from the hotel ballroom to Carmike’s Thoroughbred Theater in Cool Springs. It is incredible how God opened the door to allow His church to meet in the theater. For five years we set-up at 6:30 a.m., experienced two amazing worship times, hosted ten theaters of children’s ministry, one coffee shop youth ministryand then we would break everything down in order to be out by noon. It was truly amazing, and each Sunday was a testimony to God’s grace and His provision. For five years we never had a contract with Carmike, and God blessed and grew His church each and every week!
In October of 2007, God called us to take a one-time offering for a place He would show us. We did not know where He was calling us, we just knew we were out-growing the theater and God was calling us to a new chapter in the journey. On that one Sunday, this young church, average age of 28, gave over one million dollars. After we stepped out in faith, God revealed this amazing place, “The WareHouse” – a place beyond our Wildest Dreams – over 146,000 sq. feet, complete with three tenants to help offset our payments, sitting on 12.5 acres of prime real estate in the middle of our community. While the building is not the vision, it truly is an incredible tool to share the love and the grace of Christ with our community and our world!
On October 11, 2009, we celebrated our first worship time in our new church home here at the WareHouse. Today, God is more at work than ever before. He is calling us to “reach out, grow up and give all” for His Name and His glory in our community. Our mission at Rolling Hills has always been to bring glory to God by reaching people for Christ and nurturing them in the faith through inspired worship, genuine community and passionate ministry that transforms lives in our neighborhoods and throughout the world.
In January 2014, we took our next step in living out this mission as we opened our second campus in South Nashville. In 2016, we strategically relocated to Nolensville Elementary off of Rocky Fork Road. Then in August of 2018, we secured office space on Nolensville Road to have a daily presence in the community. As of 2019 we merged with Revive Church and now have a permanent Worship Space in Nolensville. Jason Hale serves as the Nolensville Campus Pastor.
In January 2018, Rolling Hills merged with Belmont Heights Baptist Church to form the third campus of Rolling Hills. We meet in the Trout Theater on Sundays. The Grand Opening was August 25, 2018. An exciting piece to this location is the proximity to Belmont, Lipscomb, and Vanderbilt Universities and our focus on Young Adults. Nic Allen serves as the Belmont Heights Campus Pastor.
In addition to our three physical locations, we have an online campus which is broadcast from our Franklin location during all morning services. We know that one of the first places people “visit” while looking for a church is the website. Pastor Jeff reminds us that the original disciples did not have the internet, but we do, and we are called to leverage all avenues to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
God is very much at work and moving through His ministry at Rolling Hills. We give Him all the glory for what He has done and stand ready to be used for His work in the future.
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21