The Seven Hills congregation of the Lord’s church first met in summer of 1979. It assembled for worship in an outdoor facility owned by a local Ruritan Club off Robin Drive in Lynchburg, Virginia. The first meeting began at 10:00 AM and was attended by around 45 men, women, and children for the purpose of worship. Singing, praying, participating in Bible study, and the Lord’s Supper, the assembly ended around 3 PM. What a joyous beginning!
The church continued to meet at this facility for several weeks rent free, but in anticipation of the rigors of winter began looking for an indoor facility that could be rented. The building located had a reasonably large meeting room within a Bedford County Volunteer Fire Department squad 2 facility located on Rainbow Forest Road just off of Waterlick Road. It consisted of the meeting room, two partially completed bathrooms, a small kitchen area, hallway storage room and bays for several fire engines and an emergency vehicle, all of which were used for classrooms during the winter months. When spring arrived, the teen class met under a tree in the side yard. Wednesday evening Bible studies were conducted at the home of Amos Holt on Old Graves Mill Road near the current building.
In the week following the first assembly a meeting was held at the home of Hal Bowman for the purpose of a discussion with elders of the Jackson Heights congregation in Florence, Alabama. Their offer to provide support for a gospel preacher was rejected for a period of one year as the church realized a need of self-development for each and every member. During that year every Christian man and boy accepted responsibility in leading prayers, singing, serving the Lord’s Supper, and most men and teenaged boys participated in preaching and teaching. Older women taught the younger women in their Christian service and provided instruction for children. It was a tremendous year of Christian growth and service for everyone, the effects of which are still observed in many ways even 30 years later.
The following spring, land at 810 Old Graves Mill Road was purchased and a 40×100 classroom building was constructed during the following months, consisting of a large assembly room and 5 additional classrooms. Funds were provided by issuing and selling church bonds most of which were purchased by local members and their friends. The church assembled in this facility until an auditorium, classroom, nursery and office addition was added in 1986, accommodating the growth experienced due to an aggressive local evangelism plan.
At about this same time the church chose to become fully organized by selecting Hal Bowman, Paul Brown, Amos Holt and T. George Washington to serve as elders. Within approximately one year of the beginning, Tom Hodge became our first full time evangelist, his support provided by the Jackson Heights congregation in Florence, Alabama, as promised a year earlier. Tom remained for 13 years and was followed by Bill Ross, Bruce DeMoss, Neil Richey, Tom West, Michael Justice and our current evangelist, Mike Glenn.
Because the Lynchburg area has been somewhat transient in nature and due to declining employment opportunities, attendance over the years has been erratic. The year 2012 has brought significant growth both numerically and spiritually due to revival of the spirit of evangelism, and the church looks to the future with new zeal as it continues to glorify God and the Lord Jesus in this community.