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12Stone Church was founded as Crossroads Church by Kevin Myers on November 1, 1987. Kevin, with his wife Marcia, and three couples, relocated from Michigan to Greater Gwinnett County to plant a church that would be relevant, fun, challenging and impacting for generations.
This photo shows the inside of the General Cinema Theater, our first meeting place.
Tony Alper received Christ on August 17th, 1987. This happened while PK was canvasing houses telling people about the Gospel and the new church he was starting.
This picture shows him Moments before being baptized in the summer of 1988.
After meeting in the movie theater, we met in this Jazzercise facility off Pike Street in Lawrenceville and a dinner theatre (off Beaver Ruin Rd) until our first permanent home was built.
After five years of worshiping in several temporary facilities, the Collins Hill worship center allowed us to put down our roots and serve hundreds in the community. During this season, our vision was “to reach as many people as possible, for as long as God allows us to serve.”
Doug Edwards, who did not attend our church, shared our heart to reach the lost and donated 13 acres on the corner of Calvin Davis Circle and Hwy 20.
Eight hundred people relocated to the new campus, and we doubled in size within months.
We purchased 69 additional acres to carry out a vision that was bigger than we could imagine or afford: to reach tens-of-thousands locally, hundreds-of-thousands nationally and internationally, and perhaps millions more through the generational impact of our families.
In order to accomodate more people, we expanded the Edwards campus. For the “Edwards 2” Groundbreaking we stood around the footprint of the building that would contain the 1,000-seat worship center.
To relieve members of the community traveling from the Hamilton Mill area to Central Campus in Lawrenceville, we decided to bring the church to them by opening the first Hamilton Mill campus in March 2007. The 350-seat worship center, with video teaching and a live worship band, combined a small church feel with big church benefits.
God guided us to change our name to 12Stone Church, marking a new beginning! Illustrating our mission, “12Stone” served to reclaim our distinctiveness and gain ground in biblical heritage. We crossed our own symbolic “Jordan River” and took possession of our Hwy 20 Campus and our expanding mission: to carry the favor of God as a force for good to cover our county and beyond.
In January, we opened the newly constructed Central Campus. A greater square footage provided more room to serve a greater number of adults and children. Central Campus included five worship environments: a 2,600-seat worship center for adults, a 450-seat high school worship center, a 300-seat middle school worship center, and two additional youth ministry worship centers. Our “church-in-the-park” setting provided us an environment for community, relaxation and to experience the presence of God.
2009 also brought the opening of our third campus, Flowery Branch, extending our mission to reach the lost in neighboring Hall County. This opening quickly drew surging crowds to its 500-seat worship space on Martin Rd in Flowery Branch. Today, between the three services, the campus averages a weekend attendance of 1500 and offers thriving middle and high school ministries.
12Stone Church was named the Number 1 fastest growing church in America and the 40th largest church in America in the annual Outreach 100 ranking in Outreach Magazine. Outreach reported a growth of 30% from the previous year.
As another decade unfolds in 12Stone history, so does an expanded vision – to reach the lost, serve the least and raise up leaders. The John Maxwell Leadership Center will be modeled after the “teaching hospital” concept in which interns and pastors will have access to leadership training by John Maxwell’s EQUIP® International Leadership Training program, as well as on-the-job experience. The center will also house 12Stone’s third campus – Sugarloaf – and John Maxwell’s corporate offices.
In May 2013, 11,000 from 4 campuses gathered at The Gwinnett Arena to celebrate 25 years of God’s Goodness at 12Stone and set the course for our future.
After meeting in their temporary location for two years where weekly attendance grew to nearly 800, the new building opens complete with a 1,000 seat worship center and substantial space for Children’s Ministry.
At The John C. Maxwell Leadership Center, 12Stone® Church in partnership with The John Maxwell Company, EQUIP and Wesleyan Investment Foundation, will ultimately shape the next generation of ministry leadership while honoring the leadership legacy of John C. Maxwell.
Five campuses launch in temporary facilities on the same Sunday! Campuses in Bethlehem, Braselton, Buford, Grayson, and Snellville.
In September 2016 we opened permanent facilities in Braselton & Snellville
In September 2016 we opened permanent facilities in Braselton & Snellville
In what was suppose to be a stepping stone during the COVID-19 pandemic turned into a cornerstone for how 12Stone does church and community as a whole. 12Stone Home rapidly went national with home gatherings in over 15 states and even global in over 7 countries.
Jason Berry announced as Co-Senior Pastor to one day lead 12Stone Church.
12Stone celebrated the succession of our founding pastor, Kevin Myers, and welcomed our new senior pastor, Jason Berry!
After God held back the flood-waters of the Jordan River,
the children of Israel crossed over on dry ground into the Promised Land.
Once on the other side, one leader from each of the 12 tribes took a
stone from the middle of the river and stacked it on the shore.
This twelve-stone memorial would serve to remind future generations of the rescuing hand of God.
Every year, 12Stone undergoes a full financial audit by an independent CPA firm. Copies of the current audit are available to members upon request through email@example.com
The sole basis of our belief is the Bible. The Scripture in its entirety is composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, which originated with God, and was given through the instrumentality of many different chosen authors.
We believe that there is one living, true, holy God, eternally existent in the Holy Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus was miraculously conceived, born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life. Christ was fully man and fully God, walked our earth, lived a life of obedience, suffered at the hands of men, and died on the cross. He fully atoned for the sins of all, was bodily resurrected, and enthroned at God’s right hand as our Intercessor.
The central purpose of God’s revelation in Scripture is to call people to fellowship with Himself described as follows:
The essential accompaniment of a genuine saving relationship with Jesus Christ is a life of holiness and obedience, attained by believers as they yield to the Holy Spirit. As the believer submits more fully to the Lordship of Christ, the Holy Spirit releases the power that enables the believer to be pure in heart and totally dedicated to God. The work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer is both instantaneous and progressive, guiding in understanding and empowering for fruitful service.
We believe that all believers become members with one another in the church universal with Christ as the head. God’s people who acknowledge Jesus as Savior and Lord should meet regularly for worship and prayer with the ultimate purpose of loving God and fulfilling the Great Commission.
We believe the Scriptures clearly teach that there is a conscious personal existence after death described as follows:
Scripture is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. This church seeks to impact the community by accurately interpreting doctrinal truth for the benefit and growth of both the seeker and the believer. 12Stone Church recognizes that it cannot bind the conscience of individual members in areas where Scripture is silent. Rather, each believer is to be led in those areas by the Lord, to whom we are all ultimately responsible.