OF “THE ROCK”
2000, a new millennium of our Lord emerged onto a flock of believers
in Meridian, Mississippi. They realized that they could no longer
quench their spiritual thirst by worshipping in an oppressed atmosphere
beholden to a traditional and religious dogma. They had no
leader. They had no church. They had no name.
But they did know God and were desperate for religious
Resurrection Sunday, the first unofficial service, was held at
Bonita Lakes. The service carried significant meaning, as it was
emblematic in what was vital to their spiritual growth and FREEDOM
to worship. It also confirmed that the church manifested in them
and not within a building, symbolic of a divine movement
truly inspired by God. Though not in the physical, the
people now had spiritual Church.
In mid-April, the people requested Reverend Billy Russell to give
their first message. On April 30, the church’s first service
was held at the Boys and Girls Club. Reverend Russell’s
message was delivered from I Corinthians 1: 8-10. When he approached
the pulpit he joyfully proclaimed, I am FREE!”,
and the spiritual life of the church immediately spawned wings
with its newfound identity. Heeding the call of the people and
under the direction of the Holy Spirit, Reverend Russell graciously
and with great humility accepted leadership for the ministry and
FREEDOM was spoken
and confirmed into the spirit of God’s people. The
people now had a church with a Leader.
In just six months, Reverend Russell received the Word from God
that he had gone as far as the Lord would allow him. According
to Rev. Russell, the appointment of his successor was to be expedient.
It was direct and consecrated for a young “Joshua”
the minister of music, Minister Craig Tucker.
After the congregation received Reverend Tucker’s first
message on November 5, 2000 entitled “Nothing but a
Praise,” it was confirmation that he would embrace
a ministry with a vision of FREEDOM
as “A Real Church Sharing A Real Gospel with A Real
World.” Sensing the spiritual progressive movement
of the church, Minister Tucker gave life to the name of church
as FREEDOM ROCK CHRISTIAN FELLOWHSIP
CHURCH and for the next decade empowered and armed
his flock with the pure Word of God. The people and their
Leader now had a church with a Name.
In March 2011, great became even greater. Sensing the close of
his journey, Reverend Tucker passed on the Torch of Enlightment
to Elder LaBaron Hedgemon as the spiritual overseer of the church.
Humbled by the appointment, Elder Hedgemon moved swiftly with
his vision to transition FREEDOM
ROCK from merely a church to “a progressive
and innovative Spiritual Corporation that breathes empowerment
in Word, Spirit, and Service, becoming a place and a people that
links FREEDOM with
DESTINY.” The people now had a 21st
The rest is history and FREEDOM
ROCK CHRISTIAN FELLOWHSIP CHURCH has now become
what the future holds. . .