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Nations Church was birthed out of the gathering of several home group meetings. When the group got too large for homes they met at the Boys Y Camp in Athens. The church was called "Liberty Chapel" in the late 70's. In 1980 the "church" moved to its current location, 8780 Macon Highway, and leased space from the Classic City Gymnastics clubs. The first appointed pastor was Don Waggoner.

On May 19, 1980, the church was incorporated as Living Faith Fellowship. In the fall of 1981, David Coopr was appointed pastor of the church and president of the corporation. Living Faith Fellowship bought out the Classic City Gymnastics club and adjoining properties in 1983.

Under David Cooper's ten years of leadership the church grew to a solid church of over 1000 members and maintained a good relationship throughout the community.

Following David Cooper's appointment to another church, Living Faith Fellowship went through a period of transition under the leadership of Jim Burkett, the outcome of which led to the appointment of Mike Atkins, from Jackson Hole, WY, as Senior Pastor, in the summer of 1993.

Under the leadership of Mike Atkins, the church made a paradigm shift to a multicultural church with a focus on groups of people with common goals, common needs and common interests.  The name of the church was then changed to Church of the Nations. With the changing of our name from Living Faith Fellowship to Church of the Nations, we changed our self-concept.  We now see ourselves as:

"A church of all people.  Not a white church.
Not a black church. 
Not a rich church.  Not a poor church.
Not a church of ambition, but a church whose only ambition is to
pursue God, to advance the Kingdom and to build the church."

"A Church of the Nations is a church that rejoices in its diversity because it reflects the heart of her Lord - a heart for all people; a heart for all nations."  (Church of the Nations, Atkins, p 31)

In August of 1998, Dr. Mel R. Holmes was appointed Senior Pastor after Mike Atkins was led to plant a church of similar vision in Jackson Hole, WY.  Under Pastor Mel's leadership, we became officially affiliated with the Assemblies of God on January 18, 2004 and we  expanded our facilities to include a new, spacious sanctuary and nursery/preschool complex. Pastor Mel continued to serve as Senior Pastor until November 2015 where he became Senior Pastor Emeritus, handing the reins to Pastor Mike Holt.  Pastor Mike Holt officially became Senior Pastor in January 2016 and continues in that role today.  In early 2017 the name of the church was modified from Church of the Nations to Nations Church.

 We are excited about all that God has for us in the future and invite you to come find your role in the continuing story of Nations Church.

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Nations Church
8780 Macon Hwy
Athens, GA  30606

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