A new church has opened its doors.
Under the leadership of elder Jackie Mathis and pastor Chris Hill, The Mission’s doors are open.
The Mission is at Frederick Road and U.S. 62 in a building formerly used as a restaurant.
Hill is a Dawson Springs native and spent some time on the wrong side of the law.
“I caused a lot of chaos and planted a lot of bad seeds,” he said.
Hill was at a crossroads in his life and he turned to God, he added.
He walked into Walnut Grove Family Worship Center, met Mathis and has been under the elder’s wings ever since and attended church every week.
Mathis has since retired from the pastor position at Walnut Grove, but “there’s no retirement in serving the Lord,” he said.
Hill said one night when he was laying in bed, he asked God what to do. He said, “Go,” and Hill went. He called Mathis the next day and the idea for The Mission was born.
The church is a nonprofit, nondenominational organization with an apostolic and pentecostal background. No one is paid, Hill said, and any offering people give go to pay the facility’s bills and help families who need assistance with utility bills.
Hill’s goal is to have a positive, godly effect on the community of Dawson Springs and to reach those who are unchurched.
Hill, in addition to being the pastor at The Mission, works at Redeemed and Restored, a short-term substance abuse residential rehabilitation facility in Hopkinsville.
Substance abuse counselors attend the church and want to help those who need it at no cost.
“I want to show them that you don’t have to live like that,” Hill said.
Mathis said Hill’s ability to relate to the attendees gives him a way to reach people others can’t.
“He does a fantastic job,” Mathis said.
Another goal of Hill is to unite churches to fight against darkness in Dawson Springs, whether it be drugs, crime or abuse.
The Mission and Landmark Church, under the leadership of Rusty Akers, are uniting for a revival at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Landmark on Industrial Park Road.
The Mission’s regular Sunday services are at 11 a.m. Sundays. When it gets warmer, a Wednesday night service will be added. The service is praise, worship and preaching and lasts between an hour and an hour and a half.
Hill said a street revival is also being planned for the end of May. He wants to meet people where they’re at.
Hill hopes he’s making an impact. “They continue to show up on Sunday morning.”