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Megachurches a growing part of Pickens religious life


Encounter Life Church / Photo

The Rev. Jeremy Bryan and his wife Katlyn from Encounter Life Jasper are both from small towns and excited about coming to the local campus of the larger church.

By Jennifer Paire

Contributing writer


Trinity Tabernacle’s transformation from struggling congregation to growing megachurch campus - now Encounter Life Church - delivered the Jasper church from decline.

“It’s really hard when you have a small church,” said Sherry Copeland, one of the church leaders who sought help from Griffin First Assembly of God in 2019. “You have the struggle of being all that a larger denominational church can offer like big youth trips and a youth leader who can be there for all they do. A lot of those things we missed out on. Now, we are connected to something bigger, with a unified vision, but we still have a small town feel and independence in worship.”

         See full story, which includes interviews with numeorus local pastors in this week's print or online editions.