AllPoints Church relocated earlier this year to the old Total Health and Fitness building on Highway 140 at Hickory Road, and the pastor hopes the community can use the new facility to rent for meetings, seminars or events.
Pastor Banks Brazell and his wife, Kendra Brazell, said they decided to set up something “besides a regular church in the space.”
“This new 10,000-square-foot event space will seat 100 to 120 people,” Kendra Brazell said. “It’s got a really great leather couch seating (seven couches,) conversation, reading area and a coffee bar.”
The pastor said the space is now available for rent to those who would like to use the building for weddings, conferences and events.
“Looking around, we realized there were not many places available in Cherokee County besides hotel conference rooms that offered this kind of space,” Kendra Brazell said.
The church offers its congregation Sunday morning worship at 10:30 a.m. On Aug. 14, a Wednesday night series titled “What in the Hell is Going On,” is kicking off. The series will take events in the country and the community and put them in a Biblical context, Banks said.
“We do Sunday morning at 10:30 and we are pretty casual, open to the Spirit, if God shows up and wants to go in a particular direction, we are going to go with him,” Banks Brazell said. “I pay attention to theology; we have good solid theology.”
On Aug. 24 and 25, New York Times bestselling author Joel Richardson will be at the church to talk about end times and the Middle East, and other issues of the day. He will be available Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at the Sunday morning service that weekend.
The trip for the pastor to the new location has been a long one.
“Our first Sunday was Easter of this year. I was in the Methodist Church for a number of years,” said Banks Brazell, who graduated from Auburn University in the 1970s and then worked a number of years in the secular community in hospital construction and as a sky-diving instructor before being called to the ministry.
“I spent six years as a professional sky diving instructor in Warm Springs, and then in 1986, I got a DUI on Labor Day weekend,” the pastor said. “I had skydivers in from three states; the weather was bad, and we drank.”
That event and the court date that followed was a turning point in the pastor’s life.
“Later, I went to court, then my grandparents prayed for me and I had my ‘come-to-Jesus moment,’ at age 32 at Duluth First Methodist Church,” he said.
Brazell started seminary in 1991, was a United Methodist minister until 2003, and during that time served three churches near LaGrange as a student pastor. He graduated seminary in 1994, and went to Mount Bethel United Methodist in east Cobb, he said.
“It had 3,800 members when I came there and when I left in 2001, it had 6,000 members,” he said.
He then went to Monroe Methodist where he spent two years.
“Then in 2003, God wound up starting a process to move me out of the Methodist church to start a new church,” he said.
Brazell started AllPoints in 2004, then moved the church to Cherokee County in 2005 and met behind Hickory Flat Orthodonics. He got the name from an old ZZ Top song, he said.
Later the church began to meet at Taylor’s Tavern in Hickory Flat, he said.
“I used to work out at Total Health and Fitness. The building was sitting empty, but the Holy Spirit told me to call the owner,” the pastor said. “My wife told me I needed to call the owner, and I figured if God and my wife were telling me to call, I should.”
The church is a part of Harvest Network International, a church association of independent and self-funded churches.
For information on how to rent the space, call (678) 283-4902 or for information visit www.allpointschurch.org.