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Our
History

Braselton And Snellville Open
August 5, 2018

Buford Campus Grand Opening

Braselton And Snellville Open
February, 2018

Bethlehem Campus property purchased

As the Bethlehem Campus continues to grow at their current location at Apalachee High School, we purchased a tract of land in Barrow County

Braselton And Snellville Open
June 11, 2017

Buford Campus Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking for our Buford Campus where God opened a door of opportunity and favor with the City of Buford. We are strategically placed for maximum Kingdom impact

Braselton And Snellville Open
SEPTEMBER 18, 2016

Snellville Campus Opens

In September 2016 we opened permanent facilities in Braselton & Snellville

Braselton And Snellville Open
SEPTEMBER 18, 2016

Braselton Campus Opens

In September 2016 we opened permanent facilities in Braselton & Snellville

Braselton Campus Groundbreaking
JANUARY 10, 2016

Braselton Campus Groundbreaking

On January 10, 2016 we officially broke ground on a permanent facility for 12Stone Church | Braselton located at: 2685 Old Winder Hwy (SR 211) Braselton, GA 30517 This facility will seat 450 adults for weekend services with accompanying children’s ministry space.

5 Campus Launch
JANUARY 11, 2015

5 Campus Launch

Five campuses launch in temporary facilities on the same Sunday! Campuses in Bethlehem, Braselton, Buford, Grayson, and Snellville.

John C. Maxwell Leadership Center Opening
MARCH 5, 2014

John C. Maxwell Leadership Center Opening

At The John C. Maxwell Leadership Center, 12Stone® Church in partnership with The John Maxwell Company, EQUIP and Wesleyan Investment Foundation, will ultimately shape the next generation of ministry leadership while honoring the leadership legacy of John C. Maxwell.

Sugarloaf Grand Opening
FEBRUARY 2, 2014

Sugarloaf Grand Opening

After meeting in their temporary location for two years where weekly attendance grew to nearly 800, the new building opens complete with a 1,000 seat worship center and substantial space for Children’s Ministry.

25th Anniversary Celebration
MAY 17, 2013

25th Anniversary Celebration

In May 2013, 11,000 from 4 campuses gathered at The Gwinnett Arena to celebrate 25 years of God's Goodness at 12Stone and set the course for our future.

'Open Doors' Ground Breaking
AUGUST 12, 2012

'Open Doors' Ground Breaking

In order for our Hamilton Mill Campus to open its doors to the surrounding community, 12Stone will build an 800-seat worship center across the street on the corner of Braselton Highway and Pine Rd. In August of 2012, the congregation of 12Stone Hamilton Mill celebrated together as they broke ground on the new property. We are looking forward to expanding the Kingdom and pray that we will be welcoming many new faces from the community in January 2014.

Breaking Ground, Building Vision
MAY 4, 2012

Breaking Ground, Building Vision

In a ground-breaking ceremony, international best-selling author John Maxwell, alongside 12Stone Church leaders, and community and business leaders, celebrated the beginning of construction on the John Maxwell Leadership Center. The center’s vision to raise up dynamic, effective, spiritually-filled leaders will be made reality as doors are expected to open in 2014.

Sugarloaf Campus Launches
JANUARY 15, 2012

Sugarloaf Campus Launches

In January 2012, we opened our Sugarloaf campus in a temporary location - Peachtree Ridge High School. Our new facility (currently under construction) is at the intersection of I-85 and Sugarloaf Parkway will adjoin the John Maxwell Leadership Center. It's set to open in early 2014!

John Maxwell Leadership Center Announced
OCTOBER 2011

John Maxwell Leadership Center Announced

As another decade unfolds in 12Stone history, so does an expanded vision – to reach the lost, serve the least and raise up leaders. The John Maxwell Leadership Center will be modeled after the “teaching hospital” concept in which interns and pastors will have access to leadership training by John Maxwell’s EQUIP® International Leadership Training program, as well as on-the-job experience. The center will also house 12Stone’s third campus – Sugarloaf – and John Maxwell’s corporate offices.

Prayer Trail Opens
2011

Prayer Trail Opens

A one-mile prayer trail was landscaped to offer people an opportunity to experience God’s creation in our contemplative, “church-in-the-park” setting. Members of the 12Stone Church family are asked to “beat a path of prayer” as they walk to beseech God’s calling of the spiritually unresolved in our community.

12Stone: Fastest Growing Church in America
SEPTEMBER 16, 2010

12Stone: Fastest Growing Church in America

12Stone Church was named the Number 1 fastest growing church in America and the 40th largest church in America in the annual Outreach 100 ranking in Outreach Magazine. Outreach reported a growth of 30% from the previous year.

Reaching Hall County with Flowery Branch campus
OCTOBER 2009

Reaching Hall County with Flowery Branch campus

2009 also brought the opening of our third campus, Flowery Branch, extending our mission to reach the lost in neighboring Hall County. This opening quickly drew surging crowds to its 500-seat worship space on Martin Rd in Flowery Branch. Today, between the three services, the campus averages a weekend attendance of 1500 and offers thriving middle and high school ministries.

 
OCTOBER 2008

Gideon Statue Installed

The artist describes the inspiration and meaning behind the Gideon statue located at Central Campus.

Bold Crossing
2008

Bold Crossing

In January, we opened the newly constructed Central Campus. A greater square footage provided more room to serve a greater number of adults and children. Central Campus included five worship environments: a 2,600-seat worship center for adults, a 450-seat high school worship center, a 300-seat middle school worship center, and two additional youth ministry worship centers. Our “church-in-the-park” setting provided us an environment for community, relaxation and to experience the presence of God.

Crossroads Becomes 12Stone
NOVEMBER 2007

Crossroads Becomes 12Stone

God guided us to change our name to 12Stone Church, marking a new beginning! Illustrating our mission, “12Stone” served to reclaim our distinctiveness and gain ground in biblical heritage. We crossed our own symbolic “Jordan River” and took possession of our Hwy 20 Campus and our expanding mission: to carry the favor of God as a force for good to cover our county and beyond.

One Church, Many Locations
MARCH 2007

One Church, Many Locations

To relieve members of the community traveling from the Hamilton Mill area to Central Campus in Lawrenceville, we decided to bring the church to them by opening the first Hamilton Mill campus in March 2007. The 350-seat worship center, with video teaching and a live worship band, combined a small church feel with big church benefits.

Edwards 2
2003

Edwards 2

In order to accomodate more people, we expanded the Edwards campus. For the "Edwards 2" Groundbreaking we stood around the footprint of the building that would contain the 1,000-seat worship center. (E1 would become the Student Center.)

1999

A Big Vision and a Prayerful Purchase

We purchased 69 additional acres to carry out a vision that was bigger than we could imagine or afford: to reach tens-of-thousands locally, hundreds-of-thousands nationally and internationally, and perhaps millions more through the generational impact of our families.

The Edwards Campus
1998

The Edwards Campus

Eight hundred people relocated to the new campus, and we doubled in size within months.

1995

Edwards Property

Doug Edwards, who did not attend our church, shared our heart to reach the lost and donated 13 acres on the corner of Calvin Davis Circle and Hwy 20.

Our 1st Permanent Home
NOVEMBER 7, 1993

Our 1st Permanent Home

After five years of worshiping in several temporary facilities, the Collins Hill worship center allowed us to put down our roots and serve hundreds in the community. During this season, our vision was "to reach as many people as possible, for as long as God allows us to serve."

The Jazzercise Days
1990 — NOVEMBER 7, 1993

The Jazzercise Days

After meeting in the movie theater, we met in this Jazzercise facility off Pike Street in Lawrenceville and a dinner theatre (off Beaver Ruin Rd) until our first permanent home was built.

1st Salvation & Baptism – Tony Alper
June 1988

1st Salvation & Baptism – Tony Alper

Tony Alper received Christ on August 17th, 1987. This happened while PK was canvasing houses telling people about the Gospel and the new church he was starting.

This picture shows him Moments before being baptized in the summer of 1988.

Crossroads Church Opens
NOVEMBER 1987 — 1990

Crossroads Church Opens

12Stone Church was founded as Crossroads Church by Kevin Myers on November 1, 1987. Kevin, with his wife Marcia, and three couples, relocated from Michigan to Greater Gwinnett County to plant a church that would be relevant, fun, challenging and impacting for generations.

This photo shows the inside of the General Cinema Theater, our first meeting place.