In 1971, a group of Apostolic worshippers of God began meeting in Reverend Douglas C. Hammond’s house and at other locations. Then, in 1972, a church was formed called the Watkinsville Church of the Lord Jesus Christ with thirteen charter members. The founding Pastor was Reverend Douglas C. Hammond and the Assistant Pastor was the Reverend Obie C. Hammond until his death in 1980. The first services were held in a converted garage building on property purchased from the Raymond Moon, Sr. estate, near Butler’s Crossing, which in now the present location. Later in 1972, a new 40 foot by 80 foot auditorium with a basement as a Sunday School Department was constructed. As attendance increased, the need for space increased.
In 1984, the Family Life Center, 40 feet wide by 144 feet long, including a gymnasium, kitchen and game room was completed. A 30 foot by 40 foot dining hall was also added to the building complex between the auditorium and the Family Life Center. As the need for service increased, an Assistant Pastor was added to the staff. In 1987, the Reverend Timothy D. Hammond, married Dorcas Bishop and fulfilled the position of Assistant Pastor and Sis. Hammond became the Minister of Music. The congregation grew and prospered with their addition to leadership.