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Why megachurch Free Chapel is opening a campus in Forsyth County
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Free Chapel Church, a multi-site church based in Gainesville, is opening a new campus in Cumming on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, at Denmark High School. (Photo courtesy Free Chapel)

One of metro Atlanta’s most prominent churches is expanding into Forsyth County.

Free Chapel, a multi-site church based in Gainesville led by Rev. Jentezen Franklin, is adding a campus in Cumming starting this Sunday, Feb. 3.

The new campus services will be held at 10 a.m. each Sunday at Denmark High School, located at 645 Mullinax Road.

“Cumming is home for so many wonderful people and it’s our vision to bring the joy of our church to the heart of this thriving community,” Franklin said in a press release. “We want this church to be a place where people from all walks of life feel entirely welcome and can experience arms wide open as if Jesus himself were standing there welcoming them.”

The new campus will feature modern worship, a kid’s ministry for youth from nursery-age up to sixth-grade and a broadcast message from Franklin.

Free Chapel staff spent the past year studying its data on first-time visitors and guests at its other Georgia locations, and it found that many were from the Cumming area, according to Tim Price, pastor of the new campus.

“We thought it would be a good idea to better serve some of that group,” Price said, “and also move into a growing area.”

The mission of Free Chapel churches, Price said, is “to inspire people to live for Jesus,” and each is shaped by four tenet values: community, valuing the contribution of each generation, believing in the best in others and living with excellence.

Free Chapel has seen its reach grow in the last decade. Since becoming Free Chapel’s senior pastor in 1989, Franklin, 56, has built the church up from one small campus to four in Georgia as well as one location in California and South Carolina.

The Cumming campus would be Free Chapel’s seventh, and a team has been working the past several months to prepare for Sunday’s service, the location’s first that is open to the public.

Price foresees it using Denmark as its home until it outgrows the space.

“We’re just really excited to come in and serve the city,” Price said, “and really believe that God’s going to continue to great work.