In 1971, the Salt River Christian Fellowship began planning a church plant in Henry County, KY. Our first service was held on May 4th, 1975. Pastor E. Paul Perry was the first Pastor of HCC.
On July 25, 1994, lightning struck the electrical service and started a fire in the church building. The cross that you see hanging above the baptistry today was a part of what survived that fire.
In June 2002, construction began to expand our sanctuary and our first service was held on December 22, 2002.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God, who died for our sins and arose from the dead. 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 / John 3:16
The Bible is the inspired word of God - a lamp unto our feet, a light unto our path. 2 Timothy 3:16 / Psalms 119:105
Every person has worth as a creation of God, but that all have fallen short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
Forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life are available to those who trust Christ as Savior and Lord. John 3:16
Those accepting Christ should repent of sin, confess their faith and be baptized into Him. Romans 10:9 / Acts 2:38
The Church is the body of Christ on earth, empowered by the Holy Spirit and exists to evangelize the lost and edify the saved. Ephesians 4:1-16
Jesus Christ will one day return to the earth and reign forever as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
MEET OUR Pastoral Staff.
Ed Berry began his ministry as a Sunday School teacher. While under the tutelage of his mentor, Pastor John Brand, God called Ed to the life of a pastor; he has been the senior pastor at HCC since 1993. Ed is a lover of God and His word, and is marked by his deep love and concern for people. He also feels a deep connection to the country of Israel and the Jewish people, having taken multiple trips to the Holy Land.
Outside of HCC, Ed is COO at Wehr Constructors. He was blessed to follow his father, Claude, into the business, where he still works with brothers Skip and Dale. He also enjoys hunting and shooting sports. Ed is a committed and devoted husband and father. He and his wife of 35 years, Tish, have two children: son Ed Jr. (and wife Emily) and daughter Kelley.
Larry Montgomery has been a member of HCC since high school, and joined the staff as Associate Pastor in the spring of 2004. Larry is passionate about discipleship and Missions, which drives his ministry at our church. He has led countless teams into the Mission field, in and outside of HCC, touching five of seven continents.
Much of Larry’s Missions prowess is tied to his role as the Director of Team Ministries for Go International, a non-profit short term missions organization. He provides leadership and oversight for Go’s domestic and international ministries, with the ultimate goal of assisting indigenous pastors to reach the world for the Gospel. Larry is supported at home and in the field by wife Jennifer, daughter Ashton, and son Elijah.
Dr. Buddy Berry has been serving in the role of Youth Pastor, overseeing The Furnace youth group, since 1995. Buddy loves reaching youth in the most humorous and meaningful way possible. This mentality is ever evident in one of The Furnace’s most famous quotes: “We Play Hard, We Pray Hard.”
Buddy’s love for serving youth extends beyond HCC into his role as Superintendent of his alma mater, Eminence Independent Schools, where his “School on Fire” model has been nationally recognized. He is also the founder of Firefall Ministries, a non-profit youth ministry focused on conventions. He serves alongside his wife, Jessica. The pair have four children – Brooke, Blaze, Bryce, and Brax.
+ WORSHIP LEADER
Jessica Berry oversees HCC’s Children’s Ministries. In addition to teaching her Fireflies group every Sunday, she also leads HCC’s summer VBS and directs the annual Children’s Christmas Play. Her talents don’t stop there, as she also sings and plays keyboard as the Worship Leader of HCC’s contemporary band. Her life verse is from Proverbs 16:3 – “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.”
Jessica also spends time as a volunteer in her children’s classrooms, serves as a substitute teacher, and sponsors the Eminence Independent Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Club. She enjoys baking, crafting, shopping, and traveling. She and her husband, youth pastor Buddy, have four children – Brooke, Blaze, Bryce, and Brax.
Curtis Peyton has been a member of HCC since 1997, having served as a Deacon since 1999, and Treasurer since 2006. A lover of music, he also is a past member of the Worship Team. Curtis has taken on the roll of Administrator, as well as, responsibility for Home and Hospital Visitation.
In order to devote more time in serving God, Curtis and his wife, Lavonna, have decided to step away from their business after 26 years. They have three children, Shanna, Jeff, and Justin. Bringing extreme joy to their life are three grandchildren, Tayte, Teigan, and Serenity.