Our History

The Rutherford Church of Christ began on September 11, 2005 in a storefront on E. Main Street in Spindale,  NC 28160, and after several months there we moved into a larger building located at 953 US 221 Highway North, Rutherfordton, NC 28139. The church purchased eight acres of land at 925 US 221 Highway North, Rutherfordton, NC 28139 and built a new five-thousand square feet church building (see photo above) with several classrooms, a very adequate kitchen and fellowship area, large rest rooms, a baptismal pool, nice office, and a large auditorium designed for seating two-hundred people.

It was on Sunday, January 6, 2013, the first services were held in our present facility. The congregation’s minister, Mr. Jim Hobbs said that, “It was a momentous occasion as more than 80 men, women, and children celebrated this special day. Our minister (evangelist) Mr. Jim Hobbs, delivered the first sermon offered within the new building. He emphasized that God had worked through many men, women, and children of the Lord’s church to make the new permanent home possible, that it was certainly a day to praise God.”

Mr. Jim Hobbs has now been our minister for 10 years. Prior to his preaching he was a business man but decided he wanted to have more bible knowledge in order to be a better bible teacher. As a result of that desire he entered the North Carolina School of Biblical Studies at Clemmons, NC (just outside of Winston-Salem, NC) where he had intensive classroom teaching from every book of the Bible, New Testament Greek, homiletics (sermon preparation and delivery), and hermeneutics (the science of bible study). Upon his graduation he became our first full-time preacher in 2009.  Both Mr. Hobbs and Mr. Gilbert Tripp (one of our elders) have taught various classes for several years at the NC School of Biblical Studies. The Lord God has blessed us over and over during the past years here at the Rutherford Church of Christ.

We are very fortunate to have so many dedicated Christian men and women whom make up our congregation. The congregation is involved in many different types of ministry in the Rutherfordton, NC are plus in INDIA, HONDURAS, and AFRICA.


Our Leaders

Elders:  The church here at Rutherfordton, NC is shepherded by two experienced and godly elders, Mr. Sam Adams and Mr. Gilbert Tripp, following the pattern found in the New Testament (Titus 1:5-9); 1 Timothy 3:1-11; 1 Timothy 5:17; Acts 20:28; Hebrews 13:17).  

 Mr. Sam Adams (919-696-6064) 
Mr. Gilbert Tripp (828-925-3745).

Deacon: Mr. Rick Clontz serves as deacon, following the pattern found in Acts and 1 Timothy.

Minister:  Mr. Jim Hobbs has faithfully served as our regular preacher for the past ten years. We are also blessed with several men in the congregation who are skilled Bible teachers and capable of preaching God’s word to adults.

Mr. Jim Hobbs (919-631-6752)

Class Teachers: We have been greatly blessed to have godly women as a part of our congregation who are qualified and capable of teaching both children and women’s classes, as well as serving in many other scriptural capacities (Titus 2:1-5).