From Heavy Metal to the Pulpit; CIU Grad Pastors Growing Church

June 13, 2011

Jeff Hawkins was an artist who wanted to make a living designing album covers for heavy metal bands.  But that was before God saved him and called him to preach at age 19.  He would get his first training for the ministry at Columbia International University.  Hawkins, a 1991 graduate of CIU is now the senior pastor of Belmont Baptist Church in Calhoun, Ga. – a thriving church that is celebrating its 60thanniversary with big plans for the future.

The rich history of Belmont Baptist, its multi-faceted ministries under Hawkins’ leadership, and its future plans caught the attention of local newspaper, The Calhoun Times.  Read “60 Years in the Making” it at: