Growing Maryville church helps thousands of local needy children

Growing Maryville church helps thousands of local needy children and teens

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Jessica Hannah and Kristina Killebrew came up with the idea for a prom dress giveaway. Jessica Hannah and Kristina Killebrew came up with the idea for a prom dress giveaway.
"I think a church needs to be relevant to the needs and one our focal points has been we're a church that nine tenths of our ministry is done outside the church walls," Pastor Hepperly said. "I think a church needs to be relevant to the needs and one our focal points has been we're a church that nine tenths of our ministry is done outside the church walls," Pastor Hepperly said.

By GENE PATTERSON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - A local church is doing its part to help its community.

The church - RIO Revolution in Blount County - caught our attention recently with its work to get prom dresses to girls who would've had a hard time paying for one on their own.

Kristina Killebrew and Jessica Hannah came up with the idea for a prom dress giveaway.

It was so successful the first weekend, they extended it to a second weekend.  Their work has helped dozens of young girls.

"For me it was so much more than just that, because once you get a family in and help them with a dress, you hear their heart and their need," said Hannah.

"Whatever it is, everybody has a different need and our goal is to reach out and figure out what those needs are and being there, so we can love on them," said Killebrew.

The RIO Revolution Church is six years old. It started with a congregation of just 39 with services held at a local high school. 

In November, they moved into a new facility, the growth of the church beyond anyone's imaginings.

"It started relatively small, but it's grown to be one of the larger churches in Blount County in just a few years," said Pastor Pacer Hepperly.

Pastor Hepperly says from the beginning, the church focused on needy children in the area.

From prom dresses to new shoes, to weekend meals, the church has led the way to help hundreds of children over the last several years.

Their Helping Hands ministry, for example, started with just three or 400 children involved. It now helps more than 2,500 children.

"I think a church needs to be relevant to the needs and one our focal points has been we're a church that nine tenths of our ministry is done outside the church walls," Hepperly said.

Pastor Hepperly says RIO Revolution stands for the pursuit of radical change. Part of that change is simply to lead the way.

"We just need one person to stand up and say, 'I'm going to do this' and everyone wants to be a part of that. To help," Hannah said.

That desire to help is truly the Spirit of East Tennessee.


If you know someone who you believe is an example of the Spirit of East Tennessee, e-mail me at gpatterson@wate.com.

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