By Jake Hall


published in Family Matters eNewsletter May 17, 2018

This series in the “Signature Ministries” project is part of the BNG Storytelling Projects Initiative. By studying ministers or churches who practice “Signature Ministries,” we learn from communities who respond to the needs around them, engaging and energizing members in specific ministries that turn them outward on the world. We will specifically profile ministers who lead through their passion and zeal for an interest or a skill that connects with their community outside of the role they would normally play as pastor, leading their congregants to see Christ in others and reaching the needs of the world around them.

Below you will find the third in this series of articles. Use the link to navigate to the page. Feel free to share the articles in the series each week on social media using the tags: @gospelgothic or

~ This series is written by Blake Tommey. Photos and video are by Jenna Eason.

The day Jake Hall discovered 100.9 FM The Creek, he nearly plowed through a red light into oncoming traffic. 

He hadn’t touched the radio dial once in six years of owning his Chevy Volt. But this Sunday morning was different. Brad Evans and Wes Griffith, two beloved entrepreneurs and music lovers, had just purchased a failing radio station and turned it into genuine Americana gold. As Hall approached the Spring Street bridge in Macon, Ga., to pass over the Ocmulgee River, Darrell Scott’s “Down to the River” suddenly broke through his humdrum focus with communion of another kind, Hall says.

“Now me and some buddies were down by the river,” Scott sings.

“There were drinkers and dopers and abstainers by choice / There was red wine and white lines, blue smoke and good times / But when we all sang, we had us one voice singing.” 

Hall barely wrenched himself out of transcendence in time to slam on the brakes and continue safely to Highland Hills Baptist Church where he serves as pastor. But that moment by the riverside was undeniable — it was time to act on the restlessness growing in his heart and sense of calling.

“The Creek caught me at a vulnerable moment when I didn’t expect it to,” Hall says

Read the rest of the article here.