As a local church, under God’s direction, we will create an environment where a body of believers can stir a FAITH in God, establish a FAMILY in God, and pursue a FUTURE in God. We are a Spirit filled congregation that is multi-cultural, multi-racial and multi-generational in membership and leadership.
We're a church that will stir your faith and strengthen your walk with the Lord.
We're a family of believers that love, encourage and support one another.
We're a congregation that's preparing the next generation for greater things.
We Believe that Jesus Christ gave His life as an expression of His love for all of us. He took the place of sinful man on the cross. His resurrection affirmed Him to be the Son of God triumphant over the scourge of death. New life in Christ is offered to all who will repent, believe and receive. The Bible says, “If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passed away, behold all things are become new.” As a believer in Christ, your sins are forgiven. You can celebrate the Lordship of Jesus Christ, completely rejoice in eternal life and wholeheartedly follow the Lord.
We believe that a strong family makes for a strong church and a strong church makes for a strong community. Our desire is to strengthen and foster Godly relationships in a personal way through our Home Life Groups. Our desire is to build a strong, vibrant corporate body of Bible believers comprised of many healthy Life Groups. We serve as a place of assembly where God’s people can learn to lay down their lives in service to others, that they may stand firm in all that is the will of God. Our desire is to support through work, faith, prayer, and financial giving all of the ministries which God has allowed us to plan there, and in other nations. We are local church people aspiring to build covenantal relationships based on sacrificial love.
Loving God. Loving People.
Each New Testament local church is like a drop of water in the river of God’s universal church. The local church is a community of believer’s that relate together with the supervision of leaders. These leaders have delegated authority from the Lord. The New Testament identifies these designated leaders as Elders (spiritual leaders; Titus 1:5-10; NIV) and Deacons (servant leaders; I Timothy 3:8-13). This is not to say that Elders do not serve or Deacons are not spiritual. It simply states the emphasis of each responsibility. There is a specification of the governmental ministries in which Elders function recorded in Ephesians 4:11-16. These governmental ministries are apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers.
There is much latitude given in the New Testament regarding church structure. The key New Testament emphasis for church life is the spirituality and the character of the designated leaders and the members, especially those assuming responsibilities. Local church organizations rise and fall by the character of the participants and their capacity to function as a team or body. This truth is vital to glorifying God and accomplishing His will for this covenant community of believers known as Rock Church of Franklin. Below is a brief overview of the designated leaders and their function followed by an introduction to our church eldership.
Danny & Jill Dillon
Pastors Danny and Jill Dillon are a driven couple who transitioned into the Lead Pastors of the Rock Church in June of 2015.
David and Patty Dillon
Pastors David and Patty Dillon have been in the ministry for over 40 years. They are the founding pastors and started the Rock Church in June of 1975.
Ben & Micah Dillon
Rock Church School Principal & Worship Leader
Ben and Micah are an incredible couple that serve in various ministries at the Rock.
Bobby & Melinda Woodward
Bobby and Melinda are a wonderful couple that are driven to serve the Rock Church in any way possible. They have been Elders since June of 2015.
The great message of salvation was declared at the first Rock Church service conducted on June 13, 1975. Pastors David and Patty Dillon were promoted by Rock Church of Virginia Beach to establish a local church, patterned after the New Testament. Pastors David and Patty Dillon pioneered the Rock Church located at 130 Lakeview Road in Franklin, Virginia. Over the years, many have come to know Christ personally as the church has grown tremendously. The church continues to operate a Christ-centered school which began in September of 1978 and ranges in grades from Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Now, the school has students enrolled who are second generation, Rock Church school students. Their son, R.C.S. graduate, Ben Dillon is the school principal. In 1982, Pastors David and Patty sent out Marcus and Jennifer Morris from Franklin to begin a mission work in the impoverished nation of Bolivia, South America. Today, they pastor a thriving, worshipful, local church of over seven hundred people in Vinto. They oversee the work of a network of fourteen other churches throughout Bolivia. Their ministry also includes the operation of a Christian school with over two hundred students, the oversight of a home for orphaned children and the facilitation of over seventy home cell groups.
In the spring of 2001, the Lord enabled the Rock Church to realize our dream of purchasing the sixty acres of land adjacent to the church property. This debt was paid in full in record time which is allowing us to dream as we look to the Lord to fulfill our corporate destiny.
In June of 2015, Pastors David and Patty Dillon passed the baton of their ministry to their son, Pastor Danny Dillon and his wife Jill. After running the race together in the exchange lane for a season, Pastors David and Patty have passed the baton and are now traveling and ministering the Word of the Lord all over this nation and others. Pastors David and Patty are being used mightily by the Lord to minister to marriages, ministers, men, women, and children. They are re-firing like never before! Pastors Danny & Jill are now the Lead Pastors at our local church in Franklin. They are running this race with zest!
The grace of Jesus Christ and the joy of celebratory worship have distinguished this fellowship. Members of Rock Church have always been noted as people who reach out in a spirit of love to others. The church is endeavoring to passionately worship the Lord, to preach the Word of God and to live it.
Want to worship with us?
We gather together to worship every Sunday at 10:15am
Call us if you have any questions: (757) 562-3878