Our Mission is to take everyone into a deeper, more vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ



RISING Church was founded in August of 2012 as a non-denominational church seeking to do church differently. Church is not a building, a geographical location, or a place you attend. Church is not a Sunday morning service. You don’t go to church because the reality is as followers of Jesus you are the church. We are the body of Christ. We represent Jesus to a broken and fallen world. We are Christ’s hands and feet. As the church, we have received a high calling. At RISING, we believe that God desires to do greater things in us and through us than we could ever ask or imagine. God is calling us to minister to others, both locally and globally. At RISING we want to leverage our resources and the gifts God has uniquely entrusted to each and every one of us, for maximum kingdom impact. We believe everyone has a part to play in the body of Christ, including the young.
At RISING, this is why we have such a strong emphasis on investing in the next generation. Our senior pastor was in full-time youth ministry for over 20 years before starting RISING, and our associate pastor was in full-time kids’ ministry for almost 20 years. Investing in children and youth is just part of our DNA at RISING! It is non-negotiable.

All in all, our goal as a church family is to lead everyone into a deeper and more vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ. We believe that happens best through personal relationships and connections with one another. The church isn’t meant to be a gathering of complete strangers, but a gathering of brothers and sisters united by their love and devotion to Christ. Small groups, what we call GROVES, are an essential part of us being in relationship with one another. We also believe God’s Word, the Bible, is as relevant today as ever. We need God’s guidance and answers to help us navigate the troubled waters we often find ourselves in. The reality is we desperately need to dive deeply into God’s Word. We need to go below the surface. As we like to word it, we need to “feast” on God’s Word. We need to chew on it. We need to digest it. We need to get God’s Word in our hearts and minds!

If you are looking for a church home and family in the Suwanee, Sugar Hill, Buford area, we would love for you to check us out!



God, empower RISING Church! God, don’t let us hold back! God, don’t let us be afraid of what you are going to do! God, let us embrace it no matter what it is; we want to follow your lead wherever it takes us! God, we want to be a part of what you’re doing; we want your power to fall upon us! God, we want to see; we want to be witnesses to what you’re doing in us and through us! Would you pray for that? Would you commit to praying for that – daily, hourly, constantly?”

— Closing prayer by Senior Pastor Aaron Young at first morning worship of RISING Church on Sunday, September 9, 2012.


Aaron Young

Senior Pastor

Lori Cotter

Associate Pastor

Blaine Tiller

Student Pastor

Deanna Porter

Children's Pastor

Josh Carlson

Worship Pastor

Marti Meuse

Church Administrator

Phyllis Remke

Congregational Care

Robby Hirschmann

Associate Student Pastor

Toni Carey

Student Discipleship Coordinator

Brandon Rushin

Creative Director

Jonathan Noa

Technical Director

Bailey Tiller

Digital Media Manager

Josh Axelberd

Innovation Catalyst




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