The mission of Rising Church, a church plant in Leesburg, VA, is to love God and the community. Its lead pastor, Jason Lamb, is passionate about sharing the Gospel—both in word and deed—and seeing God transform the people of Leesburg. Jason is no stranger to Northern Virginia. His father, a retired colonel in the US Army, was stationed in Northern Virginia, which is where Jason grew up.
With the mission of planting Rising Church, Jason, Neva, and their three sons moved back to Virginia from Tennessee, where Jason had been serving on staff at a local church. They have seen God move in mighty ways to reach Leesburg. Part of their strategy in reaching their community is to have in home small groups. The other part of the strategy is to find ways to serve the people of Leesburg. “We have been blessed by several mission teams this summer, who have partnered with us in providing our community with four VBS camps, one sports camp, door-to-door spiritual surveys, block parties, and our Fourth of July Outreach,” says Pastor Jason.
Each year, Rising Church takes a weekend for what they call Love Leesburg (#loveleesburg), an effort designed to directly serve the community with special projects. This year, Love Leesburg included a school supply distribution through which over 100 children were equipped with backpacks and school supplies. The next morning, which was a Sunday, the congregation took on three unique serving opportunities:
- VISITING RESIDENTS at a local nursing home,
- setting up REFRESHMENT AND PRAYER STATIONS on the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, and
- providing LAWN CARE for a pregnant mother with two young children whose husband had been deployed overseas for several months.
Serving the local school district has also been a hallmark of Rising Church from the beginning. Pastor Jason has been blessed to utilize mission teams from several church partners, including First Baptist Church of Norfolk and Virginia Beach Beacon Baptist Church. Other partners include several SBC churches outside of Virginia.
Jason Lamb and Rising Church appreciate the power of this year’s Annual Homecoming theme, Not Alone. “There is no way that we could have done what we have been able to do these past two years had it not been for partnerships we share with other churches,” shares Pastor Jason. “We are better equipped and empowered as a church plant because of their prayers, encouragement, mission teams, and financial support.”
By God’s grace, Leesburg is being transformed by the Gospel because of Rising Church’s faithful service to the community and because of SBCV churches’ faithful contributions to this church plant, the Cooperative Program, and Vision Virginia.