Guns for God? Alabama church gets national attention with concept

Rocky Mount United Methodist Church gun range

Last year, the Rocky Mount United Methodist Church in Jemison, Ala., did something quite unique they turned a piece of their property into a gun range ministry. As reported by WIAT the church converted an overgrown gully behind their property into a gun range ministry “complete with guns, bullets and the Bible.”

In the beginning, Pastor Phillip Guin and parishioners turned the snake-ridden patch of land into a range to help teach firearm security, which later led to the creation of the Rocky Mount Hunt and Gun Club, in an effort to bring more members to the church.

“This is an opportunity for us to reach out in the name of Jesus Christ in a setting that is completely unique. Even odd by some people’s standards. But who’s to say that church can’t happen right here,” Guin said, pointing at the red clay dirt of the range.

So far, the club is comprised of church members. But there are prospective members contacting Guin and other church members regularly.

The range has also become a favorite of the Jemison Police Department. Deputy Chief Marc McMinn told us they train there on a regular basis and offer training courses to the public. Plans are in the works for another training course in October.

The story is garnering national attention. Friday, the National Rifle Association shared the New York Daily News on their Facebook page spotlighting a unique concept.


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