The congregation of the Seven Hills Fellowship has been meeting inside the historic DeSoto Theatre in downtown Rome for more than a year and a half, growing ever larger after the church started from scratch inside the home of pastor Bryan Pierce.

Pierce, a graduate of Covenant College and a former member of the staff of the Perimeter Church in Duluth, moved to Rome with the purpose of starting a church more than two years ago. Seven Hills Fellowship, which is a member of the Presbyterian Church of America, has now grown large enough to use the theater on a regular basis.

On a typical Sunday morning, the church will see 150 people turn out for the mix of traditional and modern services featuring music on guitar, banjo and a large hand drum played on stage. While attendees might be dressed down, Pierce said the congregation takes their worship seriously.

“We’re a church that takes very seriously your questions and doubts,” he said. “We believe we have the ability to give intellectual answers to tough questions about spirituality.”

Monnie Meads has been a member for more than two years, and said she was initially attracted to the Seven Hills Fellowship because it started small.

“We could grow with the church,” she said.

“And it helps it’s the only PCA church I know of in town.”

Meads added that the service “gives you a lot of time to pray and not just repeat back predictive responses.”

“And regardless of denomination, you can be comfortable here because it’s a gospel-based church,” she said.

The church meets on Sunday mornings at 10:15 a.m. at the historic DeSoto Theatre, offering refreshments during the service and a children’s ministry.