Welcoming & affirming the LGBT community since 1988


Welcome to Forgiving Heart United Church of Christ

Welcome to Forgiving Heart United Church of Christ

Welcome to Forgiving Heart United Church of ChristWelcome to Forgiving Heart United Church of ChristWelcome to Forgiving Heart United Church of Christ

About Us


Our Vision

Faith is more than religion. It's about a relationship between a person and God. Together, we make faith worth living.  At Forgiving Heart, it is our mission to help you explore your relationship with God and improve those meaningful relationships in your  life. Join us each Sunday and experience the warmth of faith and the strength of our community.


Our Pastor

Rev. Emily A. Bel came to us from Atlanta, Georgia, where she spent nine years as an associate pastor, working closely with the late Rev. Reid Christensen. Before working with Rev. Christensen, Emily trained under Rev. Alice Jones in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition, she has worked with small groups in McAlester, Oklahoma, Lafayette, Louisiana and Macon, Georgia. Rev. Bel has been working with our church since September, 1995. At that time she served as the liaison between our church and the district. A year later, she became our interim pastor. In the beginning, Rev. Bel commuted from Atlanta every other week. In 1998, she relocated to Columbus and on February 17, 1998, she becamse our permanent pastor.

         As pastor, she works closely with our board of directors and members to equip God's people to bring God's love to others. Since her arrival in Columbus, she has also served in many community organizations. She is a past president of the Chattahoochee Valley PFLAG and was a member of the Columbus Pride Committee for several years. She was instrumental in the founding of the Community Outreach Program, a non-profit social service agency, serving HIV positive individuals and their families.​


Join us Sundays 11am

2946 Grant Rd, Columbus GA


Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our mission goals and work with other organizations to improve conditions for all people. Our vision is to share God's love for all people and that they know that they are loved by God just as they are. Your generous donation will help achive that vision. 

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Contact Us

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Sunday Worship Celebration 11am 

Wednesday Bible Study 7:30pm

Forgiving Heart United Church of Christ

2946 Grant Rd Columbus Ga. 31907

(706) 681-5246



By Appointment


By Appointment


07:30 pm – 08:30 pm


By Appointment


By Appointment




10:30 am – 12:30 am