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Greenville church draws inspiration from Rev. Billy Graham

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Chris and Jerushah Armfield with the new book 'Thank You Billy.' (April 3, 2014/FOX Carolina) Chris and Jerushah Armfield with the new book 'Thank You Billy.' (April 3, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Chris Armfield (center) on stage during City Lights' service on Sunday. (April 6, 2014/FOX Carolina) Chris Armfield (center) on stage during City Lights' service on Sunday. (April 6, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

City Lights Church opened in Greenville in October of 2012. Since then, the lead pastor said it has seen growth in numbers and spirituality.

He is Chris Armfield. He said of his church, "It's truly a dream come true, a dream that was sown in my heart when I was 15 years old."

It is a dream Armfield shares with his wife, Jerushah Armfield. Most Sundays, they can both be found at the Camelot Cinemas off Laurens Road in Greenville. Right now, that is where members of City Lights meet for service.

They split up in theaters for adults and children. But the message is clear, the Armfields want to make everyone feel welcome.

"When someone comes in the doors who is kind of at the end of their rope, whether it's their occupation or family situation or just don't feel good about themselves, they are the most ready to receive God's love," said Chris Armfield.

He said right now, they are in no hurry to move. They have made strides though, buying property along the Swamp Rabbit Trail for a possible permanent location. Soon, their congregation has gotten so large, they will expand to two services on Sunday mornings.

"It's a fun journey," Chris Armfield said. "A building is something we'd like someday, but it's not the most important thing for us."

That may be because the Armfields are juggling a very busy life these days, including the growing congregation and Jerushah Armfield's new book, written with her brothers. The book is called Thank You Billy.

It is about her grandfather, the Reverend Billy Graham. The siblings collected stories from the website, www.thankyoubilly.com, and published them recently. They asked people to share how Graham touched their lives.

For the Armfields, it is his ability to reach all people and how humble he is, even as revered as he is around the world.

"Everybody is equal in his eyes and to watch him do that and see that a president of the United States is the same as a child coming to a crusade in his eyes, because they are all people," said Jerushah Armfield.

That is a message shared at City Lights. The Armfields said they try to reach each individual person and to help them with their struggles, no matter how large.

"We're not trying to be anything spectacular," Chris Armfield said. "We're just trying to be who God has made us to be and it's just fun. There's no pressure in that."

Soon, the couple will lead worship services at Fluor Field on Easter Sunday, April 20. They will serve a meal to the homeless at 9 a.m. and sit down and eat alongside everyone who attends a community breakfast. That will be followed by a public Easter service at 10 a.m.

It is a service you might compare to Graham's well-known crusades. That is something not lost on his granddaughter. They will reach a large group of people with a message of hope. It is a message Jerushah Armfield believes is a simple, but important one.

"It's really at the end of the day, we just want people to know Jesus," she said.

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