Gospel Nation Christian Fellowship, previously known as Sweetwater Community Church was founded in the Ben Hill community in 1962. A church that was diverse in people and thought. The church moved to the Powder Springs location in 1990 and completed construction of its new facility in 1992.
In September 2003, the Lord began to speak to Pastor Bailey about a new direction and new thing he was about to do in his life. In March 2004, Pastor Bailey was led to attend Sweetwater Church. Rev. Chris Haggy was the pastor at that time. Rev. Haggy later that year began to share with the leadership and congregation about a new direction for his life. In July 2004, Pastor Bailey became the fifth and first African American pastor of the church.
In 2004 there were fewer than 15 members at Sweetwater Community Church - but with the Pastoral Leadership of Pastor John R. Bailey in a few short years the congregation has grown from a small group of devoted members to over 600 adults, children & youth, and growing. His vision to- "Impact the Community and Change the World" through Jesus Christ has made the church grow. In May 2006, Sweetwater Community Church became Gospel Nation Christian Fellowship.