Founded by Nick and Tiffany Rucker in 2011, Impact Church was created with dreams to include, instruct, and ignite the city of Hartwell.


The call to plant Impact Church began in January of 2010. After an intense time of prayer, Nick Rucker, the founding and Senior Pastor felt the Lord leading him to move back to his hometown to plant a church. Although serving as a full-time pastoral counselor at the time, Nick felt a “Holy Discontent” that God wanted him to do more. It was while reading through the book of Nehemiah that God began giving Nick the plans for what is now Impact Church. Nick and his family moved to Hartwell, GA in November 2011 to begin their exciting new journey!

Nick and his wife Tiffany, along with a core of dedicated leaders and volunteers officially launched Impact Church on October 7, 2012 in the Fine Arts Center of the local high school.

Since our launch, we have watched God heal broken hearts, restore shattered hopes, and change many lives in extraordinary ways! We are excited about what God has in store for us in our next phase of life as His Church!


Our Leadership Team

We think they're pretty awesome.


Nick Rucker
Lead Pastor


Derrick Brown
Student Pastor/Media Director


Kim Critchlow
Administrative Assistant


Missy Teasley
Guest Services Director



Tiffany Rucker
Operations Director



Jerry McHan
Pastoral Advisor



Kendell Rucker
Pastoral Advisor



Amanda Brown
Worship Leader


Jason Martin
Pastoral Advisor



Andrew Dallas
Pastoral Advisor



Ginger Benton
Kidcity Director


Todd Critchlow
Pastoral Advisor



Sheri Landreth
Pastoral Advisor


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KidCity is an awesome environment for kids 6 weeks to 5th grade in which they can learn about Jesus on their level and develop an on-going and growing relationship with Him and their peers. On a typical Sunday children will worship to upbeat and fun music, skits, and more that will help them grow in character and their relationship with Christ. KidCity is an environment specifically designed for kids and strives to be relevant to them. We want Sunday to be a child’s favorite day of the week! Check out Kidcity's Facebook by clicking here.


Gravity Student Ministries

Gravity’s mission is to set a down to earth atmosphere that draws, disciples, and dispatches students to change their world for Christ. Gravity Students from 6th to 12th grade meet every Wednesday from 6:30-8:00 at the Impact Church Office located in the Bell’s Shopping Center. Wednesday’s include games, fellowship, a worship service and small group time. If you have any questions about Gravity or are interested in volunteering as a Gravity Adult Leader, please contact our Student Pastor Derrick Brown at You can get more info on Gravity's facebook page by clicking

Click here to find out everything you need to know about what’s going in our student ministry!


Worship Team

The Worship Team is one of the most vital ministries at Impact Church and is responsible for leading the congregation into a worship experience through song. If you are a vocalist or a musician and have a desire to serve on this team click here to fill out an application.


Community Groups

Relationships are the heart of the gospel and therefore are at the heart of Impact Church. We believe that we can realize our vision of seeing broken hearts healed, hopes restored, and lives changed for the Kingdom much faster through the development of lasting relationships rooted in the Word. In other words, transformation happens best when it involves others. Getting people out of rows and into circles is our goal for groups. Interested joining a group? Click here!