JEFFERSONVILLE, Ga. (BNc)- A county in central Georgia now has a church meeting there for the first time.

Milton Sampson, a retired high school math teacher, initiated the effort and is preaching for the congregation.

Twiggs County is the geographical center of the state. Two families came together to begin meeting in January.

Adam Cozort, preacher for the Baldwin church in Milledgeville, Ga., wrote Mar. 4 that there are about 10 Christians in the congregation.

The church began in Sampson’s home and has since moved to a small rented building.

Sampson wrote before the work began, “It has been my desire to start a work here for sometime. I moved here in 1994. At that time I was worshiping in adjacent Bibb County, with the Plant Street church, then the Central church. In 1995, my family and I assisted brother Stacey Grant in starting the Central church in Milledgeville, Ga. That work is doing fine. It is now time to come home.”

Sampson wrote letters to congregations seeking assistance for rent.

David Lemmons, minister with the Bellevue Road church in Dublin, Ga., said his congregation was supporting the effort.

Sampson obeyed the gospel in 1982 from the teachings of Ruben Walker and attended Southeastern Biblical Institute in Doraville, Ga. He ministered with the Northside church in Sparta, Ga., for more than five years.

For more information, the church’s mailing address is P.O. Box 48, Jeffersonville, GA 31044. Sampson’s phone number is (478) 390-3839; his email