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Pioneer Hall pastor, store merchant forgave debts
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The first minister of Chestatee Baptist Church, John Edward “Jackie” Rives, was a successful farmer and merchant who turned preacher in 1833 after hearing a stirring sermon on swearing, a sin he admitted he was guilty of. He swore off swearing, began to preach and became one of Northeast Georgia’s most respected, versatile and well known citizens. He even served two terms as state representative from Hall County.