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Baptisms water the soul of Christians
Ceremony differs among denominations but the aim is the same
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Chestnut Mountain Church senior pastor Jeff Benefield, right, and Greg Raber, left, baptize Raber’s son Keaton in the church’s baptismal pool in Flowery Branch. The church practices full immersion baptisms.
In the north corner of the west lobby of Chestnut Mountain Church in Flowery Branch is an unexpected sight: a small heated swimming pool. For people who may not have grown up attending a church, the sight may leave them to question why a pool is inside a place of worship, Chestnut Mountain Church senior pastor Jeff Benefield said. But for his congregation and most Christians, the pool is a significant symbol to the faith.