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The Jesus Rock Ministry

Updated on July 3, 2022

Nestled in the foothills of historic Fentress County Tennessee you will notice many unique knick knacks, stores, and even people but one of the things that truly stand out are the rocks of many shapes and sizes with bible verses and sayings written by hand in white paint.

If you stop and ask any body in the small town who is responsible for making all the rocks that you see almost everywhere in the county; they will gladly proclaim that it is Mr. Eugene Hensley of Jamestown, Tennessee.

Upon meeting Mr Hensley the first thing you will notice is the excitement he has for what he does. This man has a true desire to show his love and belief through the messages he paints on his rocks and spreading them far and wide.


Mr. Hensley gathers the rocks by hand from the creek banks, then he washes, dries, varnishes, and hand paints each one. Each rock is unique as there are no two rocks that are identical. It takes me about 15 minutes to paint each rock says Hensley and he doesn't even know the exact count of rocks that have been spread since he began the ministry six years ago.

I find it fascinating that one person can make such a huge impact on an area through something as small and in expensive as rock. When you compliment Mr Hensley for his hard work he will quickly reply with Jesus is the one that deserves the Glory.

Hensley says the reason he began the rock ministry six years ago was because he likes spreading the gospel of his belief and love of Jesus.


Hensley has two types of ministry rocks. One is the kind that you see everywhere and the other is the kind he hands out personally. When you are handed the smaller of the ministry rocks- you are given three. Among them is a small red stone and 2 rocks with the word Jesus written on them. You are then instructed to keep 1 and pass two on. If you ask him why two are written on and the other is red- he will tell you that is took 1 drop of blood and suggest that you keep the red one of the three and pass on the two "Jesus" rocks.


One of Mr Hensley's newest accomplishments is the completition of his first Spanish based ministry rocks. In the photo he is pictured with the first two he completed and a few of his friends. Mr Hensley's (the gentleman pictured on the far right) rock says: God is love. The one his friend is holding says: I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

It is obvious that Mr Hensley is a highly respected and well admired person in his community and we would like to wish him the best in his future endeavors. Thank you so much for everything you do!


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