For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” -Galatians 5:13-14

Each year on the Fourth of July, we celebrate the birth of our great nation: a nation founded upon freedom. Freedom to speak without fear, to express dissent from our rulers, and to peaceably assemble. And perhaps the most important right we have as Americans is that of the right to freely exercise our religion. On the Saturday prior to Independence day, thousands gather in the heart of Ball Ground to celebrate not only these rights, but to celebrate the freedom we have gained through Jesus Christ-- the freedom from slavery to sin. It is through God we receive the power to overcome our own wrongdoings, and in Christ, who took our place on the cross, we find forgiveness to release us from the bonds of guilt. This is why, on June 30th, 2012, former Ball Ground UMC pastor Jared Lathem launched the first Faith and Freedom Festival, and it is why we use our freedom as an opportunity to go out into our community and spread the love of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all who might hear it.

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2017 Faith and Freedom Festival are available! If you or your business would like to sponsor the festival, please call Trevor at 678-591-8106!


Music selection for 2017 is still underway. Here are the artists for the 2016 festival, please find them on Facebook and tell them how much you enjoyed them last year!

Alan Kendall

Southern Gospel

Singer, entertainer, writer, historian. Christian entertainment for all ages.

Lost & Found

Gospel Blues/Rock

Members: Jim Knight, Ted Mortimer, John Byrd, and sitting in on keys for some live performances, Preston.

Copperhead Highway

Southern Gospel

Randall & Chad started Copperhead Highway in mid 2013. They later added Zane on Bass and Banjo, along with Randy on Drums and Mandolin.

Scarlet Wool

Contemporary Folk/Gospel

Winners of the 2013 Atlanta Fest talent search; Scarlet Wool (formerly known as Purely Acoustic) is made up of three siblings from Northwest GA., Tabitha, Matthew and Hannah Fleenor.


NOTICE: Food Vendors please call Trevor at 678-591-8106 before submitting your application.

Vendor applications for 2017 close on June 16th! Don't forget, you can e-mail your applications to trevor@faithandfreedomfestival.com.

The Faith and Freedom Festival brings thousands of visitors to downtown Ball Ground. Don't miss out on the opportunity to get the word out about your business and showcase your products! Please do note that we have limited space this year, and we will be accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis, so get your applications in quickly!

2017 Faith and Freedom Festival Vendor Application


Jared Lathem

2016 Feature Speaker

Faith and Freedom Festival is pleased to welcome back founder and former Ball Ground UMC Pastor, Jared Lathem. Jared is currently serving at Northridge Community Church in Richmond, Kentucky. He will be moving to the Tampa, Florida area to start Promesa Ministries as a part of his father's ministry, Venezuela Now.