Wellington Estates cul-de-sac complaining about noise from a nearby 24-hour church
International House of Prayer on Collins Hill Road near Lawrenceville
Pastor Billy Humphrey of International House of Prayer
Lawrenceville resident Rachael LaLiberty one of several residents complaining about noise from 24 hour church
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA - Some neighbors of a Lawrenceville church think it's making too much of a joyful noise.
Music and worship go on 24 hours a day at the International House of Prayer on Collins Hill Road.
It was rather subdued piano and acoustic guitar music when 11Alive News visited around lunch time on Monday, but some people who live on a cul-de-sac right behind the metal roofed sanctuary say it's often way too loud.
"Our windows vibrate," said neighbor Rachael LaLiberty.
"You can hear the base, (it) just echoes the whole house; our picture frames will fall over occasionally," she added.
She is just one of several residents in the Wellington Estates subdivision who've been complaining about noise from the church for the past few years, even under different owners.
"It's been going on since the last two churches have been there and that's why they moved out," LaLiberty said.
"We're trying to serve the community, not trying to hurt the community," Pastor Billy Humphrey told 11Alive News.
He acknowledged several noise complaints since International House of Prayer took over the building about six years ago.
He said they've met with some of the neighbors, toned down their overnight music and spent a lot on acoustic improvements.
"In five years we've had four different projects that we've invested over $100,000 in to try and fix the sound issue," he said.
He added that was a big burden on their 400 or so member congregation.
Yet neighbors like LaLiberty, whose homes back up to the church property, still say it's too much.
"We want to be in peace in our own home," she said.
Police have been called to the church several times and wrote at least one noise citation last December.
LaLiberty said if things don't improve soon, she and several of her neighbors will take their complaints to the Gwinnett County Commission.