Empowering

the Youth of Downtown Augusta Through Faith, Mentorship, and Education

Oaks Ministries: Where Spiritual Growth, Quality Mentorship, and Exceptional After-School Programs Unite to Shape Tomorrow's Leaders.

The Oaks Mission

To empower the students of downtown Augusta to become Christ-centered leaders who transform their communities with the hope of the Gospel

Our Start

Founded in 2008 by families from First Presbyterian Church, Hope for Augusta aimed to revitalize both people and places in downtown Augusta, GA. The initiative evolved from community dinners to a multifaceted program offering after-school tutoring, Bible studies, mentorships, and summer activities, often in partnership with other like-minded organizations.

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Our Growth

As Hope for Augusta continued to grow, we desired to see students be better equipped for “life after high school” through internships and entrepreneurial opportunities.


We knew for this to happen, we needed to become a true community ministry in order to best partner with local churches, businesses, and organizations.


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Our Future

In 2023, Mike and Stephen transitioned from Hope for Augusta in order to co-found and co-direct a 501c3 non-profit entity, Oaks Ministries.

The name, Oaks Ministries, is based on Isaiah 61:3, which states “That they may be called Oaks of Righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.”

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Our Start

Hope for Augusta, a ministry of First Presbyterian Church, began in 2008 when some families and individuals from First Presbyterian Church bought old homes and moved into the downtown neighborhood of Augusta, GA. Their focus was two-fold: to restore people and rebuild places. As they developed relationships within the neighborhood they began to understand the assets and the challenges of the community. 

What started as a regular community dinner morphed into a weekly community Bible study for kids. Through that, the neighbors began to know each other and assistance in the areas of tutoring, mentoring, and discipleship began. In 2011 and 2012, Stephen Pittman and Mike Rosser joined the Hope for August team. Over the past 12 years, Mike and Stephen have built and deepened relationships with families in downtown Augusta and have aided in the implementation and growth of after-school and summer initiatives.

Our Growth

As Hope for Augusta expanded its reach and impact, Mike and Stephen recognized the pressing need to prepare students for the challenges and opportunities that await them after high school. This led us to focus on providing internships and fostering entrepreneurial skills, which are particularly crucial for inner-city youth. Entrepreneurship and job skills not only offer a pathway to financial independence but also instill a sense of responsibility, creativity, and self-reliance. These skills are invaluable in breaking the cycle of poverty and enabling young people to contribute positively to their communities.

Understanding the importance of these life skills, we realized that our efforts would be most effective through collaborative partnerships. To truly make a lasting impact, we needed to evolve from being a standalone initiative to becoming a community-centric ministry. This transformation would allow us to synergize our efforts with local churches, businesses, and organizations that share our vision.

By aligning ourselves with these community stakeholders, we could offer more comprehensive and sustainable programs. Local businesses could provide internship opportunities, churches could offer spiritual guidance (as well as funding and volunteers), and other organizations could contribute resources or expertise in areas like education and mentorship. This collaborative approach amplifies our impact and ensures that we are collectively contributing to the holistic development of students in downtown Augusta.

Our Future

In 2023, Mike and Stephen transitioned from Hope for Augusta in order to co-found and co-direct a 501c3 non-profit entity, Oaks Ministries. The name, Oaks Ministries, is based on Isaiah 61:3, which states “That they may be called Oaks of Righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.” 

We believe that, in order for students to become “Oaks of Righteousness” and be best equipped for the future they must:

  1. Become rooted in their identity as an image bearing Son or Daughter of the King, 
  2. Be given opportunities to hone practical life skills and talents that can be immediately implemented in the job market, and
  3. Be provided a mentor who can aid them in creating a clear plan for the future and empower them to succeed in that plan.
Our prayer is that the students of Oaks Ministries will become Oaks of Righteousness: confident in who they are in Christ and empowered to use the gifts God has given them to influence and transform their communities.
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Our Values:   Found on and rooted in the Gospel.

First,

We believe that every student is created in the image of God and has inherent purpose, value,
and dignity.

Second,

We believe in creating a safe environment where our students' cultures are celebrated and they
are affirmed in their gifts.

Third,

We believe in raising up generational leaders who will transform their city.

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Oaks Ministries offers many programs for all youth and teen age levels.

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