The ministries of Orchard are built around the gifts, talents, and interests of the people who we partner with.
Case for Faith
Team Leader, James Davie, an I.T. professional, was deeply impacted personally when he discovered the veracity and validity of the claims of Christianity. Because of the impact apologetics have had on him personally, he started Case for Faith to serve others by offering seminars for skeptics and believers concerning issues of faith.
His Business Partners
Led by Lincoln Kokaram, His Business Partners offers seminars on leadership, passion, and unleashing inner power. Lincoln works to change people’s attitude towards work, breaking the 80/20 rule and to equip Christians to let their light shine in the workplace, so that many will come to know the Lord. Learn More
Love-All Tennis Ministry
What do you do when you are a really great tennis player who really loves Jesus? That was where Elizabeth Brooks found herself years ago. Today, she is reaching tennis players for Christ at her local public tennis center through the evangelistic and prayer ministries of Love-All Tennis Ministry.
One City. Many Voices.
Concert events can draw many people to a single space. The founders – including Board member Terrell McCollum and Atlanta-based musician Gwen Hughes – saw this appeal as an opportunity to engage the culture around them. Now spearheaded by Team Leader, Gia Bottiglione, One City, Many Voices creates periodic concert events intended to engage culture through music for the glory of God.
The Real Movement
“They were just yelling about how angry Jesus was at all the sinners.” That is what Cam Buchanan heard as he walked through the campus of Georgia State University. Cam started The Real Movement as a venue for college students to show the “real” Jesus to other college students. Today, they operate on the campuses of Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, and the University of Georgia with a leadership team of over 30 college students. Learn More
Way of Life
Our Founder and Executive Director, Dan Hayes, has nearly five decades of experience in evangelistic ministry. With his breadth of knowledge and experience, Dan offers periodic training for people to discover ways they can begin to relationally share their faith with others.
“Sauti” is a Swahili word for VOICE; Sauti One aims to bring together Africans in the diaspora to give back to Africa. A Kenyan native, Team Leader, David Jey Mbiro, wanted to provide an awards ceremony for African talent that is untapped and underutilized and provide support, guidance, and leadership to help the artists realize their potential. LEARN MORE.
Mended to Tell
Changed by the gospel through the testimony of a woman who came into her life at 20 years old, Team Leader, Andrea Paiva, quickly realized that if more people could hear the redemptive stories of others, they would see first hand God’s power in the lives of real people. Mended to Tell will serve as a hub for these stories, showcasing God’s transformative power in the lives of real people who have decided to put their faith in Jesus, while also being a platform for discipleship.
Breaking the Shackles
Led by Team Leader, Cameron Harris, Breaking the Shackles exists to raise awareness, collect funds, and mobilize students to actively fight modern-day slavery (human trafficking), to glorify God and share His love with all people. LEARN MORE
Lead by Caleb Stanley, The Alternative seeks to reach the church and unchurched through large worship events and gatherings that promote deeper intimacy with God and unity. LEARN MORE
Vision Collegiate Ministries
Lead by Mwamba Johnson; Vision Collegiate Ministries seeks to equip, inspire, and empower ethnic minority leaders on college campuses toward holistic Christian living. They do this through coaching, collaboration, and consulting.
Families and Children
Growing in Grace
“You come home with a newborn child and you’re thinking to yourself, ‘now what’? That was the question that Occupational Therapist Stacy Lyons realized new moms were asking when they brought their babies home. Wanting to help moms dealing with that, Growing in Grace was born as a community outreach that serves moms by giving them better resources related to the development of children newborn-5 years old. Learn More
The biblical imperative for caring for children in need is clear. That is what John and Deena Theiss thought. Although John and Deena live busy lives as an airline pilot and a medical doctor, respectfully, they also saw a need to recruit foster families to serve children in need. They then felt led to provide ongoing care for them. Living 1.27 accomplishes both of those goals, operating primarily out of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, GA. Learn More
Spring of Life Couples Ministry
Eric and Nancy Matundo have a deep desire to help marriages grow stronger and deeper. Spring of Life was launched as an event focused ministry to fulfill this desire. Learn More
Run by Corn Williams and Curt Swilley, Young Gunz is a brotherhood that holds 6th-12th graders accountable to grow in their faith, develop lasting friendships and become a servant-leader that will influence change.
One Talent Inc.
One Talent provides opportunities for girls to: recognize their abilities, enhance their technology skills and awareness, participate in educational and career development activities and experimental learning experiences (inclusive of cultural and social opportunities). The girls have a platform to showcase their talents (inclusive of their oral and written skills). One Talent Inc. encourages its participants to reach for higher heights, take the road less traveled, and dare to go above and beyond expectations. It is the goal of One Talent Inc. to instill as many positive influences as possible to help our youth channel their gifts and talents in the right direction. Learn More
Foundations Youth Center
Foundations Youth Center serves youth from all ethnic and social backgrounds between the ages of 11-18. They do this by creating opportunities for youth to responsibly express themselves through media. The youth will be able to express themselves through music, video production/ editing, music appreciation, modern art/drawing, computer graphics, and through the art of dance. With a focus on quality programming, FYC fosters an atmosphere of media awareness and spiritual growth. Learn More
Iron 2 Iron
Lead by Team Leader Johnny Brown, Iron 2 Iron seeks to reunite estranged fathers with their children. Through extensive leadership training, in-school programs, and one-on-one discipleship, they re-engineer the hearts of men who have not mastered the skills needed to be a Husband, Father, and Men. Learn More
Founded by LaTonya Gates-Boston, PAWkids is an after-school enrichment program committed to partnering with the parents of Grove Park for the holistic development of their children spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. Learn More
Elite Women of Excellence (EWOE)
Founded by Lisa Smith, EWOE is a ministry that serves teenage girls by providing academic enrichment programs, leadership development, and other student enrichment activities. Learn More
First Works Soccer
Led by Lusenii Watson, First Works Soccer helps underserved youth through employment, exposure, and character while teaching the game of soccer. LEARN MORE
Led by Team Leader Rodnie “Swift” Graham, Becoming Us works to empower young men and women to build futures that they can be proud of. We empower by teaching them their heritage and encouraging them to have a sense of self-worth because they’re not only loved by God but created for greatness. Through mentorship and educational resources, we provide guidance and tools necessary to build a future upon a solid foundation.
Poverty and Crisis
Led by Stephen Boyd, Beautiful Feet provides shoes to children in need each Christmas. Currently, shoes are given in collaboration with Summerhill Community Ministries, Peace Preparatory Academy, and My Sister’s House.
Engines for Emanuel
Melvin Glaize, an I.T. professional at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and Dave Peterson, and employee at Chick-fil-A’s home office, discovered a shared love for motorcycles and assisting people in crisis situations when they raised $15,000 to give to families impacted by the church shootings in Charleston, SC a few years back. Today, EFE leverages their love for motorcycles to serve people in crisis situations on an ongoing basis.
Feeding God’s Little Ones
In order to help children at Woodson Park Academy, a Title 1 school in northwest Atlanta, achieve their greatest potential in school, we oversee a feeding program giving weekend snacks to over 650 children in this school with 100% of its population falling beneath the poverty line.
When John Decker, a commercial real estate developer in Atlanta, had a friend go to prison, he decided to write him a letter. That friend, a Christian, asked John for some devotional resources for himself and for other prisoners who wanted to know about Jesus. Hebrews 13:3 was started to resource this movement which, to date, has provided devotional materials to over 15% of the population of the correctional facility* that this ministry serves. (*Name is withheld for confidentiality purposes.)
Most Needy Project
Through the gifts of generous donors, we are able to offer resources to select non-profit organizations serving the most economically needy among us.
Want to serve but have no idea how to get started? Second Saturdays is for you! This wonderful ministry provides ongoing opportunities to serve every second Saturday of the month. Click here for more information.
The Clothes Closet
The Clothes Closet is a community project in the Upper Westside of Atlanta. The ministry exists to provide all essential clothing items to the under-resourced in the local community. Knowing the adverse effects of gentrification and the growing mixed population of resourced and under-resourced, Peggy Watson along with other members of her church were inspired by Isaiah 58: 6-10 to start the project. Peggy took on the lead role of organizing local donations, volunteers and workdays to set up a “serve to shop” model ‘store’ in the basement of their church to host free clothing events. TCC Serve-to-shop workdays happen on the 2nd Saturday of every month from 9 AM to 12 PM. TCC also accepts donations during these timeframes. Prayerfully, these events are making real relationships possible, connecting currently segmented parts of their community.
Back to Life
Led by Taylor Kern, Back to Life seeks to offer hope and exposure to the issue of suicide by providing education, practical help, and awareness. Suicide has affected families from all walks of life but it is a subject that is often avoided. Back to Life hopes to change that. LEARN MORE.
Dan Hayes Speaking Ministry
With over 50 years of ministry experience, Dan is available to speak and teach on a variety of topics. Inner life, serving, and prayer are among his favorites! Although often quite nuanced, his approach is very easy to understand and rooted in biblical wisdom (with emphasis given to the life of Jesus in the gospels).
Jonathan Goode Speaking Ministry
Jonathan brings a unique approach to preaching and teaching that is insightful, discerning, and easy to understand. His messages merge historical Christian orthodoxy and modern cultural trends to consider the best ways for today’s Jesus followers to leverage their life for Christ in a way that both relates well to society and honors their faith heritage.
Better Men Bible Study (Orchard’s Men’s Ministry)
“Men are looking for better methods, God is looking for better men!” (E. M. Bounds) Better Men Bible Study exists to help men experience deeper spiritual life, pray bigger prayers and impact in the world more noticeably. These meetings occur at 7:30am on Friday mornings. All men are welcome to join!
It is impossible to overstate the importance of prayer in the life of Orchard. We hope it is important in your life too and we’d love to offer you opportunities to grow deeper in prayer! For more information on our current prayer initiatives, click here.
Led by Becky Shoaf, Sabbath Rest is a periodic series of events that offers four hours of silence for busy Atlantans. Visit sabbath-rest.com for more information.
Guys Night Ministries
Led by Blake Edwards, Guys Night Ministries is a ministry that serves young men ages 18-28 by helping men fully experience the Holy Spirit, consistency with Jesus for men who are stuck in sin, understanding the gospel more in depth, and building up male leaders for the body of Christ.
Cru Urban Partnership
Led by Tom Fritz, designed to link Cru and Orchard in ways to more effectively engage the urban African-American community.
Founder, Sonia Adams, started Blossoming Vines to allow women a space to blossom where they are and extend their reach to others! This vision is fulfilled through special events, networking opportunities, mentoring, and through their Super Single Moms initiative each fall.
Childcare Provider Training in Spanish
With 10-15% of its program attendees making first time professions of faith in Jesus Christ, this is the most fruitful evangelistic ministry in Orchard’s history! Claudia Lopez, an employee of Atlanta Public Schools, hosts special trainings for Spanish speaking women to learn how to become childcare providers in America. These trainings all conclude with a special presentation of the gospel.
Linda Michelle Trainer found hope and healing in Jesus Christ after years of being sexually violated by a family member. She started Elegant Doves to help people who have experiences similar to hers discover that same hope and healing. Elegant Doves encourages, educates and equips women and teen girls through workshops, support groups, mentoring, and crisis hotline assistance to overcome the effects of incest abuse and post-abortion trauma and break the cycle of sexual abuse in families.
Grace & Truth
Dottie Tidwell and Peggy Lientz lead this discipleship ministry for professional women in their 20s and 30s. This study encourages personal, as well as spiritual growth through Bible study and practical domestic insights and the group meets in the homes of the leaders.
The 61 Exchange
The name comes from Isaiah 61:3, That [God] will give a crown of beauty for ashes and joy for mourning. Led by Team Leader, Amy Boland, The 61 Exchange promotes stories of how Jesus has done this exchange in women’s lives and ultimately point people towards the greatest exchange, the Gospel. Their goal is accomplished through special events and an online community.
Every Woman Works
Led by Stacey Howell, Every Woman Works offers a holistic approach that addresses each woman’s needs from the inside out through spiritual empowerment, individual coaching, job training, life skills, career development and mentoring. LEARN MORE.
Led by Ashley Graves, Maddy Moody, and Hayle Swinson, The Lift, creates gatherings for college-aged women on college campuses to help bring the love, hope, freedom, peace, joy, and redemption that can only be found in Jesus.
Led by Team Leaders Adria King and Mary-Michael McCathren, Gather exists to foster environments, communities, and conversations that teach the Gospel to teenage girls, exposing them to the joy that comes with following Jesus, and providing them with spaces and resources to help them engage in a transformative, life-long journey with Him.