The Bethlehem Center. A United Methodist Community Center located in downtown Chattanooga, “the Beth” provides faith-based programs that focus on character development, education and literacy, and leadership development for inner-city youth and families. (www.thebeth.org) Ongoing opportunities to serve.
OUMC Share & Care. Your donations to this ministry help hundreds of needy people who live in, or who are passing through, our immediate area with urgent needs for supplies (non-perishable food items, toiletries, etc) food vouchers, gas vouchers, utility bill assistance, etc. The program is carefully managed in coordination with other local agencies to ensure needs are legitimate and to provide assistance in developing longer term improvements. Our service areas are Ooltewah, Collegedale, Apison, McDonald, Georgetown, and Harrison.
Breakaway Outreach. A ministry based out of Chattanooga, locally serving Hamilton and Bradley Counties, providing local outreach and holistic services for at-risk youth, under-served children, and their families. The program helps provide training and relevant resources for churches, youth workers, and volunteers who serve these families. Ongoing opportunities to serve. LEARN MORE
Lots of Love. A ministry of OUMC that provides local orphan ministry in association with the Chambliss Center, and Christian education for adoptive and foster families. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Promise. A ministry that helps homeless families in our area have a safe place to stay in area local churches while getting them back on their feet and in an affordable home of their own. OUMC provides temporary food, shelter and warm fellowship for the families during the host week they are with us. (more info)
Plus a host of other local ministries with ongoing opportunities to serve, such as:
- Samaritan Center
- Community Kitchen
- Chattanooga Area Food Bank
- Room in the Inn
- Faith Connections (Worship for Alzheimer Patients)
- Camp Lookout Work Projects
Jubilee Project, Sneedville, TN. A United Methodist ministry of the Holston Conference that provides community development and services to people living in wide-spread poverty in Hancock County. Their mission is to help meet spiritual, economic, social, and physical needs. (www.jubileeproject.holston.org)
UMCOR Sager Brown Depot, Baldwin, LA. UMCOR is the humanitarian relief and development agency of the United Methodist Church. Sager Brown is the headquarters for UMCORs relief supply operations. Approximately $4 million in supplies are shipped each year from the Baldwin campus. More than 2,000 volunteers come through Sager Brown each year to make these shipments happen.
South Asia. Kevin and Jessica and their children are serving in South Asia. They are located in an area with an abundance of boarding schools that board students from all over Asia. Kevin and Jessica have combined their call to missions and student ministry to reach out to these students through a cafe. Their vision is to offer students a safe place to gather and learn about Jesus through small group discipleship.
The family is a longtime member of OUMC and Kevin and Jessica felt their call to missions on a short-term mission trip with OUMC to South Asia in 2001. In 2015 they made the move to South Asia and began seeking how God would use them. Kevin, who was an assistant youth director at OUMC, says “this city seemed prepared by God for our family, it answers our call to reach out to the lost youth of this nation.”
Ecuador. OUMC has a long-term relationship with Tim & Daina Datwyler in Ecuador. They are heavily involved in agricultural development as well as their pastoral outreach ministries, which include: Bible studies, lay pastor training, children’s ministry, etc. OUMC began working with the Datwylers when they were stationed in. (http://puertadeesperanza.org)
Frontiers. Alan & Beth are part of the Barnabas Team of Frontiers, a mission outreach to unreached populations. They encourage Frontiers missionaries through pastoral coaching, member care, debriefing of those on home assignment, restoring those emotionally wounded in ministry, and re-deployment of those in transition. The Barretts planted churches and trained leaders in southeast Asia in their previous ministries. (www.frontiersusa.org)
Uganda. Billy & Joanna Coppedge are an amazing young couple with five children who are currently serving on the mission field of Uganda. They provide training for local pastors as well as Bible studies and other outreach ministries for people in the community. They provide training in the Bible teaching method of storying. This technique is utilized in training short-term mission teams. They serve as a part of the World Gospel Mission Team.
SE Asia. Our missionaries, Peter and Esther Pereira felt God calling them to leave a comfortable life in the US and return to their native land. They have established a large and successful ministry, Hope for Today, focusing on leadership training, church planting and development in rural villages, and a wide range of compassion ministries such as, orphanages, slum schools, and medical camps. OUMC has a long-term relationship with the Pereiras. (www.hopeteam.org)
Vietnam. Initially a refugee to the US from Vietnam, Binh Rybacki returned to her home country to establish a ministry called Children of Peace International. Through this organization, she works to improve the lives of impoverished Vietnamese children with schools, orphanages, medical services, arranging in adoptive homes throughout the world, and opposition to the sale of Vietnamese children in sex trade. (www.childrenofpeace.org)
Baltic Theological Seminary-Estonia. The mission of the BMTS is to promote spiritual formation and provide higher theological education. The vision of the BMTS is to prepare Christian workers and leaders for churches and Christian organizations in former communist regions of Eastern Europe. (www.emkts.ee)
UMCOR. The United Methodist Committee on Relief is the humanitarian relief and development agency of the United Methodist Church. Compelled by Christ, UMCOR responds to natural or human made disasters – those interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. UMCOR’s mission is to alleviate human suffering. They provide practical, proactive support to the most vulnerable survivors of emergencies due to natural or civil causes. (www.umcor.org)
INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (ILI). Founded by Drs. Wes and Joy Griffin, ILI focuses on leadership to spread the Gospel and to accomplish the Great Commission. ILI trains and mobilizes leaders to reach their nations. It is a growing, global movement with 200,000 alumni in 100 nations. ILI Website