This is what the Lord Almighty says:
“Once again men and women of ripe old age will sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each of them with cane in hand because of their age. The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there.”
Zechariah 8:4-5 (NIV)
Our mission is to see the fulfillment of Zechariah 8:4-5 in the downtown communities of Augusta Georgia, evidenced by restored people and places.
Our vision is to transform downtown communities of Augusta with Christ-Centered Hope by empowering, resourcing, and serving local leaders.
Jonathan grew up in the CSRA. He worked in law enforcement for over 6 years, including 5 years as a probation agent. He felt the Lord was leading him to be involved in a ministry that helped break the cycles of poverty and crime that he saw. This desire eventually led him to City Hope. He returned to school and is nearing the completion of a Master’s of Arts in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary. He and Melissa have been married for 6 years and have 3 children: Elizabeth (4), Charlotte (2), and Caroline (7mo).
Rick graduated from Wofford College with a Bachelor’s of Arts and is seeking a Master’s of Arts in Theological Studies from Erskine Theological Seminary. He has been married to Melissa for 17 years and they have 2 children: Riley, a freshman at Davidson Fine Arts and Cooper, a 6th grader at Heritage Academy Christian School. The Keuroglians have lived in Olde Town for 8 years.
City Hope’s board consists of men and women who are community leaders in their own areas of expertise and volunteer their time to help ensure City Hope stays on a path of success. They are Dr. Daniel Boone, Jeff Drake, Tom Harley, Rev. Mike Hearon, Steve Hubbard, Christel Jiles and Luke Niday.
Three Avenues of Change
We start by completing assessment of a community. This enables us to identify community leaders, gathering points, resources, needs, and other data. Once we have completed this assessment we begin to move forward with initiatives in what we refer to as the Three Avenues of Change.
We strive to empower people to be contributors in the community. This involves teaching individuals to recognize and implement their gifts and resources in positive ways.
We want to be a liaison between those with resources and those with needs. After identifying the assets and needs of a community we can work to create a network of people who can collaborate to solve issues.
We don’t want to create projects on our own, but come alongside of people in the community to work with them. We think of this as “pairity” instead of “charity.” We desire projects which benefit both the recipients of the service and the volunteers performing the service.