About Downtown Ministries

Downtown Ministries is a non-profit organization that engages youth and their families in inner-city Athens through sports programs, after-school programs, Downtown Academy, and other community projects. Our programs and activities promote personal and spiritual renewal as well as community restoration. Through these avenues, we build a sphere of influence through which to share the transforming power of the Christian gospel.

Our Mission

Downtown Ministries is an organization that builds consistent relationships with youth and their families in inner-city Athens through programs that demonstrate Christ-centered hope and encouragement.

Who We Serve

Downtown Ministries began as a mission geared toward helping and shaping the inner-city youth of Athens. We offer programs for children ages 4 to 12, but our volunteers often remain involved with our youth on a long-term basis. While we primarily recruit children from the downtown area, we accept youth from across the community.

Our History

Downtown Ministries was created in 2003 as a program of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in downtown Athens. The congregation wanted to reach out to children and families in Athens’ inner-city neighborhoods and launched the Downtown Falcons football teams as a means of the mission.

One team grew to two in 2004 and to four the following year. Additionally, basketball teams and cheerleading squads were also established to meet the ever-expanding demand for programs in the community. In 2007, Downtown Ministries became an independent non-profit organization.

Downtown Ministries expanded its reach beyond the playing field with Downtown Life, launching an after-school program as well as Cub Scouts. While Downtown Ministries does not host the Cub Scouts any more, we have continued to grow our After-School Program. Currently, After-School serves the children who attend Downtown Academy.

Our most recent major expansion has been Downtown Academy, a private, Christ-centered school which opened in August 2013. The school began its first year with kindergarten and first grade – with a maximum of 15 children in each class – and plans on adding a grade per year through grade five.

Today, Downtown Ministries is supported by several churches in Athens, as well as individuals and businesses in the community. Additionally, volunteers from more than a dozen churches and University of Georgia student organizations lead a growing number of Downtown Ministries programs.

God has showered Downtown Ministries with blessings to make for exponential growth during its first 10 years. And Downtown Ministries is just getting started. But while the ministry has grown, the mission remains the same.

Downtown Ministries will continue to communicate and demonstrate the transforming power of the Christian gospel to youth and their families in inner-city Athens by developing a consistent and authentic presence in their lives and communities.

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