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An Oasis of Hope in Richmond

A new church plant in Richmond, Virginia, has impacted hundreds of lives, even in the face of the COVID pandemic.
Pastors Nate and Anna Clarke were born and raised in the Richmond, Virginia, area, and each experienced God calling them into the ministry as a teenager. Early in their marriage they believed He would lead them to plant a church at some point, but they had no idea where. After five years as evangelists, they knew God was calling them to plant a church back in Richmond, a metro area with a population of 1.3 million-plus.

Prior to launching Oasis Church in Richmond in September 2019, the Clarkes, along with a core group of leaders, spent a year in prayer and planning.

“We had an incredible pre-launch season that focused on relationship and team building,” Nate Clarke says, “and by launch day we had a committed core group that felt like family!”

In the early months the Oasis Church family began a steady growth in both number and spiritual depth.

“People were surrendering their lives to Jesus, new hope was being proclaimed through baptism, and countless people were stepping into their calling to serve,” Clarke says.

When the COVID-19 pandemic brought challenges in spring 2020, Oasis Church began providing online services for adults and a special online service for Oasis Kids. The leadership and congregation went to work on creating solutions that had a personal touch and they took action. They began connecting with people in isolation through handwritten notes, phone calls, and virtual crew meetings. The church created a COVID-19 relief fund to help lead a meal distribution site and provide support bags for medical professionals.

Oasis Church recently regathered as a church, navigating COVID procedures and precautions to create a safe environment to worship together again.

“Our ministry methods at Oasis may have changed, but our mission never will,” Clarke says.

“Thank you again, AGTrust and Church Multiplication Network, for the Matching Funds and training support,” states Clarke. “With your help, God’s guidance, and a great team that serves selflessly, gives sacrificially, and loves boldly, hundreds of people have experienced Christ and dozens have been baptized in less than one year.”