Waypoint Center, Inc. was founded in January 2005 when we officially took over management of the Christian retreat center Eagle Rest. Eagle Rest was founded by Charlie and Ann Cox to be a place of rest, and spiritual renewal. As Waypoint Center, Inc. it became a “stopping place on the journey” for men with addiction. This location was a blessing and served as a place for men to encounter the Holy Spirit and have their lives changed through the “renewing of their mind”
In January of 2014 we moved to an amazing mountain location at 129 Center Point Drive, Dahlonega, GA 30533. Our 44 acre campus, Houses all our men, staff, and all support facilities. Waypoint is a safe place where an amazing community of men are seeking freedom through the healing power of Jesus Christ.
In 2015 we officially changed our name to Waypoint Ministry to better reflect our purpose and mission: to minister to the whole man – body, soul and spirit – by fostering a safe environment in which the Holy Spirit brings reconciliation with God, true self and others.
“I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly” John 10:10
Waypoint Ministry offers its’ men the opportunity to stop a destructive cycle of addiction and find a new life through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Currently, Waypoint Ministry averages 25 men in our Regeneration Program with a total capacity of 40. We are very mindful of maintaining a personal relationship with each of our men; therefore we are growing our staff and support structure concurrent with the number of men in our program.
Our Servant Leadership Training (SLT) Program has been a part of Waypoint Ministry since our inception. Men who graduate our Regeneration Program have an opportunity to stay an additional year and take leadership roles within the ministry, giving back to the program. Through this process our men will learn to be a Disciple of Christ and the blessing of serving others. The SLT Program has grown significantly with most of our recent graduates electing to stay and serve. We feel this is a true testament of the strength of our program.
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! “ Isaiah 55:1
Waypoint Ministry has a number of industries developed over the years to support our ministry. These industries not only generate revenue for the ministry but provide a training ground for many of our men in various roles of leadership and decision making.
Waypoint Thrift Store: Our first industry was our Thrift Store, established in 2006. It was moved from its original location in 2013 to: 5636 Thompson Bridge Road, Murrayville, GA 30564. This 17,000 square foot facility on 7 acers houses many of our industries and is located approximately 22 miles from our main campus.
Cars on Consignment and Car Donations: This industry is run from our Thrift Store in Murrayville and offers individuals an opportunity to donate a vehicle to the Ministry or we will sell it for a fee.
E-Bay: E-Bay is run from our Thrift Store. It was launched in 2010 and has performed well over the years. We maintain a Gold Top Seller rating, with hundreds of listings and shipping daily around the world.
Craig’s List: In 2013 we began Craig’s List at our Thrift Store. It has been a great addition to our sells allowing us to reach a larger audience for our Thrift Store offerings.
Event Set-up: In 2012, Waypoint was offered an opportunity to perform event set-up and teardown for Lanier Technical College at the Forsyth Conference Center in Cumming, GA. Our men provided these services on an as need basis.
Waypoint Ministry is constantly seeking new opportunities to generate revenue for the Ministry. Admission fees to the program cover less than a third the actual cost for our one year Regeneration Program. However, our men, their Regeneration and safety come before our industries and that will not be compromised.
In 2008 we started the Friends of Waypoint luncheons. Once a month we have a luncheon, that is open to the community, and share testimonies from our men and updates on the program. This is a great way to share with those in the community who want to know more about Waypoint, or already have a heart for what we are doing here. This has been something that not only the men look forward to, but also those in the community.
In 2009 we started a Christmas Tradition at Waypoint with the Adopt A Man program. A member from the community will sponsor a man and celebrate Christmas Dinner with him. They will be given a list of needs from a man prior to the dinner and will buy them gifts not to exceed $100. The man will not know who his sponsor is until the dinner. This provides an opportunity for the community to get to know the men and also gives them an opportunity to do something personal for them.
In 2012 we had the men provide a list of gifts they want to give to their children, and a donor provided all these gifts. Each gift was wrapped, a card signed by the dad, and the gifts sent to their family. The joy in these father’s eyes when they saw the gifts they would be sending home made it all worthwhile. This is a tradition that will continue for years to come. The need for Christ-centered recovery has never been greater! The drug culture of today has spiraled to a depth that has many families crying out for answers. We know that Christ is more than a solution. He is THE answer!