Northlake Ministries with Refugees

Students in the Northlakel Ministries with Refugees group will provide support to and build relationships with young people through work with an after-school program that serves the refugee community in Clarkston, Georgia. Students will work alongside staff and volunteers from Northlake Church of Christ, which has extensive relationships and ministries in Clarkston.

Site Work

Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Fall 2018 Reflection Group

Tuesday 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Candler, led by Ike Reeser, Site Supervisor.

Spring 2019 Integrative Seminar

Tuesday 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Candler, led by Ike Reeser and Dr. Susan Hylen.

Pastoral Care Class

Students who enroll in this site will also enroll in Intro to Pastoral Care PC501CE 2 in the fall semester, Thursday 2:30 - 5:30 p.m., taught by Dr. Gregory Ellison.

Faculty Academic Advisor

Dr. Susan Hylen will serve as the academic advisor for Congregational Ministries students and will join the group for the spring Integrative Seminar.

Site Mission

To welcome oppressed and displaced people as they seek a new home in Atlanta, to provide critical academic help to young students and to transform lives and communities by teaching healthy responses to conflict.

About the Sites

The small city of Clarkston, just six miles from the Emory campus, is home to thousands of refugees from around the world who have been displaced by war, famine, or ethnic/religious “cleansing." Students will experience a unique opportunity to interact with and impact this refugee community’s youth by involvement in a midweek program where middle school youth receive academic tutoring, enjoy recreation and group building activities, and learn conflict transformation skills.

Student Reflection

MDiv student Christina Branum-Martin reflects on her Contextual Education I experience at Congregational Ministries with Refugees during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Additional Requirements & Accessibility

This site is located on a MARTA bus route, but transportation may be time-consuming and/or complicated. Students who plan to rely on public transportation should consult the bus schedule for more information. 


Northlake Church of Christ
Handicap Accessible: Y

Site Supervisor

Ike Reeser ministers with the Northlake Church of Christ and coordinates ministries to refugees including: a church farm micro-finance project, youth and adult soccer programs, youth summer camps, academic tutoring, and incarnational living in the refugee community. Ike has a B.A. from David Lipscomb and an M.A. in Conflict Management from Lipscomb University.
Phone: 770.414.8717