Cherokee Veterans Community
Is to reach, support, and share the love of God to our veterans, active duty military and their families by providing a Christ centered environment that helps foster a deeper relationship with Him that leads to healing through support groups, service projects and educating other to the needs of our veterans, active duty military and their families.
Warrior Ethos: With a pure spirit and calm mind, we can be an effective part of God’s body!
“Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13
Cherokee Veterans Community is for all branches of the military equally; active duty, reserves, National Guard and veterans. We also welcome spouses, family and friends.
Reaching out to our senior veterans, disabled veterans and their families with compassion and fellowship. Never forgetting their service and sacrifices.
Share the burden of having a loved one serving, because we served as well and understand the struggles that come with this.
Fellowship for those facing the challenges of the military, with special attention to those transitioning and struggling to reintegrate back to civilian life.
Provide the needed resources by established organizations and becoming the “One Stop Shop” that provide various types of assistance.
Educating others on the needs of military families and veterans and to provide opportunities for them to join us in our mission.
“Be strong in the Lord, and in His mighty power.” – Ephesians 6:10
You DO NOT need to be a veteran to volunteer and use your gifts and talents.
All are welcome to join us as we together service our honored military members past and present.
The History of Cherokee Veterans Community
Cherokee Veterans Community started as a flicker of a dream that God placed into the heart of Timothy King (Tim). Tim, a ten year veteran in the U.S. Marine Corps who served two tours in Iraq, four years in Japan preparing young Marines for combat and then finished his career on Recruiting duty in Atlanta, GA. Tim felt the pressures of reintegration into civilian life (loss of direction, sadness, remorse, uncertainty about the future and depression) and sought out help and guidance from both the VA and private civilian sector.
Tim rapidly found out there was a great need for this type of service not only for him but for all veterans, so with his needs in mind, and the needs of other veterans on his heart he started his search for the answers. What he found through much prayer was that he was being called to start a veteran’s ministry that could positively affect a veteran’s lives and the lives of their family.
Tim approached people in his church (First Baptist Church Woodstock) and after telling his story and desires to pastors and others where he was directed to Neil Brown (the congregational care pastor). Tim was encouraged by Neil to not only move forward with the dream he had but to lead it. Tim accepted the challenge of leadership but he felt it was even more important to yield to God’s leadership and direction. So he has.
Through Tim’s connections at work, he was able to start putting together resources that he knew were needed by veterans and their families. One of those resources he found was an organization called “Operation Not Forgotten” (www.operationnotforgotten.com ).
This Ministry’s core component “Vet Life Community” provided a much needed Christ-centered veteran to veteran weekly support group that gives veterans a safe place to talk about the many issues they face daily. Some of these pressures include their past military memories that at times prevents forward movement in their lives.
What Tim also found was that the “Vet Life Community” component included both male and female veterans, a family and friend’s component and a youth component. Tim said his heart did flips flops. With all this information he knew this other ministry was going to become the core component of the “Cherokee Veterans Community”.
After many foundation building steps the ministry set up. Now on to step two. Tim started talking to anyone that would listen to what God was guiding him to do and he started finding other veterans, families of veterans and those who just had a passion for veterans to join him. His mission was successful and ministry was launched.