Renegade began in the summer of 2008 as a small Bible study for students attending a middle school adjacent to Xenos’ 4th Street Pavilion. Our earliest meetings featured a short teaching and a fun activity.
- Broken homes with single parents.
- The threat of being “jumped” on the way to school.
- Influential peers and family members drawing them into high-risk behaviors like substance abuse, promiscuity, and committing crimes.
- Poverty and associated problems including poor diet, limited access to health care, and failing schools.
Over the next few years, a variety of initiatives were launched to enhance our work with students including providing meals, tutoring, summer enrichment camps, weekly Bible studies, one-on-one discipleship, and life coaching. Students came in greater numbers and brought younger and older siblings, forcing us to divide what was a junior high Bible study into several studies for different age groups. Then we launched two satellite locations to better serve kids in other parts of Columbus. Today, Renegade is a pre-school through 5th grade program with meetings at three different locations in the Columbus area typicall serving 60-80 students a week. Contact us on our Renegade Facebook page.