A little about our story
In April 2019 Britton Latham, a student pastor in Huntsville, Alabama sat down for a cup of coffee with Allen Tate, a pastor he had never met. That day God began a work that would bring together a group of people to start a new church with a heart for those far from God in Tuscaloosa.
Allen is the leader of The Well Network, a church planting network aiming to plant 16 churches in college cities by 2026. That day Allen asked Britton to pray about planting the third church in the network. As Britton and his wife Jessica prayed, God surprised them with a burden and a passion for a city close to their hearts, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Britton and Jessica are natives of Tuscaloosa but never imagined that God would send them back. But as they researched college cities across the south, he made it clear that like the man in Mark 5, God was calling them to go home.
The Lord quickly began to bring people together to start Church at The Oaks. A Launch Team began to meet in January to pray and prepare for a public launch in the Fall of 2020. When the pandemic hit, Oaks continued to press ahead by starting community groups and discipleship groups, while delaying weekly services. Finally, Church at the Oaks was able to officially open in January of 2021.
The city of Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama are growing at a rate the necessitates new churches. On campus alone, there are more than 30,000 people disengaged from the gospel. Each year 10,000 new students arrive on campus looking for truth, community, and purpose.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
We believe that the Great Commission requires multiplication. Therefore we’re committed to seeing disciples make disciples and churches plant churches.
Church at The Oaks is the third church in a family of churches called The Well Network. Our vision is to plant 16 churches in college cities across the southeast by 2026. Every three years every church in our network aims to send out a new church.