AGAPE was formed in 1966 when several members of the Otter Creek Church of Christ realized that homeless children and orphans were being housed in institutions and were denied the opportunity to experience a home or a family. With James 1:27 as their focus, the founders sought ways to supplement existing public and church based programs in providing a professional and compassionate solution to this problem.
Today, AGAPE exists to serve the needs of families and children in Middle Tennessee through adoption, foster care, unplanned pregnancy support services, and faith based counseling and psychological services with an unconditional agape love.
This year the agency will conduct over 12,000 counseling sessions in seventeen locations across the region, and at any given time will be serving fifteen to twenty families through adoption, foster care and maternity support.
God is at work in incredible ways through what the agency does. AGAPE has always recruited and maintained some of the highest quality Christian counselors, social workers and staff members who care very deeply about the people they serve. Many clients come to AGAPE because of this reputation for quality and may not come from a faith background. The services that they receive provide a view of the love of Christ that they may never have seen.
Not just the staff, but an incredible group of supporters help the agency to achieve its mission. Foster parents who give sacrificially of their time and emotions, donors who give generously of their finances and volunteers who give selflessly of their time to do whatever is needed all play a vital role. If it were not for the gifts that God provides through these individuals, groups and churches, then AGAPE would not exist today.