Community Resources Reimagined
The vision started with a devoted Husband, Father, and Minister of the Gospel, Rev. Curtis Raines Sr. Rev. Raines served as Vice President and, later, President of the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia, Inc. (GMBC). Founded in 1870, the GMBC is the largest organization of African Americans in the state of Georgia.
In this position, Rev. Raines provided powerful leadership and devoted oversight to over 800 churches, representing over 550,000 African-American Baptists in the State of Georgia. Having served the community for 32 years, he tirelessly shared the Word of God, spreading a message of Hope to regardless of class, station, and wealth.
Having a heart of compassion, he envisioned modern centers of worship that had a sacred duty to minister to the total person by providing spiritual enrichment, access to affordable healthcare services, educational support services, and workforce development. What began as one man’s vision for a revitalized community has now grown into a foundation committed to continuing that legacy, dedicated to uplifting the most vulnerable population and improving lives through access to quality healthcare, healthy food, education and training, and workforce development. An Oasis of Hope, the Raines Institute will be a safe place to learn, grow, build, work and educate all ages!