Your Vision

Follow in the footsteps of your faith.  Mobilizing the church to the front lines of social change is a vision that is amazing and exciting. We are inviting you to invest yourself through the resources that God has given you— your energy, your prayers, and your money—in this work to which God has called us to do together.

The invitation is clear and confident because we believe that when your personal vision and mission is joined with ours, together we will be like “trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither” (Ps. 1:3).

Your Giving

As a form of ministry, we believe that your giving is as spiritual as delivering a sermon, entering a time of prayer, visiting the sick, or feeding the hungry.

We truly believe that if your gift is good only for us who receive, then it is not a gift in the biblical sense. From the point of view of the gospel, your money and investment in this vision is desired only if it is good for your spiritual journey. In other words, we are calling you to believe that you won’t become poorer, you will become richer by giving. We can confidently declare with the Apostle Paul: “You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity…” (2 Cor. 9:11).

The Real Danger Is Letting Your Heart Grow Cold

Health Services

The neighborhood of Shelby Park, where much of our work is currently focused, has the #1 highest rate of attributable death due to poverty in the city of Louisville. Your gift provides free health services that serve as a life boat for those who can’t get help any other way.

Job Skills

A staggering 59% of residents in Shelby Park are either unemployed or not in the workforce. Your gifts are advancing a growing team of business leaders who are not only job training but also working to start new and local businesses.


46% of Shelby Park residents do not have a high school diploma. Your giving is blossoming Sojourn’s tutoring efforts into an eventual start of a school where your gifts will increase graduation rates and household incomes.


Your giving results in the relocation of 14 leaders every year into Shelby Park who undergo skillful training to advance this kingdom effort. 70% of the leaders you support in our residency program stay in Shelby Park after they graduate to work toward justice over the long-haul.


Of the youth in Shelby Park, 60% are growing up in poverty with over 70% living in households with no father present.  Your giving is changing how the youth understand biblical manhood and womanhood along with seeing godly leadership in action.


Neighborhood Renewal is possible when you give to local efforts that work through the local church, with non-profits and kingdom businesses. Your gift moves us toward financial sustainability that allows new partnerships with new churches in new neighborhoods to begin.

We Appreciate YOU!

We want to answer all of your questions as well as share our strategic and financial documents. Without You, there is no Seed to Oaks.

Nathan Ivey

Executive Director

Nathan holds expertise in helping the local church become more effective and efficient at discipling the poor out of poverty.

Robert Ott

Operations Director

Robert holds expertise in operations, management, strategic planning and brings 35 years of executive level experience from multiple Fortune 500 companies.

James Westbrook

Program Director

James holds expertise in curriculum development, job training, marketing, event planning, recruiting and is a gifted teacher/preacher.

Seed to Oaks is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to Seed to Oaks are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.  Seed to Oaks tax identification number is 46-1918089.