Our Story

The story of One7 Ministries is really one of how God gave a radical vision to David and MC Garrett, and then used them through an equally radical journey to see it manifest. No one can truly describe this work of The Lord like David himself, so, in his own words, we invite you to walk through the incredible story of One7…

1994

In 1994 God radically changed my life and set my feet on a journey that would lead me all across the world sharing the message of Jesus Christ.

I traveled to Spain, France, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Brazil, Ethiopia, Holland, Kenya, and Rwanda, sharing the miracle of what God had done in my life. It was during this time that my vision and purpose to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth was born. Living out the great commission to “make disciples of all nations” became my passion

Upon returning from these international missions I realized that we didn’t have to travel far to live out this mission in our own country. After working at Higher Ground Baptist church in Tennessee for several years, the church commissioned me as an independent missionary to Chicago, Illinois.

There I started working with refugees from all over the world. The poor, needy, suffering, and broken families from the inner cities brought Matthew 25 to life for me. I began to see my purpose being laid out before me in a clear way from the Lord.

While in Chicago, I met my wife, Mary Catherine (better known as MC) and we had our first daughter, Jaden.

After four years doing incredible ministry in Chicago, we felt the Lord leading us to Charlotte, North Carolina as missionaries. It was here that God blessed us with our two sons, Josiah and Jace.

MC and I searched for the most culturally diverse, broken, and dangerous area in the city and ended up on the east side of Charlotte. It was there that we started ministering to kids and families that were living within a five mile radius of the city. Gangs, crime, drugs, prostitution, and hatred spilled into the streets of this area on the east side. We became peace makers, reconcilers, a voice for the weak and suffering, and missionaries of the Gospel to this population.

2006

In 2006 I was hired by Forest Hill Church to be a pastor at two local inner-city church plants located in our target area. We continued to disciple the youth of this area and would bus them into the two church plants. 
2008
2011

Between the years of 2011 and 2013 God expanded the vision of One7, and we were able to buy an 18 unit apartment complex and build a private school (One7 Academy), where we now serve and disciple hundreds of youth and families each week. It’s a radically fruitful model: God equips One7 to train and disciple leaders coming out of a very dangerous area with the message of Christ rooted in their hearts, and they take the message of Christ with them everywhere they go.
2015

Still today, God is expanding the vision and reach of One7. Through a partnership with Elevation Church in November of 2015, which has since expanded into a core group of families believing with us, we have witnessed God provide for an Outreach Center that will be completed in 2016. Just as he has throughout our history, we know God will use this Center to raise up more young leaders, and the reach of the Gospel will increase.

Over the years God built a small but effective core team of volunteers, families, and churches that have helped us in this battle to change our city. Living out audacious faith to all of those around us, we open our arms to the people God connects us with. MC and I value and love the friends that God has called to join us on this journey. God is powerfully using the “One7 family” to fulfill this huge mission. If you have been a part of One7 Academy, Thursday nights, the Outreach Center, serving meals, tutoring, Christmas giving, apartment sponsorships, our soccer ministry, or any other part of our work, then you know what it feels like to be caught up in this movement. Together we are changing our city, and ultimately our world, through this radical model of discipleship.

Simply put, One7 is unique, beautiful, organic, and a pure reflection of the Gospel, and of what we believe Heaven will look like.