Loganville church plans to expand into Snellville

Pastor Troy Shaw is excited about his church's latest endeavor. Shaw pastors the Oasis Church in Loganville, which started with eight members in 2004 and now is home to 1,900 who attend services regularly.

The young pastor has recently brokered a deal to start another church campus in Snellville. About 500 of the Loganville church members will seed the new location. The Snellville plans also include launching the "Dream Center of Walton and Gwinnett" in six months to a year. The community center will offer specialty classes designed to get lives back on track, such as divorce recovery, dealing with grief, surviving cancer, career networking and money management.

"We believe (the church) will grow very fast in this area. People are really hungry," Shaw said. "When you have a great church show up in a community, great things will happen."

The South Gwinnett High School theater will house the Snellville group initially.

"My preaching style is very personal. People can come as they are and find love, forgiveness and acceptance," Shaw said, adding the worship atmosphere at The Oasis Church is relaxed and casual.

Oasis Church opened a Mbabane, Swaziland campus in Africa on Oct. 28, 2007. The project, begun by a small group of volunteers, is a ministry campus in partnership with Children's Cup Ministries and provides medical care, food and education to more than 1,000 AIDS-affected children daily in Africa.

In 2007, The Oasis Church was identified as No. 34 on the "fastest growing churches in America" list and No. 2 for the "youngest fastest growing churches in America" by Outreach Magazine.

For more information about the Oasis Church or any of its campuses, visit www.theoasischurch.org or call 770-554-3322.