support staff and counselors
meet the counselors
Our group of counselors for The Oaks Retreat is made up of 130 students from Auburn and Southern Union, and they represent over 25 different churches and ministries in the Auburn/Opelika area. 122 of these staff members will serve as counselors, while the remaining 8 are members of Support Staff, who will serve and assist the counselors throughout the retreat.
Each of these counselors applied for their position out of a love for the Oaks and its mission and a desire to see freshmen living for Jesus in their college careers and beyond. They went through an interview process, and once accepted, attended multiple training sessions that prepared them to be counselors. They are matched with a co-counselor, and they spend their spring semester and summer praying over their freshmen and preparing to meet and lead them.
These counselors are extremely dedicated! Not only is this an unpaid position, but each counselor actually pays to be at the retreat and spend that time with incoming freshmen. They give their time as well; they attend meetings before the retreat, and they plan ahead to follow up with their freshmen after the retreat to continue to guide and befriend them throughout their freshman year.
Each of these counselors is an answer to prayer, and their love for Christ as well as the large number of churches they represent is such a picture of the church body as a whole. They have come together as one body for the ultimate goal of the advancement of the Kingdom and the glory of God. Each of these counselors is so excited to love and serve their freshmen, and they cannot wait to meet the class of 2021!