Meet the staff of Intown Collaborative Ministries
Brad Schweers is the Executive Director of Intown Collaborative Ministries. He has worked with nonprofits in Atlanta for 19 years. Originally from the Chicago area, Brad graduated from DePauw University, studying religion and psychology. He moved to Atlanta as a full-time United Methodist US-2 volunteer missionary. He lived for three years at the Community of Hospitality, a simple-living, social justice community in Decatur, GA. Brad worked as a Case Manager at Café 458 in Atlanta, the first restaurant in the country exclusively for homeless people. Brad also worked as a Senior Program Manager at Community Friendship, Inc. in Atlanta, helping adults with mental illnesses achieve living, working, social, and educational goals in their lives.
Always drawn by the intersection of faith and work toward social justice, Brad attended Candler School of Theology at Emory University, graduating with a Master of Theological Studies degree, focusing on comparative religion, religious experience, and social change. Brad is a lay member of New Church United Methodist Church, where he served for three years as co-chair of the Outreach Committee. Working at Intown is Brad’s dream job, bringing together his passions, skills, education, and creative mind to bring about what Martin Luther King, Jr. called “The Beloved Community.”
Director of Outreach
Maria Carr is the Director of Outreach for Intown Collaborative Ministries, having worked for three years previously as our Heading Home Case Manager. Maria has been working in social services for 9 years, including four years of working with chronically homeless and disabled individuals at PATH Ventures in Los Angeles.
The daughter of a military family, Maria was born in Germany and has lived in six states. She graduated from Asbury University in Kentucky, where she studied social work and Christian ministries. Maria began feeling a burden to help people who are homeless while living in Augusta, Ga.,when she and her husband served coffee and passed out blankets and coats to the local homeless population downtown. Maria is passionate about advocating and empowering people who are homeless, while encouraging others in the community to be involved in this effort as well. She feels being Case Manager for Heading Home is a unique opportunity to make an impact in her community while being enriched by the stories, struggles, and triumphs of those she is privileged to walk alongside. Maria lives in Candler Park with her husband, David, and their sons, 6-year-old Isaiah and 2-year-old Joshua. She is a member of Oakhurst Church and enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, learning about different cultures, and watching Kentucky basketball.
Rev. Allen Jones
Clothes Closet Coordinator
Rev. Allen Jones is the Clothes Closet Coordinator. He is also a community chaplain with FCS Urban Ministries, serving the neighborhoods around The Church @ Ponce & Highland. Allen has worked in homeless ministries with The Church @ Ponce & Highland since 2008. In 2011, Allen graduated from McAfee School of Theology with a Master of Divinity degree with an urban mission concentration. Allen is passionate about helping people overcome poverty and homelessness and become part of a healthy and vibrant community.
Rev. Sally Oakes
Food Pantry Coordinator
Sally Oakes is an ordained Elder in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. She received a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. After serving for 16 years as a local church pastor, she refocused her ministry toward missions and outreach. She began working at the Food Pantry as a volunteer and eventually took the position as Pantry Coordinator. Sally really likes the excitement and creative challenges it brings, but she loves the different people she gets to meet – from guests to volunteers – and all their different talents.