Old Savannah City Mission
"Savannah's only Five-Star Gospel Rescue Mission"

He said " I was hungry and you gave me
food. I was a stranger and you took me
in." Matthew 25:35
A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization
with a Mission to:
Proclaim the Gospel

Feed the Hungry

Shelter the Homeless

Rehabilitate the Addict

Restore the Ex-offender
Urban Training Institute(UTI)

Residential, Relational Rehabilitation

"High Standards...
Strong Boundaries...
Clear Direction!"
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He said " I was hungry and you gave me
food. I was a stranger and you took me
in." Matthew 25:35
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Pastor Larry  McDaniel
For some time UTI has been developing  two
distinct divisions.  The Clean Start Division is
designed to facilitate freedom from substance
reaches men who while incarcerated come to
faith and genuinely desire a fresh start in life.  
The most distinguishing component of UTI is
its mentorship component.  Mature Christian
men are matched with students for a year long
mentoree work together in all areas of life.  
Mentors are required to train and commit to be
with their assigned student for a minimum of
two hours weekly.  
Fresh Start Student and
In 1976, Bill and his wife Connell opened Stiles for Living, Inc., an upscale home furnishings
and gift shop at 1310 Abercorn Street in the Victorian District. And in 1979, Bill started
Stiles For Living Realty. In 1982, Stiles For Living opened its second location in Oglethorpe
Mall, becoming the first African-American business to operate in a regional mall in
southeast Georgia. It was through his construction business that he started doing volunteer
work at Old Savannah City Mission at the request of his wife who is the Director of
Development. Because of his multi-faceted abilities, Bill was later hired as the Director of
Operations in 2008.  

Bill has chaired and served on numerous boards and committees throughout his career. Bill
married his college sweetheart, Connell, in the spring of 1972 and through that union they
are the proud parents of three (3) sons, William Elliott (31), Byron Adams (27), and Jordan
Winston (18). He came to know Christ at an early age and currently attends The Sanctuary
of Savannah. Bill credits his marriage to Connell as being the pivotal point that chartered
his Christian journey. Together they have established a profound everlasting relationship
that is truly grounded in their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  

The Mission was founded through the inspiration of Larry McDaniel, Pastor of The
Sanctuary in Savannah, Georgia, after he was invited to preach at the Los Angeles Mission
by Reverend Jim Lewis. When Larry would return to preach at The Sanctuary in Savannah,
he would tell the congregation about the Los Angeles Mission. The Mission’s ministry was
contagious. And soon, members of The Sanctuary were on board to start a Mission in
Savannah. Pastor Larry brought members of his church with him to Los Angeles. They
caught the vision of Rescue Ministry too. Under Larry’s leadership, the Old Savannah City
Mission was established in 1997. In a real sense, this was a daughter mission. Jim
encouraged Larry to grow and develop a residential, recovery program patterned after the
one at the Los Angeles Mission.

Several years after the establishment of the Old Savannah City Mission Pastor McDaniel
and the Board of Directors invited Jim Lewis to become the Executive Director of the
Mission. Through his leadership the Mission grew and became perhaps the best known and
only Five Star Gospel Mission in the Savannah area.

While serving as Executive Director of the Los Angeles Mission Reverend Lewis developed
UTI, Urban Training Institute. He continued to develop UTI in Savannah. It champions “high
standards, strong boundaries and clear direction.” It is a vehicle that advances
transformation. It gives formerly homeless drug addicts, alcoholics, ex-offenders and others
who feel themselves outcast to become STUDENTS. For those who have little or no self
esteem, labels are removed and they are given a new name. This is fundamental to the
ministry of the Old Savannah City Mission. No one is called “homeless, guests or clients.”
UTI students, staff and volunteers refer to those they serve as “friends and neighbors.”

UTI is the “crown jewel” of the Old Savannah City Mission. It transforms students from being
a receiver to being a giver. The students are the engine of the entire operation of the
Mission. Students are empowered, trusted and held accountable. Jim’s definition of success
is when the student excels the teacher— in line with John 14:12, “Most assuredly, I say to
you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than
these he will do, because I go to My Father.”

Greatest Challenge
What is our greatest challenge? “It is the down to earth, nuts and bolts. It is our cash flow
problem. It’s funding! The Old Savannah City Mission is privately funded. It receives no
public or United Way funds.  Because we are a Gospel Rescue Mission we are intentionally
politically incorrect. Here at OSCM we walk by faith and not by sight; however our fountain
of faith runs low sometimes. We know God never fails, but He does make us nervous. God
always comes through.

Greatest Joy
We delight to see people learn because when they learn God’s Word, they change. We
love to teach God’s Word. To see it germinate in someone’s heart and grow ... to see the
work of God in someone’s life. Our greatest joy is when we see a student “get it.”
Bill Stiles
Executive Director
Located at:  2414 Bull Street, Savannah, GA  Phone: 912.232.1979
Mr. Bill Stiles is the Executive Director of Old
Savannah City Mission (OSCM) in Savannah,
Georgia. Bill has been at OSCM since 2008 and
lives with his wife Connell in a beautiful old
Savannah Victorian home. Born in 1947 to Thelma
Williamson Stiles and John R. Stiles Jr. at the Old
Charity Hospital in Savannah, GA, Bill and his family
first resided at 311 East Duffy Street.  The next year
they moved to Skidaway Road across the marsh
from Wormsloe Plantation when Skidaway Road was
not even complete and the only way to access the
area was on the trolley car by way of Central Avenue.

Bill’s first job experience was at the age of 8, when
he began cutting grass on Isle of Hope.  He is a
1965 graduate of Sol C. Johnson high school and a
1969 graduate of Hampton University, Hampton
Virginia with a degree in Bio-Chemistry. Upon
graduation, Bill served in the U S Army receiving an
honorable discharge in 1972.  

Often a hot meal is
the first step toward
a changed life.
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