Church Partnerships

- Appalachia -

Become a Church Partner

To learn more about how your church can partner with Together for Hope Appalachia contact:

Keith Stillwell
Together for Hope Regional Vice President for Appalachia


Elena Compton
Assistant to the Regional Vice President based in West Virginia

Churches may partner with Together for Hope Appalachia in a variety of ways that fit their church's mission:

  • Prayer Partner
  • Mission Partner
  • Supporting Partner
  • Advocacy Partner
  • Combination (or some combination of prayer, mission, supporting, or advocacy partnerships)
  • "Friend of Together for Hope Appalachia" (partnership includes financial support and other types of engagement through prayer, missions, advocacy, or some combination)
  • Congregational Engagement Partnership: Contact us to learn what it means to be a Together for Hope Capstone Congregation, Cornerstone Congregation, Milestone Congregation, Benchmark Congregation, or Foundation Congregation.

"Friends of Together for Hope Appalachia"

To commemorate the partnership, church "Friends of Together for Hope Appalachia" receive a candle holder created by an Appalachian artist and for your children's ministry, the book, A is for Appalachia: The Alphabet Book of Appalachian Heritage.

Thank you for sharing your light (Matthew 5:15).


Kirk Banks


Richard Kirk Banks

Head Ceramic Contract Artist
Appalachian Artisan Center, Hindman, Kentucky
Richard Kirk Banks is a multi-disciplinary studio artist working in Hindman, KY. A Whitesburg, KY native, Kirk is a graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise with an emphasis in fine/studio art. He practices primarily in three media: ceramic arts,
printmaking, and painting. Kirk’s pieces from each medium are characterized by bold, saturated colors, simple patterns, and lively functionality. His ceramic work is generally functional and wheel-made, with instruction offered weekly by the artist. His print work includes serigraphs and monotype/monoprint on paper, while his paintings are made with acrylic, oil, and pastels on canvas or panel.

Teresa Cole

Teresa Cole

Studio Potter, Cedar Meadow Studio, Berea, Kentucky

Originally from White Sulphur Springs, WV, Teresa Cole is a 1972 graduate of Berea College where she was a charter apprentice in the College’s ceramics apprenticeship program. After graduating, she operated private and shared studios in TN & NC, returning to Berea, KY in 1980. Since then she has worked as a studio potter in Berea. Teresa is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen, the Southern Highland Craft Guild and the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program.
In 1996, she moved into her current workshop/home hidden away in the hills 12 miles east of town. This studio that Teresa designed and mostly built herself, with occasional help from friends and neighbors, is a place where she is truly at home: Cedar Meadow Studios.
Teresa’s works can be seen at her showroom, Gallery 103 on Short Street on the College Square, Berea, KY; the Appalachian Artisan Center , Hindman, KY; the Folk Art Center of the Southern Highland Craft Guild on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville NC; and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.