Coalition Members

- Appalachia -

Scarlette Jasper

Scarlette Jasper is a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel serving with Together for Hope, CBF’s rural poverty initiative, in the Appalachian foothills of Southern and South Central Kentucky. A longtime champion for the economically disadvantaged, Scarlette ministers within some of the poorest counties in the United States. The majority of the counties in which Scarlette serves are considered “distressed” counties on the basis of low per capita income and high rates of poverty and unemployment. Scarlette has been involved in nonprofit work with disadvantaged communities for more than 27 years, serving in leadership positions locally and nationally for various organizations. Now, Scarlette is the Director of Olive Branch Ministries, which serves individuals and families in crisis, including: Individuals experiencing homelessness Survivors of domestic violence Families in financial and medical crisis While she assists families with financial counseling, job-readiness skills, applying for additional benefits and services, Scarlette strives to meet physical needs as well including food, shelter, clothing and other basic necessities. Scarlette also coaches others to meet emotional and spiritual needs through classes, counseling referrals and Bible studies.

Appalachia Service Project

Appalachia Service Project (ASP) is a Christian Ministry, open to all people, that inspires hope and service through volunteer home repair and replacement in Central Appalachia. ASP provides rewarding structured service opportunities, bringing thousands of volunteers from around the country to fill a vital need for safe housing for low-income families in Appalachia. ASP envisions the eradication of substandard housing in Central Appalachia and the transformation of everyone who comes in contact with the ministry.

Cooperative Christian Ministry

We the member churches of the Cooperative Christian Ministry, believing in one God, covenant together to work in partnership in service to our community obedient to the words of Christ that we should feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, visit the sick, and seek out those imprisoned by fear, weakness and lack of opportunity, believe that what we do for the "least of these," we do for Jesus.

Economic Development Greater East

EDGE (Economic Development Greater East) is a federally recognized nonprofit 501 (c) (3). EDGE was formed when a group of community members and land-based producers realized the need for coordination of, and support for, regional education and programming in land-based sectors ripe for scale. EDGE focuses on entrepreneurship and agripreneurship. EDGE has since expanded its commitment to local work opportunities to include remote and other trade opportunities. EDGE's agripreneurship goal is to grow and support land-based producers toward a living wage comparable to that outlined by the agricultural economist David Kohl for Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and our section of the Southeast, which is a farm family gross income of at least $80,000 per year (based on the work of the respected AgBiz Planner program). EDGE's entrepreneurship and workforce training focuses on stemming community brain drain and talent export, allowing locals to remain local and thrive. EDGE also coordinates and collaborates on issues of food security and food desert dilemmas, leading with heritage foodways and skills at the core of that joint effort and issues of nutrition and health.

Emma Quire Mission Center

The Emma Quire Mission Center, originally a ministry of First Baptist Church, Frankfort Kentucky, serves as a hub for missions in Owsley County. Their goal is “hope made visible” through ongoing relationships and collaboration between Owsley County residents and visiting groups, teams, and partners.

Lend-A-Hand Center

The Lend-A-Hand Center's mission is to lend a hand and improve the quality of life of people in southeastern Kentucky through educational, spiritual, health, and social services. The Lend-A-Hand Center is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 1958. The Center is located in Knox County, Kentucky, and serves the Stinking Creek community.

Partnership Housing, Inc.

The mission of Partnership Housing is as follows: "To increase the amount of safe, affordable, and decent housing available to low to moderate income residents in our area and to help those residents achieve better lives."

Samaritan Ministry

Samaritan Ministry is a faith-based AIDS Service Organization that was founded in 1996. Wayne Smith is the Director of this ministry, which operates under the auspices of Central Baptist Church of Bearden in Knoxville, Tennessee. Samaritan Ministry is supported through a network of religious, secular not-for-profit, and governmental entities.


- Appalachia -

Strategic Regional Partnerships

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Kentucky
Bob Fox, Executive Coordinator

Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Rick Bennett, Field Coordinator

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Virginia
Terry Maples, Coordinator
Mark Snipes, Associate Coordinator

Appalachia Service Project (ASP)

Rural Ministry Program - Baptist Seminary of Kentucky

Bridges for Hope Bluefield (VA-WV)
Bluefield WV/VA, Tazwell VA, McDowell WV

T&T Organics 
Jason Tartt, Owner
McDowell County, WV

Crea Company
Bluefield, WV
Travis Lowe, co-founder (Together for Hope Board Member)

The Wade Center
Bluefield, WV

Appalachian Immersion Experience
First Baptist Church Middlesboro, KY

Cooperative Christian Ministry 
Eric Martin, Executive Director
Middlesboro, KY

FBC Corbin, Community Missions
Food Pantry, White Flag Ministry
Corbin, KY

FBC Williamsburg, Food Pantry
Whitley County, KY

Never Fail Community Church
Eliot Roberts, Pastor
Sparta, TN

Church Partnerships

"Friends of Together for Hope Appalachia" Churches

First Baptist Church, Frankfort, KY


Church Partners

Faith Baptist Church, Georgetown, KY
Prayer and Missions Partnership