Coalition Members

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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.

Appalachian Immersion Experience

Appalachian Immersion offers youth and adult groups service and learning experiences that seek to replace stereotypes about the people, region, and culture of southeastern Kentucky with enduring relationships of Christian hospitality and hope. Where our faith tradition has been keen to “go and tell,” Immersion offers to come alongside and to listen.

John Parker, Director

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.

Walter Crouch, President/Chief Executive Officer

Melisa Miller, Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer

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.

Eric Martin, Executive Director

Crea Company

The New Makerspace in Bluefield! Come be creative. Use our Glowforge Laser Cutter, Pro 3D Printer, CNC Piranha, Vinyl Cutter and more. Memberships available and classes offered regularly Depending on the context and tense you say it, crea means to either create/make or believe. There are many reasons for why hardships have come in our area, but there are also reasons for us to make and to believe a future that inspires hope. Crea Company is all about creating a movement of "Make + Believe" that inspires hope in our community and region.

Chris DeHart, Owner/Manager

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.

Amelia Bandy, Executive Director/Co-Founder

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.

Linda Witt, Local Director

FBC Community Missions - Food Pantry

The First Baptist Church Food Pantry has been supplying food to hungry and economically disadvantaged persons in the Corbin community. The food pantry serves approximately 1100 families each year, providing food to approximately 2000 people.

First Baptist Church of Corbin Kentucky

FBC Community Missions - Mustard Seed Community Garden

The Mustard Seed Community Garden at First Baptist Church was planted to serve as a resource for educating their community about gardening, healthy eating, creation care, and human-land interconnectedness. Crops from the garden go directly to hungry persons from the Corbin community.

First Baptist Church of Corbin Kentucky

FBC Community Missions - White Flag Cold Weather Relief

The White Flag Cold Weather Relief Ministry provides shelter for the homeless on nights when the weather will drop below 29 degrees. On these nights FBC Corbin, through a partnership with a local hotel, share room vouchers—administered on a first-come, first-served basis—with individuals and/or families who otherwise would be exposed to the cold.

First Baptist Church of Corbin Kentucky

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.

Charles Carnes, Co-Executive Director

Diann Carnes, Co-Executive Director

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."

Cassie Hudson, Executive Director

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.

Wayne Smith, Director/Founder

T&T Organics

T&T Organics has a very deep passion towards the natural organic way of living, which essentially lead to the start-up of this new small farm located in McDowell County, WV. T&T Organics is dedicated to using only natural, organic methods to provide fresh produce, meat and dairy products. T&T Organics is a member of a farm cooperative called "McDowell County Farms" which was established in December of 2014.

Jason Tartt, Owner/Designer

The Wade Center

The Wade Center is a non-profit organization located in Bluefield, WV. Since the doors first opened in 2005, The Wade Center has worked to keep young people off the streets and in a safe and nurturing environment to provide the next generation with a chance to truly succeed in life. With The Wade Center being “in the heart of the community with the community in our hearts,” they provide practical programs and mentoring relationships to meet the needs of children, youth and their families within the community.

Betty Brainerd, Executive Director

Justin Johnson, Missions Coordinator


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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

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

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

The Wade Center
Bluefield, WV

Kentucky Promise Zone 
Sandi Curd, Promise Zone Coordinator
Southeast Kentucky

West Virginia Council of Churches
Rev. Jeffrey Allen, Executive Director

Church Partnerships

"Friends of Together for Hope Appalachia" Churches

First Baptist Church, Frankfort, KY

First Baptist Church, Corbin, KY

Church Partners

Faith Baptist Church, Georgetown, KY
Prayer and Missions Partnership