Partners in Ministry

Denominational Partners

Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church is part of the Presbyterian Church (USA), which enables us to extend our ministry beyond the Swannanoa Valley and Asheville. The list below describes some of the groups with which we work in ministry.

Presbytery of Western North Carolina
The mission of our Presbytery is to strengthen congregations to be faithful and vital witnesses to Jesus Christ.  We have 110 congregations with over 17,000 members. We span to the east to Gastonia, north to Banner Elk and west to the Tennessee line.
(WWPC:   Building H.O.P.E. )

Earth Care Congregations
To become certified as Earth Care Congregations, churches take the Earth Care Pledge and complete activities and projects in the fields of worship, education, facilities, and outreach.

Mark Hare and Jenny Bent
Our budget provides annual support to mission co-workers sponsored by the PCUSA Mission Agency. They are serving in Costa Rica working to promote environmental sustainability with the Latin American Biblical University (UBL).

Presbyterian Disaster Agency (PDA)
The PDA provides our denominations response to disasters throughout the world. It receives support from our operating budget, the One Great Hour of Sharing, and special appeals when disasters occur.

Presbyterian Heritage Center
The Presbyterian Heritage Center (PHC) is an independent non-profit organization supported by individuals, churches and foundations. The PHC conducts a learning center, research library, changing museum exhibits and online web site.
Liaison: Kay Stockdale

Community Partners

Members of our church work with many other groups that are supporting the Swannanoa Valley and Asheville areas. The list below identifies some of these:

Black Mountain Home for Children 
To glorify God by caring for children and families.
Liaison: Pat Crumpler

Bounty and Soul
Creates healthier communities by providing fresh healthy food, nutrition literacy, and health & wellness resources.
Liaison: Anne Dale

Donald S. Collins Early Learning Center
The Collins Center was founded by Church Women United in 1970 to service working families in the Swannanoa Valley.  It is a five-star Child Care Center with a developmentally appropriate, play based curriculum providing education and care for children ages six weeks to kindergarten since 1970.
Liaison: Corise Gambrell

Christians for a United Community 
Helping our churches and community unite to dismantle the root causes of racism and disparity.
Liaison: Steve Runholt

Creation Care Alliance
The Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina (CCAWNC) is a network of people of faith and congregations who have united around a moral and spiritual call to preserve the integrity, beauty and health of God’s creation. We work to bring practical and hopeful solutions to our congregations and broader secular communities by engaging hearts and minds through inspiration, education, service and advocacy. Our work is an expression of our love of God and God’s love for the earth and all life. 
Liaison: Steve Runholt

Faith Communities Organized for Sanctuary
FCOS gathers churches who want to help create an atmosphere of safety and welcome for immigrants in Western North Carolina.  From providing sanctuary for immigrants who fear they may be deported to workshops on antiracism, FCOS invites you to joint the effort.
Liaison: Jamie Dale

Habitat for Humanity
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.
Liaison: Larry Griswold

Homeward Bound 
Ends homelessness in Western NC by moving people into housing of their own and providing the support they need to stay housed for good. 
(WWPC: Room in the Inn)
Liaison: Vicki Collins

MANNA Food Bank
Involving, educating, and uniting people in the work of ending hunger in Western North Carolina.
Liaison: Elizabeth Cook

Ministry of Hope
Ministry of Hope has developed a variety of programs for orphaned and vulnerable children, and the communities in which they live, with a goal of addressing their basic physical, spiritual and educational needs.
(WWPC: Swannanoa Correction Center for Women)
Liaison: Mary Wheeler

Partnership for Pastoral Counseling
Offering the people of Western North Carolina affordable pastoral counseling that integrates spiritual insights and behavioral science principles to empower healing and growth.
Liaison: Fitz Legerton

Swannanoa Community Garden
The garden is located on Clover Lane across from Black Mountain Children’s Home. WWPC members help with the garden work. The produce from this garden goes to Bounty and Soul for distribution in our community.
Liaison: Kristin Williams

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry
A team of committed Christian churches, staff and volunteers working together with the community, in response to God’s call to provide for those in need. 
Liaison: Salyna Morgan

Verner Center  
Verner fosters holistic learning environments where young children and families thrive. 
Liaison: Betty Siviter

Veterans Restoration Quarters
Once a month a team from the church helps prepare and serve lunch at this housing facility for homeless veterans. It is run by ABCCM (above).
Liaison: Kathy Rouse

Financial Support

Other community groups we support through the community engagement portion of our operating budget include the following:

Asheville Poverty Initiative
Poverty Scholars teach about how they are impacted; Companion Communities agree to adopt a low-income neighborhood; 12 Baskets Community Café rescues already prepared food from local agencies and redistributes through a Café model.

For over 30 years, Helpmate has served as Buncombe County’s primary provider of crisis-level services designed specifically for – and offered exclusively to – victims of domestic violence and their children.

Pisgah Legal Services
Pisgah Legal Services is one of the partner agencies working with Buncombe County to reduce domestic violence and sexual assault, prevent domestic violence homicides and make our community a safer place for all our citizens.

Read to Succeed
Read to Succeed Asheville/Buncombe advocates for children’s literacy through kindergarten-readiness programming with children birth to five-years old, one-to-one tutoring with K-3rd grad students, and community-powered literacy programming with families and community partners.