By focusing on our partners and their needs, we feel we can have a greater impact on the Kingdom of God in the High Country. Through the support of partners and member missionaries, Alliance truly sees local missions as an opportunity to strengthen and encourage those serving in our community.
You can learn more about our local partnerships and missionaries below:
Mark Valentine // CRU
Mark Valentine is the Campus Director for CRU at Appalachian State University. This is his 14th year leading this ministry and his main responsibilities are shepherding the staff team of six, giving vision and direction to the overall ministry, evangelism and discipleship with students, and leading a men’s Bible study of key upperclassmen.
De La Cruz Farms
De la Cruz Farms exists to provide safe, interactive experiences for children and families to know God and Jesus Christ in a horse and farm environment. They are privileged to serve families that may be facing difficult life situations or challenging needs. Their core values include sharing the person of Jesus Christ, discipling children and families, and nurturing God’s creation. Activities include participating in a Bible truth time, helping with farm chores, learning about horse handling and riding, taking part in beekeeping, growing vegetables in a garden, or enjoying art/play activities.
Jeff and Pam Smythe // Doe River Gorge
Doe River Gorge exists to glorify God by providing extraordinary summer camps and year-round retreats for all ages. Jeff has served at this ministry since 1999 and is currently the assistant activities director. Throughout the years, Pam has enjoyed volunteering and working on staff at Doe River Gorge.
Freedom Farm Ministries
Since September 2006, Freedom Farm Ministries has housed up to 55 men in seven locations with three unique program phases. Freedom Farm is a non-profit 501(c)(3) ministry built completely with the intention of helping men and their families find the freedom gained by growing in a life centered in Jesus Christ. Hundreds of men have already received that new life, and many have renewed health and reputations. Men have been reunited with family, but most importantly have gained restored spirits and relationships with the Father.
Hope Pregnancy Resource Center
Hope Pregnancy Center is a faith-based non-profit organization committed to empowering women with unplanned pregnancies to thrive. Any woman facing an unexpected pregnancy, regardless of her faith background or what choice she makes about her pregnancy, will receive non-judgmental and compassionate support.
Hunger Coalition of the High Country
The mission of the Hunger and Health Coalition is to relieve poverty and hunger in a compassionate manner for families and individuals who are experiencing economic hardship and food shortages. This assistance may include food, medicine, and referrals to other community resources. The Hunger and Health Coalition meets emergency needs while acting as a community resource assisting those in need to find a more permanent solution.
John Hanna // Intervarsity
John Hanna has been on staff of InterVarsity since 1992 and moved into his current role as area director in 2001. John oversees InterVarsity’s ministry on campuses in the western part of North Carolina and South Carolina. As an area director, John is responsible for leading the area team in: 1) growing as a community and depending on God in prayer; 2) setting vision and direction for the area; 3) developing student training programs and opportunities; and 4) strategically recruiting and hiring campus staff. He provides pastoral care, training, personal and professional development, and regular feedback/evaluation for campus staff.
Kari’s Home for Women
Kari’s Home for Women exists to provide a safe place where women who are in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction can come to find spiritual, emotional and physical healing. Our program offers recovery ministry in a rural farm setting, intensive Bible studies that focus on overcoming addictive and compulsive behaviors through the power of Jesus Christ, one-on-one mentorship, group activities and participation in a local church fellowship.
Yokefellows Prison Ministry
This ministry seeks “to enable prisoners, yoked in personal relationship with community volunteers, to examine their lives, experience the forgiveness, healing and power of God’s love; and return to family and community with a covenant commitment to personal responsibility and contribution.” This is accomplished by volunteers from a variety of churches as they conduct Yokefellow meetings for prisoners in roughly two-thirds of our state correctional facilities.