Missions: In the Region
Missions, for us, is about reaching beyond our community and loving our world. Look below to learn more about how we support missions throughout our nation.
Appalachian Miles for Smiles
Appalachian Miles for Smiles provides FREE dental and vision care for uninsured residents of our region who are over 18 years of age.
Appalachian Miles for Smiles began in the spring of 2016 out of the great need to help residents of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia who could not afford dental care. During Remote Area Medical (aka RAM) events held in our region, people arrived early to stand in line for dental care and many were turned away because the need was greater than the number of dentists and dental staff could serve. Frank Waldo, a volunteer with RAM, Bruce Sites from Friends in Need, United Way of Kingsport, Landair Transport, and many others partnered together to bring Appalachian Miles for Smiles to reality. Additional services later added were vision, pulmonary, and mammography.
We have partnered annually since 2019 with our neighbors at Mafair United Methodist Church to co-host a two-day event that serves our region. During the event in October 2022, 38 volunteers delivered support and medical services to 69 patients for a combined value of $57,023.
Holston Camp & Retreat Center
Banner Elk, NC
Holston Camp & Retreat Center, located in the beautiful mountains of Banner Elk, North Carolina, provides a place where people of all ages are invited to share the love of Jesus Christ while living in God’s Creation.
As a member of the Presbyterian Church Camp & Conference Association (PCCCA), Holston Center offers day and overnight camps for young people during the summer months. Throughout the remainder of the year, people of all ages can take advantage of the multi-facility retreat center complete with lodging, dining hall, and activities within a campus of wooded trails, a beautiful lake, and mountain vistas. Holston Center is available for small and large church groups, school and business retreats, family reunions, ski groups, and other events. Come to the mountains for your spiritual renewal.
Holston Habitat for Humanity
Holston Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, non-profit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. HHH seeks to share the love of Christ by creating partnerships with communities, families and volunteers to improve the quality of life for families in need by providing simple, affordable, and decent housing and opportunities for home ownership.
We have been partnering with Habitat and other churches and community service organizations in Kingsport to build a house for a Kingsport family each year since 2017. We plan to continue participation in future Faith Builds.
UKirk ETSU- Presbyterian Campus Ministry is the PC(USA) Campus Ministry at ETSU. They value connection, inclusion, and love and mean it when they say that they are “a place to belong.” They provide a space for students to grow in their faith, develop friendships, form their worldview, and be of service to those around them. Their campus house is a place to be heard, contemplate spirituality, do homework, or just be comfortable and hang out. They meet on Mondays, virtually or outside weather depending, for a free meal and worship gathering. Members of WRPC share with other area Presbyterian churches by providing dinner for the students on Monday evenings before worship gathering that is led by John Golden.