Our Local Mission Partners

Due to our deep investment in the local community and our desire to encourage members to get involved with a ministry that is working toward a social issue that they feel called to be involved in, much of our mission and outreach is done through partnerships with local ministries and organizations that are dedicated to a specific goal. BMPC has a deep investment — with our prayers, our financial support, and our members who are involved in the leadership and work of these organizations. Church members: please let Margo Smith know where you are plugged in! For more information about any of these Mission Partners, please check out their websites, or contact BMPC Mission Co-Chair, Susan Jumper at susanjumper@charter.net.

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry

SVCM is a non-profit ministry that BMPC members helped organize in 1975 to address the immediate needs of the individuals in this community. BMPC members donate roughly 170 volunteer hours EVERY month, and our congregation donates over 350 items of canned goods monthly, and over $10,000 annually to SVCM.

Habitat for Humanity

We have a long and deep relationship with Habitat for Humanity working with them every summer to build a Habitat house in partnership with other Presbyterian Churches in the region.

Room In The Inn

Room In The Inn partners with local faith communities to provide shelter for up to 12 women each night. Each week, a different congregation opens its facilities to welcome the women as guests, offering a warm safe place for them as they work hard to move forward to permanent housing. The simple goal is to keep women without homes from sleeping on the street and risking their safety. The greater goal is to build loving relationships with them, one week at a time — this is when real ministry occurs. Room In The Inn is Homeward Bound’s most community-driven program, with more than 2,000 volunteers from over 40 faith congregations mobilized each year. BMPC hosts these women once a year. For more information or to volunteer, contact Yvette Ballard.


Helpmate offers compassion for victims of domestic violence by providing safe, confidential shelter to women and children who are leaving dangerous and potentially lethal living situations. For over 30 years, Helpmate has been helping victims of domestic violence in Buncombe County. Helpmate is a primary provider of crisis services offered exclusively to victims of domestic violence in the Asheville area.

Ministry of Hope

Ministry of Hope is a community funded chaplaincy program which employs on-site chaplains at the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women (SCCW). The chaplains conduct religious services and provide pastoral care and counseling to the inmates, many of whom struggle with addiction, abuse and grief issues. These women are within five years of release or parole. When the program began in 2007 the inmate population was 80, but now the potential population has grown to 454. Through the Ministry of Hope Chaplaincy program the women are offered a sense of hope. There are volunteer opportunities to work with the women in this program by contacting: Kelly Stephenson — Administrative Assistant, The Ministry of Hope. The chaplains are Rev Lynn Michie and Rev. Chaplin Carol Dalton

Black Mountain Home for Children

We have volunteers who work in the study hall and in the garden. Last year the garden at the Home grew produce for donation as well as for campus meals. We also help to support a special academic incentive program that provides a special field trip for children who earn a required GPA at school.

Hand in Hand

Hand in Hand raises funds and collects school-related items for students in the Swannanoa Valley. Their popular spaghetti dinners and hamburger/hot dog sales help ensure every child’s dignity by providing help for school lunches, fee-related activities, clothing and more.

Bounty and Soul

If you want to feel as good as you can about helping the food insecure in our valley, and if you would like to volunteer either regularly or as your schedule allows, Bounty and Soul may be your calling. Volunteers for Bounty and Soul drive trucks to MANNA FoodBank and “shop” for perishable foods that cannot be stored on shelves; then they drive to locations for distribution – on Mondays to Blue Ridge Apartments, on Tuesday mornings to St. James Episcopal, and on Tuesday afternoons to Children and Friends Daycare – where food is unloaded and arranged for distribution. Before the food is passed out, Allison Casparian, the director of Bounty and Soul, leads an educational session demonstrating healthy food preparation and alternatives for a healthy lifestyle. Following the distribution of food, volunteers clean up the location and the remaining food is taken to SVCM to be distributed there. If you would like to be part of this meaningful mission, you can just show up: Mondays 11:45-2:30 at Blue Ridge Apartments or Tuesdays 2-5:30 at Children and Friends Daycare or contact Allison Casparian or Margo Smith.


Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry is a family of Christian congregations providing emergency assistance, temporary shelter, medical support and prison ministry to local residents.

Black Mountain Pastoral Care and Counseling Center

Black Mountain Pastoral Care and Counseling Center serves as a mental and spiritual health resource for the area and is supported by the ecumenical religious community as well as by civic and health care organizations in the Swannanoa Valley.

Bread For The World

Every May we join with Bread For The World in writing letters to our elected officials to encourage them to protect state and national funding for food programs that help feed our brothers and sisters in this country and around the world.


Where our mission money goes


Ephesians 2:10 reminds us, “We are God’s accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things. God planned for these good things to be the way that we live our lives.” When we serve others, we are not earning favor but instead are living out God’s plan for us. Members of BMPC can look to Susan Jumper for such a life.


Volunteer Spotlight


IMG_1168Susan Jumper finds good things to do. In her professional life, Susan, a special education teacher, worked much of her career with autistic children with severe communication disabilities, and as a lifelong Presbyterian, she has served on various committees and church Sessions.

In 2010, Susan, with husband Wilson, moved to Black Mountain and joined the church. They both immediately became active, Wilson with the choir and Susan with the Mission team. Susan said that after several months of attending Mission meetings, she was struck by how many of the committee had served in the mission field. She remains in awe of the legacy of those who have given so much in service of the church.Susan’s missionary zeal can be seen in her attention to her family. She regularly cares for her grandchildren, Burkley and Porter, children of Kim and Travis Reece who are BMPC members and her three grandchildren in Burnsville where she travels every other Wednesday.

In 2013, Susan became the Mission Ministry Team chairperson. She runs efficient meetings mixing business with thoughtful introspection about authentic mission. She manages the Mission budget, networks with others in the community to be aware of ways to better connect with mission opportunities, and sends regular emails to the Mission Team with information from the church and community.

Susan also leads through example. She has participated with Room in the Inn since joining the church and says she enjoys offering hospitality to the women during their stay in Black Mountain.  She is part of the newly formed Hope to Home group supporting Penny who once was a guest at Room in the Inn and now has her own home. On Mondays during the summer, Susan will be among the BMPC contingent serving school lunches on site at Portman Villa.

Susan is also a dedicated gardener and has a plot at the Community Garden where ten percent of her crop is donated to those in need. Some of her produce goes to Bounty and Soul to be distributed at the Children and Friend’s Day Care market where Susan volunteers every Tuesday afternoon.

Recently, Susan was with some BMPC hikers who had a harrowing encounter with a mother bear and her cubs. Luckily, both bears and hikers parted amicably. When hearing Susan tell the story, the first question that comes to mind is “When do you have time to hike?” As committed as Susan is to her family, her church and the community, she also takes time to appreciate being with friends in nature. In living God’s plan, Susan balances her energies and the needs of others. Perhaps this balance is the key to Susan’s ability to give so much of herself to others.