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 Patti Pyle or Gene Schimpf know where you are plugged in! For more information about any of these Mission Partners, please check out their websites, or contact BMPC Mission Chair, Anne Drummond.

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.


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: Kitty Kelly — Chaplain’s Assistant Administrator, The Ministry of Hope. The chaplains are Rev Shannon Spencer 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.

Montreat Conference Center

For over 100 years, Montreat Conference Center has been a place set apart for those who journey here seeking a closer relationship with their Creator. The conference center is one of the largest affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and is under the management of the Mountain Retreat Association, which formed in 1905 and is a church-related institute. Montreat annually hosts over 5,000 youth at our six Youth Conferences, offers over 40 conferences and programs year-round for individuals of all ages, and welcomes hundreds of church-related and non-profit guest groups who come to private retreats held at our center. Nestled in a peaceful mountain cove and surrounded by natural beauty, the conference center permanently protected 2,500 acres of pristine wilderness as a dedicated wilderness area registered in the NC Registry of National Heritage Areas, resulting in more than 40 miles of hiking trails for all to enjoy.

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 programs for 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 2:30-5:00 at Children and Friends Daycare. www.bountyandsoul.org


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


Volunteer Spotlight


As we consider our spiritual gifts – maybe wondering how we can serve the church and do God’s work in the world – we only have to look around to see models of people who use their gifts in living the words of 1 Peter 4:10:  “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, a good steward of God’s varied grace.” Someone to observe for an example of a good steward, one who has received many varied graces, is Kent Patton. Often ministering without fanfare, Kent’s service is essential to the work and worship of the church.

Kent has been a part of the BMPC since the very beginning, really. He was the first person to be baptized in the “new” sanctuary, the one we worship in each week. He followed his parents into leadership in the church where his father was an elder, and Kent remembers fondly his mother’s legacy as a member of the arts committee including her creation of the sanctuary cross and some of the celebratory banners used in worship. So maybe it comes naturally that Kent has left his mark on the church building with so many projects like his recent work remodeling the chancel area and constructing the platform for the choir.

Kent, an Owen High School graduate, worked after college with the conference ministry, Christian Believers United, traveling with them as media technician, running the book store and doing whatever was needed. As a young married couple, Kent and Alice worked part time as youth directors at BMPC. After transitioning into contracting for a living and as a father of four children, Kent began his committed volunteer work sponsoring senior high and middle school youth and teaching middle school church school.

Kent says he enjoys the interaction with youth, observing their thinking while mentoring their growth in faith. He especially enjoys working with middle schoolers because of their energy and openness. He has at least 30 years of experience with youth ministry at BMPC and has accompanied middle schoolers to Massanetta Springs six times and attended Triennium with senior highs from the Presbytery!

Many know of Kent’s association with the youth in the church, but may have missed his important contributions to FirstLight. Kent has been a part of FirstLight since its initial planning and still provides the sound and visuals for the service each week. He spends a minimum of two hours a week creating the power point files for the screen projection. From his corner of Fellowship Hall, he controls the technology and shares his knowledge with others training them to run the sound and visuals.

When he is not at church, Kent says he most likes to spend time with Alice and their family.

Kent lives his faith through his special talents. He considers doing so as part of stewardship in support of the church community, and he isn’t satisfied with just doing what he has always done. He says he would like to teach more, and besides working with middle school, he would also like to teach college age and young adults to share wisdom that he has gained through his life. Kent’s commitment to BMPC shows ways each member can share one’s talents and spiritual gifts to the glory of God and the support of God’s people.