signal crest united methodist church


In response to The Great Commission, disciplemakers are empowered to work through Signal Crest's missions to engage with and serve individuals and communities in need. We encourage you to get involved with our Missions Team as part of your ever-growing faith as a Christian.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28: 18-20 

Appalachian Service Project (ASP)

Makes a weekend trip to Appalachia Service Project with adults-usually in the fall. We focus on home repairs.  

Contact: John Maynard ([email protected])

Bethlehem Center

The Bethlehem Center (Alton Park), a ministry of the United Methodist Church, provides inner-city youth and families with opportunities in education, leadership, and discipleship. 

Signal Crest provides a week of breakfast and lunch for 110 children and staff during the “Lead to Read” summer program. 

Contact: Doranne Lane ([email protected])

Camp Lookout

Camp Lookout is a ministry of Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church and is accredited by the American Camp Association. 

Summer camp provides a unique developmental opportunity for young people. Away from their regular routine and removed from the distractions of everyday life, campers are presented with wonderful opportunities to learn and grow in the great outdoors. At camp, campers become part of an intentional, God-centered community. Campers gain new insights into who they are and how they relate to others. Through daily group worship, Bible study morning devotions, and daily singing, campers are challenged and inspired to explore their faith and experience the love of Jesus Christ. 

The Camp Lookout Summer Ministry is designed to instill within its campers love for God, love for self, and love for others. The outdoor setting and the camp-oriented activities are the avenues for experiencing the great blessings God has in store. Campers have the opportunity to choose their daily activities from grade-appropriate offerings, enabling them to personalize their camp schedule while experiencing the intimacy of small-group communities and meeting new friends.There are camps for students from rising 2nd grade through 12th grade. 

For more information go to, or call 706-820-1163. There are booklets that explain in detail the different camps that are offered. You can pick up a booklet in the church office.

Casa Hogar

Casa Hogar is a children’s home located near Palmarito, Puebla, Mexico that Signal Crest has supported for over two decades. Casa Hogar supports 25-40 children at any given time. Some of the children are there on a temporary basis while others will remain there until they are 18 years old. 

Signal Crest provides annual support for one month’s worth of operating expenses, school uniforms, and necessary home repairs. The "Mexico Mission Team" of 12-15 adults and children travel to Casa Hogar each July to spend a week doing home repairs and spend time with the children. For more information,  visit

Contact: John Williams ([email protected])

The Cupboard

The Cupboard is a food pantry affiliated with Signal Crest  for local school children. The pantry is hosted in the Children’s Ministry kitchen where K-5th grade students put together snack packs twice a month on Wednesday nights.The pantry is funded by Signal Crest, and through member and local donations. Food for this ministry is ordered at wholesale through the Chattanooga Food Bank.

Members from the congregation deliver 60 snack packs every two weeks to Sequatchie County Middle School. These snack packs, 30 per week, go home with children in need over the weekend to provide food while school is out. The school’s guidance counselor determines students that qualify for this program.

Contact: Deanna Luna ([email protected])

Firewood Ministry 

The Firewood Ministry began eleven years ago when we identified a critical need within our community. Many people, including elderly and widowed, only had the financial means of heating their homes with wood. In collaboration with Signal Mountain Social Services, families were identified who were in greatest need of assistance with heating their homes. All of these families heat with wood-burning stoves and have no other alternative heat source.

Signal Crest has supplied 6-8 different families with firewood each year. Through this service, we have developed meaningful relationships and have discovered additional needs with which we have assisted. Throughout the year, we have workdays at church to split wood to maintain ample supplies to meet the winter demand. We have three hydraulic wood splitters that allow for almost anyone to participate in wood processing. In addition, we are always looking for people to help deliver wood to our families.

Workdays are usually on Sunday afternoons, and occasionally on Saturdays. These are announced in our weekly email newsletters. 

Contact: Doranne Lane ([email protected])

Howard High School

Our support of Howard Students includes providing meals to student athletes before games, mentoring students and attending class presentations, sponsoring teacher appreciation events, and collecting dorm and school supplies for college-bound students. Needs include: meal preparers/servers for Thursday night football games; cups, napkins, plastic forks; new/gently used polo shirts and belts.

If you are interested in learning how to support this ministry or serving, co ntact: Connie Young (423-596-04065, [email protected])


Joe-d and Christina DowlingSoka serve the Willow Community in Willow, Alaska  as pastors of the UMC, and formerly served our own Holston Conference as ministers. The ministry of the church responds to the poverty needs in the area. Ministries include a firewood ministry, home construction projects, fuel vouchers, and a food pantry. 

Contact: John Maynard (423-285-2373)

Morgan Scott Project 

The Morgan Scott Project identifies and provides solutions for the chronically poverty stricken in Morgan and Scott counties, two of the poorest counties in Tennessee. 

Contat: June Bilbrey (423-208-5359 or [email protected])

Mustard Tree

A ministry that helps people become all that God wants them to be. 

Every Second Sunday, Signal Crest prepares and serves a free meal for the homeless congregation at “Breakthrough Worship” led by Rev. Barry Kidwell at  First Centenary UMC.

Contact: Doranne Lane ([email protected])

Panera Bread

Every Wednesday, donated Panara Bread is picked up by Signal Crest. The bread is wrapped and distributed to various groups including: Mustard Tree Ministries, Howard High School, Bethlehem Center, homebound seniors, Family Promise, and Orchard Knob Food Pantry. 

Contact: Connie Young ([email protected])

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry uses a love of knitting and crochet to provide comfort and support. The items we make represent our love and God’s grace. Along with prayer shawls, we make prayer squares and baby blankets. We meet in the Signal Crest Library on Tuesdays from 1:00 -2:00pm for fellowship and to share ideas and patterns. We welcome new members. 

Contact: Sherry Hubbard (423-886-4100)

Signal Mountain Social Services (SMSS), Home Repair

Signal Crest, partnering with Signal Mountain Social Services, completes two Home Repairs annually. Come join this team! No experience necessary! 

Contact: Doranne Lane ([email protected])

Signal Mountain Social Services (SMSS), Support

Signal Mountain Social services is dedicated to meeting the needs of families and individuals living in the 37377 zip code during times of crisis and challenge. Volunteers are needed to help in the Food Pantry, Clothes House, Client Home Projects, and Christmas Baskets. Signal Crest assists with food pantry food purchases, home repair, and donating fresh fruit for the Christmas baskets.

Contact: Vicki Williamson ([email protected])