Caterpillar Ministries to become its own nonprofit

HUNTERSVILLE – Caterpillar Ministries, a Christian ministry to children in the Huntington Green Mobile Home Park, has applied to become its own 501c3 nonprofit.

The ministry’s founder, Anne Crawford, said she has received state approval and should obtain federal status by the end of the year. The organization will have its own board and leadership team made up of members of many churches. 

Caterpillar Ministries offers programming for more than 150 children and their families who live in the 340 homes in the Huntington Green Mobile Home Park.

The multicultural community, with a large Hispanic population, faces poverty, a high drop-out rate, addiction and unemployment. The ministry focuses on academics, Christian education, resource development and social support.

It operates at Blythe Elementary School and a rented trailer in Huntington Green.

Anne Crawford began Caterpillar Ministries in January 2007. She started out as a Southern Baptist North American missionary with Christ Community as her sending church.

Funds during the first five years were channeled through the SBNA Mission Board.

Three years ago, Crawford joined with Ardent Faith Church to rent a ministry trailer, and for the last two years, all contributions have been channeled through Ardent Faith.

In addition to Christ Community and Ardent Faith, other organizations involved in the ministry include Radiant Life Fellowship, The North Mecklenburg Women's Club, Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen, Lake Forest, Grace Covenant, Elevation, Lakehaven, First Baptist Huntersville and Independence Hill Baptist. 


Ardent Faith Church changes name to Newsong

CORNELIUS – Ardent Faith Church, which began meeting in 2006, is changing its name to Newsong Church on June 15.  

The new name will reflect a shift in focus to the creative arts.

About the name Newsong, pastor Jeff Watson said, “We've attracted and served many musicians over the years.  Song worship has been a huge part of who we are, and we have begun to gain vision for serving and connecting with our neighbors via the creative arts.” 

Joining Newsong will be worship leader Adam Wilson, who led worship for Ardent Faith from 2010 to 2012.  Wilson founded the music studio Learn Music in Cornelius, where he has taught guitar for seven years. 

Mikala Hooper will also assist with Newsong worship ministries and oversee the Newsong Creative Arts Camp on July 28-Aug. 1. Hooper teaches drama and music at Lake Norman Christian School in Davidson.

As part of the Newsong changes, Caterpillar Ministries will move from the Ardent Faith umbrella to its own 501c3. 

The church will continue to hold Sunday Worship services at 10:30 a.m. at 18637 Northline Drive.

The new website is


Elevation Church shows free movies

CORNELIUS – Elevation Church-Lake Norman will show free kids’ movies this summer.

Elevation Church-Lake Norman began meeting in January this year, after renovating the Old Palace Theatre. Attendance has averaged more than 2,000 each weekend.

“The Lego Movie” will show at 7 p.m. June 27 in the worship center, 8325 Copley Drive. “Rio 2” will show on July 25, and “The Muppets Most Wanted” will show on Aug. 15.

Free popcorn will be available.


Filmmakers interview the Rev. Buck  

DAVIDSON – The Rev. David Buck, of St. Albans Episcopal Church, was interviewed June 1 by a film crew making a documentary about homeless youth in America.

The film crew was interested in Buck because of the life-sized “Homeless Jesus” sculpture installed in front of St. Albans back in March. The public artwork caused some neighborhood and media buzz.

The documentary film, “Lost in America,”  explores the issue of youth homelessness in our own backyards. Director Rotimi Rainwater, of Village Entertainment, experienced homelessness himself as a teen for nine months, living in his car, on friends’ couches and on the streets.

He asks the question: Why are there more than 5,000 animal shelters in our nation but only 420 youth shelters?



Lake Norman Baptist VBS calls for special agents

HUNTERSVILLE – Lake Norman Baptist will offer vacation bible school for both kids and adults in July.

The church will feature LifeWay’s Agency D3 program. Participants will discover, decide and defend the truth about who Jesus really is by tracing the facts and looking at the evidence.

The free VBS program will be held 6-8:30 p.m. July 20- 24 at the church, 7921 Sam Furr Road.

Classes are available for children ages 3 and older. Youth and Adult VBS classes are offered, too.

To register, visit