Big Creek Missions began in 2003 when students in the Chilhowee Baptist Association recognized the need to serve the wonderful people in Appalachia. Headed by First Baptist Church and Youth Pastor Kevin Rogers, the association took its firs trip. The ultimate desire was to offer a heart-changing, eye-opening mission trip (at a low cost) to local students while offering real, heart-touching ministries to people in one of the neediest areas of the country.
In 2004, over 100 adults and students from the Chilhowee Association traveled to Leslie County to serve through daycamps, construction, and sports ministry. For one week, these volunteers lived at the Big Creek Elementary School in Leslie County. They completed several home repair projects, and led one daycamp location for the children in Hyden.
In 2005, 160 students from 12 different churches in East Tennessee partnered and served in Leslie County. Our teams moved down the road to Stinnett Elementary, and served throughout Leslie County, providing multiple home repairs and one large daycamp in the town of Hyden.
In 2006, we were amazed at the number of volunteers who chose to serve with us in Leslie County. 450 students and adults served over a two week time span. Based out of Stinnett elementary again, the volunteers served through community ministries, construction ministries, and childrens ministries. Dozens came to recognize the Hope that Christ provides.
2007 was an unbelievable summer. Because Big Creek Elementary had recently closed, the school board asked if we could move back to Big Creek. We had a huge task on our hands preparing the school for our volunteers – but our volunteer staff was able to pull it together just before the arrival of the teams. During this month of ministry, almost 700 students and adults served in Southeast Kentucky. The ministries expanded into Clay County, Perry County, Leslie County, and even Laurel County. God has shown his amazing work… We were able to partner with several churches in Hazard who enabled us to expand ministries in that area. Dozens came to know Christ as a result of the Christ-centered ministries of these students and adults! It was after this summer, in 2007, that the Lord led Kevin to depart his church to start Big Creek. The church was generous in their support of the launch!
2008 – This was a HUGE year of change for Big Creek. Big Creek Missions was able to obtain a long term lease on the old Big Creek School and call it our new home! Hundreds of volunteers came to the center during the spring of 2008 to begin renovations. In 2008, over 1200 volunteers served during the summer months, and well over 1800 volunteers gave their time to serve at our ministry center through the entire year. Dozens of homes were repaired, and hundreds of residents lives were touched. Through various ministries, we can definitely say God used Big Creek to impact people’s lives. Some traveled from as far away as Florida, Texas, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire! It is safe to say that each volunteer returned home with a renewed passion for missions and ministry.
Year after year, tens of thousands of volunteers continue to serve at Big Creek. We host groups of all ages, all skill levels, and various times throughout the year. We serve with school, church, and family groups. Groups have travelled from as far away as California, Maine, and Florida. Senior adult AND pre-teen groups serve here, and go away with a renewed passion for Christ.
We’ve changed a lot over the past few years. We continue to focus our ministry, upgrade our facilities, and serve those who have physical and spiritual needs in our communities. We continue to say “Thank You, Lord” for providing exactly what we need just when we need it.
We humbly recognize our need for Christ, and truly want to continue being a bright light in this community reflecting the His Glory.
Thank you for partnering with us as we reflect the light of Jesus Christ.
Big Creek Missions is an inter-denominational Christian ministry center and is recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 non-profit organization. We work alongside multiple organizations, individuals, and dozens of churches seeking to glorify Christ in Appalachia and in the hearts of believers.
Based in Bear Branch, Kentucky, we work to connect churches and volunteer groups from across the country with needs that exist in the Leslie, Clay, and Perry County areas. Our newest location is based in Wheelwright, Kentucky and ministers in Floyd and Pike Counties.
Our primary task is to locating ministry opportunities for churches who travel to our area, in addition to providing accommodations for those groups. By connecting those churches with needs, we are able to reach out to our community in several ways. We offer:
*Free home repairs (major and minor projects)
*Community programs (providing volunteers and goods for multiple ministries)
*Children’s programs (tutoring, daycamps, clothing, hygiene kits)
Our services are offered without regard to the person’s race, religion, or social standing.
By providing these services, and connecting churches with needs here in our community, we hope to nurture positive relationships that will continue to benefit the community here at Big Creek, in addition to providing churches a place to return and invest in this community year after year.
Our purpose is not to degrade the people in our community by bringing in outside groups. But rather, we hope to expose the outside groups to the rich culture and introduce people to missional living so they can go home and, having experienced a change of perspective, identify the needs in their own hometown!
Our Leadership & Staff
Big Creek Missions is led by a five member board of directors. The board of directors is responsible for overseeing the major workings of the ministry and providing accountability and assistance to the director.
The daily operations of Big Creek Missions are supervised by Kevin Rogers, founder and director. He previously served as a student pastor for 13 years.
Director: Kevin Rogers (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wheelwright Director: Robert "Bubba" Roberson (email@example.com)
Wheelwright Ministry Coordinator: Tammy Roberson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Business Administrator: Rusty Drummer (email@example.com)
Communications & Registration: Jordan Boggs (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Construction Coordinator: Garry Ostrander (email@example.com)
Community Ministry Coordinator: Rachael Heavrin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Teen Ministry Coordinator: Hayden Heavrin (email@example.com)
Children's Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Food Pantry: Mary Lewis (email@example.com
Accountability & Safety
As a ministry, we are working hard to increase the levels of accountability, transparency, and spiritual growth. To provide accountability to this ministry, we have instituted the following safeguards for our leadership and your volunteers:
1) All our staff (part and full time) have undergone local, state, and federal background checks.
2) We have enacted "Safe Sanctuaries" Policies in our facility and our daycamps.
3) Our Big Creek Campus facility and grounds are secured by automated gates and all entrances and grounds are under video surveillance. Our Wheelwright Campus has not gates, but is upgrading video and facility security
4) The overall ministry is led by a board of directors from a variety of business, church, and other backgrounds.
Big Creek Missions is primarily supported by the donations it receives from volunteers who stay and serve at our mission center. Our summer missions program covers most of our operational expenses. We do not receive any regular funding from any church, ministry, association, or individual. Although we do receive a few grants, our volunteers and their gifts are the backbone of this ministry. Our financial reports are audited yearly by Ingram, Overholt, and Bean CPA’s
Big Creek Missions does not have an extravagant mission statement, purpose statement, or philosophy of ministry. Our mission, purpose, and philosophy of ministry is very simple. We are about CHRIST! As we follow Him daily, and are obedient to his calling and direction daily, He will direct and guide our paths.
With Christ as our focus, our short-term goals are:
– providing assistance to local residents as resources and volunteers permit
– expanding our volunteer base to assist more residents and ministries
– expanding the types and availability of ministries.
– finalizing purchase of this facility for long-term ministry
With Christ as our focus, our long-term goals are:
– duplicating this type of self-supporting ministry in other areas of Appalachia.
– turning over the daily operations of the Big Creek Mission center to the community, as a self-supporting hub for ministry.
Big Creek Missions is an evangelical ministry that is committed to teaching about Jesus Christ. At Big Creek, all our teaching, worship services, activities, and devotions are based on the following statement of beliefs. Contact us if you have any questions.
Only one true and living God exists. He is the Creator of the universe, eternally existing in three Persons—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—each equally deserving of humanity’s worship and obedience. He is infinite and perfect in all His attributes.
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength (Deut. 6:4-5).
THE BIBLE IS GOD’S WORD
The Bible is God’s written revelation to people, divinely given through human authors who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Bible is true, sufficient, and completely authoritative for matters of life and faith. The goal of God’s Word is the restoration of humanity into His image.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
Typically, we teach out of the NIV, ESV or NKJV versions of the Bible.
PEOPLE ARE GOD’S TREASURE
God created people in His image for His glory. They are the crowning work of His creation. Yet every person has willfully disobeyed God—an act known as sin—thus inheriting both physical and spiritual death and the need for salvation. All human beings are born with a sin nature and into an environment inclined toward sin. Only by the grace of God through Jesus Christ can they experience salvation.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground” (Gen. 1:26).
JESUS IS GOD AND SAVIOR
Jesus is both fully God and fully human. He is Christ, the Son of God. Born of a virgin, He lived a sinless life and performed many miracles. He died on the cross to provide people forgiveness of sin and eternal salvation. Jesus rose from the dead, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return in power and glory.
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven (Heb. 1:3).
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOD AND EMPOWERER
The Holy Spirit is supernatural and sovereign, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ. He lives within every Christian beginning at the moment of salvation and then empowers them for bold witness and effective service as they yield to Him. The Holy Spirit convicts individuals of sin, uses God’s Word to mature believers into Christlikeness, and secures them until Christ returns.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
SALVATION IS THROUGH FAITH ALONE, BY GRACE ALONE, IN CHRIST ALONE
All human beings are born with a sin nature, separated from God, and in need of a Savior. That salvation comes only through a faith relationship with Jesus Christ, the Savior, as a person repents of sin and receives Christ’s forgiveness and eternal life. Salvation is instantaneous and accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God. This salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the shed blood of Jesus Christ and not on the basis of human works. All the redeemed are secure in Christ forever.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast (Eph. 2:8-9).
THE CHURCH IS GOD’S PLAN
The Holy Spirit immediately places all people who put their faith in Jesus Christ into one united spiritual body, the Church, of which Christ is the head. The primary expression of the Church on earth is in autonomous local congregations of baptized believers. The purpose of the Church is to glorify God by taking the gospel to the entire world and by building its members in Christlikeness through the instruction of God’s Word, fellowship, service, worship, and prayer.
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common (Acts 2:42-44).
THE FUTURE IS IN GOD’S HANDS
God will bring the world to its appropriate end in His own time and in His own way. Those who have trusted Christ will receive their reward and dwell forever in heaven with the Lord. Those who have refused Christ will spend eternity in hell, the place of everlasting punishment.