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Disaster Relief

DISASTER RELIEF MINISTRY helps devastated communities with the rebuilding of homes and communities after natural disasters strike. Teams of volunteer labor, skill, and supplies provide aid, accompanied by experienced leadership, with a commitment to competent workmanship, and working thru a connection with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) or other disaster relief agencies as available.


Brown Pearson, moderator
Jonathan Barton
Carolyn Crighton
David Crighton

Hurricane Ian Aid

September 30-October 7, 2023

Continuing their efforts to help west Florida recover from Hurricane Ian, POJ’s Disaster Relief Ministry will be conducting a fourth trip to the area in October. Their efforts will be centered again in the town of Wauchula (marked with the red pin). The first two trips were to the area marked by the yellow pin. Volunteers of all skill levels are needed to help with home repairs. A cook also would be helpful. During the trip in May, volunteers installed trim and painted walls, updated a bathroom with new fixtures, and replaced a water heater.

To volunteer for this trip or ask questions, email ministry leader Brown Pearson or call him at 804-347-8895.

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Can't Join a Trip In Person? Give Financial Support

Your financial gift helps cover expenses incurred by the ministry's relief trips. These include supplies, food, travel, and lodging. Donations may be made to the presbytery's Disaster Relief Ministry or to the disaster relief mission fund of Southminster Church (which provides logistics and accounting services for the trips).

Past Projects

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Rebuilding after Disaster

Wauchula, Florida, May 2023

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Hurricane Ian Relief

Little Gasparilla Island, Florida, October 2022

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Installation of New Covenant Church Bell at Camp Hanover

Camp Hanover, May 2021

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Bridge and Boardwalk

Camp Hanover, September-October 2020

Barry Rae (left) and Betty Williams work together to remove rotted wood

Faith in Action

Ocracoke Island, NC, October 2019


Letter of Thanks

New Bern, NC, October 2018

Debris piled outside homes illustrates the extent of the destruction the relief team encountered on their previous trips to the area.

Report From the Field

New Bern, NC, October 2018