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

January 7-15, 2023

After a successful trip to Florida in October to help with cleanup efforts following Hurricane Ian, POJ’s Disaster Relief Ministry is organizing a second trip for January 7-15, 2023. Volunteers must be able bodied and willing to do manual labor (at your own pace). You do not need to have a background in construction as a variety of skill levels will be needed. Having your own tools (hammer, pry bar, tape measure, gloves, work boots, eye protection, etc) is helpful, as is training in first aid and CPR.

To volunteer, email ministry leader Brown Pearson or call him at 804-347-8895.


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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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