Our Mission Partners
Alternative Christmas Market
The Alternative Christmas market is a church-wide community event that celebrates our mission partners by providing a one-day market meant to both raise money and create awareness about the current ministry and mission opportunities Covenant is involved with. In 2020, the Christmas market raised over $11,000 that went to support organizations like Presbyterian Home for Children, the Heifer Project, the Vine Counseling Center, Covenant Weekday Preschool, and many more.
Ridgecrest Elementary, located just down Drake road from Covenant, is a wonderful community of children and families that many in Covenant support through reading initiatives and staff lunches.
The purpose of the Mission Stitchers is to bless others. The stitchers meet the fourth Monday of every month, January-October. The group is dedicated to making pillowcases that go to Huntsville Hospital Children’s Hospital and to a local doctor’s office. The group makes between 300-500 pillowcases each year. Sewers and non-sewers are welcome.
Local Mission Partners
Second Mile Development
Second Mile is a non-profit organization that has been serving Huntsville and Madison County for 35 years. Through our programs, we serve with what we refer to as the “Three R’s” of Christian community development:
Relationships: Building relationships with people to understand their needs.
Resources: Connecting people to the resources and opportunities that enable them to provide for themselves and their families.
Reconciliation: Reconciling people from all walks of life to each other and to the love of Jesus.
Our programs include Pride for Parents which operates The Neighborhood Thrift Store, The 29:11 Story which allows women to build fellowship while creating beautiful jewelry, Second Mile Preschool that serves up to 40 children each year, Parent Initiative which supports Title I schools’ parent engagement programs through the Parent Parties ENGAGE app, and The Terry Heights/Hillendale Neighborhood Organization that conducts events in our community.
Huntsville Assistance Program
The Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP) provides a ministry of assistance and referrals to needy individuals and families of Madison County. The ministry focuses on the non-homeless and strives to achieve its mission by pooling volunteers, information and financial resources of its members.
Rocket City Refugees
Rocket City Refugees now supports a total of 92 Afghan individuals across several states, though most reside in North Alabama. Rocket City Refugees has walked with these folks as they relocated from Afghanistan, enrolled their children in school, found jobs, and even became business owners. We are grateful for your continued support!
Vine Counseling Center
The Vine is an ecumenical Christian counselling Center located in downtown Huntsville. Covenant partners with The Vine providing support for scholarships for clients. This ensures that anyone can have access, regardless of income, to their services for individuals and families.
Presbyterian Home for Children
Now in its 155th year of service, Presbyterian Home for Children in Talladega, Alabama, is one of few organizations in the state caring for Alabama’s homeless boys and girls, along with their female caregivers in its Secure Dwellings Program. In its Moderate Residential Care Therapeutic Program, the Home also serves teenage girls who have previously experienced extreme trauma or neglect. In addition, the Home serves young female adults in crisis through its Transition to Adult Living Program and serves families in crisis through its In-Home Intensive Services, Family Bridges. All its programs are fully accredited by Social Current and the EAGLE Accreditation Commission. Ascension Leadership Academy features a fully Cognia-accredited academic curriculum focusing on academics and leadership. PHFC is top rated at 4-Star by Charity Navigator and received a Gold Seal of Transparency from Candid (formerly Guidestar).
Next Step Farms
Next Step Farms is an adult special needs day program that teaches daily living skills on a farm based theme. Robin and Chris Kramer are the owners.
Currently, they are operational with clients three days a week at a temporary location while their permanent home is under construction. Work is still ongoing.
The garden plots are set and ready for crops this year. As moving day approaches, their chickens, goats, pigs and other birds will move onto the property.
Campus Mission Partners
CRU International – Steve Bledsoe
Susan and Steve Bledsoe live in Greenville South Carolina where they do discipleship and evangelism by modeling, training through lifestyle, and intentionally meeting one-on-one and in groups. They also do outreach through sports and games. Steve and Susan work with men and women in one-on-one discipleship and small groups. Susan works with senior—getting involved in their lives and praying with them with compassion and understanding. They are specifically praying and living out discipleship and evangelism to move men to pursue God and his word.
CMMA (Christian Medical Ministry) – Duane Baxter
Our hope is that God would use CMMSA to raise up men and women as leaders of the health professions who would glorify God through their lives and careers. We desire to help medical students and those in healthcare in south Alabama integrate their faith in Jesus Christ into every aspect of their lives. We pray that their influence would impact the Gulf Coast, the United States, and the far reaches of the world. CMMSA is currently hosting over a dozen small group bible studies, regional conferences and organizing 3 medical mission trips each year with medical and allied health students and health care professionals.
RUF Alabama A&M – Marcus Nobles
RUF Harvard – Michael Whitham
We serve undergraduates on Harvard’s campus by holding a group for students to worship and explore their faith. Each week we hold an on-campus worship service, small group bible studies, and meet for discipleship. We are a place for students with questions to explore Christianity and Christian students to grow in their faith.
Young Life Huntsville – Nick Ireland
Global Mission Partners
Women of Hope – Guatemala
Women of Hope Guatemala weaves together business and discipleship into the fabric of our Christian ministry. This ‘Business for Transformation’ project empowers impoverished and often under-educated artisans with steady employment, providing them a dependable living wage which helps them meet the basic needs of their families.
Serge – Kenya
George and Martha Mixon have served in Kenya since 1994, where George has worked for many years training Kenya pastors and leaders in Chronological Bible Storying. (CBS). This program equips leaders in how to better reach oral learners, lays a strong foundation for understanding the Gospel, and is a great tool for evangelism and discipleship.
George and Martha recently moved their home base to Milledgeville, Georgia, from which George continues to work in Bible storying. He makes several long trips per year to Kenya to help the CBS team there and to other countries to help other Serge teams incorporate Bible storying into their Gospel-centered ministries. Martha serves on Serge’s Member Care team, helping a number of Serge missionary families to thrive spiritually, emotionally, and physically on the mission field.
Serge – Ireland
Tom and Vicki Gilliam are based in the Republic of Ireland and reside in Maynooth, County Kildare, a university town of 16,000 located on the western outskirts of Dublin, Ireland’s capital. They are a part of the core group of Maynooth Community Church, a church they helped to plant and have ministered in since 2003.
Tom serves as an elder in the church and is involved in leading worship and discipleship. Vicki’s passion for women sees her in discipling relationships across the age spectrum-from teenage girls and university students to women in their twenties, thirties, and beyond.
The Gilliams oversee four Serge teams in the Celtic Region based in Dublin, Cork, Belfast and Edinburgh. These teams support and encourage Irish and Scottish pastors and church leaders in their church planting and church renewal efforts in a variety of denominational and non-denominational contexts.
Frontier Fellowship invites believing communities to engage people groups where the Good News of Jesus and His Kingdom is not yet known. As an Associate Director for church mobilization my work is twofold. First to discover and deepen relationships with indigenous leaders who are making Jesus known to frontier peoples – people with limited access to the Gospel. Second to connect believing communities with frontier work by encouraging prayer and mutual relationships with indigenous partners. My regional ministry focus is South Asia.
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Apply for Covenant Mission Funding:
Covenant has a rich tradition of funding mission projects and missionaries across the globe. We are committed to working globally regionally and locally with mission partners that are actively engaged in witnessing and sharing the gospel of Christ. If you would like to apply for funding from Covenant, please fill out the form below. If you have any questions email David.Hunsicker@covhsv.org.