STORY

Mill Community Ministries began as an outreach of Grace Church and Long Branch Baptist Church in the Greater Sullivan neighborhood in 2012 when Dan Weidenbenner launched Mill Village Farms, a youth development program for at-risk teens through sustainable agriculture.

By 2013, The Village Wrench joined the collective to provide free bike repair and bike l(earning) opportunities for community members in West Greenville and Greater Sullivan through the direction of Wes Whitesell and The Village Church. Nasha Lending joined Mill Community Ministries in 2014 to continue their focus on equipping under-resourced youth and adult entrepreneurs with training, personal development and no-interest loans.

Mill Community Ministries is a collection of social entrepreneurs working together to unite with God's vision for individual life change and holistic transformation of under-resourced communities. 


But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
— Jeremiah 29:7

CORE VALUES

Reconciliation

All people suffer from broken relationships with God, self, others, and creation. We aim to impact families and individuals within our community by working to reconcile these relationships with God, self, others, and creation.  

Dignity

All people are created in the image of God and deserve equal treatment. We aim to treat families and individuals with respect and value.

Empowerment

All people have unique gifts and strengths. We aim to facilitate development by unleashing people’s gifts and strengths. We aim to never do for others what they can do for themselves.

Neighboring

All people need each other and change occurs from the inside rather than the outside. We aim to live locally among each other within a community.

Many of our core values are based on principles learned from various organizations, including Christian Community Development Association, FCS Ministries, and The Chalmers Center.


Go to the people
Live among them
Learn from them
Love them
Start with what they know
Build on what they have:
But of the best leaders When their task is done
The people will remark “We have done it ourselves.”
— Ancient Chinese Proverb

LEADERSHIP

Dan Weidenbenner,

Executive Director, Mill Community Ministries & Mill Village Farms

Sherry Taylor

Operations Director, Mill Community Ministries

Wes Whitesell

Village Wrench Director

 

OUR PEOPLE