• Will Spink
    Senior Pastor
  • Rita Clardy
    Executive Assistant
  • Ron Clegg
    Assistant Pastor, Shepherding
  • Peter Render
    Director of High-Life
  • Winnie Winford
    High-Life Assistant Director
  • Kim Delchamps
    Administrative Assistant
    High-Life/Children
  • Niña Banta
    Director of Children's Ministry
  • Sarah Niemitz
    Director of Community Development/Assimilation
  • Janice Crowson
    Director of Facilities/Office
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Local Partners

Local Partners

Southwood’s commitment to expressing grace MUST begin in our local community. Since our goal is to extend God’s kingdom, not Southwood’s, we can partner with many different organizations working to extend God’s kingdom in Huntsville.

We have chosen to “endorse” particular ministries that are committed to long-term, community development, and we based our endorsement on a number of criteria. First, they each demonstrate GRACE-BASED, DEVELOPMENTAL PRINCIPLES in their mission, vision, and work. Secondly, they have ACCOUNTABILITY for their resources. Thirdly, they have WELL STRUCTURED AVENUES TO UTILIZE VOLUNTEERS—meaning that your time serving will be well used. Please note that this is NOT an exhaustive list of all ministries!! These are, however, ministries committed to holistic change in our community brought about through long term relationships both with individuals and communities in Huntsville.

We encourage you to consider these different organizations. Then pray—ask God what gifts and skills He has given you, specifically, and how He would have you use those for His glory and the extension of His kingdom. Then GO!

Lincoln Village Ministries

Lincoln Village

Lincoln Village Preservation Corporation (LVPC) is a local ministry as multifaceted as the neighborhood in which they serve. Begun over 11 year ago, the ministry has grown to include housing rehabilitation, a private elementary school, the LINC after-school program, tutoring at Martin Luther King Junior Elementary, Bible studies, a garden initiative, and so much more. Each facet works together to bring the transformative hope of the Gospel into the Lincoln Village Neighborhood.

While the material poverty of the Lincoln Village neighborhood is evident, the staff and volunteers of Lincoln Village Preservation Corporation know that the need is far deeper than material things. The neighbors of Lincoln Village, like the neighbors of Jones Valley, need restoration that comes only through relationship with Jesus Christ. Christ came to “proclaim good news to the poor [...], liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind,” (Luke 4:18b), and LVPC continues proclaiming this same message of grace and hope through every avenue of ministry within the neighborhood.

Get Connected: lincolnvillageministry.com

Second Mile Development

Second Mile

Begun over 26 year ago, Second Mile Development serves alongside Huntsville’s Terry Heights and Hillandale neighbors. Their ultimate goal is to bring about, through Christ, a reconciliation between all people - the rich and poor, the educated and uneducated, the fortunate and less fortunate. They serve their community through three programs: Pride for Parents (which includes the Neighborhood Store and the Baby Thrift Store), Second Mile Preschool, and Parent Initiative.

Pride for Parents seeks to empower parents to provide for their families - giving them the dignity of purchasing or earning credit for school supplies, clothes, and even Christmas presents. Each Christmas, they open Santa’s Secret Shop. Here parents can find new, unwrapped toys at reduced prices, and they even have the opportunity to work for store credit to purchase gifts for their children. Children receive presents, but their parents receive the greater gifts of dignity, choice, and ownership.

Get Connected: Second Mile Contact

Young Life Huntsville

Young Life

Young Life works hard to develop long-term relationships with students- attending sports games, sitting in lunch rooms, and engaging students in the midst of their lives and culture. Whether through one-on-one contact, campaigners Bible study, or a week at summer camp, Young Life volunteers and staff work to show God’s love to students through the ministry of presence and teaching of God’s word.

Get Connected: northalabama.younglife.org

The Village Church

The Village Church

The Village Church is a congregation of The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) - planted by Southwood in 2008 and pastored by Alex Shipman. They are founded on the understanding that the gospel is the great equalizer among all people, for it presents us all as mutually broken people before the cross of Christ. It is a place for mutually broken people who are in need of the restoring power of the gospel. Their vision is to embrace and extend God’s love in genuine community.

Get Connected: enterthevillage.net

Reformed University Fellowship - UAH

RUF UAH

RUF is a ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America which welcomes students from any and all walks of life. Students, like many of us, often know the basic tenants of Christianity but struggle to understand the full meaning of the gospel of Jesus Christ and to experience it in community with others. The purpose of RUF, therefore, is to build a community on the college campus that reaches students of divergent beliefs and doubts with the message of the gospel and equips them to love and serve Jesus and his Church.

RUF at UAH is led by Reid Jones, with his wife Kelli and their daughters Lucy and Jordan.

Get Connected: rufuah.org

Reformed University Fellowship - A&M

RUF A&M

RUF is a ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America which welcomes students from any and all walks of life. Students, like many of us, often know the basic tenants of Christianity but struggle to understand the full meaning of the gospel of Jesus Christ and to experience it in community with others. The purpose of RUF, therefore, is to build a community on the college campus that reaches students of divergent beliefs and doubts with the message of the gospel and equips them to love and serve Jesus and his Church.

RUF at Alabama A&M is led by Roy Hubbard, with his wife Emily and their children Iris, Jonas, Clive, and Lois.

Get Connected: aamu.ruf.org

InFocus Fellowship

InFocus

InFocus ministry exists on the University of Alabama in Huntsville to reach out particularly to international students. UAH has a diverse student body and there is a unique opportunity to reach international students with the message of the gospel while they are studying in the United States. Many of these students will return as well-educated leaders to countries where there is currently little gospel influence. InFocus sees an opportunity to engage in foreign missions on the local, university campus.

Get Connected: InFocus on Facebook

The Village of Promise

The Village of Promise

The Village of Promise The Village of Promise serves the needs of children and families from cradle to college to career in distressed neighborhoods. They offer education, health, enrichment programs and family support services to help each child succeed in school. Their initial efforts are focused in the neighborhood surrounding University Place Elementary School, Montview Elementary School, Westlawn Middle School and Butler High School.

Get Connected: villagepromise.com

29:11 Inc

29:11 Inc

29:11 Inc. believes that the most precious commodity, the future of our business success, and the most promising investment is the young children of our community. Unfortunately, many of these young children are underserved by schools in their community for a variety of reasons - leaving them more vulnerable to the pull of generational poverty. 29:11 Inc. is dedicated to serving these children not simply through one private school, but through the development of a private school system specifically designed to serve families in low-income communities. Beginning with New Beginnings Academy, 29:11 Inc. will provide a nurturing and academically rigorous environment for low-income students in Huntsville, working alongside families to reverse the trend of generational poverty through relational investments.

Get Connected: 2911schools.org

Opportunities

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