Community Ministries

In seeking to become the faithful presence of Jesus in our homes, our workplaces, our communities, and our world, we quickly learn that putting our faith to action through acts of service is the path to fruitfulness, both for ourselves and those we serve. Locally, our expression of love through service is organized under Community Ministries, and we believe that each of us has a role to play.



As a church set in a specific location, in a specific time in history, surrounded by specific specific needs, we aim to use the resources and passions the Lord has given us to minister well in our context. Thankfully, we share that mission with dozens of local ministries and non-profits, whom we call our Community Partners. We minister alongside our Community Partners by providing access to resources, participating in their work, and supporting them financially.

In 2018, we gave over $300,000 to 40 local ministries and non-profits (our Community Partners). In addition to our budgetary giving, we hold an annual Chili Cook-Off competition with the proceeds going directly to select Community Partners. Also, individuals and families contribute through designated gifts and personal financial support.


Service at Signal Pres is not just a menu of outreach and mercy events; it’s a way of living and loving. There are always needs amongst our members and Community Partners, and we hope to be the kind of people who are eager to participate in meeting those needs as we are able.

There is a wide range of opportunities for service that may interest you, depending on your availability and giftings. Whether you enjoy providing meals, helping with chores, offering childcare, providing transportation, or any number of other acts of love, chances are we know of someone who would be tremendously blessed by your service.

Twice a year the Signal Pres family comes together to roll up our sleeves and get to work on behalf of our Community Partners. This event, called Serve Saturday, is a great opportunity for families and small groups to sign up to serve alongside one another for the sake of a neighbor or ministry. We meet at the Youth Café at 8 AM for breakfast and prayer, and then disperse to a handful of worksites to help with things like painting, yardwork, simple repairs, cleaning, and organizing. There’s a job for every age and all abilities!


It is our joy to make the Guest House, a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home adjacent to the church, available to our local and global ministry partners for short-term visits. Most often we host missionaries, active or retired pastors, church speakers, and special guests.

Our family loves to serve together on Serve Saturday and it is actually one of our favorite forms of worship!

We are together helping someone besides ourselves and usually end up being blessed so much than the person we are serving.

– Kathy Harper


We love Serve Saturday because it takes us out of our comfort zone, we meet wonderful people, and in a busy time of our lives it allows the four of us to be together.

Our whole family learns what it truly means to be Jesus’ hands and feet to our community.

– Kathy Harper


I think that God has gifted Signal Pres in terms of both its financial resources and its human capital; and therefore I strongly believe that we have a unique calling towards a leadership role in supporting para-church ministries with funding and with talents. We, along with a few other churches, have an outsized capacity to move the needle in terms of how God is using his people to address needs in our own community. On top of that, Community Ministries has gotten more effective at encouraging, modeling, and facilitating hands-on engagement between our church family members and places of need in our city.

– Tom Hayslett


Being involved in Community Ministries has given me both a deeper insight into areas of need, hurt, and struggle in our community and a window into the numerous organizations that are trying to respond to those needs, hurts, and struggles. On balance, it is very encouraging to see up close how many people are actively engaged in trying to be a Gospel presence in areas of darkness – whether as paid staff, board leadership, or volunteers.

– Tom Hayslett


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Community Partners

 Adult and Teen Challenge

Alternative Seminary

Bethel Bible Village

Bible in the Schools

Boy Scouts

Channels of Love

Chattanooga House of Prayer

Chattanooga Rescue Mission

Chattanooga Room in the Inn

Chattanooga Youth Network

Child Evangelism Fellowship

Choices Chattanooga

Christian Business Men’s Connection


Cru Faculty Commons

Every Man a Warrior

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

First Things First

Hope for the Inner City

Hope Unlimited

House of Refuge

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship

Kids of Growth

LifeSpring Community Health

Lone Oak Medical

Newton Community Center

Partnership Family Violence Center (A program of Partnership

for Families, Children and Adults, Inc)

Partnership Rape Crisis Center (A program of Partnership

for Families, Children and Adults, Inc)

Prison Prevention Ministries

Project 52

Richmont University

Scenic City Women’s Network

Shepherd’s Arms

Signal Mountain Social Services

The House

Widows Harvest

Young Life- Capernaum

Young Life- City

Young Life- Urban

Community Ministry Staff

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Joey Sherrard

Associate Pastor of Discipleship

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Hannah Sims 

Administrative Assistant

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