About Us

We bring youth and adults together for fellowship. service and a deeper relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Who We Are

We are a Christ-centered ministry that connects the local church to those who are in need both in Western North Carolina and overseas. We work with youth leaders, churches, and parents to raise compassionate, servant-hearted, next-generation leaders.

What We Do

CCC combines the spiritual connection of a camp experience with the life-changing opportunities that week-long service trips offer. Our priority is to see Christ-followers developing servant hearts and making a difference in this world!

What We Offer

A week at one of our youth mission trips includes service project planning, supplies and tools, as well as worship, devotions, team-building activities, and recreation created by our college-age staff. We work to build communities that support and care for each other.

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Our Values

Empowerment

We empower others to exhibit service and leadership in the name of Christ. All of our programs are designed to teach students the ropes of learning how to lead others. Each year we hire 40-50 college students to organize our service outreaches and lead our summer camps. 

Community

Every aspect of CCC is designed to build community–between campers and their team leaders, among groups who come from different churches to participate, and from those who are serving to the locals they are there to help. We divide groups up into 1-2 adults and 4-6 kids, and encourage everyone to practice both leadership and servant skills.

Discipleship

Spending time at CCC is not just about doing a home repair or spending a week at summer camp. We are here to build Christian fellowship, develop deeper relationships with God, and raise servant leaders who have a heart for those in need.

Excellence

We provide all the tools, supplies and plans to get our service projects accomplished. We value the people we are helping and want them to have the best. Our teams always finish what they start, and to the utmost of their ability.

Why CCC

Worship

Morning and evening worship is the foundation of the experience at CCC. Everyone participates in setting an atmosphere of thankfulness and worship, growing closer as a group and pointing our thoughts towards the Lord.

Serve

Our trained staff work with local communities to find out how we can best provide help in an area. They then pull together whatever is necessary to complete the job and help our groups work efficiently to make someone’s life that much better.

Grow

At CCC developing relationship isn’t just something we value; we intentionally structure each week to facilitate it.  Through games, activities, skits, and small groups everyone in camp comes together to share experiences and grow closer to God and each other.

How It All Started

Carolina Cross Connection has operated for over twenty years and is still growing! It got its start in the summer of 1983, when youth and adults from First United Methodist Church in Lincolnton, North Carolina attended Mountain T.O.P. After several summers of traveling to Tennessee to minister to families and perform repair projects,  they wanted to bring what they had learned home with them. In 1987, leaders of First UMC started looking into creating a similar program in North Carolina to assist their local communities. With support from the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church and guidance from Mountain T.O.P., Carolina Cross Connection was born.  In 1988, CCC had 93 campers and offered two camp weeks.

We now facilitate summers to serve over fifteen counties, with over 1,200 campers attending and serving around 700 needy households. We have seen 24,000 youth and adults make an impact with over 14,000 projects for needy families and individuals! Other ministries have been founded or benefited from CCC’s efforts, and many of those who have worked with us or attended a camp continue to serve those around them on a daily basis. We look forward to impacting the lives of even more people as time goes on!

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Administration

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Brittany Bethel

Administrative Director

Brittany Bethel has been a part of CCC’s ministry since 2004 and came on the administrative staff in 2012. She began as the Overseas Administrator, which allowed and currently allows her to walk beside churches who are ready to experience God in another country.  Born and raised in Texas, she graduated with a BA in Music from Columbus State University in Georgia and with a MA in Worship Leadership from Dallas Baptist University in Texas. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate for an EdD in Organizational Leadership at Grand Canyon University. She served in J High student ministry for 10 years, where her passion for helping students understand justice began. She is excited about the opportunities to give churches a big picture view of what God is doing in their backyard, in our urban centers, and around the world.

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Laura Brown

Urban Ministry Administrator and Church Relations

Laura Brown, a native of North Carolina, had the privilege of growing up in Asheboro (Where the Zoo is?!) and attending CCC’s home repair ministry each summer. Through being a camper and serving on summer staff, she has experienced the beauty of fellowship and seeing God in one another. She is excited to join in the ministry’s exploration of building relationships and monopolizing on her love of ice cream. As church relations and urban administrator, she can’t wait to help churches find their fit in CCC’s missions.

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Taylor Whitley

Home Repair Administrator and Summer Staff Relations

Taylor’s connection to the ministry started as a camper from 1999-2003. She served on Summer Staff from 2004-2008 and since then has served in different positions with CCC, including Youth Director from 2011-2014. Taylor has seen the ministry from all sides and now serves our Summer Staff and Home Repair group leaders throughout the year. 
She resides in Concord and currently attends the University of Massachusetts at Amherst online. She enjoys reading books and is a die-hard Duke fan.

Board of Directors 2015-2016

Rob Neill, Chairman

Kevin Eudy, Vice Chair

Tom Davis, Treasurer

Drew McWilliams, Secretary

Vern Anderson

Katie Boulware

Gregg Gannous

Allison Hicks

David Hockett

Jeff Jackson

Terry Jeanes

Alecia Julian

Daniel Kerr

Josh Kurtz

Sue Long

Chris McAlister

Steve Michael

Angela Neill

Paul Patyk

Joe Pollard

Scott Randolph

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