Mustard Tree Ministries operates primarily out of First Centenary United Methodist Church in downtown Chattanooga, TN. As serving others goes beyond the walls of the church, Mustard Tree partners with a number of local businesses, organizations and denominations in building community and creating opportunities for personal development.
From corporate sponsorships to one-time donors, we have a place for you! We offer several levels and tiers for donating and fundraising with Mustard Tree! Contact Barry Kidwell to find out more about how you or your organization can help effectuate sustainable change right here in our neighborhoods and around the world!
Mustard Tree Ministries has a host of opportunities for those looking to work toward eradicting homelessness and poverty in our community! We are always looking for volunteers to help with transportation, meal delivery, the Clothes Closet, our Lunch in the Park program and various events and community fundraisers around town. For more information on hosting the Sunday evening events or if you would like to donate clothes or serve as a volunteer, contact Barry Kidwell.
Mustard Tree Farms
Mustard Tree Farms loves to hear from retired contractors looking for something to do, small groups looking to serve their community and those who love to play around in the dirt a little! Contact Barry Kidwell for more information on how you can volunteer at one of our two farms.
Presently, Mustard Tree Ministries is involved in developing a community of micro-homes which would provide affordable housing, a farm, community center, micro industries for employment, etc, which we call CommunityFirst!. With this assistance, Mustard Tree hopes to help people transition in life to better living conditions, creating a sense of self-sustainability. In the past seven years we have helped over 300 people get off the street and reconnected with God, family, and the community.
Mustard Tree Ministries has created CommunityFirst! Chattanooga with the goal of building a loving, compassionate, and highly hospitable community for the chronically homeless in the Chattanooga area. This community has been conceived and founded on Community First! Chattanooga principles and God’s call to bring human dignity to all people by feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and housing the stranger.
Following the Planning Commission review/vote that denied our request for a permit for CommunityFirst!, the Mustard Tree Ministries Board of directors met and voted to withdraw our current application. While we were disappointed by the planning commission’s decision, we also recognize that we have more work to do to help our neighbors understand our plans for this development. There are many areas of service that could impact this effort.
Contact Barry Kidwell for more information on how to get involved in our various programs and services.
P.O. Box 4002
Chattanooga, TN 37405