Appalachia Service Project

Appalachia Service Project (ASP) is a Christian ministry, open to all people, that inspires hope and service through volunteer home repair in Central Appalachia.   In 1969, Rev. Glenn “Tex” Evans, a United Methodist minister,  became one of the first people to connect the energy of youth with the deep needs of the poor.  During Tex’s 13 years as director at Henderson Settlement in Frakes, Kentucky, he witnessed the great need for home repair assistance. So as part of his already-thriving outreach to the people of Appalachia, he recruited 50 teens and adult volunteers to repair homes in Barbourville, Kentucky. They worked onsite during the day and worshiped in the evenings. By summer’s end, four families had safe, warm homes for the winter, fifty young lives had been changed forever — and a legacy was born.

Garber has had a powerful relationship with ASP for 25 years!   Yearly work teams of students and adults travel each summer for the life changing experience offered by ASP.  Students learn new building skills, build relationships with other students, and serve the families in Appalachia with an unconditional and humbling love.  Our annual budget assists with sending an average of 45 people each year; 

our facility provides training space, and our vehicles provide part of the needed transportation to ASP sites.  

If you would like to know more about ASP or explore some area of involvement, please contact Lara Lee Waters at

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Be on the lookout for information regarding ASP 2023 later this year.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Lara Lee Waters at

ASP 2022

What a blessing it is to share the love of Christ and be His hands & feet. 

Our 2022 Appalachia Service Project was blessed to carry

on the tradition of serving in Bell County, KY.


The Guiding Principles of ASP:

 We believe that each person is a child of God imbued with dignity and worth.

 We accept people right where they are and just the way they are.

 We believe that all people should be able to live in affordable, safe, and sanitary housing.

 We are committed to witness through the good quality of our work and careful stewardship of our resources.

 We believe God calls people to serve others as volunteer partners in ministry and we will encourage their growth in faith as they answer this call.

 Where ASP is involved in local communities we will encourage, affirm, and support the fair and just  treatment of people.

We believe in ministering in the spirit of love, acceptance, and hopefulness.