ABOUT OUR FOUNDER ANNE CRAWFORD

After a career in special education, Anne started helping in her children's Sunday School classes. In 1995, God placed a burden in her heart for the unchurched children in her Colorado community; she began clubs for kids in mobile home communities. Following nine years of service as the children’s director in two large churches and a move to the Charlotte area, Anne stepped out in faith to begin Caterpillar Ministries in Huntersville. Her testimony of Jesus' healing  grace from difficult childhood challenges enabled her to spread a message of love and redemption.

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Anne knew from experience the transforming power of Christ, and she wanted to share that with the families in Huntington Green. Under her leadership and God’s provision, Caterpillar Ministries grew from a lunch program with five children to a ministry that now touches hundreds of neighbors weekly. The Crawfords are retired and enjoying life at the beach and in the mountains.

A NOTE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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For 15 years, Caterpillar Ministries has been growing and changing alongside the residents of the Huntington Green community. We love our neighbors (seniors, adults, youth and children) and always want to be learning more about the love of Jesus and serving others with them. We provide spiritual support and education; academic assistance, including tutoring, back-to-school supplies and liaison with schools; family activities like seasonal parties, summer camps and teen nights; adult programs like sewing classes and nutrition for women; and benevolence in the form of a food pantry, and help with rent/utilities. Often, advocacy and crisis assistance offer a light of hope in scary situations. 

And the Lord — who is the Spirit — makes us more and more like Him as we are changed

into His glorious image.   2 Cor. 3:18

While the staff said goodbye to Anne Crawford, our founder who retired in 2020, we look forward to many more years of faithful friendship and ministry in the neighborhood and the wider community. We invite you to be a part of Team Caterpillar. Please reach out and stop by Dad's House for a visit!

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C A T E R P I L L A R   S T A F F 
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Sarah Fortner | Executive Director             

Sarah joined the Caterpillar team in 2017, when the ministry expanded into adult services and programs; she became the executive director in 2020. Sarah excelled in the business and financial world before dedicating her life to vocational ministry; she served at Independence Hill Baptist Church for 12 years leading children's ministry. She also was as the operations manager at Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen. Sarah can't wait to see what God has in store for Huntington Green and every single one of our neighbors. The generous spirit of this community — faith, civic, and business — benefits all. Sarah attends Independence Hill Baptist Church.

sarah@caterpillarministries.org

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Renae Pawlowski | Program Director & Volunteer Coordinator                 

Renae started volunteering with Caterpillar in 2018, teaching adult ESL; she officially joined the team to help with summer programming. After her ninth year of teaching K-2 in local public and charter schools, she is excited to be back and in a new role with Caterpillar year-round. She and her husband, Michael, welcomed their first child in December 2021. They attend Lake Forest Church-Huntersville. 

renae@caterpillarministries.org

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Aileen Hinojosa | Family Engagement Director              

Aileen was born in México and lived there until age 15 with two younger siblings. She accepted Jesus into her heart as HER Lord and Savior in her adult years, and began volunteering at Caterpillar when she helped with the youth ministry at First Baptist Church in Huntersville and started the Prom Closet. Previously, Aileen taught Spanish at Chesterbrook Academy. She was hired in 2018 as our Youth Director and has since expanded her reach to all of our neighbors in Huntington Green as our Family Engagement Director. Aileen is married to her high school sweetheart, Juan, and together they have a teen son, Christian. The family attends First Baptist Church Huntersville.

aileen@caterpillarministries.org

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Heather Kendall | Faith Development Director              

Heather accepted Jesus as a young adult. She had a faithful grandmother, who prayed relentlessly that the bottom would come and she would have nowhere else to go but to Him. Several years after giving her life to Christ, Heather knew God was calling her to use the love God offers, even to those living like she had been, to help transform the lives of others in His name. After graduating college with a degree in Bible/Ministry, she earned master's degrees in Christian Ministry and Religious Education in 2010. Her service has included opportunities to work with women, children, couples, and families. In addition to her work in churches of all sizes, she has had the privilege of leading a weekday preschool program and serving as the Spiritual Life Director for a private Christian school in Charlotte. Heather is married to her best friend Ryan, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police captain; they have four children: Kennedy, an EC teacher in Cabarrus County; Avery, an aspiring firefighter; Brenna, who is looking forward to teaching EC like her big sister; and Jedediah, a future chef extraordinaire.  The family attends Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church.

heather@caterpillarministries.org

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Yasmine Young | Academic Enrichment Director  

Yasmine is a passionate lover of humanity, spending the last 20 years of her career perfecting the craft of human connection by strategically and authentically creating meaningful partnerships in various Charlotte communities. In her recent role as an educator at a Christian school, Yasmine found ways to connect with her students by asking them honest and heart-centric questions that let her students know they were truly loved not just by her, but by their Creator. She is married to LeWayne and is Mom to four children: Alexis, Xailin, Adrien, and Levi James. Yasmine and LeWayne have witnessed first hand God's restoration and healing power; they serve in various ministries supporting marriage and families. Yasmine’s family attends Steelecreek Church.

yasmine@caterpillarministries.org

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Estela Solis | Women's Ministry Coordinator  

Estela is from Guatemala, where she had 30 years of ministerial experience. She founded a nonprofit organization that helped street children, prostitutes, and drug addicts. She has a doctorate degree in Theology and a masters in Biblical Counseling. In 2019, she fell in love with the vision of Caterpillar Ministries and started serving as a volunteer. Her greatest passion is teaching the Word of God and seeing lives transformed by the love and power of the Holy Spirit. Estela lives with her daughter, Sheila, her son-in-law, and her three grandchildren in Cornelius. Estela attends El Buen Samaritano-Lake Forest here in Huntington Green. 

estela@caterpillarministries.org       

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Sarah Hoblet | MyPath Coordinator

Sarah has lived in Huntersville with her husband and three kids (16, 13, and 9 years old) for the past eight years. She didn’t work outside the home when her kids were young, but recently decided to pursue a master’s degree in school counseling. She feels passionately about educational outcomes for students and has a strong desire to really get involved. She graduated from Wake Forest University in December 2021, and is excited to help lead the MyPath Program. Sarah’s family attends Storyhill Church in Davidson. sarahmhob@caterpillarministries.org     

2022  C A T E R P I L L A R   B O A R D  O F  D I R E C T O R S
 
These are the Godly men and women who oversee
the direction and stewardship of the ministry.

Lori Lee

Chair

Gwen Howard
Vice Chair

Steve Walker
Treasurer

Susannah Crawford

Sheila Del Aguila

Brandon Edwards

Michelle Heath

Beverly Hall