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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.


For over 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!

Sarah Fortner

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

Executive Director     


Heather Kendall

Impact Director      

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Sarah Hoblet

Youth Academic Director     

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Estella Soltis

Women's Ministry Coordinator  


Lisa Hawkins 

Facilities & Volunteer Coordinator     


Emily Rhew

Youth Ministry Coordinator



Maritza Stutts

Community Connections Director     

Elizabeth Cruz Rodriguez

Community Health Director     


Cate O'Malley

Connections Assistant     


Luz Maria De La Rosa

Elementary Tutoring Coordinator     

2023  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.

Angelita Lopez                                                      Michael Main    

Beverly Hall, Vice Chair                                          Mike Sellers

Bob Greer                                                            Michelle Heath, Chair

Cindy Cooper, Secretary                                         Robin Poythress, Treasurer



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