A  N O T E  F R O M  A N N E

For more than 10 years, Caterpillar Ministries has been growing and changing along with the Huntington Green community. We provide back-to-school supplies, summer camps, soccer fun, teen nights, Bible study, sewing classes for women, a food pantry and more. At times, crisis assistance offers a light of hope in scary situations. 


I look forward to many more years of faithful friendship and ministry. We would love for you to be a part of the Caterpillar family. Please reach out and stop by Dad's House for a visit.


And the Lord — who is the Spirit — makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image. ~ 2 Corinthians 3:18

C A T E R P I L L A R   S T A F F 

Anne Crawford  | Founder                    

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 Kids Clubs in mobile home communities. Following her 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 enables her to spread a message of love and redemption. Anne knows from experience the transforming power of Christ, and she wants to share that with the children and families in her community. Under her leadership and God’s provision, Caterpillar Ministries has grown from a lunch program with five children to a ministry that touches hundreds of neighbors weekly. Anne and her husband, Rich, have three grown children: Laura, David and Susannah. The Crawfords attend Newsong Church in Cornelius. Contact: anne@caterpillarministries.org

Sarah Fortner | Executive Director and Adult Ministry Director               

Sarah joined the Caterpillar team in 2017, when the ministry expanded into adult services and programs. She excelled in the business and financial world before dedicating her life to vocational ministry. She has a vision for the Huntington Green neighbors to experience abundant life, and the team is thankful for her experience and heart. Sarah attends Mosaic Church.  Contact: sarah@caterpillarministries.org

Cherri Johnson | Childrens Director             

Cherri has a wealth of experience as both a school guidance counselor and children's ministry coordinator. She earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and a graduate degree in school counseling from UNC Charlotte. Cherri joined Caterpillar Ministries in 2014, and teaches children the Gospel in a way that is understandable and life-giving. Cherri (who loves all things red) and her husband, Joey, have two adult daughters: Molly and Katie. The family dogs are McGee and Memphis. Cherri and Joey attend The Refuge Church.  Contact: cherri@caterpillarministries.org

Maria Gandy | Preschool Director              

Maria was born in Mexico, where she was one of eight children raised in poverty. At age 9, she lost her dad to alcoholism. The family moved to Houston, Texas, when she was 11; Maria started sixth grade and learned English. She graduated high school with honors and joined the U.S. Navy where she met her husband, Clint. Maria accepted Jesus Christ as her savior in 1998, and she found her faith to be her greatest asset when she lost her daughter, Sofia, to cancer in 2001. Maria and Clint have two teenagers: Cruz and Isabel. The Gandy family attends Christ Community Church in Huntersville. Contact: maria@caterpillarministries.org

Aileen Hinojosa | Youth Director              

Aileen was was born in México and lived there until age 15 with two younger siblings. She accepted Jesus into her heart as 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. Aileen is married to her high school sweetheart, Juan, and together they have a teen son, Christian. The family attends First Baptist Church Huntersville. Contact: aileen@caterpillarministries.org

Pat Geary | Tutoring Director                 

Pat is loved by our children and teens! She volunteered with Caterpillar very early on, but just joined Caterpillar in 2018, following a career as an assistant teacher and reading specialist. Past most recently was an elementary technology teacher in Charlotte. She and her husband, Rob, have two adult children: Eric and Alyssa. The Gearys attend Hickory Grove Baptist Church-North Campus.  Contact: pat@caterpillarministries.org

Ana Romero | Program Assistant                

Ana has been an integral part of Caterpillar Ministries from the beginning. Her children literally have grown up with the neighborhood ministry; Anne is very thankful for Ana's friendship and partnership throughout the years. In 2018, Ana joined the team to help in all areas and assist with translating. Ana is married to Bernabe, and they have three children: Brandon, Ana Marie and Eli. The family attends Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Charlotte. Contact: ana@caterpillarministries.org

Jody Roth | Volunteer Coordinator              

Jody loves to love on children and began helping with Kids Club in 2012. She has volunteered with summer camp, tutoring and youth girls small groups. Jody continues to mentor some of our teen girls today. She served on Caterpillar's Board of Directors from 2015 to 2018, and took on the role of formally organizing our volunteers earlier this year. Jody also is a longtime volunteer with the Augustine Literacy Project in Charlotte. Jody and her husband, Randy, live in Cornelius and attend Lake Forest Church. Contact: jody@caterpillarministries.org

Lee McCracken | Communications Director             

Lee joined the team in 2018, bringing years of writing, editing and promotional experience with her to help engage the community in all that's going on at Caterpillar. She teaches Bible study and is active in women's ministry at her church; Lee is a Christian author, whose memoir about infant loss, adoption, cancer and mental illness was published in 2013. Lee and her husband, Stuart, have one adult daughter, Megan. They attend Lake Forest Church in Huntersville. Contact: lee@caterpillarministries.org

2020  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.

Rev. Eric Bartel


Lorie Lee
Vice Chair

Gwen Howard


Steve Walker

Dan Finnegan

Kim Muhich

Sheila Del Aguila

Anne Crawford


PO BOX 2155

Huntersville, NC 28070

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