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Carson-Newman ministry changes name, but not mission

The ministry’s new logo incorporates a cross, symbolic of where Jesus gave his life for all and laid the foundation of faith under which the ministry serves; mountains representing the location of service; a sunrise that reflects the hope of a new day dawning, the hope that Christ provides and the hope AMOS provides those in need. The logo is enveloped by soft blues and oranges that reflect the colors of Carson-Newman University.

Carson-Newman University announced a rebranding and new name for a key campus outreach ministry. After 37 years, Appalachian Outreach is now Appalachian Ministries of the Smokies (AMOS).

The move comes after a review of the ministry and its growth over the last three decades.

“Our Appalachian Outreach ministry has a rich history and reputation of serving those in need in our surrounding counties,” Carson-Newman President Charles A. Fowler said. “From helping those facing an individual crisis, to serving many affected by the pandemic, the ministry’s heart has always been to show the love of Christ to others. That remains unchanged.

“What started as a single home repair ministry in 1984 by members of the campus community has since grown to also include several other ministries, each meeting people where they are to fulfill a need,” Fowler said. “The name AMOS more accurately reflects the many ways in which our beloved ministry is serving those of Appalachia and more specifically the Smoky Mountain region. I am so grateful for the commitment and leadership of Jean-Ann Washam as we continue the good work that was started by servant-leaders of this university.”

Washam, who serves as director of the ministry said there’s a renewed enthusiasm among those with which she works. “Our staff and volunteers are excited about this new opportunity to better reflect the ministry to those who we serve,” Washam said. “The acronym AMOS comes from the Old Testament prophet who declared the Word of the Lord, challenged those who had drifted and reminds us today how we are to act and serve others. Our leaders and volunteers help compile this ministry made up of ordinary people called to do God’s work of helping those in need.”

Since 1984, the organization has grown to oversee several ministries. These include the original home repair ministry, food and clothing ministry, a donation center as well as Samaritan House, an emergency shelter for women and children experiencing a housing crisis.

The impact on the region is significant. In its 37-year history, AMOS has performed more than 1,000 home repair projects, Samaritan House has served more than 1,500 families and the food ministry has provided more than150,000 boxes of food to those in need.

Founded in 1851, Carson-Newman is a Christian liberal arts-based university affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. The University is located in Jefferson City, Tennessee, among the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Carson-Newman offers 50 undergraduate majors, as well as associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

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