The Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference Disaster Response Ministry provides leadership for disaster readiness, relief and recovery by offering training, resources and ‘people power’ to assist local churches in their own disaster response ministry. Our teams work out of each conference district under the direction of the Disaster Response Coordinator (DRC) for the TWK Episcopal Area, Robert Craig.
We are in partnership with the local, county and state Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and many other disaster response organizations. Please note: All volunteer teams need to register with us before deploying to any disaster-affected area.
Checks can be made out and mailed to the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference at PO Box 440132, Nashville, TN 37244 (please note Disaster Response in the memo line)
LET US KNOW If YOU WANT TO SEND SUPPLIES
Please DO NOT send or bring supplies without first checking with us about where those supplies may be needed. At this time, we do not have warehouse space to store supplies and we may need for you to wait to send things.
Fill out the SENDING SUPPLIES FORM to inform us about what you have so we can get back to you regarding what to do. THANK YOU!
HOW YOU CAN VOLUNTEER
The Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference and the Kentucky Conference are partnering in this response effort. Please fill out the appropriate form to volunteer to bring a team to assist. Thank you!
VOLUNTEER FORM - This form is specifically for individuals and volunteer teams from churches or other organizations who will be helping over the coming weeks and months.
News & Information
How to Send Supplies
Please DO NOT send or bring supplies without first checking with us about where those supplies may be needed. At this time, we do not have warehouse space to store supplies and we may need for you to wait to send things. Fill out the SENDING SUPPLIES FORM to inform us about what you have so we can get back to you regarding what to do. THANK YOU!
Report Storm Damage
A Crisis Cleanup Helpline has been set up to coordinate clean-up relief efforts for all impacted areas from the tornadoes this weekend. Individuals needing property clean-up assistance can call 800-451-1954.
Please report Church damage to your district office.
Bishop Visits Impacted Areas
Bishop McAlilly and his wife, Lynn, traveled on Sunday, December 12, to areas hit by tornados within the Purchase and Mississippi River Districts, witnessing the damage firsthand, as well as talking to and praying with residents grieving in the wake of the storm.
They attended worship in Mayfield, KY at Christ UMC with members of destroyed Mayfield First UMC and their pastor, Rev. Joey Reed, who had been invited to preach.
The tornados that hit early Saturday morning destroyed Mayfield First UMC, Dresden First UMC, the parsonage in Cayce, and many homes of congregation members. Tragically, it is confirmed that a member of Mayfield First UMC died in the tornado. Five families in one small church, McKendree UMC in Graves County, lost their homes.
The conference is still assessing which churches and congregations have been affected. District superintendents report significant damage in Dresden, Samburg, Kingston Springs in Tennessee as well as in Mayfield, Cayce, and Benton in western Kentucky.
On Sunday, assistant to the bishop, Rev. Dr. Rob Martin, disaster response coordinator, Robert Craig, and the District Superintendent of the Purchase District, Rev. Nancy Johnston Varden, also attended worship in Mayfield.
The invitation extended to the Mayfield First UMC congregation by Christ UMC was a powerful example of the United Methodist Church’s connectionalism, according to the Rev. Joey Reed. On Monday morning, Rev. Reed was interviewed by CBS Mornings.
Many people who identified themselves to Bishop McAlilly as United Methodist were clearing debris. The connectionalism of the UMC is a defining force of our denomination that is presently fueling the disaster response efforts of various UMC-affiliated groups already on the ground.
Almost immediately after the historic storm subsided, Robert Craig, the TWK disaster response coordinator, and other volunteer groups began to chart a course for intentional, coordinated relief efforts, as well as ensured that UMC funds would be directed to the areas most urgently in need. Our conference will be partnering with the Kentucky Annual Conference on the United Methodist response to the storm.