Community Spotlight: Lake Christian Ministries

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Since its establishment in 1992, Lake Christian Ministries (LCM) has served as a crucial support system for the Smith Mountain Lake region.

Now, in response to heightened demand due to the pandemic and rising costs, LCM has expanded, adding a new building adjacent to its original location on Old Moneta Road.

An aerial view rendering of the expanded campus of Lake Christian Ministries at Smith Mountain Lake.
Courtesy of Lake Christian Ministries

According to Executive Director Jane Winters, the 5,000-square-foot facility offers additional resources such as a learning center, clothing selection area, warehouse for furniture and household items, loading dock for donations and additional parking.

The nearly $1 million facility, funded through a private capital campaign, became necessary due to a notable surge in low-income families across Bedford, Franklin and Pittsylvania counties struggling with escalating costs of food, housing and utilities, Winters said. In addition, it will offer essential space to bolster LCM’s New Tomorrows program, which focuses on job readiness, educational classes and community service connections.

“We have learned that providing food, clothing and crisis financial aid doesn’t always bring the change needed to transition out of poverty,” Winters said. “New Tomorrows services are vital to helping our neighbors move toward more secure lives.”

Lake Christian Ministries

Founded: 1992

Vision: To create a poverty-free SML community where each individual is valued, is connected and lives in hope.

Services: Provides food, clothing, household items, crisis financial aid, job assistance, community referral and mentor support to those in need in Bedford, Franklin and Pittsylvania counties.

Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and the last Tuesday of each month 5-6:30 p.m.

How you can help: Register to volunteer or make a monetary donation online at Donate food, clothing or household items during LCM’s regular business hours.

Contact: 540-297-3214,

Andie Gibson


Andie has been covering Smith Mountain Lake since 2000 for a variety of publications, including Smith Mountain Laker Magazine, The Roanoker, SML Visitor and Newcomer Guide, SML HOME Magazine and Life Outside. As a partner in G&C Ventures, LLC, she oversees all content for our suite of websites, including and

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