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Come to the Altar Ministry, Inc.


Collectively, with our program and partner agencies, help families in the Lynchburg, Campbell County, and the surrounding communities in the distribution of staple and nourishing food.

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Serving Those in Need

Come to the Altar Ministry, Inc. in Lynchburg, Virginia is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt, nonprofit ministry that seeks to provide education and mentorship training in food safety, support and be a platform for community bonding, and outreach to families with food distribution in the community. It is also pursuing opportunities to be a disaster relief food service in local areas affected by natural disasters. The ministry is being directed by four basic principles.


The educational aspect is to acquire a mobile food truck and teach the youth and/or adults in culinary safety, sanitation, a how-to with kitchen appliances and equipment, and good cooking skills. We also want the trainees to learn about various foods and condiments.

We want them to be able to give back to the communities with everything they have been blessed with. At different charity functions and fundraisers, with supervision, the trainees will cook and feed the masses for free. 

Public Charity

The Public Charity aspect would be holding fundraising events to collect and distribute food, clothes, shoes, and other resources for the community at large.


Redistribution of resources will take place when the warehouse is acquired. Once the warehouse is established, we will call on the different ministries, churches, and nonprofit organizations to pick up resources as needed.

Religious Activities

Our Religious Activities will involve the handing out of the Pocket Testament League Booklets of John, Bibles, and other resources, as deemed necessary.

Mission Statement

Together, we can help the hurting and bring "Unity to Community." 

Vision Statement

We aim to help families in Campbell County, Lynchburg, and the surrounding counties in the distribution of staple and nourishing foods, resources, and programs.

Meet the Team

Jorge Cruz, Founder | President

“The song “O’ Come to the Altar”’ and the hurricane disasters of 2017 in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands struck a chord within my soul. I prayed and wondered what I can do to help out people in distressed situations. I mentioned the desire of my heart to a friend, and he replied ‘So what are you going to do about it?’

I went home that night and the dream of disaster relief was born. My immediate goal is to establish both distribution sites to help families in Campbell County, Greater Lynchburg, and the surrounding counties. 

My short-term goal would be to form partnerships with local churches, community centers, other nonprofit organizations, corporate sponsorships, local businesses, and form relationships that will last a lifetime. My long-term goal would be to obtain 15 to 20 18-wheeler trucks and trailers to be ready and mobilize to any natural disaster scene with the resources.

We hope to accomplish our mission statement—that, "Together, we can help the hurting and bring the 'Unity' to Community."

Scott Massey, Vice President

Scott was born and raised in Abilene, Texas, and is now a resident in beautiful Lynchburg, Virginia. He is married to his warmhearted wife Pam for 14 years. He previously owned a vacuum repair shop and presently still repairs vacuums in his spare time.

Scott is a hardworking, kind, and caring individual. He enjoys working and mentoring children and teens and has a Christ-like passion for giving back to the community at large.

Carissa Bates, Board Secretary

Carissa moved to Lynchburg in 2008 to attend Liberty University and graduated with a B.S. in Politics and Policy in 2012. She has experience in the House of Representatives, University Admissions, Property Management, and Trauma Informed Care.

Although her experience is a conglomerate that most might find confusing, Carissa has been able to see God’s hand in every step. She is grateful that he has guided her in a path she never would have chosen for herself. Now, she is excited for things to come. In her “free” time, she likes to dance, hike, take martial arts classes, and spend time with her community group.

Kathy Guthrie, Board Member

Kathy worked for Campbell County School for 15 years working in Special Education. She also worked as the Occupational and Life Skills coach at Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Home. Working with kids is her passion, and helping them be independent is her goal. When not working, Kathy enjoys reading, traveling, visiting her two children, and helping others.