Common Ground

Organizations we support and do

service work with!

Seeking the "Common Ground" all students share at Lees-McRae.

Open, Accepting, to those Strong in Faith or None At All.

Food, Fun, Games, Discussion, and Community Service.

Come check us out!


Hi my name is Rev. Ted Henry: 

As a Pastor, my heart breaks when I see Christian communities seeking to somehow alienate any person(s) from the love, mercy, and grace God offers to all.  As such, in addition to the responsibilities of a Pastor serving a church in Banner Elk, NC., I spend my free time, serving  several 501(c)3 programs including "Common Ground". 

Common Ground was founded several years ago by a small faction of Christian students, at a quaint mountain college campus,  with a vision of creating a community of inclusiveness. They invited me in to facilitate a conversation on what such a community might look like.  

Historically, the typical  college club or Campus Ministry lends itself to a certain degree of exclusivity; these students  sought something different.

After significant discussion the name Common Ground (CG) was determined the best fit as we would be seeking to find the 'common ground' all students shared - regardless of their faith, lack of faith, their gender identity, or sexual orientation.   

CG brings a diverse student population together to serve the local communities with various service projects to show the Love of Christ.

We've worked with Grand Father Home for Children, The Crossnore School, the Avery County Weekend Backpack Food Program, and Hospitality House of Boone to mention a few. 

CG meets weekly for a time of food, fellowship, discussions, games, and sometimes just to hang out. 

Common Ground is guided by a board of directors and operates under the auspices of Banner Elk UMC,  a 501(c)3. All donations are considered tax deductible to the extent of the law and your specific situation.

Thank you for your interest in CG. Explore our site to learn more and perhaps find a way you might offer support!

Grace and Peace!