“It started as a typical day checking my messages. I began a conversation with a guy I thought was my age, and after several months of connecting we decided to meet at the mall. He was more mature than I expected. He asked if we could go get ice cream, but we ended up at a hotel instead. I was terrified. He locked me in a room and told me he would do horrible things to my family if I didn’t do what he said. Sometimes that would mean 8-10 men a night. What was I to do?”
While we are a faith based organization, we do not discriminate or force those we serve to share in our beliefs. We seek to provide quality services as we rebuild trust, restore hope and redefine love for survivors of sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking.
All those in leadership, or who represent Present Age Ministries in any capacity are expected to partner with us in our statement of faith.
- We believe that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
- We believe the Bible is the infallible Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit. Every word of the Bible is true and correct, and it contains every answer to man’s problems (2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:20,21).
- We believe that Jesus Christ is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).
- We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, death on the cross to provide for our redemption, resurrection, bodily ascension into Heaven, present ministry of intercession for us, and His return to earth in power and glory (John 1:1,14; Luke 1:26-38; 2 Corinthians 5:21; John 6:19; Romans 3:24; Matthew 28:6; Hebrews 8:1; Hebrews 7:25; Acts 1:11; Luke 21:27).
- We believe that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” and can fully redeem and powerfully use even those who consider they have been “the worst” (1 Timothy 1:15).
- We believe that Man is created in the image of God but separated from God by sin.
- We believe that without Jesus we cannot have a relationship with God. (Genesis 1:26; 1 Timothy 2:5).
- We believe “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
- We believe that birth begins at conception and that each life is precious and without mistake, in the sight of God. (Psalm 145:3; Jeremiah 29:11).
- We believe that marriage is ordained by God and should be between one man and one woman. The family unit is a critical part to development and should be honored the way God designed. (Matthew 19: 4-6; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16).
Hannah Arrowood is the founder and Executive Director of Present Age Ministries. She passionately combines 10 years of experience in corporate America with eight years of nonprofit leadership. Hannah is a visionary and is skillful at bringing solutions to complex system problems through logistically developing community collaboration and establishing standards of excellence. Hannah is a featured conference speaker and author. Hannah’s education foundation is in Business with emphasis in Project Management through George Washington School of Business, as well as completion of the Ministry Mastery Certification through Ministry Ventures. Hannah is married and has two daughters.
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Gloria has 25 years of leadership experience ranging from Social Worker, Non-Profit Board Member, and owner of a private business. She has a Bachelor of Arts from LSU, a Master of Arts from Liberty University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of North Carolina. Gloria has been passionate about the mission of Present Age Ministries since it was founded and continues to be devoted to the growing needs. She utilizes her background in social work, clinical work, and program development to ensure that our programs our of highest excellence and victim-centered/trauma informed.
Kayla graduated from Queens University of Charlotte in 2010 with a degree in Psychology. Upon graduation, she moved to northern California where she spent 5 years working directly with teens and young women in residential care for a variety issues. Her experience equips her to address the needs in prevention as well as cultivate true healing with direct services. Kayla is driven to see students be the young men and women who make decisions that change the world we currently live in.
Nikki combines her collaborative and leadership experience from both corporate America and faith based sectors. With 17 years at a Big Bank, her ability to speak and connect with diverse groups is fundamental in her role. Nikki graduated from UNCC with a BA in International Business. She is married to her college sweetheart and they have two children. Nikki’s desire is to connect with, educate and bring awareness to the community on Human Trafficking, and how Present Age Ministries is combatting it here in the Charlotte area.
Judy has been a mentor with Present Age Ministries now for almost 3 years in a mentorship role. She is a licensed ordained minister and has extensive experience in ministering to women in surviving and overcoming domestic violence situations. Judy has done ministry in Honduras and Africa multiple times through preaching, revivals and teaching workshops for women and children. She brings wisdom, experience, compassion and steadfastness to our mentor program.
Mary-Catherine possesses a passion for social justice and an eagerness to creatively share Present Age’s mission of restoring trust and rebuilding hope. She graduated college from Elon University with a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communications. She was first awoken to the issue of human trafficking while studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since then, Mary-Catherine has devoted herself to fighting human trafficking both locally in North Carolina and on an international scale. She is an emboldened storyteller, who blends her experience in non-profit marketing and development with her desire to give a voice to the vulnerable and disenfranchised.
Emily has a law degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA and a Bachelors of Social Work from Appalachian State University. She has experience in corporate and nonprofit law. Emily has worked with other nonprofits, helping develop policies and procedures, training curriculum, and one on one with clients. She provides assistance in developing PAM’s policies and procedures as well as researching legal issues relevant to human trafficking.
Tim is President and CEO of Marburger Automotive Group, and recently began his 34th year in the automotive industry. His family owns and manages three car dealerships within North Carolina. Tim is excited to be a part of the mission of Present Age Ministries and believes that no child deserves to suffer. He and his wife, Debbie, have seven children and three grandchildren.
Rachel attended UNCC and graduated from ECPI college in 2002. She is married to Aaron and they are raising two awesome young boys. Aaron and Rachel own and operate a local restaurant and catering company. As a business owner, her strength is in leadership and team working abilities. She is very passionate about influencing and inspiring people to help others. After hearing about Human Trafficking, she felt called to do MORE!
Bob recently retired from Central Piedmont Community College after 33 years of service where he was Director of Auxiliary Services. He hopes that his experience in finance and project management, along with a degree in Sociology, will help Present Age Ministries achieve their crucial mission and vision. He likes to stay active and is an avid tennis player, musician and enjoys donating his time at Central United Methodist Church. Bob and his wife Carol have 5 children and 11 grandchildren.
Alisia brings leadership and management skills to the board she has gained from 13 years in the banking industry. Currently she is a manager with Woodforest National Bank in Concord. She is actively involved with Pitts Baptist Church. She became involved with PAM through the 2016 trip to Africa, and is passionate about spreading awareness and the love of Jesus Christ.
Tim Wesselman combines years of leadership experience in both the business and faith based sectors. Tim currently operates his own business and is also in leadership with local prayer gatherings comprised of believers from many different churches. His passion is for Jesus and that hearts and minds be transformed by the Love, Peace and Power of Jesus.
Forrest brings a unique set of skills and passion to Present Age Ministries. He has over 30 years leadership and management experience in numerous capacities involving Organizational Policy & Planning, Operations Director, Process Improvement and Leadership Development. Forrest also has many years of experience in various ministries that include mission work in Kenya and Honduras; Young Life, Youth Commission International, and youth group leadership. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science and Masters of Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University while proudly serving in the US Air Force. He currently serves as a board member of North-East Medical Centers Patient Family Advisory Council. His passion to halt human trafficking is driven by a calling from God and his daily dealings with teens as a high school teacher.
Kathy’s career began in Banking and Finance as a Regional Sales Manager who carried her securities licenses and managed a group of brokers. She eventually opened her own Sales/Management Consulting Company where she train employees of large companies in product knowledge, sales techniques and management coaching. Kathy enjoyed her corporate life, but she has always had one foot in the Non-Profit world with a special focus on helping women. Kathy has worked as a Director of Women’s Ministry in several churches and was interim Director of Joy Bible Study. Kathy is excited to be part of Present Age Ministries as they help girls reclaim their lives. It is her prayer that God will use her years of business and ministry training to aid in breaking the shackles that bind and providing the wings to soar.
- Charlotte Mecklenburg Human Trafficking Task Force
- Cabarrus County Task Force
- Project No REST – Pilot Site Core Agency. Executive Committee
- Charlotte Mecklenburg Human Trafficking Round Table
- Cabarrus Child Protective Team; and others
- Referral Agency for Local and Federal Law Enforcement
- NC Project NoREST Advisory Committee
- North Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking
- UNC Chapel Hill Prevention – Advisory Group
CONCORD– Human trafficking can happen anywhere, and it’s happening in Cabarrus County.
That was the takeaway of an information session for parents that was recently hosted by the Cabarrus County Human Trafficking Task Force. The event was held at Concord First Assembly and representatives of the task force talked about myths surrounding the crimes as well as signs parents can look for to determine victims.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte Area Transit System officials said they are looking for human trafficking victims and people behind the crimes itself.
Channel 9 found out that the fight against human trafficking in Charlotte is growing.
CATS supervisors are taking classes on what to look for to help put an end to it.
CHARLOTTE, NC (May 12, 2017) Mecklenburg County is committed to addressing the needs of youth and young adults who are sexually exploited or trafficked. In addition to current efforts, the county has been named as a pilot site for Project NO REST, a statewide project to increase the awareness of and response to human trafficking of youth (ages 25 and younger) in North Carolina.
Hannah Arrowood of Present Age Ministries will speak on combating sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking of teenage girls during the Concord Police Department’s crime and safety meeting on Thursday, April 27.
Present Age Ministries is a nonprofit organization that combats sexual exploitation.
A grand jury has indicted a man, his wife and his mother after they were accused of sex trafficking minors to Myrtle Beach.
A federal judge read the allegations against Brianna Wright and Tanya Fuentes Monday in court. The two were arrested Friday. They are accused of helping Tanya’s son and Brianna’s husband, Zerrell Fuentes, pay bond by using money made by prostituting three minors.
On Yellow, an app for your smartphone, users can be anyone they want.
Experts said that is a big red flag for users and it’s far from the only one.
Yellow is similar to the well-known dating app, Tinder, with a swipe-right, swipe-left format for liking or not liking someone.
Some are even calling it the Tinder for teens.
Charlotte is one of the top 10 cities in the nation when it comes to sex trafficking.
Now, one group has made the Queen City its headquarters as they work to build technology to stop the predators and pimps.
It’s a disturbing online chase, combing through the internet’s darkest portals to intercept the darkest deals: children for sale for…
According to the Department of Justice, Charlotte is in the top 10 nationally for sex trafficking. Experts say that many of the victims are as young as 12-years-old and have been brought to this area from other states to work as prostitutes.
“I think if the general citizen realized the magnitude of the problem, especially here in Charlotte, they would be shocked,” said Hannah Arrowood, director of Present Age Ministries, a rescue group that…
Workers removed the sign Thursday at a west Charlotte hotel after suspected illegal activity.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation continued to investigate suspected illegal activity at what was previously known as the Red Roof Inn on Queen City Drive.
Channel 9’s cameras were rolling as crews removed the Red Roof…
A local motel where investigators say young girls were brought and forced to work as part of a sex trafficking ring has been stripped of its franchise.
The owner of the motel is accused of profiting from teen prostitution. According to the Department of Justice, Charlotte ranks in the top 10 nationally for sex trafficking.