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Caroline Hawthorne was born in Bristol, Tennessee. She is the youngest of three girls. She was raised at Addilynn Memorial United Methodist Church; she and her late husband also attended Weaver Church both located in Bristol, Tennessee. Caroline is a Licensed Local Pastor in the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is currently appointed as the Senior Pastor at Hunt Memorial United Methodist Church.  

During Caroline’s nine-year tenure at Hunt, she became
very compassionate about working with vulnerable people: children in poverty, persons close to being homeless, and the homeless of our community. Hunt began opening their doors as a warming shelter in 2018 during inclement weather. This led to the formation of the Proverbs 3:27 Mission Center. 

The Proverbs 3:27 Mission Center offers a warm/cool, dry, safe space to “be” a clothes closet; a mail receipt; laundry, shower, and restroom facilities; lockers; food and drinks; and referral services to other community assistant programs. Currently the Mission Center is open on Mondays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  

Caroline also has a passion for children and youth and oversees our children and youth programs within our HUB model and also serves as our District Youth Coordinator. Caroline truly believes that children are our future, and she desires for every child to grow up safe, healthy, and nurtured. 

Family is a priority for Caroline, a recent widow, she has two sons. Her eldest son, Nate is a sophomore at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey and younger son is a freshman at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. Most of her free time is spent with her great nieces and great nephews; she has two great nieces, two great nephews, and one great nephew on the way – all of them are under age 5.
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