Baptist World Changers come to Rock Hill for 20th year


An invading army is set to arrive in Rock Hill this week, but they will carry hammers and saws and paintbrushes instead of weapons.

World Changers, a national Baptist service project, will be in Rock Hill this week for the 20th consecutive year. To commemorate two decades of service, World Changers and the city will hold a celebration for homeowners who have had repairs done and for the community on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the amphitheater outside Rock Hill City Hall.

The public is invited to share with the hundreds of homeowners who have been helped.

Mayor Doug Echols, national World Changers officials and others are expected to speak about the impact World Changers have had for hundreds of York County poor whose homes have been painted, roofs fixed, and more.

This week about 120 teens will be in Rock Hill working on dozens of projects. Over 20 years, thousands of volunteers from across the country have worked across York County including at the Catawba Indian Reservation. The students volunteer and raise money for the trip, all for the chance to help others.

World Changers locally is sponsored by the York Baptist Association.

“The name really says it – World Changers changes the world one home at a time,” said Mike Wallace, missions director at the York Baptist Association, who coordinates the local event each year.

The students, adult volunteers and tradespeople who direct projects and offer professional craftsmanship supervision will bunk at Castle Heights Middle School this week and spend long hot days repairing homes. Other volunteer organizations help out with meals, refreshments, and more.

Andrew Dys •  803-329-4065