About SHDR

Servant’s Heart Disaster Relief (SHDR), is an evangelical hands-on ministry devoted to helping hurricane victims in N. America and the Caribbean. SHDR is a registered Non-Profit 501(c)(3) organization- Registration #31309.

Hurricanes and tornadoes destroy homes and towns leaving a path of devastation behind.  Servant’s Heart sends in teams of first responders to assess the needs of a community and provide some initial help. In Phase 2 our assisting teams come from around the country often with their own specialized skills, tools and supplies. We assist the needs of a community through a local church for as long as it takes, often 2-3 years, through the rebuilding phase.


Servant’s Heart Staff is trained in all aspects of Disaster Relief.  Our hands-on work is in & through local congregations and dioceses with the help of many partner organizations & volunteers from across these United States.


Our essential team comes from within the congregation we are assisting.  Our Advanced Teams assess the need and begin operations within days, of a Hurricane maximizing relief  efforts.


We serve anyone affected by a hurricane. Hurricanes are indiscriminate, so is SHDR. Our mission field is ground zero; everyone is hurt, everyone needs help, we see not through the lens of prejudice, denomination or religious conviction. 


We offer Preparedness training for you and your congregation before the storm, protecting your members and enabling them to help those in their community after the Hurricane hits through each phase of Disaster Relief.


Just the facts!

Who: We are an ecumenical Christian hands-on ministry working with & through local Churches and Dioceses.

  • Over 600 volunteers from 12 Dioceses, in 9 states and Canada have helped over 7200 victims of Hurricane Irma, Florence and Michael in Florida and the Carolinas.
  • Our trained staff stand ready to deploy within hours of a major storm
  • We are Christians who share a common goal and focus of helping those in need in their time of Crisis!

What: Experience dictates when a storm hits most Congregations and Churches are generally unprepared, untrained, unwilling or unable to handle or respond to disaster relief. We are here to help!

SHDR offers Disaster Preparedness and Relief:

  • Knowledge and awareness before the storm can save lives!
  • Storm Updates- Keep up to date on present and future storms
  • Classes in Disaster Preparedness for your church, diocese or conference
  • Does your family have an emergency plan?
  • What is the Evacuation Plan for your church or neighborhood?
  • What about poisonous snakes during and after a storm?
  • How can I learn more about preparedness?
  • Disaster Relief: We are the feet on the ground assisting churches and Dioceses with the help they need after a Hurricane hits their area:
  • Our mission teams and local Christian volunteers are trained by Senior Staff.

Note: Our Director and Board received Southern Baptist Disaster Relief training, [2nd largest world-wide Disaster Relief program, under Red Cross.]

  • Our Staff and Advisors have served in the ACNA on Disaster Relief for Hurricane Katrina, Super Storm Sandy and Hurricane Irma, with over 43 years experience in emergency disaster relief.
  • Director of Operations Stephen Haynsworth says: “Disaster Preparedness is my passion. When we prepare people for a coming storm we help minimize the damage of disasters in your community. If people are prepared, after a storm they will be more willing and able to help others in need.”
  • We utilize many forms of outreach to assist before, during and through three phases after the storm hits.
  • How can I send a team, volunteer or learn more?
  • Our secure website offers, team leaders, staff, area directors, rectors and bishops the ability to log-in and stay in touch with their teams and to direct operations on the ground for multiple storms, simultaneously.
  • Support is raised for the many needs of this multifaceted, not-for-profit ministry including transportation of supplies, and evangelistic outreach. Dozens of ministries, agencies, churches, dioceses and individual donors have contributed in-kind and cash gifts. We are a volunteer organization depending upon the support of Christians, churches, dioceses and other likeminded faith-based organizations. For More Information find out how you can Get Involved.

When: 24/7, 365

  • We offer Disaster Preparedness training for your congregation upon request whenever our team and staff are not tied up offering disaster assistance.
  • We are designing basic online classes in Disaster Preparedness and Relief - free to the public.
  • Our website provides a wealth of information with current storm updates for those in harm’s way. To sign your church up for training or to learn more about Disaster Relief in your area, click here.
  • We offer Disaster Relief for anyone with the scope of this ministry as we are able and as the Lord provides. We prioritize our efforts to major storms utilizing the many forms of outreach described on our website.

Where: We offer hurricane assistance to those in need through the local church, beginning with Anglicans in this country; specifically along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts from Texas to Massachusetts and in the Caribbean.

Why: We follow the example of our Lord Jesus the Christ and the New Testament Church example found in Acts 11:29, So the believers in Antioch decided to send relief to the Brothers & Sisters in Judea, everyone giving what they could,” whether in time, talent or treasure.

More about SHDR:

SHDR is a registered Disaster Relief Ministry in the State of Florida and with the IRS . We are a not-for-profit corporation with a specific ministry focus to assist Disaster Victims as set forth by our Board of Directors. Our Board, Advisory Board and Staff have many years experience with Disaster Relief including Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Katrina and Super Storm Sandy.

SHDR is a Christian Ministry of compassion offering help to Hurricane disaster victims.  Our teams are often from Anglican Churches but include Catholic, Protestant, denominational and non-denominational churches from around the country and Canada. We share a common burden to help those in need in their time of crisis. We do all we can from the resources God provides.  We accept donations, in-kind giving and support through the “Give Now” button on our website.

SHDR offers many forms of initial, intermediate and long-term relief including: Prayer for physical, emotional and spiritual needs, healing prayer and grief counseling, blue tarps, tree & limb removal, Mud-Out - flood damage removal, Rebuilding Lives- reconstruction and care bag ministry.

We serve from a place of selfless giving, freely, without expectation following the example of Jesus: We love because God first loved us: 1 John 4:19. Love your neighbor as yourself: Mark 12:30-31, Love God with all your mind, soul and strength: Deuteronomy 6:4-7 .

Our scope: Our scope includes Hurricane Disaster Relief on the US mainland and in the Caribbean.

Core values:

  • Prayer: We are first and foremost a ministry of prayer.  We welcome any Christian who would like to pray for this ministry, staff, teams, outreach projects and especially to the lord of the harvest. To sign up for the prayer ministry or serve as a prayer warrior on one of our teams click here.
  • We serve those in need following his example: Matt. 9:36, 14: 14;  Mark 6:34
  • Each gave as he was able for relief of the church in Jerusalem: Acts 11:29,30; 2 Cor. 8:10; Gal. 2:10
  • We believe in providing an opportunity to receive God’s eternal gift to mankind through every form of ministry outreach.

What we believe: We are the Body of Christ in action. We serve the omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, triune God. We serve others in need as he first served us. 

Partners and Associations: SHDR partners with Anglican, Catholic and Greek orthodox churches and Dioceses. We have helped Southern and Independent Baptists & many Christians from a wide variety of Bible believing churches.  Over 20 Christian organizations offered help and support including the YMCA, World Relief, Caring Place, World Vision and HALO. We work with other organizations of like mind to serve the needs of as many victims as possible.

For Select Ministry Photos of our 6 Forms of Ministry please visit the Ministry tab drop-down menu.


Select Ministry Photos of Types of Ministry Offered through SHDR:



July 1st, 2018


Greetings in the Matchless name of our Lord Jesus!


The Ministry and Mission of Servant’s Heart Disaster Relief (SHDR) is to share the love and saving grace of Christ while helping meet physical, emotional and spiritual needs following a hurricane or disaster. We are an ecumenical Christian Ministry of Compassion working with and through local churches and dioceses. Our two pronged approach offers practical suggestions in preparation for a major storm plus assistance for those in its path of destruction after a Hurricane hits.


Preparation for a storm will save lives & save thousands in repairs to your home and church. We recognize after a major storm many if not most Christians and churches are not prepared, organized and able to care for themselves much less help meet the needs of thousands of neighbors, all victims in crisis. Whether along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts or in the Caribbean; We are here to help.


We believe and live Matt. 25 while doing all we can with existing resources to fulfill Acts 11:27-29. For more please visit About Us and our Statement of Faith.


We work with and through local Anglican churches and dioceses whenever possible, though our ministry is ecumenical and open to all. We are a not-for-profit organization associated with AGMP; the ACNA, AMiA and several Anglican ministries.


Our first project, IrmaRelief.faith was wildly successful with the help of teams from eight states, twelve dioceses and 35 churches in the US and Canada. Our 300 volunteers were able to help over 3000 victims across the state of FL.  At the suggestion of Bishop Neil Lebhar, the parent ministry SHDR was created to assist Hurricane victims of future storms.


[ With the help of our ministry partners, volunteers and churches Servant’s Heart outreach in the Carolinas and Florida Panhandle has reached well over 7000 to date!  For a full list of partners please visit our Partner’s page.]


Thank you for helping us share this ministry of love and compassion with those in need!  For more information on how you can get involved please contact us or click Get Involved.


Your Brother in Christ,

Signature of Rev. Cpt. Frederic Sterry Smith

Rev. Cpt. Frederic Sterry Smith
Interim President, SHDR.faith
1333 Old Dixie Hwy, Suite 5
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
c: 706-329-4553
o: 800-489-7837

Acts 11:29, So the believers in Antioch decided to send relief to the Brothers & Sisters in Judea, everyone giving what they could.”


Mission Statement: Servant’s Heart Disaster Relief prepares, trains and equips local churches and congregations in effective techniques and proven methods of hurricane response while providing hands on disaster relief for victims.


Vision Statement: Servant’s Heart Disaster Relief offers real, tangible, hands-on help for hurricane victims in North America and the Caribbean.  We work in and through the local church serving God’s Creation in the midst of a tragedy…  when the need is greatest.  Servant’s Heart Staff & teams have a rich history helping those in physical, emotional and spiritual need. 

God’s Church grows when we share by example and in our witness all He has done for us.  As Christians we grow stronger in our faith when we leave our comforts and engage in ministry.  Serving on a mission trip will enhance your personal spiritual growth and cultivate a Servant’s Heart as we follow His example: John 13:35.