There were many people worshipping in the churches of the area on Easter.

Two men spent the morning worshipping in a different way. Rob Lane and Eric Holdzclaw walked 14 miles along Augusta Road from Bath to Warrenville and back carrying wooden crosses to proclaim the Horse Creek Valley in the name of Jesus.

This was Lane’s second year making the trek; however, this year he was joined by Holdzclaw. Lane is the director of Mt. Salem Ministries, an agency that offers a multidimensional approach to serving the area.

The ministry originated as a homeless shelter for men while also providing food boxes to needy families. In the fall of 2012, the ministry opened the His Table Soup Kitchen in Bath. Hot meals are provided Monday through Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m., averaging more than 100 meals served each day. This year has seen the ministry expand into a community store and a chapel where Wednesday night services are held at 7 p.m. The men from the shelter join with people from the surrounding area who may not be connected with a typical church.

Lane is a servant to the hungry, homeless and hurting of the Valley and areas surrounding the Augusta Road/Highway 421 area, according to Mt. Salem Ministries. He has been leading the ministry for 10 years after previously serving through the Garden City Rescue Mission in Augusta.

Through the years, Lane has also provided Christmas gifts for children and established an annual Thanksgiving meal where more than 400 meals were served in 2012.

While a group of volunteers work alongside Lane, more volunteers are always needed for the ministry to continue reaching those in need.

For more information on the ministry or to volunteer, call Rob Lane at 803-634-7526, visit the Mt. Salem Ministries’ Facebook page or email