Heaventrain is a brightly painted bus that was designed with kids in mind. It is equipped to reach out to children in the Central neighborhood of Cleveland some of Cleveland’s most underserved neighborhoods as a “Church on Wheels”. Because we are mobile we are not bound by the size and location of any building. For 35 years we have dreamed with families, loved on children, and have been welcomed as part of the neighborhood fabric. A long the way we have witnessed the continued and miraculous provision of God.


  • HeavenTrain in the Cleveland Central district is an incredible outreach that I've had the opportunity to serve. Building community and relationships is the heart of this ministry, which includes connecting with individuals of all ages. All who are involved, ranging from staff to kids, can learn and grow through the HeavenTrain experience. It encourages healthy and loving relationships, and also provides an avenue for people of all backgrounds to connect. It is a great joy to be a part of this organization. I plan on serving in this outreach for quite a while. HeavenTrain provides a great example of what true community building and outreach looks like in the heart of Cleveland Ohio!

    AJ Fink
    AJ Fink
  • I have been volunteering with HeavenTrain for nine years, and it is a wonderful ministry because it not only brings church to the people of the inner projects, but we also have worked on ways to get the children fed through different partners. I think my most memorable moment was when a kid walked up to pastor Phil and asked, will there be projects in heaven? Pastor Phil turned and said, no, but there will be people from the projects in heaven!

    Mike Crews
    Mike Crews
  • Looking for an opportunity to volunteer with an organization that is making a difference in Cleveland in the lives of youth? This the place for you to make a lasting impact. I've been a volunteer for 10+ years. I participated in food distribution and mentoring at East Tech. I also volunteer on HeavenTrain. With a 35 year history in the community, HeavenTrain works with the community and it's residents- values established relationships, develops strategies to accomplish community transformation and teaches neighborhood leadership.

    Kristen Batten
    Kristen Batten


Judy Bean has more than 10 years ministry related experiences, both as a volunteer and in staff positions. These God given experiences have taught her the importance of solid relationships built on integrity and loving-kindness (a sincere hug goes a long way).
Judy graduated from Nazarene Bible College in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Art’s in Ministry, majoring in Pastoral Ministry and Counseling for Christian ministries. Prior to working in the ministry field, Judy was employed as a CNC technician at Merit Brass Company for 28 years retiring in 2012.
Before joining Lighthouse and the Heaventrain staff she was on staff at Mentor Church of the Nazarene as Associate pastor, Sunday school teacher, and Mission president. While working in this capacity she also volunteered with Heavantrain and participated in various Work & Wittness trips to many parts of the world.
Judy was married to John, who went home to the Lord in 1998. Judy has two grown children, 4 grandchildren, and one great grand child. Judy lives in Willoughby, Ohio.

Son of Heaventrain founder, Rev. Phil Batten, is the Senior Pastor of Lighthouse, Inc. After attending Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Barclay College (BA, Theology), Andy began his ministry as a crisis youth counselor (Buckhorn Children’s Center), and an associate youth pastor at Church of the Nazarene and Victory Nazarene. His ministry with Lighthouse began in 2004, and his training continued with participation in DeVos Urban Leadership Institute and Neighborhood Leadership Institute. He is a dynamic public speaker/preacher, motivator, team builder, and visionary. Andy and his wife Kristen live in Ohio City in a home they renovated together.


HeavenTrain is a brightly painted bus that was designed with kids in mind. It is equipped to help us reach out to kids and their caregivers in Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood. Whether you live the Central Neighborhood or are looking for an organization to support either as a volunteer or donor, please give us call or send us an email.


HeavenTrain goes out every 2nd and 4th Saturday April through October. There is an adjusted schedule in November and December. We have five stops that we visit in Cleveland. Check below for our dates.

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King Kennedy
Garden Valley



At HeavenTrain we make sure to nourish the child's mind and body, with a Bible lesson, a healthy meal, and fun and games.