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Love INC National

Love INC of Jackson County is an affiliate of a larger mission at work here called Love In the Name of Christ. Our ministry model has been successfully duplicated to over 150 affiliates in the United States and one internationally. Our national headquarters provide us with training support and valuable networking opportunities with other Love INC affiliates implementing this successful ministry model.

Love INC of Jackson County

In 1987, Warren and Doris Dolsen saw a need for local church coordination as many churches operated independently when it came to serving the community. They started one of the first affiliates of Love INC here in Jackson with several different Christian churches from various denominations. Christians were living out their faith in the community showing non believers that God is real and able to assist them with their material needs.
As the need and the organization grew it was time to add the organizations first paid Executive Director, Mary Martin. During her term as leader of this mission she labored to grow the network of Christian Churches working together. Later Verla Custer’s term as director assisted in implementing our first “Care Circle” program to help residents on a deeper level.

In 2010, Shaunta M Patton took office as director and his focus is on increasing the organizations capacity to meet needs in the community. Restructuring the way Love INC operates and assists clients in the Jackson County Area.

Church Network

“From Christ the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in LOVE, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4:16 NIV

Love INC partners with over 20 Christian churches in Jackson County to help meet the needs in our community.

2014 Partner Churches:

United Peoples Community Church, First Presbyterian Church,                     First United Methodist Church,            Westminster Presbyterian Church

Brookside Methodist Church,            Arbor Grove Church,                             Grace Church,                                     St Paul Episcopal Church

St. James Lutheran Church,             New Horizon Church,                             First Baptist Church

Immanuel Lutheran Church,             Lily Mission Baptist Church.

2014 Supporting Churches:

Vandercook Missionary Church,       First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn,  Christ Lutheran Church,                     First Congressional Church

Bethel Baptist,                                   Ganson Street Baptist Church,              Southside Baptist Church,                  Village Hope Church.

Lutheran Church of the Lake

Through the support of these churches Love INC of Jackson currently offers: 

  • Diaper Ministry hosted by First Presbyterian Church.
  • Jackson Personal Needs Ministry hosted by 12 network churches at First Baptist Church. 
  • ID and Birth Records assistance
  • Prescription assistance.
  • Bus fare for working residents and medical appointments.
  • Water shut off assistance for Jackson County Residents.

Love INC Volunteers

Love INC. would like to honor Betty Ralya from Jackson First Presbyterian Church and Betty Hall from Lily Mission Baptist Church for their years of service to the Jackson Community.

Volunteers picture
Left, Betty Hall. Center, Shaunta Patton. Right, Betty Ralys.

Board of Directors:

Edward C. Ross, President
Edward Ross is the senior pastor at First United Methodist Church of Jackson. Reverend Ross holds a Master of Divinity from Methodist Theological School and a Bachelor Degree in Secondary Education from Western Michigan University. He has been the President of Love INC Jackson since 2001, and has also been a member of the Community Liason Committee with Jackson Prisons since 1994. Reverend Ross is married to Monika and has two sons and three grandchildren. 

Rex C. Engle, Secretary
Rex served on the Love INC Board since 2006 as Secretary. Rex assists in projects as well as fundraising. Rex currently holds the position of full-time Pastoral Musician at 1st Presbyterian Church of Jackson for 32 years. During the last 8 years he has also been part-time at Lutheran Church of the Lakes as Music Coordinator. He has also served for many years on the worship committee of Presbytery of Lake Michigan and led several workshops on Church Music, Youth Choirs and Staff Relations for the Presbyterian Association of Musicians in several spots around the country. He owns “RC’s Sparkling Detail” business, Engle Piano Tuning and Repairs and is an accompanist at Napoleon Schools. Rex is married to Paula Sue for eight years and has one son, three daughters and eight grandchildren. He was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska and came to Jackson from New York City in the summer of 1973.

Norma Scott, Treasurer

Susan Patton, Volunteer Liaison
Susan has worked as a school teacher for 30 years with the Jackson Public Schools system. She has dealt primarily with at risk students and their families. She has worked with both parents and children, assisting them through difficult times. When she retired she began to look for opportunities to continue her work through a volunteer setting. Her church, First Presbyterian, was a strong supporter of Love INC both financially and with volunteers.  Susan has been with Love INC for 13 years and she feels just as strongly about Love INC and what it can and will do as she did the first day she volunteered. She plans to continue to support Love INC for as long as she can. 

Pastor Karen Kelley, Member at Large
“Rev. Karen” attended the College of Wooster and graduated with majors in Mathematics and Music. Karen received her Master of Divinity Degree from Louisville Seminary in 1984, and her first pastorate was the Freeport and Nottingham Presbyterian churches in southeastern Ohio. Karen has been pastoring at Westminster since November of 1989. Besides the usual pastoral duties, she sings in the choir and participates in Mission Trips. After coming to Westminster, she met and married Jackson native Brian Kelley. They enjoy their three grown children, five grandchildren, and their cat. Karen has served since 2003 on the Board of Directors of Love INC. She also is involved with Jackson Personal Care Ministry, serves on the Design Team for Covenant Gathering, and the Church Growth Committee of Lake Michigan Presbytery. When she’s not working, Karen enjoys reading and watercolor painting.

Pastor Travis Wilson, Member at Large
Pastor Travis grew up in Virginia and comes to Michigan after graduating from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, OH.  He serves as the pastor of St. James Lutheran Church, is married to Kristen Wilson, and has a dog named Foxy. When not doing church work Travis loves playing music, traveling, drinking coffee, and advocating for diabetes and blindness organizations.  He has served on the Board of Directors for Love Inc. for a year and is excited to see where God is leading the organization in the future.

Peggy Wilds, Member at Large

Shaunta M Patton, Executive Director
Minister Patton interviewed and accepted the position in July 2010 as director on a quarter time basis. He is also employed as a case manager for a local non profit where he does outreach to the homeless and mentally ill. His educational background is in Marketing from Baker College. Mr. Patton’s faith and determination to serve God’s people make him the right person for this local affiliate. Over the years he has been diligently working to develop our capacity to give a hands up, instead of a hand out. For more information view his Linkedin page.

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