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.
“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,
2014 Supporting Churches:Vandercook Missionary Church, First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, Christ Lutheran Church, First Congressional Church,
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.