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Who We Are

OUR MISSION: To mobilize churches to transform lives and communities in the Name of Christ.

OUR CORE VALUES:

CHRISTIAN - Everything we think, say and do is in the Name of Christ.  

PRAYER - Prayer is an integral part of who we are.

TRANSFORMATION THROUGH RELATIONSHIPS - To build Christ-like relationships to transform lives of people and the community.

REDEMPTIVE PRINCIPLES THAT GUIDE OUR ACTIONS

  • SEE everyone's God-given value

  • HELP everyone achieve their God-given potential

  • INVEST relationally in others

  • REQUIRE mutual contribution and participation

  • RESPOND with wisdom and discernment

  • SERVE in ways that transform 

CHURCHES - We value churches living out the two Great Commandments - to love God and love our neighbors. 

UNITY - We value unity in the body of Christ.  

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

 In 1998 several Mahaska County churches decided to work together to serve neighbors in need within our community and formed Love INC, a 501(c)(3) organization governed by a local board. Our local affiliate is also part of the National Love INC movement. We are financially supported by United Way, local churches, an annual fundraiser and donations from individuals.

OUR STAFF
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Susan Doolan / Executive Director

I  have been blessed to serve with Love INC of Mahaska County since 2014. I was part of the implementation team for transformational ministry,

have served on  the Board and, most recently, was the Transformational Ministry Coordinator.  I believe God was using that time to train me for my current role. In 2018, I felt called to join the Love INC ministry full time. I am passionate about  serving and helping the local church to help  our neighbors in need in Mahaska County. When churches come together to help our neighbors, the love of Christ is shared for all to see.

Beth Woodard / Resource Center Coordinator

Beth has been blessed through her “ministry journey” as she calls it as a wife/widow, mom of three grown children (plus a soon-to-be son-in-law), a homeschool teacher, church leader/teacher, lay pastor/administrator, mentor, family mental health peer supporter, and now as the resource center coordinator for Love INC!

She enjoys spending time with her family, playing games, and visiting historical sites. Other favorite activities include putting puzzles together, crafts, and reading.

“I am so thankful to be able to follow the Lord’s call on my life through my new position at Love INC,” Beth said.

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Julie Staples / Transformational Ministry/Work Life Coordinator

Hi - I'm Julie Staples and I am the new Transformational Ministry / Work Life Coordinator. I worked at Love INC several years ago. I truly missed everything about it here and am so happy to be back! I love walking along side our neighbors as their lives change and grow.

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Alicia Rowden / The Growing Place Coordinator

Hi -My name is Alicia. I am the coordinator of The Growing Place, our pregnancy & parenting ministry. As a mother of 2, I understand the challenges and joys of pregnancy & parenting. The Growing Place has been open to the public since 2017. In 2021 The Growing Place was given a fresh, new start with Love INC. I'm looking forward to growing with you in this new season.

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Rinay James / Communications & Ministry Coordinator

Hi! My name is Rinay James and I have been involved with Love INC since 2015. I started as a client, then became a student in the Growing Hope classes. From there I became a volunteer and the greeter at Growing Hope. Now I'm an employee at Love INC and feel like this is where God has planned for me to be! I truly believe in the purpose and mission of Love In the Name of Christ and I'm so excited to be a part of it! 

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OUR 2022 BOARD

Keith Van Donselaar - President

Gateway Church of the Nazarene – Oskaloosa

 

Dave North – Vice President

Central Church – Oskaloosa

 

Deb Moyer – Secretary

College Ave Friends Church – Oskaloosa

 

Earl Ratcliff – Treasurer

New Sharon United Methodist Church - Oskaloosa

 

Scott Carter

Fellowship Bible Church – Oskaloosa

 

Milton/ Deb Hubbard

Lifehouse Community Church- Oskaloosa

 

Arlene Meinders

First Christian Reformed Church – Oskaloosa

 

Helen Schinkel

Bethel Christian Reformed Church – Oskaloosa

 

Stephanie Tille

New Sharon Assembly of God – New Sharon

 

Judy Williams

Gateway Nazarene – Oskaloosa