We will be closed Christmas & New Year's:
• Help Office & Food Pantry Closed 12/25 - 1/2
• Resale Store Closed 12/24 - 12/26 & 1/1 - 1/2

Who We Are

Our Vision

To see Christ-centered churches united in purpose and fully engaged in actively living out their faith by lovingly serving people in need in their communities.

Our Mission

Is to mobilize local churches to transform lives and communities In the Name of Christ.

Our Core Values

· We are Christian. Everything we think, say and do is in the name of Christ.
· Prayer is an integral part of who we are.
· We follow Christ’s example of valuing those in need.
· We value unity of the Body of Christ.
· We value transformation in the lives of people and communities.
· We value churches living out the two great commandments to love God and love their neighbors.
· We value building Christ-like relationships.
· We value the connectedness of the Love INC movement.
· We model excellence.
· We value continually maturing in our capacity to meet people’s needs.

History of Love In the Name of Christ of Newaygo County

Love In the Name of Christ of Newaygo County (Love INC) was founded in 1987 by seven local area churches. Their desire was to share the love of Christ by responding to unmet community needs (physical, spiritual, and emotional) without duplicating efforts.

Today, over 300 Love INC community and partner church volunteers are working together to share the love of God with our neighbors in need. We are one of 135 Love INC affiliates serving throughout the United States and in Kenya, Africa.

“We LOVE, We SERVE. We LISTEN, We MENTOR… Love INC + The Church… WE”

This Heart Represents Why We Are Different

The HEART represents the love of God for all. Its unfinished edges remind us of Love INC’s grassroots, relational approach to ministry that engenders transformation in us and the people we serve.

The CROSS represents the foundation of the Christian Church and the unifying force of the Love INC Movement; the heartbeat of God’s love for us.

The CROSS is our hope for both the present and the future. The colors remind us of God’s redemptive and transforming love. Purple is a color symbolic of redemption. Red represents the blood of Jesus, and the love of Christ – the supreme sacrifice He made for all of us. The entire Love INC image signifies the love we have for God, His Church, each other, and people in need.

This love identifies us, determines how we serve others, and makes us who we are.

Our People

Administration

Traci S.

Executive Director
tracis@loveincnewaygo.com

Ronica G.

Operations Manager
ronicag@loveincnewaygo.com

Events & Media

Kit F.

Volunteer Coordinator and Friendraiser
kitkat@loveincnewaygo.com

Rachal G.

Marketing & Communications Coordinator
rachalg@loveincnewaygo.com

Resale Store

Peggy B.

Resale Store Manager
pegb@loveincnewaygo.com

Matt C.

Assistant Resale Store Manager
mattc@loveincnewaygo.com

Tim B.

Resale Store Assistant
timb@loveincnewaygo.com

Help Center

Tracy C.

help Center & Food Pantry Coordinator
tracyc@loveincnewaygo.com

Vickie P.

Help center Assistant & GAP Ministry Assistant
vickiep@loveincnewaygo.com

Kelly M.

Food Pantry Assistant
kellysuemurf@loveincnewaygo.com

Transformational Ministries

Laurie P.

Transformational Ministry Coordinator
lauriep@loveincnewaygo.com

Rita A.

Transformational Ministry Administrator
ritaa@loveincnewaygo.com

Laura V.

Transformational Ministry Assistant
laurav@loveincnewaygo.com

Jeff O.

Transformational Ministry Assistant
jeffo@loveincnewaygo.com

Ericka N.

Growing Hope Childcare Assistant
erickan@loveincnewaygo.com

Meet The Board Of Love INC Newaygo

Tim Bont

President

Dr. Tim Bont is a family practice physician in Newaygo County. He is gifted in the areas of leadership, administration and vision casting. He and his wife, Linda, attend First Baptist Church of Fremont.

Dave Kooienga

Vice-President

Dave has been involved with Love INC. Newaygo for over 10 years, first as a volunteer, then as a board member. He lives in Howard City with his wife of 36 years, Felicia. Dave and his wife attend Grant CRC. 

Micki Hilbrand

Secretary

Micki joined the board in 2019. She is an author and currently drives bus for our local school district. She is gifted in the areas of journalism, public speaking, and relationship building. She and her husband, Roger, attend New Life Fellowship Church in Grant.

Del Hirdes

Treasurer

Del and his wife, Jean, live in Newaygo and attend Family of God Community Church. Del is a local insurance agent, specializing in Medicare and ACA Life Insurance assistance. He has been active in his church and the City of Newaygo, serving on several committees throughout the years.

Jim Mansfield

Board Member
Jim joined our board in 2018. He serves on our Safety and Security Committee and is a volunteer mentor in our Growing Hope finance program. He is gifted in leadership and relationship building. He loves to share his personal story of redemption and is passionate about people coming to know Jesus Christ. Jim and his wife Sue are members of Bailey Christian Church in Bailey.

Sue Bosker

Board Member

Sue and her husband, Todd, are farmers in the Bailey area and attend Bailey Christian Church. Sue is also a beautician and operates her own salon. She is active in her church and currently serves as the   Program Coordinator for their transitional housing program, Homes of Hope.

Cindy Stowell

Board Member

Cindy joined the board in 2020. She has served as both a teacher & a mentor in the Growing Hope TM Program Financial Management class. She recently retired as an insurance agent where she enjoyed 27 years using her gifts of working with people building relationships as an encourager, faith & discernment which are attributes she hopes to bring to the board. Cindy & her husband, Jack, are members of Bailey Christian Church.

Bob Rosenberg

Board Member
Jim joined our board in 2018. He serves on our Safety and Security Committee and is a volunteer mentor in our Growing Hope finance program. He is gifted in leadership and relationship building. He loves to share his personal story of redemption and is passionate about people coming to know Jesus Christ. Jim and his wife Sue are members of Bailey Christian Church in Bailey.

Jeff Pols

Board Member

Jeff and his wife, Karen, live in the Newaygo area and attend Bethel Reformed Church OPC of Fremont. Jeff is also an insurance agent.  Throughout his life, he has remained active in church and Christian ministry, serving as an elder, a member of the Council of Middle East Reformed Fellowship, and as the Director of Development for a seminary and a Christian school.

Diane Speese

Board Member

Diane began budget mentoring in the Growing Hope program in 2014. She joined the board in June 2021. She is grateful for the many transformations, through the love of Jesus, that she has experienced during her time with Love INC. She attends church at Saint Bartholomew’s and All Saints.

Traci S.

executive director