Our Mission + Vision

Love INC Allegan County is one of more than a hundred Love INC locations across the United States and Kenya, who partner with over 7,800 Christian churches to serve hundreds of thousands of people in need.
Our local Love INC serves families who reside in northwest Allegan County or attend one of our Love INC partner churches. How? By mobilizing local churches to transform lives and communities In the Name of Christ. Here’s why that works:

Without Love INC

Churches serve their communities in different ways. One area may have a financial literacy program, while another has housing assistance. Yet, when care is not coordinated, needs can be overlooked or duplicated, and people are not served in a holistic manner.

With Love INC

Love INC fosters collaboration and organizes holistic care to help churches serve their neighbors through resources and relationships. By networking churches together, each church is able to lean into their strengths, knowing that their neighbors will be cared for by the body of Christ within their community.

Our Partner Churches

Christian churches from across at least six denominations partner together to form a Love INC. Within these partnerships, Love INC serves as the scaffolding upon which greater growth is possible. However, it is the Christians in these churches who model Christ’s love and answer God’s call to serve. Working together as the body of Christ, we can best love and serve our community.

Our Staff


Barry Lucas
Executive Director
Jill Fynewever
Finance Administration
Mandi Grasmeyer
Communications Coordinator

LIFE Skills

Jean Eding

LIFE Skills Director

Denise Schierbeek

LIFE Skills Children’s Coordinator

Deb Goodwin

LIFE Skills Team Leader

Ruth Blair

LIFE Skills Caseworker

Eloise Gardner

LIFE Skills Caseworker

Sharon Owens

LIFE Skills Caseworker

Heart to Heart Resale Store

Susanne Garvelink

Store Manager

Deb Brink

Store Office Assistant

Michele McCormick

Store Associate

Sheri Popovich

Store Associate

David Riksen

Store Associate

Kristen Thomas

Store Associate

Board of Directors

Jeff Nyboer


Brent DeWeerdt

Vice President

Andrea DeWeerdt

Abby Driesenga


Jack Schrotenboer

Ray Beerhorst

Rev. Eric Burrows-Stone

Mary Palumbo
​Esther Vander Laan