Our History

liswdevcomm01The ministry of Love INC Lake County Southwest had its official kick-off in late May 2009. Leaders from Love INC's national headquarters conducted a training session for more than 100 people, held at Messiah Lutheran Church in Wauconda IL. Those in attendance were presented with the vision for a Love INC affiliate devoted to partnering with churches and meeting needs in the southwest quadrant of Lake County. But even though this was the first public gathering for LISW, meetings had been held, visions cast and prayers prayed about on its behalf for several years prior.

There was already a Love INC affiliate in Lake County. In fact they had been serving the entire county for some 15 years. But they were headquartered in Zion, and mobilizing volunteers from the southwest to serve people in the northeast proved a tremendous challenge. A group spearheaded by LISW's now Chair Emeritus, Pastor Eric Lerew began envisioning the power of a new Love INC affiliate to share the load of serving a county with nearly 750,000 residents.

Soon there were enough churches on board with the vision for a new Love INC, and LISW received its official charter from Love INC National. Over the next year, the Development Board transitioned into the LISW Board of Directors. Joe Besenjak was hired as Executive Director, and in March of 2010 LISW began to take shape. God guided the steps of the leaders and they identified the perfect space for a Love INC clearinghouse in Wauconda. LISW moved in in June, and finally opened its doors on September 7, 2010. (Read the ED's message about Love INC Lake County Southwest's 1st anniversary.)

Wanna join us as God writes new chapters in the story of LISW? Click on the Partner With Us link at the top of this page to explore ways you can get involved!

(Pictured from left to right: Eric Lerew, Hannah Seppanen, Paul Rowland, Joyce Rowland, Bruce Renich, Keith Bryant)