Our mission and vision

Love INC of Yakima 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.

Love INC helps connect the calling of local churches to the struggles of the community to bring transformation. Here is 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 Church Partners

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.

Don’t see your church here? Ask your church leadership to contact our office to find out how to join this network of God’s people working together to bring transformation to our community.

Our Staff

Dan Brown

Executive Director
(Restoration Church)

Larena Mills

Emerge Ministries Director
(T.H. Evangelical Presbyterian Church)

Sandy Hagstrand

Connection Center Coordinator
(Calvary Selah)

Lori Baxter

Volunteer Coordinator
(Breakthrough Church)

Melea Brown

Executive Assistant
(Restoration Church)

Board of Directors

Buzz Rowe

(Yakima Covenant Church)

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Keith Mathews

Vice Chair
(Grace of Christ)

Don Jameson

(West Side Church)

Ellie Navarrete

(Yakima Alliance Church)

Gwen Brown

Board Member
(Terrace Heights Evangelical Presbyterian Church)

Leasia Cleary

Board Member
(Yakima Foursquare Church)

Mark Cleary

Board Member
(Yakima Foursquare Church)

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Derek Sutton

Board Member
(Restoration Church)

Our History

Nationally, Love INC was founded 45 years ago by Virgil Gulker and has grown to over 110 affiliates. Love INC of Yakima officially became a part of the Love INC movement in 2007. Brian Hetzer, our first Executive Director, had a heart for those who were often overlooked and needed transformation in their lives. God used him to bring together seven churches to launch the ministry and Love INC received its first phone call from someone needing assistance on November 12, 2007. From there the ministry has grown under the leadership of past Executive Directors Dawn Golladay and Elizabeth Benefiel.

Over the last 15 years, Love INC of Yakima has grown to a network of 26 church partners from across the Upper Yakima Valley. These local churches and Love INC volunteers have answered over 10,000 phone calls for assistance and met the needs of over 5,000 individuals and families. Today Love INC is still committed to helping connect the calling of local churches to the struggles of the community to bring transformation.