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P.O. Box 2141  Merced CA 95344     Help Line: 209.383.1265 ext 100

Love INC of Greater Merced

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Our Staff

Help Line: (209) 383-1265, ext. 150

Business Line: (209) 383-7034

Fax Line: 209-421-0627

 

Love Plus Program: (209) 383-7034, ext. 130

 

Find out how to get in touch with Love INC of Greater Merced.

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  • Annette Macias |  Executive Director

    Annette is  honored and excited to be a part of the Love INC ministry. She is an active member of Yosemite Church and has enjoyed being one of the worship leaders there for several years. Being a part of the Christian community for over thirty years has allowed her to develop connections and relationships of

    which she is delighted to bring to this ministry as your Executive

    Director. Along with her husband, Rick, they had the privilege of owning Christian Connection Bookstore for sixteen years. We were grateful to continue this ministry through Hope Christian Stores for six years where she was manager.

    "We serve a God who asks us to love both in word and deed. We are not just meeting the physical needs, but we are here to meet spiritual needs as well. We are sent out to bring hope and Love in the name of Christ."

  • Bre Rayford |  Clearinghouse Coordinator

    Bre feels blessed to call Love INC her home away from home. Bre is born and raised in Merced and has been a believer in Jesus Christ for over 30 years. She has had her hand in ministry serving the needs of God's most prized creation for over 6 years. From serving as an Administrator and Ministry Lead for both Yosemite Church's English and Spanish congregations to being a Director of Children's Ministry at Fresno First Baptist Chuch, Bre has made it her life mission to be a Christ ambassador by being the hands and feet of Jesus. Her efforts are also supported by her husband Jake, who is also a local Pastor, and her 5 children. Bre believes strongly that God does not simply call us to "Go to Church", but rather calls us to "Be the Church". Being a part of Love INC has helped her step deeper into that belief as she meets people where they are and loves them to where Christ wants them to be.

  • Hub Walsh |  Board  President

    Hub Walsh is currently the Vice Chairperson of the Love Inc Board. Hub’s volunteering with Love Inc  Board and furniture ministry is because of his support of the church ‘s service to the less fortunate of our community. Hub was raised in a christian family who were active in church. Hub's father was in the US Air Force and thus moved often. Hub has been married to Rita Arzamendi Walsh for forty three years. Rita is presently a kindergarten teacher.  Hub is a father of two and grandparent of three. Hub and Rita are actively engaged in their church, Creekside Evangelical Free, as well as supporters of a variety of faith based community organizations.

     

    Hubert (Hub) Walsh is a presently a partner of Walsh Cassady, & Walsh , a consulting firm focusing on organizational and community solutions in an ever changing world.  He spent 43 years in community service in Merced and Madera Counties. He was Director of Madera County Social Services for almost a decade, and had 25+ years of service with Merced County Human Services. Additionally,  Hub Walsh has almost two decades of elected government service in Merced. He was the City of Merced Mayor and City Council member, as well as Merced County Supervisor, District 2.

     

     

  • Andy Tolsma |  Board Vice President

    Andy was born to Frisian parents in the Netherlands, baptized as an infant in a small octagonal church nicknamed “the Teapot”  where many of his ancestors are buried.  His family legally immigrated to California in 1952 sponsored by his uncle.  Andy grew up around dairies, but did not take well to cows.  He attended College and became an educator, retiring in 2006.

     

    He was raised in the church confirming his own faith as a youth at church camp.  Without a television, his family spent Saturday nights listening to broadcasts of “The Church in the Barn” from El Monte, California.  Andy sent them some money earned from his paper route.   In high school, he was active in “Youth for Christ.”  He attends Central Presbyterian Church where he has served as Sunday school teacher, deacon, and elder.  He is married to one wife, with whom he has three children, and two grandsons.

     

    In retirement, Andy keeps busy volunteering through Rotary, Disabled American Veterans, and Love INC where he has volunteered and served on the board since 2006.

  • Kathy Wyman  |  Board Secretary

    Kathy was born and raised in Merced.  Her family left for a few years because her father was in the Air Force.  They lived in Hawaii and New Jersey.  She had one son, Kristopher.  She now has fur babies, 2 dogs and 4 cats.  She retired from Merced County Office of Education in 2012.

    She attends Yosemite Church and she was re-baptized as an adult.  She currently is one of the Yosemite Church’s Grief Share leaders and she also is part of Yosemite Church’s Crisis to Community group.  Kathy also participates in the Yosemite Church Food Pantry.

    Kathy started volunteering at Love INC in the spring of 2017 and is one of the leaders in the Love Plus classes that Love INC offers.  She is also a Love INC board member.  She states, “I am very honored to be a Love INC volunteer.  Love INC does so much for the people in our community.   I also strongly believe in the Love Plus program, which assists people to become productive and caring individuals.”

     

  • Eric Swensen |  Board Treasurer

    Eric is returning for his third term on the Love Inc. Board this time as Treasurer. Eric previously served as Treasurer and Vice President of Love Inc. Merced. During his last term on the Board he helped develop the Love Plus Program and organize he western regional Love Inc. conference.

    He currently sits on the board of Outreach India USA which reaches out to the Sikh community near

    Livingston. Previously Eric served on the Boards of New Hope Merced (an outreach program to former

    gang members) and the Merced Salvation Army. Eric currently is a member at Gateway Community

    Church in Merced and previously attended Peninsula Bible Church, the Evangelical Free Church, and

    Yosemite Church. He has been married to his wonder wife Diane for 38 years and has 2 adult children

    and 3 grandchildren all living in Merced. Eric has a passion for working on life transformation in

    believer’s lives and strongly supports and practices mentoring. Monday mornings at 6:30 AM you will

    find Eric at Paul’s Place participating in Sunrise Toastmasters.

  • Joel Schaap |  Board Member

    My name is Joel Schaap and I love Merced.  As a former pastor and now small business owner, Black Sheep MArketing, I am passionate about helping everyone in Merced thrive.  No city is perfect, but at Love Inc we have the chance to gather people from all walks of life and shape the future for those in need. Sherry Schaap, Joel's wife, is a worship leader at Gateway Church.

  • Pastor Craig Greatman |  Board Member

    Pastor Craig D. Greatman is a nobody who is invested in sharing with everybody the Only Somebody that saves us, Jesus, The Christ. The husband of one awesome wife, Lisa, since 1/1/05. Craig & Lisa enjoy the privilege of parenting 2 wonderful little girls, Zoë (5 years old), & Chaya (20 months). PC has been serving in ministry since 2001. In 2010, PC completed his ordination process and answered the call to serve as a Lead Pastor and church planter. PC and Lisa have enjoyed the privilege of serving together in ministry since 2004, and throughout the years have concentrated their efforts to plant and support ministries that engage people in the depths of challenging circumstances. A vast array of sex workers, drug addicts and substance abusers, human trafficking victims, and the homeless and under resourced people of their communities in Jackson County, OR, Los Angeles County, CA, Brevard County, FL, and now here in Merced County, CA have been given the hope of salvation in Jesus Christ through their efforts. With the belief that the only identity that matters is the one we have in Christ, and that all other labels and identifiers are temporary and circumstantial, PC invest most of his time sharing the gospel with as many people as God sends His way.

  • Sheila Quall |  Board Member

    Sheila was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Maryland. She accepted Christ as her savior while in her sophomore year at the university of Maryland, and was active in Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship. She met her husband Bob during her senior year when he was working in Virginia. The later moved to Santa Barbra where she received her teaching credential.

     

    They moved to Merced in 1970, and she stayed home to raise a family of three children. She then returned to teaching for 20 years, working in special education. She is volunteer tutor for adult literacy program at the Merced County Library, at CASA, and a mentor for the Fresno Pacific University special-education credential program. She and Bob are active at Central Presbyterian Church, and have led medical mission trips to Kenya and other African countries every two years since 1994.

     

    Sheila and Bob have been married for 53 years, and enjoy spending time with their families, including seven grandchildren. They love to travel whenever possible.

     

    Sheila looks forward to being a part of Love INC's mission to share the love of Jesus and practical and meaningful ways that enable people to make positive life changes and grow deeper in the knowledge and experience of God.

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