In House Partners
Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. every Monday in the Fountain Room at LOCC’s Woodridge Campus. Contact: Bob Hawkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815.499.0484.
GriefShare is an international grief recovery support program for people who have lost a family member or friend. Weekly group sessions featuring video seminars, support group discussions, and take-home workbook studies help participants face the challenges of living with loss and move toward rebuilding their lives. Contact: Susan Delanis at email@example.com or 941.624.3792.
Care Center Ministry
The Care Center Ministry of LOCC serves as the hands, feet, and voice of Jesus to those living “on the edge of eternity.” In our community, the care center population is plentiful and the fields ripe for harvest. Care center residents, often the elderly, may be lonely, forgotten, unvisited, spiritually hungry, uncertain of their eternity, unable to attend church, ill, and dealing with myriad other issues. Care Center Ministry volunteers bring relationship, connection, emotional and spiritual support, God’s love, and their own love to these aging friends. Contact: Pastor Orin Wiseman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608.498.9943; or Bill Hicks at email@example.com or 352.630.7800.
Cast Member Church
Cast Member Church is a Jesus-centered community exclusively designed for and dedicated to the Disney cast member culture. This global network of cast members – most of whom have never been part of a church before – explores what it means to live a life of faith and trust in a world of pixie dust. “We are not about the mouse, the magic, or the make-believe; we are about those who bring the mouse, the magic, and the make-believe to life.” Cast Member Church is connected on six continents with local expressions in Orlando, Anaheim, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, representing diverse nations, ethnicities, languages, and perspectives – including those who are skeptical and suspicious of anything religious. The church is affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America. Former LOCC worship leader Steven Barr has led Cast Member Church from its inception in 2012. With 30 years of pastoral leadership in his rearview mirror, Steven is a visionary, innovator, communicator, and encourager for churches and leaders worldwide. But nothing compares to his passion for mentoring Disney cast members on the journey of following Jesus. Contact: Steven Barr at firstname.lastname@example.org. www.castmemberchurch.com
Lift Disability Network is a non-profit, faith-based organization that offers a suite of programs including camping, monthly events, and family services, working to build a community where the disability family is embraced, encouraged, and empowered. Its vision: Elevating Life in the Disability Family. Its mission: Inspiring individuals and families living with disabilities to discover a new vision for their future. No matter what the disability – developmental, intellectual, mobility, or a result of chronic illness or pain – Lift Disability Network comes alongside to help individuals and families move past the loneliness, poverty, helplessness, and hopelessness disability can create. Every year LOCC volunteers enjoy helping to facilitate the ministry’s summertime Breakaway Camp, a family retreat providing relaxation, recreation, and spiritual renewal for the disability family. Contact: Jodi Rowe at email@example.com or 561.386.9000. www.liftdisability.net
Love In the Name of Christ is a volunteer-based ministry that mobilizes local churches, volunteers, and community organizations to respond to needs in the community. The ministry’s core values, rooted in the Christian faith and the holistic, biblically based principles of redemptive compassion, are designed to strengthen the faith of both the ministry’s volunteers and the people it serves. The relationships developed through this ministry create “Love Stories” for both its volunteers and neighbors in need. “We believe that lives are transformed when we deepen our faith and find mutuality in these relationships. Thus, our mission is to mobilize local churches to transform lives and communities In the Name of Christ.” Every year LOCC volunteers enjoy participating in Love INC’s Clothe-A-Kid project, helping to purchase school clothes for kids in need. Contact: Bill Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352.630.7800. www.loveincheartofflorida.org
Operation Bless Wildwood
Operation Bless Wildwood (OBW) is a loose-knit organization comprising local residents, pastors, businesses, and community leaders whose mission is to identify the needs of children and families in the city of Wildwood, and invest God’s resources to help address those needs. With an all-volunteer team, 100% of donations to OBW are funneled back into the organization’s various projects. Since the needs are many, public schools are the focus – the administrators, teachers, staff, and students of Wildwood Elementary School and Wildwood Middle High School. Contact: Rosemary Sandefer at email@example.com or 517.410.0171. www.blesswildwood.org
Every year, LOCC volunteers report for bell ringing duty with The Salvation Army. Contact: Bill Eggert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352.633.3116 or 952.212.1041.
Seeds of Hope
Seeds of Hope supports the Wildwood Soup Kitchen and Wildwood Food Pantry, providing vital help to those who are easily forgotten. Live Oaks Community Church is an important contributor to Seeds of Hope, conducting monthly food and donation collections to help our less fortunate neighbors. Many in our Live Oaks family also volunteer at the Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry. Contact: Dean Parker at email@example.com.
Take Stock in Children
Take Stock in Children is Florida’s flagship mentoring, college readiness, and scholarship program for low-income, academically qualified middle and high school students. Volunteer mentors help students build a solid foundation of values, establish goals, improve academic and life skills, and develop self-esteem and confidence. Participating students can earn a scholarship to a Florida state college, university, or technical college to continue their educational pursuits. While not identified as a faith-based organization, Take Stock in Children allows Christ-following mentors complete freedom to share their faith with, and instill biblical values in, their mentees. Contact: Jon Cope at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815.218.5690. email@example.com
Casa Hope, Inc.
Casa Hope, Inc., is a supervised, non-profit, faith-based discipleship/recovery program that helps men and women transition back into society after poor life choices, chemical dependency, and/or incarceration. Participants commit to a one-year program with the option to continue in an additional re-entry phase. At present operating only in Florida, Casa Hope desires to see the ministry established and fulfilled throughout the United States. Contact: Bob or Rose Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A long-time ministry partner of LOCC, Urban Impact is committed to meeting the spiritual, physical, and educational needs of Central City in New Orleans and its youth – making disciples of Christ who bring transformation to their families, friends, neighborhood, and city. Executive Director (and virtuoso sax player) John Gerhardt has preached often at LOCC. The LOCC family has been sending short-term teams to support the ministry of Urban Impact since 2012. urbanimpact.org
Los Pinos Nuevos (New Pines)
Los Pinos Nuevos is LOCC’s sister church in Cuba and our partner in Caribbean outreach. Contact: Jonatan Hernandez at email@example.com or 786.823.4168.
Contact: Gordy and Bear Grover at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, serving long-term with the Evangelical Free Church’s ReachGlobal ministries in the Dominican Republic, endeavoring to establish outreach opportunities and develop a robust DR connection with LOCC.
Feed My Starving Children
Feed My Starving Children is a Christian, nonprofit organization called to feed God’s starving children who are hungry in body and spirit. “We want to reach everyone, until ALL are fed. We truly mean this. This means reaching the hard-to-reach people and places, the ‘least of these.’ They will be found, and they will be fed.” Contact: Kirk Carver at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352.391.7004.
LOCC partners both with Los Pinos Nuevos and the Evangelical Free Church’s GlobalFingerprints ministry to establish monthly sponsorships that provide education, food, healthcare, and hope for children in Cuba. Contact: Contact: Jonatan Hernandez at email@example.com or 786.823.4168.
Operation Christmas Child/Filler Factory
In 2021 LOCC’s Operation Christmas Child “Filler Factory” saw this labor of love’s 100,000th shoebox packed with gifts for children around the globe since LOCC began partnering with Operation Christmas Child in 2012. Annually, LOCC volunteers make toys and assemble fun and useful gifts for more than 20,000 shoeboxes to be delivered to “Special Access” countries, some of the darkest places in the world – and the hardest to penetrate with the gospel message of Christ. The children who receive these boxes not only experience great joy opening such an amazing gift box, but they also encounter the good news of Jesus. Contact: Tom Stark at firstname.lastname@example.org or 585.451.9164; or Dana Stark at email@example.com or 585.766.8163
OM Ships International began in 1970 as part of the global Christian training and outreach movement OM International. Since then, OM's ships have visited more than 480 different ports in 151 countries and territories, and welcomed more than 47 million visitors on board. The ministry’s current ship, Logos Hope, visits each port for several weeks at a time and opens the gangways to hundreds and sometimes thousands of visitors each day. The floating book fair offers more than 5,000 titles, providing many visitors their first-ever opportunity to purchase quality educational and Christian literature. An international crew and staff of volunteers live and work on the ships. Teams from the ship go into surrounding areas to supply aid and community care. In each port, the ship's crew joins local churches to bring hope and show love to people whatever their circumstance, culture, or background. Contact: Will or Marie Schraven at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or 352.496.2211.
Samaritan’s Purse U.S. Disaster Relief Team
This team of LOCC volunteers helps meet the critical needs of victims of war, poverty, famine, disease, and natural disaster. Contact: Chip West at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740.310.0648; or Tom Stark at email@example.com or 585.451.9164.
Shepherds Support International
Shepherds’ Support International works with skilled teams to help disciple pastors around the world, multiplying the ministries of international colleagues through spiritual encouragement, practical equipping, and relational engagement. Contact: Rick and Diana Lowe at firstname.lastname@example.org or Will Schraven at email@example.com or 352.496.2211.
In obedience to the Greatest Commandment, Vision Nicaragua exists to enhance love, life, relationships, growth, and potential in local communities. A small non-profit organization based in Asheville, N.C., Vision Nicaragua has established sponsorship programs to send children to school and provide spiritual support, medical treatment, and financial assistance to families in the 2nd poorest nation of the western hemisphere. “By God’s grace, we are seeing lives forever changed and restoration at work every single day.” Contact: Bonnie Shores at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770.231.2964; Steve Sarcia at email@example.com or 352.630.5975; or Norm and Val Mydske at 704.756.5036.
- Kirk and Kay Carver: Kirk serves with Encompass World Partners as coordinator of Chadian Ministries in Africa. The Carvers hope soon to resume annual trips to Chad to assess church planting, medical and education coalitions, and training.
- Ana Gerhardt: Serving with EFCA’s Reach Global focusing on church planting in London, England. Contact Ana at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mike and Kathi Maggard: Serving with Strategic Impact International focusing on global leadership training. Strategic Impact International is a “movement of like-minded leaders passionately committed to Jesus Christ and to each other for the fulfillment of His Great Commission.” The movement’s mission: Training leaders to saturate their own nations with the hope of the Gospel.
- Bruce Redmond: Serving with EFCA’s Reach Global focusing on Southeast District church planting.
- Omar Rodriguez: Serving with EFCA’s Reach Global as director, Caribbean/Latin America.
- Southeast Regional Assistance: Helping Southeast EFCA efforts.
- Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Scholarship: Assisting qualified students who desire to attend seminary.