Love INC National Board of Directors
Love INC is committed to being Christ-centered, beginning with every member of the Board. In fact, spiritual leadership is one of the board’s top responsibilities. In addition to this responsibility, our board provides vision, organizational direction, and accountability while striving to govern according to best practices. Each year the board engages in strategic planning for the National organization by seeking new opportunities for National operations, our Love INC affiliates, and the churches and communities they serve.
Will currently serves as the director of savings group program development at HOPE International, where he leads program development, training, and a consulting team focused on equipping local churches in Africa, Asia and Latin America with holistic savings group ministries. Prior to serving with HOPE, he worked at the Chalmers Center for Economic Development for five years, including a two-year term based in West Africa.
Will’s experience seeing churches around the world proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God in inspiring, creative, and sacrificial ways continues to motivate him to serve and learn alongside a diverse and vibrant global Church. He, his wife, Margaret, and their daughter, Ingrid, live in West Philadelphia where they enjoy their neighborhood and a great local church community.
Pastor Carlton Smith
Pastor Carlton formerly served as the East Side Director of Love INC of Cuyahoga County in Ohio. With his God-given burden for and experience in addressing the needs of the cities, he has worked extensively with church and ministry leaders within urban as well as suburban contexts.
Prior to his work with Love INC, Pastor Carlton served as Lead Pastor of Antioch Fellowship Assembly as well as Executive Director of Christian Family Outreach. He is excited to be a part of Love INC, and sees the ministry as needed infrastructure within the broader expressions of the body of Christ, especially across the cities, to affect those in need with Christ’ love.
Brendon is an Investment Consultant with CapTrust in Holland, MI. He and his wife, Rachel, enjoy being a part of the West Michigan culture which embraces family, faith, and good work ethic. They are proud parents to Brendon Jr. (4) and Keara (2). Brendon and his family love the four seasons that Michigan offers and the beauty of God’s creation that is shown in each. Brendon also serves as a Kid’s Hope Mentor and is a Coach and Advisory Committee Member for the First Tee of West Michigan.
Brian currently serves as a missions and community outreach pastor. In addition to serving on the Love INC National Board, Brian has served on his local Love INC board. He also serves Love INC Kenya, assisting with training and guidance for Kenya’s National Board and affiliates.
Brian and his wife, Debbie, live in Brighton, MI. They have four adult children and three grandchildren.
Carley serves as a foster parent trainer at Astor Services for Children & Families in the Hudson Valley, NY. She is an educator and advocate for youth in therapeutic foster care who have been identified as victims of trauma. Carley previously served as the Executive Director of Mid-Hudson Love INC. She passionately led the affiliate on a journey to embrace a vision for the local Body of Christ united and serving people in need with Redemptive Compassion®. Carley treasures the way Love INC unites individuals from various denominations to be ambassadors of hope to a broken world.
Carley resides in Poughkeepsie, NY where she volunteers in many activities that fuel her passion for leadership development and helping people discover their purpose. She continues to serve her local affiliate, teaching Redemptive Compassion® and Affirming Potential classes.
Max is acquainted with local church and denominational leadership, having served as Senior Pastor for 25 years before being elected as regional “Conference Superintendent” of the Evangelical Methodist Church in 2012. Since April of 2018, when he was chosen to serve as the “International General Superintendent”, he has travelled extensively to guide the entire denomination in a chief leadership capacity.
Max and his wife, Judy, live in Nampa, ID, where he volunteers at the Treasure Valley, ID, affiliate, and enjoys reading, golf, travel, and baking.
Tyan has served as the Executive Director of Love INC of Benton County since 2018, after starting as the Development Manager in 2016. As a part of the National Board, she is excited about the ways that Love INC National is working to equip affiliates to support unity amongst churches, mobilize the hands and feet of the church community, and do something that no other agency can do—provide hope in Christ which leads to the transformation of lives.
Tyan and her husband, Tony, are from Kodiak, Alaska, and currently reside in Corvallis, Oregon. They have an 18-year-old daughter, two vizslas, and one horse. In their free time, they love hiking, biking and exploring the mountains and coast of Oregon and Alaska and look for opportunities to get outside and traveling about.
John Ligtenberg is the founding Executive Director for Love INC off the Black Hills which started in 2001. John has led the affiliate in taking a holistic approach in walking alongside people on their journey to wholeness and building mutuality between volunteers and participants. John is more excited than ever about the quality and depth of support the Love INC National ministry provides to local affiliates. He is passionate about the calling and capacity of the local church to transform lives and communities and this has driven him in his ministry.
John lives with his wife and five children in his hometown of Rapid City, SD and enjoys watching his children grow right before his eyes, exploring new ideas and trail running.
Lorelei Mah serves with Wycliffe Bible Translators as a Field Representative in the Northeast and in Michigan. Lorelei has significant success and experience spanning multi-national, multi-cultural, for-profit and non-profit organizations. She has served in leadership at World Relief, as an elder at her church, taught middle school in the Michigan Public school system, consulted in business and technical fields, and worked as an automotive engineer for General Motors.
Lorelei currently resides in Baltimore, MD and spends much of their free time working with their urban church, building the next generation of church leaders.
Kathryn is the Executive Director at Love INC of Littleton in Colorado and is inspired by the work God does to transform lives through relationship. She has a heart for reaching the most vulnerable in our world, organizing her local CROP Hunger Walk since 1996 and previously serving on the national board of Church World Service. Kathryn celebrates the opportunity to join her calling and her career through the Love INC Movement.
Kathryn and her husband, David, have three grown children, eight “acquired” children from around the world, and an 11-year-old foster son. She enjoys gathering with family and friends, traveling, exploring the Colorado Rockies, and reading a great novel.