About Us

Our Mission

Sharing the love of Christ by service to those in need though faith, hope and assistance with basic needs.


Our History

In 1990, Love in the Name of Christ (Love INC) was the first franchise in the state of Texas. Merle Epperson, Grace United Methodist Church Choir Director and Organist and Dr. Thomas Meekins, Church on the Rock Pastor, co-founded Love INC of Baytown. There were 10 churches working together to hear the needs of the less fortunate, and 30 years later, over 40 churches network their time, talent and treasure to help the hungry, homeless and helpless people of the greater Baytown area with a hand up.

In August, 2014, Love INC became an independent non-profit, a 501(C)3 named Love Network of Baytown. In 2019 Love Network assisted over 8,200 families with food, clothing, prescriptions, transportation (gas cards/bus passes), rent IDs, birth certificates, work related clothing items and non food items like diapers, hygiene and cleaning items. 

We pride ourselves on our great office volunteers (20) who play a vital role in assisting clients by answering phones and helping with our database. Love Network has a wonderful Board of Directors who also volunteer their time and talent.

Our Board

President                                             Mike Horner

Vice President                                     Nick Jared

Treasurer                                              Les Gibson

Secretary                                             Chuck Dellaria

Director/Special Projects                   Joyce Pennington

Director/Community Outreach         Nikki Rincon

Director                                               Terry Sain

Operations Director,

      Hands of the Carpenter               Dale Vander Pol

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Our Staff


Karen Rios

Administrative Assistant


Gladys Pryor

Executive Director