Sharing God’s Love (SGL), established in 1984, is a local cooperative ministry that works with community families and individuals facing emergencies related to their basic living needs. The ministry operates as an extension of the churches in the Irmo, St. Andrews, and Ballentine areas and is committed to the call of Jesus Christ to serve the poor and needy.
Sharing God’s Love was organized in 1984 when representatives from a few churches in the area got together and agreed that there needed to be a central location where community families facing emergencies related to their basic living needs could be served. Thus, they began to establish this ministry to provide food, clothing, and financial assistance to those in need.
The idea was well received, and all area churches were invited to participate. The program would allow churches to refer people to SGL, instead of their going from one church to the other for help. One requirement for the ministry would be that each client be interviewed to try to determine true need and records be kept to assure that SGL guidelines were met. The same guidelines continue to govern, but church and community participation has increased and the ministry thrives.
Due to these increases and need for space, several moves have been made. The following is a quote from a report on activities at the first location. “Excitement and enthusiasm abound at the small white house, as more and more of the needy have been referred here for help. Love and services are dispensed and gratitude received.”
The excitement and enthusiasm which prevailed at the beginning of this ministry continues to grow, and blessings abound for those who serve in various capacities, as well as those who are served. The faith and vision of the founders has been an inspiration to all who have followed in their footsteps.
In 2022, Sharing God’s Love served 6,958 people (2,322 families) of which 464 were new families needing our services.
Executive Director: Shari Selke
Client Services Coordinator : Elaine Schmitt
Client Services: Carla Leone Administrative Assistant: Doris Walker
Financial Secretary: Ashley Samson
Receiving Area Manager: Joyce Faber; Jill Vandermeulen
Inventory Manager : Jodi Warlick
Intake Manager : Lisa Grubbs
Board of Directors
President – Judy Gallagher, St. Simon/St. Jude Episcopal Church
Judy Davis – Gateway Baptist Church
Secretary – Leata Parrott, Riverland Hills Baptist Church
Treasurer – Tom Jones, Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church
Richie Eisenman – Union United Methodist Church
George How – Union United Methodist Church
Steve Smith – Salem United Methodist Church
Marisa Adams – McGregor Presbyterian
Shellie R. Livingston – St. Peter Baptist
Rev. Walt Harper – Mt. Olive Lutheran
Rev. Raymond Washington, Jr. – East Lake Community Church
Frances McDonald, Union United Methodist Church
Marcia Adkins, Union United Methodist Church