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Recognized Service Organizations

RSOs located in northern Illinois

These independent Lutheran organizations officially recognized by The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod have an office or contact within northern Illinois. Through them, we serve not only our congregations and Lutheran schools but also the larger community, as the hands and feet of Jesus in the world. (Many more such organizations from other states are on Synod’s website: lcms.org.) 


Apple of His Eye Mission Advocate, Rev. Matt Gunia, 7429 N Milwaukee Ave., Niles, IL  60714-3707, 847-647-9867, www.appleofhiseye.org/, serving the Niles, area boldly declaring Y’SHUA as Messiah, urgently equipping believers in Jesus to do the same.

Bethesda Lutheran Communities, 600 Hoffmann Dr., Watertown, WI 53094, 920-261-3050, www.bethesdalutherancommunities.org, with a presence in DeKalb, Plainfield and Yorkville, Illinois, services to persons with a developmental disability

Christian Senior Ministries, PO Box 479, Sycamore, IL 60178, 815-895-3819, with chaplain services and volunteer opportunities in DeKalb and Ogle County.

Concordia Deaconess Conference, 6821 Main Street, Union, IL 60180, 260-416-4150, www.concordiadeaconess.org, professional development.

Faith Hope and Peace Ministries, 432 S. Washington St., Westmont, IL 60559-2233, 630-710-0396, www.fhpministries.org, chaplain services and volunteer opportunities in senior residential facilities.

LINC Chicago, 2522 W. Lawrence Avenue, PO Box 25676, Chicago, IL 60625, www.linc.org.  LINC is a non-profit dedicated to the work of empowering local ministry leaders so that their influence will grow, their communities will thrive and more people will be introduced to the good news about Jesus.

Lutheran Church Charities, 3020 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook, IL 60062, 866-455-6466, www.lutheranchurchcharities.org, wide variety of human care and disaster response services, military outreach, K9 Comfort Dogs and Care 9 Military Dogs.

Lutheran Education Association, 7400 Augusta St., River Forest, IL 60305, 708-209-3343, www.lea.org, professional development and education services.

Lutheran Ministries Media – Worship Anew, 5 Martin Luther Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825, 260-471-5683, www.worshipanew.org, on air throughout NID and in area facilities.

Lutherans for Life, state contact Rev. David Bottorff, 1573 Surrey Dr, Bourbonnais, IL 630-258-7369, www.lutheransforlife.org, educational services on sanctity of life.

The Open Arms Institute, Inc., 1850 Chestnut Ave., Glenview, IL 60025, 888-958-6736, www.openarmsinst.org, early childhood center services, consultations.

Phil’s Friends, 1350 Lake St., Suite I, Roselle, IL 60172, 224-653-8315, www.philsfriends.org, cancer care ministry and opportunities for volunteers.

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Silent Word Media Resources, 3020 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook, IL 60062, 866-455-6466, hearing/visually impaired services.

Voice of Care, P.O. Box 771, Lombard, IL 60148, 630-231-3862 www.voiceofcare.org, equipping the church to nurture people with disabilities and their caregivers in their walk with Christ, providing disability ministry training and resources for churches, groups, and individuals, including disability awareness, congregational inclusivity, facilities outreach, adapting outdoor ministry for special needs, and respite education and support tools.

Walcamp Outdoor Ministries and Retreat Center, 32653 Five Points Road, Kingston, IL 60145-8443, 815-784-5141, www.walcamp.org.

We Raise Foundation, 1 Pierce Place, Suite 250-E, Itasca, IL 60143-2634, 630-766-9066, www.weraise.org, granting, consultation.