Fueled by a 1985 trip to Haiti that opened his eyes to a country full of vulnerable children, Ed founded Loving Shepherd Ministries in 2002 with a passion to care for the millions of orphaned and at-risk children around the world. He continues to lead the organization in new visionary endeavors internationally. Ed and his wife, Jeni, pastored a church for over 30 years and developed a heart for the fatherless as foster parents in the 1980’s. They have been blessed and encouraged to see God move mightily through the growth of LSM over the years.
Ed is passionate about seeing countless children experience the Father’s heart and to have the same opportunity that his two children and nine grandchildren have experienced in the absolute best environment – a permanent family.
1 Chronicles 4:10 – Prayer of Jabez
Doug oversees all national and international programs and operations, and provides help with strategic planning for the ministry. The opportunity to help launch a ministry that could make a huge difference for orphans and vulnerable children motivated Doug to become a member of the LSM staff.
Doug is married to Tonia and they have five children—Ryan, Sophie, Maddie, Ellie and Carter. With a constant eye on the issues surrounding orphans and vulnerable children, he also enjoys reading and learning about technology.
Joe heads up domestic operations, including finance and human resources. He also works closely with the Adoption Resources program. Joe believes in the mission of LSM and its very thoughtful approach to ministry. He believes that vulnerable children are a high priority to God.
Joe is married to Heidi and has five children. He enjoys studying Scripture and spending time with his family.
Troy manages the construction and developmental projects in Haiti, connecting those needs to people in the U.S. Being a part of LSM gives Troy the opportunity to prayerfully engage with other believers and go where the hurting are and the Gospel is not.
Troy is blessed with a wonderful wife, Kelly, and three children: Makayla, Curt and Georgia. He is most passionate about his growing family and prayerfully witnessing to others about Jesus and His Kingdom.
Allen is the administrator of LSM programs in Ethiopia, training and empowering Ethiopian staff to minister to single mothers and their at-risk children. He also coordinates work teams and Agricultural Park projects in Haiti. Allen felt called to LSM because of the work with at-risk children and his heart for the world’s most vulnerable.
Married to Susan, they have 3 children and 9 grandchildren. Allen enjoys being a grandfather and writing, but most importantly growing in the image of Jesus Christ.
John manages the planning, development and monitoring of educational programs for all LSM Home of Hope students in Haiti. After retiring from working in the public schools, John’s passion for education and love for Christ’s Kingdom fit incredibly well with the work of LSM.
He enjoys spending time with his family and a local community outreach ministry in his spare time.
Jen has assisted over 7,000 families with Adoption Resources. She also assists with LSM’s Child Development program in Haiti, which offers teaching tools and skills to at-risk children. God opened the door for Jen to use her psychology degree to help place children in adoptive families in the US and in permanent, Christian families in Haiti.
Jen and her husband, Rick, have four children and are blessed to be able to serve the Lord by caring for the needs of vulnerable children worldwide.
2 Corinthians 4:7-9
Amber is dedicated to inspiring believers to action by sharing compelling stories of God’s work at LSM. She weaves stories, imagery and creative design into updates, resources and tools. She is a writer, designer and speaker.
Amber and her husband, Nick, enjoy traveling, reading, cross-cultural experiences and building relationships, which all enable them to see God at work in people’s lives.
Drew serves as a digital strategist on the blog and social platforms, as well as an agent of community engagement and education. He believes strongly in the generational change that LSM is bringing to the most vulnerable, hopeless regions of the world through family-centered, lifelong partnerships. Drew is passionate about advancing God’s kingdom, protecting the vulnerable and advocacy through storytelling. He also enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing, surfing and ultimate frisbee.
2 Corinthians 3:17
Rick joined LSM in 2007 and serves as the manager of The Gospel Project, overseeing the domestic and international operations of the program. He is also Manager of Purchasing and Shipping. He also helps document the important work being done on the ground with LSM through video and photographs.
Rick feels blessed to be a part of LSM and his role in helping vulnerable children. He is married to Jen and they have four children.
Rebecca greets guests, answers phones, assists with various mailings, coordinating support for projects and travel, tracking donations and maintaining an accurate database. She was glad to find LSM where she can combine her previous administrative background and past experience as a wedding planner to use them for God’s ministry and glory.
Rebecca is married to Michael and they have two children, Olivia and Ian. She loves event planning, decorating and reading.
Danny’s position encompasses all financial aspects of LSM, including payroll, processing donations, budgeting, expense tracking and managing payables and receivables. As an accountant, Danny wanted more than just a job—he wanted to make a difference for the Kingdom. This desire to make a difference drew him to LSM.
Danny is married to Sarah with two children. The couple enjoys playing games with family and friends and being outside to enjoy God’s creation.
Jenny provides support to families considering adoption and those who are going through the adoption process. She also gives presentations to churches and other groups about adoption and ways they can get involved in serving vulnerable children.
Jenny and her late husband, Zach, partnered with LSM in 2010 to start the Cancer Redemption Project. Jenny joined the staff in September of 2013.
Jenny and her husband, Jordan, have two children. She is passionate about promoting adoption and caring for vulnerable children.
1 Peter 1:7
Kathy was working as a court reporter when she began praying for direction in her life. Soon after, she received a phone call from LSM’s president, Ed Schwartz. Kathy ensures that every donor is receipted and thanked.
Kathy loves being involved with her family—her husband Denny and their children Alyssa, Jenna, Paige & Jackson. She also enjoys spending time with her church, friends and volunteering.