Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries Names New Executive Director

ROCKFORD (WIFR) — Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries is pleased to announce Amy Hoening as its new Executive Director. RALM, a partnership organization of 19 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregations in the greater Rockford area, is an official ministry of the ELCA and has served the community for the past 28 years. Amy Hoening takes the position held by Mariel Heinke, who retired after having served as Executive Director since 1986.

Pastor Jay Quinn, Trinity Lutheran Church and RALM Cabinet President says, "The Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries Cabinet is excited to introduce Amy Hoening as our new Executive Director. We are excited about the gifts that she brings and the enthusiasm that she shares, but more importantly the faith that she lives.

Amy has worked in non-profit organizations including Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center in Oregon, IL, and is Program Director at Harlem Community Center in Machesney Park. She loves the greater Rockford area and the Cabinet looks forward to working with her and our partner congregations as we continue to make Christ known through creative ministries of witness and service.”

Amy lives in Machesney Park and attends GPS Faith Community. She is a graduate of Harlem Schools, received her Bachelor of Arts from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Master of Arts from Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. Her family includes husband, Chuck, and children, Grace and Elijah. RALM provides a central information site, community outreach coordination, and cooperative programming for adults, children and teens - programming that would be difficult for one church to do alone. On March 9, RALM will re-open Becca's Closet for the prom season. The boutique collects and distributes formal-wear free of charge to hundreds of young women in the Stateline area. Returning this summer for its 20th season is The Park PLAYers, a summer conflict-management playground program at Liberty Park in southwest
Rockford, which teaches children and teens how to get along with each other peaceably, provides first-time job opportunities for young teens, and helps teens, develop leadership and positive life-building skills.

For more information about Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries, please contact Amy at 815-962-4279 or

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