Kindred Life Ministries, Inc. is a Christian organization dedicated to providing a circle of support for teen mothers, teen fathers, their children and the respective grandparents to thrive. By utilizing the church, community and the family of origin, teen parents and their families can live life to its fullest, rooted in Christ.  

We Serve Young Parents:

Between the ages of 13 and 23

Have already given birth and have chosen to parent their child 

Have not yet obtained their high school diploma, or GED

Are transitioning from high school to full-time employment, college course work, or technical/certificate programs

We Offer Teen Parents:

Child care Assistance while the teenage parent is at work or school

Life Education Groups


Guidance and assistance in setting goals                                                                   

Financial & Personal Counseling

Referrals as appropriate

Parents Must Be Willing To:                                   

Attend school or work full time

Attend and participate in weekly Life Education Group Nights

Work with a mentor

Participate in financial and personal counseling

We are grateful for St. Mark allowing us to use its space to serve our clients, raise awareness of services, and recruit faithful volunteers. Kindred currently has openings for client's and volunteers.  To learn more about our organization please visit our website at

Dear St. Mark,

How grateful I am for your partnership! While many faith-based organizations could not survive the devastating impact of the pandemic, your partnership gave us all what we needed to survive and even thrive. We are so grateful. As we look ahead, we pray and trust the Lord will continue to use our partnership to meet physical and spiritual needs in our community.

Here are some highlights of the many outreach possibilities made possible through your financial support and dedicated people.

Food Insecurity- Pete Bolender and Ken Kerns were part of our volunteer base delivering over 1,000 meals to those sheltering in place.

Fresh Start- In partnership with CPAH Community Partners for Affordable Housing, we provide the dignity of a decent bed to newly released inmates from the Illinois Department of Corrections. Last month, Jeff McKenzie and Ken Kerns delivered a new queen-sized mattress and frame, linens, blankets and other basics to help Julio with his start.

In Zone Project- We provided 10 twin beds to the In Zone Project in Barrington through the helping hands of St. Mark’s delivery team. When we heard Terrace’s testimony born out of his own experience in the streets of Chicago, Pete knew he had to introduce Jeff McKenzie, Pastor Breum and St. Mark to the In Zone Project.

We continually consider needs in our community and St. Mark’s passion for outreach. We met with the young teen moms meeting out of St. Mark’s and gifted them with totes and quilts representing God’s grace and love. Each child received a beautifully illustrated children’s Bible. We listen to your heart and carefully create outreach opportunities to equip St. Mark with ways to help and heal people in our community. Thank you for all you have done and all we will do in the days ahead.

To learn about our latest outreach opportunities, please visit our new website:

For His Glory and Kingdom,

Kristen “Moxie” Johnson

Executive Director with PURPOSE -formerly Love INC Lake County SW


Open Arms Mission is a local food bank located on Highway 83 south of Antioch. There is a great need to supply food for the hungry in Lake County especially during these hard times. We give them 10% of our allocated benevolence budget.   In addition to this we also have monthly food drives at the church to help fill their pantries. Thank you to both the members of St. Mark for your generosity, and Open Arms for the great service they provide for the needy in the county.

Please click here to view or print a list of the requested items by month for 2021 for deposit into the Yellow Food Barrels.


Feed My Starving Children is an international organization that packages food staples to send to starving people in third world countries. The nearest facility is located in Libertyville. They rely on volunteers to come and package the food for delivery.  As a church we have sent a number of groups at different times to volunteer.  Our youth have been especially active with this project.   We allocate 5% of our benevolence budget to this

wonderful cause.


St. Mark has been part of the Pads program welcoming homeless guests into our church on Friday nights for over 25 years.  This season like everything else this year will be different.  The Pads guests will not be housed at different churches each night.  Since April they have been put up in hotels and will continue to be in hotels through April 2021.  This is safer for the guests and the volunteers.  This means we will not need volunteers or food at St. Mark on Fridays this year. If you are interested in helping you can go to their website.  Click here to learn more about PADS Lake County or call 847-689-4357.  They are always looking for non perishable food items, hygiene supplies, gift cards to Walmart or McD’s and of course monetary donations.  Please check before you bring items to make sure what is needed at that time.  Please keep the PADS program in your prayers as they navigate this new normal.  They are still looking for a permanent site where everyone can be housed at one place.  If you know of any large empty spaces that would allow them to use their space ....preferably with showers let the Pads office know.



In partnership with Bill Glass Prison Ministries, we help to put on events at the prisons in the Chicago area. Your help is needed not only in ministering to inmates, but also in event logistics (such as picking up a guest speaker from the airport). 


Contact Jeff McKenzie at or Gary Olson at


Learn more about Bill Glass Behind the Walls here.