Our mission is, "To provide long term and temporary assistance
to those who have fallen on difficult times
in hopes of returning them to the independent pursuit of their life’s goals."

Faces of Active Faith

Active Faith functions with the help of the dedicated Board of Directors, Staff, Volunteers, and community.

As board members, employees and volunteers of Active Faith, we are very grateful for the support given by the citizens of our community.


One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time. Our volunteers are the backbone of our organization. Active Faith would not be able to operate as smoothly without the dedicated group of volunteers we have. Many opportunities are available, such as, helping in the office, home deliveries, food distribution Mondays, sorting donated clothes, shelving food in the pantry, working events and many more. Contact our office, on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or click here for more information.


Board of Directors

We are very grateful to the community for such a generous year of giving and supporting the efforts of Active Faith. As a board, we are dedicated to keeping the principles of our mission moving forward. - Brenda Smith

  • Brenda Smith - President
  • Liz Gorman - Vice President
  • Lynn Kneisel - Secretary
  • Lisa Mancini - Treasurer
  • Sharon Sower - Executive Director
  • Ken Kneisel - Board Member
  • Jim Mindling - Board Member
  • Pat Peruski - Board Member

Office Staff

  • Sharon Sower - Executive Director
  • Diane Zischerk, MSW - Case Manager
  • Shawna Rudd - Food Pantry Manager
  • Office Manager - Julie Haggard

Welcome our New Director, Sharon Sower

As the  Director of Active Faith, I am excited to be a  part of this amazing organization. I have lived in Michigan all my life, the past 24 years in South Lyon with my husband, Bill, and our children David and Andrea. My passion to help those in need began as a small child collecting Easter Seal money on Halloween. After graduating from college I began as a VISTA Volunteer and eventually worked for United Way of Washtenaw County. I became a spokesperson and the Director of The Student Parent Center, a United Way Agency. Now as the Director of Active Faith, I believe with all my heart that our job is to love thy neighbor.  At Active Faith, we embody this concept with our volunteers, our staff and those we serve in the community. I feel in supporting our mission, we lift those up who have fallen on hard times, with love, support, and grace. Whether we give or we receive, we all benefit from a more caring community.

My email is sharons@activefaithcs.org

Or call the office at 248-437-9790     Sharon Sower 



In 1987 ten local pastors started Active Faith as a Christian non-denominational, non-discriminating, licensed, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Active Faith Community Services has worked with low-income households residing within our 83 square miles rural school district. We were established as a food pantry and clothing closet and we have never veered from that original mission. By achieving our goal to help individuals become self-sufficient, we realize that it is only as we help others that we succeed.

Active Faith is constantly changing to meet the needs of the community. We can steer you to the right agencies even when you are NOT low income.  Get through the maze a little easier by starting at Active Faith.

We distributed twice a month to an average of 140 households.  Our volunteers make 20 home deliveries per month.  Emergency food assistance was provided throughout the year when needed.  Our volunteers logged in thousands of community hours on behalf of our organization.

Active Faith Community Services is an equal opportunity provider. Click here for the USDA Non-discrimination statement.


The Office of Civil Rights mission is to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies. Click  here for the USDA Civil Rights statement.