Active Faith

Executive Director, Maryann Mihalic, Retiring

At the March meeting of the Board of Directors of Active Faith Community Services in South Lyon, the board regretfully accepted a letter of retirement from Executive Director Maryann Mihalic, effective June, 2018. After twelve years of dedication to our community she is looking forward to remaining in the area and spending more time with family, making memories with her grandchildren, and seeing what God has in store for her in the future.

Active Faith Community Services works with residents in the 86 square mile South Lyon School District. It was originally established as a food pantry and clothing closet 30 years ago; and while it has never strayed from that original mission, as a result of Maryann’s leadership, services to clients have been significantly refined and expanded to more effectively meet their changing needs.

Among the many changes that have occurred because of Maryann’s dedicated involvement are significant upgrades to our physical facility,technological updates to better serve our clients, changes in internal processes that streamlined services, and an increase in community awareness of our programs and needs.

In light of Maryann’s retirement, Active Faith has begun a search to hire a new executive director. Click here for a job description. Those interested can send a cover letter and resume to Cover letter and resume must be received no later than May 1, 2018.

We are looking forward to continuing our ongoing mission with new leadership and renewed enthusiasm for serving our community. We anticipate additional changes in the coming months that will continue to expand and promote the ministry of Active Faith.


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."

In 1987 ten local pastors started Active Faith as 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 84 square mile 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 permanently 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.

In 2017, Active Faith dispersed 194,295 pounds of food. We distributed twice a month to an average of 175 households.  Our volunteers made 360 home deliveries throughout the year.  Emergency food assistance was provided throughout the year when needed.  Our volunteers logged in thousands of  community hours on behalf of our organization.


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Active Faith can only function 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. You keep us vibrant and moving forward to serve the community we love so much.  Thank you for all of your continued efforts and donations.


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. - Dean Jensen

  • Dean Jensen - President
  • Brenda Smith - Vice President
  • Lynn Kneisel - Secretary
  • Lisa Mancini - Treasurer
  • Maryann Mihalic - Executive Director
  • Liz Gorman - Board Member
  • Ken Kneisel - Board Member
  • Jim Mindling - Board Member
  • Pat Peruski - Board Member
  • Rod Rhoad - Board Member

Office Staff

Because of your support and your prayers, God has moved in mighty ways at Active Faith. Please keep us and our community in your prayers so we continue to do what He has called us to do.

As you go about this year, if you think you would like to volunteer or donate a can of food or a ton of food, or one dollar or hundreds of dollars, it all makes a difference.

In God's Love, Maryann Mihalic, Executive Director


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

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.