Category Archives: Board of Directors

Meet Joan Low – LUM Board President

Women in Leadership at Lafayette Urban Ministry

As Women in History Month winds down, LUM would like to showcase one of our superstar volunteer leaders, Joan Low. She is the current president on the LUM Board of Directors. Joan has been a volunteer leader with LUM since 2005 when she was selected to represent her church on the LUM board. Since then, Joan has followed her passion and used her expertise to impact a variety of areas at LUM.

Joan was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Her mother passed away when she and her brother were young. When Joan was 10, her father married a widowed woman with four children, and they all moved to California. Joan attended college in New England until she found her church and transferred to Brigham Young University, where she double majored in English & German.

After her first year, Joan traveled to Germany for her mission work. It was here that she met her future husband and fellow BYU student, Phil. Once back on campus in Provo, Utah, Joan & Phil began dating and were married a year later. They both earned their degrees from BYU and while Phil continued his education, they started a family.

Joan found her way to West Lafayette when her husband Phil, who grew up in West Lafayette, accepted a position at Purdue University. As their children began leaving home, Joan became certified to teach and taught German for several years at Southmont Jr. & Sr. High School, Harrison High School, West Lafayette High School, and Delphi Community Schools. Joan & Phil have five grown children and 17 grandchildren. Within their church, they teach adult Sunday school.

With LUM, Joan has done it all. With the LUM Board she is the president this year, was the president in 2014 and has served as the secretary for five separate terms, including last year. For over 11 years, Joan has followed her passion for teaching and assisted with the LUM After School Program, first as a teacher’s aide and more recently as a bus driver. She is also the “meal planner & chef” for the annual LUM Follies fundraising event for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund.

Joan is driven yet humble — a true servant leader, who steps up and leads when needed but is also content doing the day-to-day work at LUM, “as long as the work is meaningful.”

Joan shares,

“I enjoy serving and will lead if needed or called upon. I appreciate the opportunity to work with the children and families in our community, especially through the After School Program.

It is as much of a gift to my soul as a gift to others.”  

She often cites her family and her church for inspiring her

“to find ways to help in moral and Christian ways balancing doctrine with common sense.”

LUM has a long history of women leading and serving through the Board of Directors. Joan is a shining example of the contribution individuals make in our community through the work of Lafayette Urban Ministry. LUM and the children and families in this county are blessed to have someone like Joan as their advocate, leader, and servant.

Remembering the Rev. Dr. Carl A. Malmgren

Former LUM Board President & LUM Camp Pastor

It is with great sadness and loss that we share the passing of a great friend and colleague of LUM, the Rev. Dr. Carl A. Malmgren. Rev. Carl was the pastor at the First Baptist Church in Lafayette, and an engaged leader for many years with Lafayette Urban Ministry. With LUM, Rev. Carl was the president of the LUM Board of Directors and served as the resident pastor at LUM Campfor several years.

Joe Micon, LUM executive director, shares, “Carl was a special leader during his years on the LUM Board of Directors. He was president when the current LUM Emergency Shelter was built. I remember him insisting that the building be bright and uplifting because those who would be using it should have at least one place like that in their lives. He always followed what was happening at LUM and was always there whenever I would call on him for advice or support. Whenever a homeless guest passed away, Carl would always say ‘yes’ to doing their memorial service. More than anything else, Carl was always generous with news about his beloved family and reveled in each new addition. He was a treasure to LUM, and he will be missed deeply.” {Rev. Carl is pictured above at last summer’s LUM Camp eager to serve the campers ice cream sundaes.}

To honor his life, the Malmgren family requests that you make a memorial donation to Lafayette Urban Ministry at lumserve.org/donate. Memories and condolences may be left online HERE.

Meet the New Officers of the LUM Board


LUM Executive Council 2019


Best wishes and thanks to the outgoing 2018 LUM Board of Directors and Executive Council members. Congratulations to the incoming 2019 Executive Council members (pictured above L to R), who are as follows:

  • Chuck Anderson, FacilitiesSt. Thomas Aquinas – Catholic Center at Purdue
  • Rev. Kevin Bowers, PersonnelBethany Presbyterian Church
  • Cheryl Fowler, Vice PresidentUnitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County
  • Joan Low, PresidentThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Susie Riley, TreasurerTrinity United Methodist Church
  • Tangie Armstrong, SecretaryWord of Life Fellowship
  • Patty Useem, Program, Planning & EvaluationFederated Church
  • Joe Micon, Executive DirectorLafayette Urban Ministry

LUM is governed by a Board of Directors — made up of one representative from each member church plus a few appointed individuals from specific community groups. The LUM board meets each month, overseeing and directing policy decisions, fiscal matters, and programming issues, ensuring that LUM continues to fulfill its vital mission to the community. It is led by an eight member executive council. The individuals leading the Lafayette Urban Ministry are passionate, hard working and talented — it’s going to be another fruitful year!

Annual LUM Staff Appreciation Lunch



Last week, the dedicated staff members of Lafayette Urban Ministry gathered at The Bryant Food & Drink Co. (West Lafayette) for the annual LUM staff appreciation lunch to celebrate the wonderful accomplishment of 2018, another great year.


Pictured L to R: Marlena Edmondson, Marilyn Zerbes, Louis Sausa, Kristi Hogue, Derrick Williams-Bacon, Joe Micon, Joshua Prokopy, Pablo Malavenda, Susan Brouillette, David Heckert, Gayle Koning, Linda Hicks, Eileen Weiss, Angela Weaver & Connie Decker.

Happy New Year to You & Your Family

Dear Friend,

Let’s take a moment this New Year to reflect and be THANKFUL — because there is so much to be thankful for.

At LUM, we’re thankful for YOU and each individual who contributed to the successes at LUM in 2018. May you have a blessed New Year full of family, success, friends, and service.

Gratefully yours,
LUM Board of Directors,
Joe Micon, LUM executive director, &
LUM staff members

It’s up to us, to be the change. And even though we all can still do more.
There’s so much to be thankful for.”


Thank You

  • For your generous financial support of the program & services of LUM

Thank You

Thank you for being a friend in 2018. LUM has impacted a significant number of children and families in our community this year because of YOU. What YOU do for LUM is so important for enabling us to accomplish our mission — and gives hope to families, encourages and educates children, and is a positive force in our community.
Thank you for choosing us as your community partner this year — there’s so much to be THANKFUL for!


THANKFUL

Somedays, we forget to look around us
Somedays, we can’t see the joy that surrounds us
So caught up inside ourselves
We take when we should give
So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be
And on this day we hope for
What we still can’t see

It’s up to us, to be the change
And even though we all can still do more
There’s so much to be thankful for

Look beyond ourselves
There’s so much sorrow
It’s way to late to say, I’ll cry tomorrow
Each of us must find our truth
It’s so long overdue
So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be
And everyday, we hope for
What we still can’t see

It’s up to us, to be the change
And even though we all can still do more
There’s so much to be thankful for

Even with our differences
There is a place we’re all connected
Each of us can find each others light
So for tonight, we pray for
What we know can be
And on this day, we hope for
What we still can’t see

It’s up to us, to be the change, and
Even though this world needs so much more
There’s so much to be thankful for

~ David W Foster, Richard James Page &
Carole Bayer Sager

Purdue Room Dedicated to Jim & Anna Davidson


Friends, Family & Colleagues Gather to Celebrate

Recently the Purdue University Department of Sociology hosted the grand opening of the conference room named in honor of Professor Emeritus Jim Davidson, PhD and his wife, Anna.

In addition to their family, friends and colleagues, many LUM friends attended including Joe Micon, LUM executive director. It was a grand celebration of two wonderful community leaders and educators. {Pictured L to R are professor of Sociology & department head, Linda Renzulli, PhD; Jim Davidson; and Ellen Elly, wife of the first LUM executive director, the Rev. Ron Elly.}

Professor Emeritus Jim Davidson, PhD has been active with LUM since the early 1970s. In 1976, Dr. Davidson published The Lafayette Urban Ministry: A Model for Urban Ministries and an Evaluation of LUM. His research, which was summarized in this report, used LUM as a model for urban ministries that engage local churches in social concerns and action, particularly of low income families. It included the model for urban ministries that was developed and proposed by the LUM Board of Directors in 1976. The Green Book, as it came to be known, has become legendary within Lafayette Urban Ministry and is still relevant and worth reading today.

Room Dedication for Jim & Anna Davidson

You are invited to attend the Grand Opening of the Jim & Anna Davidson Conference Room. The Department of Sociology at Purdue University has named a conference room in honor of Professor Emeritus Jim Davidson, PhD and his wife, Anna. Grand Opening details are as follows:
  • Date – Friday, September 28
  • Time – 2:30 p.m. Greetings & Remarks;
    3 p.m. Grand Opening
  • Place – Room 303, Stone Hall, Purdue University
    – 700 W State Street, West Lafayette
  • RSVP by emailing sociology@purdue.edu
  • For more information, please email sociology@purdue.edu.
Professor Emeritus Jim Davidson, PhD has been active with LUM since the early 1970s. In 1976, Dr. Davidson published The Lafayette Urban Ministry: A Model for Urban Ministries and an Evaluation of LUM. His research, which was summarized in this report, used LUM as a model for urban ministries that engage local churches in social concerns and action, particularly of low income families. It included the model for urban ministries that was developed and proposed by the LUM Board of Directors in 1976. The Green Book, as it came to be known, has become legendary within Lafayette Urban Ministry and is still relevant and worth reading today.

LUM Staff Educate Board – Pizza & Perspectives


LUM Program Director Panel Discussion


As a part of the on-going training of the LUM Board of Directors, each quarter their meeting features a program called “Pizza & Perspectives.” At last week’s board meeting, the Pizza & Perspectives program included a panel discussion featuring four LUM program directors. The panel participants (pictured L to R) are as follows:

During this panel discussion board members learned how the LUM Mission is being executed on the “front lines.” The panelists gave brief summaries of their areas including current client needs, new initiatives, issues, and future opportunities. This was chance for board members to ask questions of the staff who work with clients & volunteers every day and are fully engaged in serving the families and children in our community.

Pizza & Perspectives was a lively and informative event leaving the LUM board members feeling better informed and energized.


To view more photos from the Pizza & Perspectives program, click HERE.

LUM Board & Staff Call for Reunion of Children & Parents


Calling for a Quick Reunion of
Children & Parents held in US Detention Centers

Lafayette Urban Ministry is committed to touching the future by helping children and their families in the here and now. That is why we join our voice with US and world faith leaders in opposition to the cruel separation of families and children seeking refuge along the US border with Mexico.

We reject the allegations that the children and adults seeking refuge from economic privation, violence, and political turmoil – seeking peace and a new home in our country – are criminals.

We reject the misuse of Romans 13 by Attorney General Sessions and White House Press Secretary Sanders to justify reprehensible actions.

Many more scripture passages insist on helping the immigrant, the sojourner, the poor, and those in need of aid. We rejoice that President Trump changed direction today and has reversed his destructive policy of separating asylum-seeking parents from their children.

We pray his administration will move quickly to reunite children held in detention centers with their families and establish a more humane and just system to assist those seeking asylum and refuge in our nation.


“And the King will answer them ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'”

Matt 25:40, NRSV



LUM Finances – Very Positive Report for 2017


Financial Report & Audit 2017 Available Online


At the June meeting of the LUM executive council, associates from Edward Opperman Certified Public Accountants presented an overview of the LUM Report on Audit of Financial Statements (Dec. 31, 2017 & 2016). Presenting were the two CPAs who prepared the report and most recent tax return, Edward Opperman & Thomas Faust (pictured far right). Opperman stated that

“LUM is financially strong. There is zero long-term debt — and a good balance between operating revenue and expenses managed by a very professional business office staff who keep clear records of fiscal transactions. Most encouraging is that LUM is spending money on programs & services that are in line with its mission statement and less on overhead.”

Opperman shared that

“LUM’s finances are in very good order and would be the envy of any non-profit organization.”

Thanks to the vision and leadership of the LUM Board of Directors, executive director and business office staff, as well as the generous support of LUM’s many financial donors, Lafayette Urban Ministry has established a history of having a strong & stable budget allowing its vital programs and services to adapt and grow with the needs of the children and families in our community.


If you wish to review the most recent LUM reports, click on the name of the report: