Serve Team

The Serve Team connects DeerGrove with ministries both locally and globally. We seek to ensure DeerGrove is making a difference!!

Meet Our Missionaries

Joel and Kim Delp—Serving in Ecuador, Joel & Kim collaborate with the Covenant Church of Ecuador. They helped create the Santiago Partnership which is a non-profit organization established to fund homes for at-risk children and medical clinics. 

Loren and Kensey Ledebuhr—Covenanters in Global Service, Loren & Kensey have served with Wycliffe Bible Translation since 2001. Loren leads the aviation department in providing air transport to remote language communities. Kensey assists with purchasing and logistics needs, bringing equipment and parts from various locations around the globe. Together, the couple leads the way in solar power installations in Ukarumpa and remote translation offices. 

Phillip and Stephanie Voland– The Voland family serves in Germany through ministries of evangelism and discipleship. They are currently serving in the city of Kiel.


One Child; One Hour; One Church; One School ….When kids feel loved and valued, they are better able to learn, grow, and succeed! Through Kids Hope USA (KHUSA), DeerGrove has an on-gong relationship with Frank C. Whiteley Elementary school. With over 1,000 church-school partnerships in 34 states, KHUSA is a national, non-profit organization which facilitates mentoring relationships. DeerGrove mentors work with 7 to 10 children each year!


DeerGrove partners with Palatine Township to provide Thanksgiving Meals for under-resourced families in our community by providing the ingredients to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner! Are you involved in service to the local community or do you have an opportunity for DeerGrove to participate? Please let us know by email.


Partners for Our Communities (POC) connects underserved residents of  Palatine, and surrounding areas, to services and resources in order to build a community of empowered people, healthy families, and vibrant neighborhoods. We serve with the POC in many ways including tutoring, mentoring, and hands-on projects. The most regular way to engage with DeerGrove and the POC is through Birthday Club.

POC Birthday Club—Monthly during the school year, we host a birthday party for the children at one of the POC after-school sites!


Covenant Kids Congo
images (1)Together with World Vision, the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) is partnering to sponsor children in the poorest region of the poorest country in the world—the Democratic Republic of Congo. DeerGrove has responded very generously and many families sponsor children through Covenant Kids Congo (CKC). Learn more about Covenant Kids Congo.


Covenant World Relief

Covenant World Relief (CWR) is the ECC’s response to disaster and human suffering around the world. Covenant World Relief joins God in loving, serving, and working together with the poor, the powerless, and the marginalized. DeerGrove participates in an annual offering to CWR in the fall with our SoupFest celebration. Learn more about Covenant World Relief.


Global 6K for Clean Water

Partnering with World Vision, the ECC participates annually in the global 6K  for clean water. 6K, which is about 3.7 miles, is the average distance that people in the developing world walk for water – water that is often contaminated with life threatening diseases. Each year, “Team DeerGrove” participates in the 6K along with thousands of others from around the globe in order to bring life changing clean water to communities in need.