About Love Akron

Love Akron is a champion of great causes and a  
 
catalyst for change. Motivated by our faith —  
 
coupling our firm foundation, new leadership,  
 
partners and messaging; Love Akron is positioned  
 
and uniquely designed to lead this Noun to Verb movement.

Love Akron's Reason Why

from the beginning

Love Akron was formed to be a catalyst for change and support!
A Christian- based organization working to unify ​the colors, cultures, and congregations of Greater Akron.

LOVE AKRON

OUR INITIATIVES

The Least of These

Our Least of These Initiative will help mobilize all sectors of Greater Akron as RAHAB launches their transitional housing program. Alongside Summit County Children’s Services, Love Akron will help rally and educate the community to care for more than 800 kids in foster care.

Mental Health and Wellness

We are partnering with the Summit County ADM Board to offer the Grief Recovery Model to change the culture of mental health so that those in Greater Akron can receive the care and support they deserve. Through our Mental Health and Wellness Initiative, Love Akron will join forces with Red Oak Behavioral Health to host Mental First Aid Training sessions for the faith, educational, and public sectors, all while addressing misinformation and raising awareness.

United Through Love

Our United Through Love initiative allows us to support individuals in becoming bridge builders toward racial healing. With love and respect for each other as equals, we’ll convene change-makers from around Greater Akron to address the personal, organizational, and cultural implications of race in our city.

ONE City

“ONE City” becomes the overarching umbrella of Love Akron’s efforts to bring together the Church of Greater Akron. Through the ONE City Initiative, believers, churches, and local ministries personify the body of Christ in our communities! 

Through ONE City our prayers, hopes and dreams have a place to thrive. We can learn, work, and connect together as ONE City!“

#OneCity #BetterTogether

Serving Greater Akron

Love Akron Team

Executive Director

Kemp A. Boyd

Kemp A. Boyd, has been married for 15 years to Stacy and together they have six beautiful children. Kemp, has over a decade of leadership experience and a passion for motivating others.
He is a diligent networker and connector, who has forged relationships across the city of Akron over the years, from churches and nonprofits to profit organizations alike.

Kemp's Mission is to...

Kemp’s mission is to cultivate those around him to reach their full potential, including the City of Akron, where he serves as Executive Director of Love Akron, a Christian-based nonprofit organization, an intersectional hub working to unify the Colors, Cultures and Congregations to see Greater Akron Thrive. He is also the head football coach at Kenmore-Garfield High School and his passion is to see these young men grow into maturity through the platform of football. These young men have become an extension of Kemp’s family as he seeks to cultivate that kind of atmosphere within the team and the city.

Phone Number:

330-384-8124

Email:

kboyd@loveakron.org

Operations Coordinator

Lori Porter

Lori's Mission is to.....

Lori’s mission is to make a lasting impact on those she has the pleasure to serve in the city she loves… called Akron!
 
She serves as Operations Coordinator for Love Akron and is a bi-vocational pastor who leads a congregation in the South Akron’s -Summit Lake community.
 
Passionate about equipping the next generation, she knows 
well the importance and power of community!  Lori has spent the majority of her career serving mostly in the church and para-church/nonprofit
sector. 
 
She has twenty-five years ministerial experience and twenty years 
administration and management experience.
 
 
She has twenty-five years ministerial experience and twenty years 
administration and management experience. Lori served as program director and youth mentor for many years, where she developed and managed mentoring programs for youth in foster care and those with 

Juvenile court involvement. Responsibilities included but were not limited to development of youth mentoring programs, day to day operations, as well as the development of the adult mentor tranining modules used to train mentors who served many at risk youth.

This mother and grandmother of twelve once spoke of her role and journey  with Love Akron, saying, “My life has been full and fulfilling. I’ve had the opportunity to start a business that failed and plant a church that is growing and thriving.
 
I’ve worked in the nonprofit and forprofit business sectors and 
have watched many different types of mergers from churches to banks: 
some ended well and others did not! Through every transition I have found this to be true, “Change is a given, but transition is a process”.
 
Working for Love Akron in many capacities including my current position has reminded me that as believers we must strive to leverage the impact for Christ in every sector of our community and in every sphere of our own personal area of influence.
 
She often responds to situations plain and 
simple Rome wasn’t built in a day so, “trust the process”. 

Phone Number:

330-384-8124

Email:

lporter@loveakron.org

Our Board

A team of Change-Makers that Love Akron!

David Beasley

Board Chair

Bishop Samuel Hampton II

Board Member and Former Chair

Erica Howard

Treasurer

Michael Robinson

Board Member

Daniel Colantone

Board Member

Daren Brake

Board Member

Matthew Duncan

Board Member

Chris Young

Board Member

Mike Kraynak

Secretary

Adina Calhoun-Walker

Board Member

Joe Caruso

Board Member

Serving in the City we Love

“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, and please the widow’s cause ”  ~Isaiah 1:17

Great People Doing an Amazing work for akron!

Thank you for your sponsorship, grants and support!