Our Ministries

Family Ministries

Members and guests will experience the joy of God’s beautiful gift of our church family.


Blending voices of praise together, choir enhances worship at Island Lutheran.

If you are interested in sharing your gifts as a choir member or have questions.
Contact: Michelle Bess, CLICK HERE

Praise Band

Using their musical gifts from the Lord, vocalists and instrumentalists support the variety of music in ILC worship ministries.
Contact: Steve White CLICK HERE

Campus Care

This group of people, with a wide variety of skills, care for the campus and buildings of ILC.
Contact: Ron Olech CLICK HERE


Ensuring the safety of all in our building is the focus of this group of well trained members.
Contact: Billy Riggs CLICK HERE


Audio/Visual team members are active in supporting a variety of ILC ministries with sound and technical support.
Contact: Steve White CLICK HERE

Spiritual Care Ministry Team

As an extension of the Pastoral Office, these Shepherds oversee care of the ILC family and its members.
Contact: Dave Bowman CLICK HERE

Leadership Ministry Board

This team of elected governing board members is responsible for the oversight of ILC operations, and is committed to ensuring the fulfillment of “Knowing and Sharing the Joy of Salvation through Jesus Christ.”
Contact: Greg Beste CLICK HERE

Endowment Fund

Helping ILC family accomplish their educational goals, this fund provides educational grants to qualifying applicants from members and their families. 
Contact: Mike Hall CLICK HERE

Family Care Ministry

We strive to care for those most in need by providing material and spiritual support for ILC and external family members.
Contact: Dave Bowman CLICK HERE

Dinner For 8

Connect with others around good food to enjoy engaging conversations. laughter, and stronger Christian relationships.
Contact: Ken VanDongen CLICK HERE

Dinner With Families

Join others with children for lively gatherings in homes with ILC families and guests for a meal and growth in friendships.
Contact: Pastor Kevin Duff CLICK HERE

Hospitality Ministry

This active team provides snacks and goodies for Sunday Morning Discipleship Hour and other ministry events.
Contact: Jeff Stutz CLICK HERE

Bourbon and Billiards

A relaxing gathering of men and their guests on Thursdays for billiards and refreshments.
Contact: George Clawson CLICK HERE

Community Ministries

Individuals and community agencies will receive support in their God pleasing work.

Social Media Team

Provides communication through
various ILC media platforms.
Contact: Gladys Sweetwood CLICK HERE

Pregnancy Center and Clinic of the Lowcountry

This ministry provides support for women and families struggling with pregnancy related issues.
Contact: Pastor Kevin Duff CLICK HERE

Welcome Ministry

Friendly faces and a big smile are the highlights of this team that welcome visitors, usher guests, and work in the Welcome Center.
Contact: Dave Bowman  CLICK HERE

NOC Healthy Snack Team

Providing the children of Neighborhood Outreach Connection with a healthy snack for their after school program at ILC is the mission of this team.
Contact: Pastor Kevin Duff CLICK HERE

Low Country Bash


This annual free event provides opportunities for connections between the community and ILC members over fantastic oysters and delicious sides.
Contact: Pastor Kevin Duff CLICK HERE

Volunteers in Medicine

The mission of this team is to understand and serve the health and wellness needs of the medically underserved and their households who live or work on Hilton Head and Daufuskie Islands.
Contact: Dave Schaus CLICK HERE

Neighborhood Outreach Connection

NOC harnesses the energy of families, schools, libraries, health providers, and other non-profits to break the pattern of generational poverty.
Contact: Pastor Kevin Duff CLICK HERE

Deep Well

Deep Well Project assists the island community with a variety of life needs, including food, home repair, rent assistance, gas cards, and school uniform/supplies.
Contact: Joyce Godshall CLICK HERE

Comfort Dog Ministry

“A bridge for compassionate ministry, opening doors for conversation about faith and creating opportunities to share the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ.” Lutheran Church Charities.
Contact: Pastor Kevin Duff CLICK HERE

Southeastern District of The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod

This regional district of the LCMS works with congregations and schools in creative partnerships that will result in Church transformation and Kingdom growth.
Contact: Pastor Kevin Duff CLICK HERE

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Members of this group make disciples through our strategy of engaging, equipping, and empowering coaches and athletes to know and grow in Christ and lead others to do the same.
Contact: Pastor Kevin Duff CLICK HERE

Operation Christmas Child

Annual drive to provide gifts for children around the world through Operation Christmas Child.
Contact: Pastor Kevin Duff CLICK HERE

Capstone Ministries

Lead by Pastor Dan and Patty Schmelzer, this ministry is a liaison to the street children of Western Kenya, with the objective of restoring street children with their family.
Contact: Pastor Kevin Duff CLICK HERE

The Ebers, LCMS Missionaries in Africa

David and Joyce Eber work in Ghana, where David serves as a theological educator providing continuing education for pastors in the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Contact: Pastor Kevin Duff CLICK HERE

Discipleship Ministries

Individuals will become disciples and mature in faith by the power of the Holy Spirit and God’s Word.

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Vacation Bible School offers a fun filled, week long emphasis on God’s word for both family and members of the community. Participants will experience the joy of salvation through song, crafts, study, specialty snacks, and re-enactments.
June 24-28, 2024, 9:00am – 12:00pm

If you are interested in participating contact: Chris Ponsini CLICK HERE 

In Home Fellowship Groups

Living out life together, these small groups meet regularly to discuss God’s Word, fellowship, and pray together.

Contact: Pastor Kevin Duff CLICK HERE

Sunday Morning Discipleship Hour

Becoming a Disciple of Christ is an ongoing process of learning and life application. Delve into deeper study of God’s Word and conversations about the sermon in this hour that meets between services every Sunday.
Contact: Pastor Jeff Dorth CLICK HERE

Sunday Steps

Meeting during the Discipleship Hour, this energetic time encourages children to know and share Jesus, strengthen friendships and have fun!

Sunday Mornings at 9:40-10:45 AM


Contact: Pastor Kevin Duff CLICK HERE


Altar Guild

These “behind the scenes” workers support worship ministries by promoting the education of the congregation about the seasons of the Church and their relationship to Christ’s life, setting up sacramental elements, assisting in services, and providing care for other worship ministry needs. Contact: Karen VanDongen CLICK HERE


Calling Men & Women
 Delve deeply into God’s Word with this study lead by Pastor Jeff and other instructors. This meaty, impactful series is held both on church campus and in family homes.

Contact: Pastor Jeff Dorth CLICK HERE

Men's Ministries

Develop relationships with other men of faith to encourage and build up one another in the various callings in life. Enjoy a wide variety of activities sure to amuse all.
Contact: Bob Swearer CLICK HERE

Mainland Bible Study

Live over the bridge? Retired Pastor Zimmerman brings people from Bluffton and Katie together for a time of spiritual growth and community building around an engaging study of God’s Word.
Contact: Paul Zimmermann CLICK HERE

Wednesday Women's Fellowship

Enjoy time spent together, building one another up in various vocations through relaxing fellowship, study, and prayer.
Contact: Deaconess Grace Bergt CLICK HERE

Inquire about a Ministry here.

Interested in information about one the the Ministries above? ? Please send Island Lutheran Church a message. Put the contact or ministry you are interested in, we’d be happy to send you more information! God Bless Your Day.

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