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Making A Difference

Watch this 2 minute video clip of testimonials. Thanks to your help, we are making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate in our community.

Quick facts about Joseph's Storehouse
  • An average of 400-500 families in need is given a wheelbarrow full of food and toiletries each month.
  • Approximately 45% of those we serve are elderly and/or disabled, while another 35% are single parents living below poverty level.
  • We provide diapers for children and adults in need.
  • Food and toiletry items are also provided to other 501(c)(3) public charities in Wilson and surrounding counties in TN.
  • Well over one million pounds of food and toiletry items are distributed to the needy each year.
  • We are an approved distributor of USDA commodities.
  • We work with organizations such as United Way, Second Harvest Food Bank, Operation Blessing, Feed America First and Feed the Children, just to name a few.
  • We also consult with local businesses, churches and government officials to ensure we serve the community effectively.
  • We are the primary program and registered dba of Love One Another Embassy, Inc., an approved IRS tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity, allowing us to receive tax deductible contributions.
  • We are registered with the TN Department of Charitable Solicitations.
  • We are independently audited and our 990 tax returns are publicly available at Guidestar.org.
  • We keep our administrative costs very low. In 2019, 96.7% of our expenditures were for our core programs, while only 3.3% went to administrative costs.
  • We are a faith-based initiative and offer prayer and spiritual counseling for those who wish it.
Our History
Our History

Bob and Peggy Evans founded Love One Another Embassy, Inc. (LOAE) in 1996 as a faith-based 501(c)(3) ministry. While much of their original focus was on international missions and feeding people physical and spiritual food in countries around the world, it wasn’t until 1999 that the Joseph’s Storehouse Food Ministry (a dba of LOAE and its primary program) came into its own. Brother Bob & Sister Peggy had been feeding the local community for years as pastors of their church, and they came to realize the great need for an ongoing feeding program in Wilson County. So in 1999, Bob & Peggy bought groceries for the first of what was to become regular monthly food distributions.

What began with the Founders and two volunteers distributing 22 small boxes of food one Saturday all those years ago has now grown into over 400 big yellow wheelbarrows full of food each month and over 100 volunteers. Growing pains have resulted in the building expanding several times over the years, including the building of an additional warehouse in Spring 2014.

Due to his deteriorating health, Bob retired in early 2017, before passing away in March of 2018.  Peggy took the helm in 2017 until her retirement in June of 2020 when the board elected their son-in-law, Benny Nolen, as the new Executive Director.   

We are forever thankful for their obedience to God's call to feed people, physically and spiritually. 

“Inasmuch as you have done unto the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto Me.” 
~
Matthew 25:40

Our Board of Directors

Officers:

Benny Nolen,  President - Benny is the new President and Executive Director of the ministry after retiring from his position as CEO for a nonprofit hospital in Kentucky. He has worked in the nonprofit hospital field for over 25 years.

Peggy Evans, Vice- President- Peggy is the co-founder of the ministry. She co-pastored with Bro. Bob for over 30 years. She also owned her own cosmetics business for many years before working side by side with Bro. Bob at Joseph's Storehouse.

Chris Johnson, Secretary - Chris has been with Joseph's Storehouse since the start . She is an accountant and nonprofit consultant, and has worked both in and with churches, ministries and other nonprofit organizations all across the country for over 30 years, specializing in nonprofit accounting and compliance.


Members at Large

Tommy Boyd- Tommy is a Lebanon native and retired businessman.  He and his wife, Martha, are also longstanding members of West Hills Baptist Church. 

JB Copeland- JB is the longtime business manager for the CDB organization (Charlie Daniels Band). 

Robin Hardin - Robin is an ordained minister who has worked in television production for over 24years and hosts the television program, Dream Catchers. She also serves on several other nonprofit boards, and travels as a missionary.

Johan McGregor-  Pastor Johan has been in the ministry for over 30 years. He is currently the  pastor of Love's Way Church in Lebanon, where he has served for over 5 years, after Bro. Bob retired from pastoring the church.  

Chip Smith - A Lebanon native, Chip and his family have owned and operated several businesses throughout the years, including: Smith Furniture, Smith Auto Sales and Rose Tire & Service. Currently, Chip and his wife are real estate agents with Parks Real Estate (formerly Agee & Johnson).

Brandt Waggoner- Pastor Brandt is the lead pastor at Fairview Baptist Church in Lebanon, where he has served since 2017. 

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Contact Us

PO Box 2387
Lebanon, TN 37088-2387
Phone: 615.453.5777
Email: info@loaejosephsstorehouse.org

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Our Mission

To promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught in the Holy Bible by meeting the needs of the people. (Matthew 25:35-40)