Join a conversation with the Executive Director of RLOM, Sheryl DeWitt as she shares:

  • History – How and why we started a maternity home ministry
  • Mission – Why what we do is important
  • How we minister – Program and services
  • Impact – Sharing stories about residents and the impact of Christ’s hope in their lives
  • Growing the reach – Expansion into all LCMS districts starting with NID
  • Engage – How to support women in crisis pregnancies

RLOM is an RSO of the LCMS and operates a maternity home in Sanford, Florida, and is in the process of expanding to another home in Carpentersville, Illinois. Learn how you and your Life Chapter or Life Team can support both these projects as well as how you might expand this vision and support to your local community.

About RLOM ( “Motivated by God’s grace, Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries seeks to reach out with the love of Christ to support single expectant and postpartum mothers. We do this by providing a safe and stable home. The women have opportunities for growth in their relationship with their Savior, as well as career, parenting, and life skills education. We are a pro-life ministry. We support our mothers whether they choose to place their baby for adoption or to parent. Either way, we walk alongside them in their journey. Every woman who calls Redeeming Life home will find help, love, and support.”

Rev. Edward DeWitt & his wife, Sheryl, are the founders of Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries. The DeWitts shared a dream of 25 years to open a home for women in crisis pregnancies who were at risk of aborting their unborn child. In November 2013, that dream became a reality as the first home, now known as the Southward House, opened its doors. Inside this home is a comprehensive residential program for women who want to choose life for their child and lack the necessary resources to do so. In August 2018, as Redeeming Life approached its five-year anniversary, the ministry celebrated the opening of phase two, a transitional home, which offers graduates of the maternity home program continued stabilization and residential services.

Sheryl is the Executive Director of Redeeming Life. Prior to founding the ministry, Sheryl had a successful career in the insurance industry as underwriting manager and quality assurance officer. Rev. DeWitt, President and Chairman of the Board of Redeeming Life, is the pastor of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Sanford, Florida. Prior to entering the seminary in 1991, Rev. DeWitt had a long and successful career in corporate real estate. Sheryl and Rev. DeWitt have been married for 39 years and together raised three children. The DeWitts are grandparents to three grandchildren and four granddogs.

Recorded May 4, 2021.