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Meet Dola Gregory


Meet Dola Gregory….

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After spending some time among the homeless adult population in inner city Rockford, Dola started noticing the population of homeless children. She recognized the need for these children to have adult mentors where there were none. She noticed the need for food and clothing where there were none. She understood there was a need for tutoring and encouragement where there were none. And she noticed the need for simple truth to be spoken into their lives as well as simply expressing love to them.

So in 1999, Dola’s dream to bring the love of Jesus into the lives of the at-risk children of Rockford’s inner city became a reality with Rock House Kids. She saw a need to minister to these kids and sacrificed her upper-middle class suburban life in order to serve them.

Now,  she actively improves children’s lives every week. Instead of working with “at-risk” children she is working with “kids of possibility”.

Dola Gregory attended Frontier Community College in Fairfield, Illinois and Kishwaukee Community College in Malta, Illinois. She received certification in theology from the Institute of Theology in Des Moines, Iowa and is a licensed ordained Minister through Full Gospel. Dola has left her legacy in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in the World, National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals and the Heritage Registry of Who’s Who.

  • 2009 Dola was presented with the 2009 Citizen of the Year Award through WQFL/WGSL at the 24th Annual Patriotic Prayer Breakfast.
  • 2011, Dola was registered with National Association of Professional Women.
  • 2012, she joined the Rockford Chamber of Commerce and Rockford Network of Professional Women. She is an active member of Women in Ministry in Rockford.
  • 2012 Rock House Kids was nominated for the Excalibur Award through the Rockford Register Star.
  • 2013 Dola was nominated for the Mentoring Award through the YWCA Rockford Region and received State of Illinois Senate Recognition from the 98th General Assembly for the YWCA Mentorship Award.
  • 2013, she was given the Boy Scouts of America’s prestigious honor: Champions of Youth Award.
  • 2013 Nominated for the Spirit of Caring Award through the Crusader Health Foundation.
  • 2013 & 2014 Nominated for Excalibur Award
  • 2014 Nominated for  Spirit of Caring Award through the Crusader Health Foundation.
  • 2014 YWCA Mentorship Award
  • 2015 Remington Registry Mentorship Award
  • 2016 Ethnic Heritage Museum Irish Gallery Woman of the Year
  • 2016 Nominated for Frank Ware Award of Excellence
  • 2016 Ambassador of the Month (October 2016) Rockford Chamber of Commerce
  • 2017 Kiwanis Club of Alpine, Touch a Life Award

Dola is the Founder of four Rock House Churches in Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota and serves as the Founder and CEO of Rock House Kids which began in 1999. Dola has many speaking engagements which sometimes require her to travel, she speaks at women’s conferences and makes to time to fund raise locally and throughout the country. She steps in for local Pastors and provides the sermon when they are away. She also provides marriage counseling and performs several weddings each year. She is known warmly as “Pastor Dola” to all of the children who attend Rock House Kids. Many times, Rock House Kids is referred to by the children as “my church.”

Now more than ever, Dola is reaching out even more to the community and sharing the message of Rock House Kids. If you would like Dola to speak to your group, church, or business,  please contact our office at 815-962-5067 and set up a time she can come and share all the great things Rock House Kids is doing!

Dola shares an insightful word each SUNDAY at 7:50 & 8:50 am on WFEN 88.3 fm

Dola may be reached by email at dola@rockhousekids.org