Blackberry Creek

Staff

Yvonne Bailey

Children's Pastor
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Yvonne Bailey

Children's Pastor630.450.8005

Yvonne has attended the Blackberry Creek Campus since 1995 and has been on staff as the Children's Pastor since 2003. Yvonne loves helping families and kids feel welcomed, comfortable, and safe in their church experience as well as connecting with families and getting to know them better. Her desire is for kids to fall in love with Jesus and begin a relationship with Him that will change their life and last forever.

John Burke

Executive Assistant
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John Burke

Executive Assistant630.450.8008

John or ''Burke'' as he is called around our Blackberry Creek Campus, was born and raised in Ottawa, IL.  Before coming on staff full time at Christ Community, Burke spent 25 years in the Computer programming business and most recently, spent several years producing television reality shows. Burke also volunteers in the producing of Blackberry's weekend services. He serves along side his wife, Debbie and youngest 3 sons.  Burke loves his men's community group, and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.  Burke and his family currently live in the Oswego area. 

Petey Crowley

Worship Pastor
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Petey Crowley

Worship Pastor630.450.8001

Petey joined Creative Arts in July 2015. He graduated from the Moody Bible Institute in May 2015 with a degree in Communications. Petey grew up in South Holland, Illinois, where his passion for worship began. Petey enjoys laughing, playing guitar, and eating numerous slices of deep dish pizza in his spare time.

Erik Eclov

Student Ministries Campus Pastor
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Erik Eclov

Student Ministries Campus Pastor630.450.8003

Erik joined the student ministry team in June of 2016 and has been working in student ministry since he was a senior in high school. He grew up in the Chicago area, but has lived in Australia, Iowa, Arkansas, and Texas before he circled back to serve at the Blackberry Creek Campus.

He has his bachelor's in youth ministry from John Brown University and has won multiple awards for his ability to successfully hit someone with a dodgeball. He skateboards with a Christian ministry called Team Self Destruct. He and his wife, Marissa, enjoy collecting more books than they could ever read.

 

Trevor Hall

Blackberry Creek Technical Specialist
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Trevor Hall

Blackberry Creek Technical Specialist630.450.8009

Eric Hays

Blackberry Creek Campus Pastor
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Eric Hays

Blackberry Creek Campus Pastor630.450.8006

Eric grew up in the Akron, Ohio, area. He studied at the University of Akron for his undergraduate degree, followed by earning a Master of Arts in Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Eric is married to Adrianne and they have a daughter, Kendall and a son, Kieran. His hobbies include playing guitar, running, cooking, and agonizing over Cleveland sports teams.

Deb Lukazewski

Events & Student Ministries Support
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Deb Lukazewski

Events & Student Ministries Support630.450.8004

Deb grew up in Chicago. She and her husband Lee have been married for over 40 years and have 3 married children. They began attending Blackberry Creek Community Church in 1994 where as volunteers, they started the Youth Group. In 2003, Deb came on staff as the Student Ministry Administrator and has continued on staff after Blackberry's adoption in 2006. You can also find her doing, Special Events or Cup O Joy. 

Lee Lukazewski

Community Group & Associate Pastor
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Lee Lukazewski

Community Group & Associate Pastor630.450.8002

Lee was born in the Wicker Park area of Chicago and spent his early life slowly moving west, to the Austin District, Oak Park, Elmhurst, and, finally, Batavia. An alumni of Morton College, Lincoln college, and later, Moody Bible Institute, Lee spent 29 years in the meat division of a local grocery chain. Lee has been married over 40 years to his wife, Deb, and have three adult children and four grandchildren. He loves basketball, hiking, camping in Colorado, and sharing his faith with seekers

DeKalb

Administration

Paul DeHaven

DeKalb Campus Pastor
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Paul DeHaven

DeKalb Campus Pastor815.787.6161 x8311

Paul was born and raised in Southern California. He married his college sweetheart, Jill, two weeks after graduation from Biola University. The newlyweds moved to Colorado so Paul could attend Denver Seminary and develop a passion for the Broncos. While in Colorado, Paul and Jill were blessed with two daughters.

The DeHaven family moved to Texas in 1995 and spend 18 years developing a love of BBQ. Paul joined the staff of Christ Community in 2013. He enjoys cooking, running, and saying things like ''howdy'' and ''y'all.''

Christy Ferguson

Campus Receptionist & Outreach Program Support
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Christy Ferguson

Campus Receptionist & Outreach Program Support815.787.8321

Tracy Gruner

Administrative Assistant / Wedding Coordinator
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Tracy Gruner

Administrative Assistant / Wedding Coordinator815.787.6161 x8318

Alicia Hepler

Executive Assistant
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Alicia Hepler

Executive Assistant815.787.6161 x8322

Born and raised in Dundee, IL, Alicia attended Wheaton College and received a Bachelor of Science degree. She’s married to Karl Hepler and moved to DeKalb, IL in 1989. They have three grown children. Alicia helped with the launch of our DeKalb Campus in 2004 and has enjoyed working with staff and volunteers alike.

Adult Ministries

Greg Hodsden

Community Group & Associate Pastor
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Greg Hodsden

Community Group & Associate Pastor815.787.6161 x8313

Greg was born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he trusted Christ in a backyard Bible Club and was later influenced by The Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He went on to play football at the University of Northern Colorado while receiving a degree in Kinesiology. A year after being hired as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Kent State University, Greg accepted a position at The Chapel in Akron, Ohio, where he served in several areas of ministry and graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Greg is married to Sharron and they have three amazing children.

Annie Sanderson

Adult Ministries Administrative Assistant
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Annie Sanderson

Adult Ministries Administrative Assistant815.787.6161 x8323

Creative Arts

Dave Fowler

Technical Specialist
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Dave Fowler

Technical Specialist630.485.3314

Brendan Nelson

Worship Pastor
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Brendan Nelson

Worship Pastor815.787.6161 x8308

Luis Ramirez

Music Director
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Luis Ramirez

Music Director815.787.6161 x8314

Luis was born in the Philippines and grew up in uptown Chicago, ''Go Cubs!'' He has a Music degree from Northern Illinois University and committed his life to Jesus at NIU in 1986. He was hired as pianist for Christ Community Church in 1986.

He enjoys hiking and trail scampering, chemistry and astronomy. He loves dark chocolate, Mt. Rainier, German Shepherds, anything purple.

KidsWorld

Erin Andrews

Group Life and Epic Coordinator
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Erin Andrews

Group Life and Epic Coordinator815.787.6161 x8309

Erin was born and raised in beautiful Seattle, Washington, and moved to Illinois in 1997 after marrying her husband Dave. She still isn't used to the lack of mountains and oceans in Illinois, but is content with where God has her! Erin attended Seattle Pacific University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree. Dave and Erin have been blessed with two sons who love sports (Go Packers)! Erin enjoys sports, being outdoors, and gardening.

Karl Hepler

Children's Pastor
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Karl Hepler

Children's Pastor815.787.6161 x8327

Karl grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa. He later moved to the Chicago area where he received a BA from Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, and an MA from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. He is married to Alicia and they have lived in DeKalb since 1989.

They have three adult children, two of whom are married. Karl enjoys running with Alicia, fixing broken stuff, and reading about science, leadership, and spiritual formation. He is fascinated with how things work, whether mechanically, scientifically, relationally, spiritually, or organizationally.

Student Ministries

Joshua Haight

Student Ministries Pastor
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Joshua Haight

Student Ministries Pastor815.787.6161 x8315

Joshua grew up in the Quad Cities and moved to DeKalb in 2007 at which point he began attending Christ Community Church and our high school ministry Mosaic. He is currently pursuing a degree in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute and joined the DeKalb campus team in February of 2013. He has the privilege of working with high school and middle school students as they grow in their knowledge and love for the Lord.

In his free time he enjoys playing any sport, spending time with friends and family, and watching 49ers football.

Jennifer McGraw

Student Ministry Assistant
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Jennifer McGraw

Student Ministry Assistant815.787.6161 x8306

Jen grew up in Streamwood, Illinois. She traveled north for college to The University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned her B.A. in Psychology. While she became a huge Badger fan, that love did not spill over to the Packers.

She started attending Christ Community in 1997 and surrendered her life to Christ shortly there after.
 
She has been married to Tom McGraw since 2001, which was a good year to marry since she can always remember how many years they've been married by subtracting one from the current year! They have three amazing girls who all love the Lord!
 
Jen loves to read, go on cruises, spend time with friends, and drink good coffee!

St. Charles

Administration

Kathy Anderson

Re∙source Bookstore Assistant
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Kathy Anderson

Re∙source Bookstore Assistant 630.485.3331

Kathy grew up and has lived in northern Illinois most of her life. She attended Wheaton College where she earned degrees in Education and Bible. She met her husband Corey there, and after college they moved to the Fox Valley area. They began attending Christ Community in 1992. Except for a period of time living in Pennsylvania, they and their two children have been actively involved in the life of Christ Community. Kathy has been employed here since 2007.

Sue Anderson

Information Systems and Accounting Support
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Sue Anderson

Information Systems and Accounting Support630.485.3322

Sue has been at Christ Community since 1984. She became a permanent fixture around the church when she was hired as support staff for Children's Ministry in July of 1992. You will find her hanging around the finance department nowadays. Fortunate to marry Tom Anderson, Sue has a blended family of 4 who are too old to live at home with mama. Sue guesses you could say "SHE LOVES THIS PLACE."

Larry Breeden

Administration Pastor
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Larry Breeden

Administration Pastor630.485.3396

Before coming on staff at Christ Community, Larry worked in international and domestic logistics/transportation (air, ocean, rail, LTL/FTL, custom brokerage) for 13 years, taught and coached for 5 years at the high school level (English, Bible, football, boys basketball, girls softball). He has a BA in English and Education.

Larry and Gwen have been married for over 40 years and have 4 children who have blessed them with 9 grandkids. Larry enjoys watching his children and grandchildren grow up, grilling fresh vegetables out of his garden, and sampling every kind of barbecue style in the US. He has completed 5 Chicago marathons so far.

Joy Donald

Events Specialist
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Joy Donald

Events Specialist630.485.3355

Joy grew up in Flint, Michigan, spending summers near Traverse City and Mackinac Island, before moving to this area to attend Judson College, where she met her husband, Jay. Joy and Jay began attending Christ Community Church in 2000. Joy joined the staff in 2005 as the Administrative Assistant for Outreach and Marriage, before transitioning to the Front Office and then onto the Events Team.

Joy enjoys spending time with her husband of 40 years, their two adult sons and daughters-in-law, and her delightful little grandchildren. She also enjoys meeting new people, helping others discover their passion while connecting and encouraging them to serve, and spending time with friends. Each day is a blessing!

 

Delores Dowling

Cup O' Joy and Kitchen Coordinator
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Delores Dowling

Cup O' Joy and Kitchen Coordinator630.485.3324

Bryan Ferguson

Safety and Security Manager
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Bryan Ferguson

Safety and Security Manager630.485.3342

Bryan was born and raised in Southern Illinois. He is married to his beautiful wife, Angie, and they have a blended family of 3 boys and a little princess. Bryan served as an Officer in the Illinois Army National Guard and has been in Law Enforcement since 1995. Bryan's full time job is a police officer in a nearby Village. In his free time he enjoys hiking and camping with his family as well as visiting his relatives who are spread out over the Midwest.

David Gonzalez

Information Systems Director
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David Gonzalez

Information Systems Director630.485.3378

David grew up south of Chicago.  He met his wife Lisa on the job here at Christ Community. Together, they have two adorable children. Lisa is blessed with the opportunity to homeschool them.  

David studied English Lit at Northern Illinois and then went on to study Information Systems Management at Liberty University. He's worked in IT for more than 13 years and loves being able to use that gift in ministry.

 

Jeannine Mueller

Office Assistant & Women's Ministry Administrative Assistant
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Jeannine Mueller

Office Assistant & Women's Ministry Administrative Assistant630.485.3311

Jeannine was born and raised in Champaign, IL. She is married to her high-school sweetheart Jason and they have two children. They have been attending and serving at Christ Community Church since 2008.

She enjoys scrap booking, playing volleyball with her family, biking and cheering her son on in baseball.

Barbara Norstad

Re∙source Bookstore Manager
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Barbara Norstad

Re∙source Bookstore Manager630.485.3391

Andi Sherman

Event Coordinator
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Andi Sherman

Event Coordinator

Kim Simmons

Events Team Manager
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Kim Simmons

Events Team Manager

Kim grew up in Peoria, Illinois, where she met her husband Frank before they moved to this area when Frank was relocated for work. They have raised their two sons, Mike and Nate, who are still nearby.

Kim worked in various roles within the financial services industry for 28 years before she took a year long sabbatical while praying about her next steps. She began attending the Bartlett Campus in 2014 and came on board during the Christmas season to help with a variety of support tasks. She was hired as the Events Manager for the St. Charles Campus in 2015.

Anna Smead

Front Office Assistant
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Anna Smead

Front Office Assistant630.485.3301

Anna has a degree in Studio Art from Mississippi College. She has been attending Christ Community Church since she was young and actually met her husband, James, through a 20s Community Group hosted at her house!  She enjoys serving within KidsWorld, Creative Arts and 20s ministry. She loves seeking ways to encourage children and adults discover their creativity and share community through arts and crafts.  

Anna's hobbies include experimenting with new art mediums and planning elaborate themed birthday or tea parties for her nieces and nephews, total of 13 kids, ages 7 and under. When she is not crafting, Anna and James are going to concerts, having Marvel/DC superhero discussions, and accomplishing their goal to travel to the 18 Natural Wonders of the U.S.

 

Steve Westerman

Administration Team Administrator & Contributions Specialist
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Steve Westerman

Administration Team Administrator & Contributions Specialist630.485.3321

Adult Ministries

Lorie Dewey

Women's Pastor
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Lorie Dewey

Women's Pastor630.485.3360

Lorie is originally from Southern California, but spent many years in Boston and really considers herself to be an east coast girl. She has a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology with a focus on women's issues from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She oversees our Women's Ministry.

In her spare time...well, she has no spare time. Time away from ministry is spent enjoying her husband and three boys.

Dan Dzikowicz

Community Groups Pastor
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Dan Dzikowicz

Community Groups Pastor630.485.3365

Dan was born and raised in southwestern Connecticut and is a graduate of Lehigh University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and Fuller Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity. Before coming to Christ Community Dan was a pastor in Andover, Massachusetts for 7+ years.

Dan and Mandy live in Sugar Grove and have 4 children.

Jack Goldthwaite

Men's & 60s+ Pastor
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Jack Goldthwaite

Men's & 60s+ Pastor630.485.3338

Jack is originally from upstate New York, and is a graduate of Brown University where he received his degree in Economics. Before joining the Christ Community Church staff, Jack spent 31 years in the consumer products industry in various sales and marketing managerial positions.

Jack and Susie have been married for over 30 years and have five wonderful children.

Lindsey Jodts

Executive Assistant to the Community Groups Pastor
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Lindsey Jodts

Executive Assistant to the Community Groups Pastor630.450.3370

Tanya Miller

Men's / 60s+ & Couples Administrative Assistant
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Tanya Miller

Men's / 60s+ & Couples Administrative Assistant630.485.3390

A northern Illinois native and former atheist, Tanya spent several years in Maine and Dallas before returning to Illinois in 2010 as a seeker. There, she attended a Baptism service at Christ Community Church. Over the next year, she experienced Christ's love through Community Groups and wonderful friends who discipled her. In February of 2011, Tanya accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at a WOW Weekend service and God has been moving hugely in her life ever since. Tanya holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Maine at Farmington and a Certification in Residential Interior Décor from the Illinois Institute of Art. She adores cattle dogs with eye patches, sharing God's love through photography and blogging, and throwing fabulous tea parties.

Jeannine Mueller

Office Assistant & Women's Ministry Administrative Assistant
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Jeannine Mueller

Office Assistant & Women's Ministry Administrative Assistant630.485.3311

Jeannine was born and raised in Champaign, IL. She is married to her high-school sweetheart Jason and they have two children. They have been attending and serving at Christ Community Church since 2008.

She enjoys scrap booking, playing volleyball with her family, biking and cheering her son on in baseball.

Cory Shumate

20s' & Singles' Pastor
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Cory Shumate

20s' & Singles' Pastor630.485.3354

Cory was born and raised in Salem, Oregon. He attended college at North Park University in Chicago, where he received a BA in Biblical Studies and Communication, and holds a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Cory enjoys good chats over good coffee, reading, and going on dates with his wife Cassia.

Building Services

Tom Anderson

Building Services Specialist
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Tom Anderson

Building Services Specialist630.485.3326

Steve Elsik

Operations Manager
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Steve Elsik

Operations Manager630.485.3326

I'm a native Texan who moved to Illinois in August of 1995 with my wife Carolyn and our two daughters, Briana and Caitlin. Carolyn is originally from Illinois. We have been attending CCC since 2000. I started my career here August 1, 2011. My past career was in the Food and Beverage Industry working for McDonald's, the Sheraton Hotel, Olive Garden, Boston Market, and Panera Bread.

My interests are: being a handy man and helping others, working on cars and small gas motors, gardening, and giving away fresh produce. I also enjoy hunting deer with a bow and arrow. (Do you have any land I could hunt on?) I started my own fudge business called "Steve E's Fudge Shoppe" making hand-crafted gourmet fudge infused with various forms of liqueurs. I'm also a firm believer in the saying, "one man's junk is another man's treasure." (I recycle, refurbish, or piece-meal items that still can be made of use.)

Michael Hight

Building Services Specialist
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Michael Hight

Building Services Specialist630.485.3326

Derrick Larson

Building Services Specialist
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Derrick Larson

Building Services Specialist630.485.3326

Communications

Peter Flaherty

Graphic Designer
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Peter Flaherty

Graphic Designer630.485.3389

Peter grew up in a Michigan suburb near Detroit, and has been involved in the church, in one way or another, as long as he can remember. Growing up as a pastor's kid, church was like a second home. After graduating from Evangel University (in Springfield, MO) with a degree in Graphic Design, Peter went back to Michigan and began to build his own freelance business, FLARE Graphic Design. He later moved to Illinois to work at a church as the worship director assistant/graphic designer. While there, he met his now wife Heather, and got married in July of 2012. In September 2012 they received a direct call from God to move on from their church, and in December 2012 Peter accepted the Graphic Design Specialist position at Christ Community.

Josh Garner

Media Specialist
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Josh Garner

Media Specialist630.485.3380

Being a pastor's kid, Josh grew up in and around the church. He earned his degree in Digital Art and Design from Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida, and after graduating, moved home to Saginaw, Michigan to work at The Dow Chemical Company. A little more than a year later, Josh realized that the corporate world wasn't where his heart was and he decided to pursue his passion for serving the local church, joining Christ Community's staff in 2011.

When he isn't cheering on his University of Michigan football team, Josh enjoys playing the bass guitar, working on new projects, and discovering the wonderful things this world has to offer.

Todd Hertz

Communications Director
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Todd Hertz

Communications Director630.485.3361

After more than a decade working for media ministries, Todd made the move to the local church. In fact, his own church. Previously, Todd was Associate Online editor of Christianity Today, Managing Editor of Campus Life/Ignite Your Faith teen magazine, and a Christianity Today Movies reviewer. He also served as the General Editor of the NIV Quest Study Bible for Teens (Zondervan, 2011), co-authored The unGuide to Dating (Revell, 2006), and has written for The Chicago Tribune, RottenTomatoes.com, ThinkChristian.net, ChurchJuice.com, and more.

 

Nicole Lucas

Digital Media Specialist & Production Coordinator
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Nicole Lucas

Digital Media Specialist & Production Coordinator630.485.3364

Nicole began serving in Creative Arts Ministry-producing weekend services and special events and came on staff in 2014. She is passionate about finding ways to communicate God's Word creatively.

Nicole has a degree in Biblical Studies and is currently studying at Moody Bible Institute for a degree in Ministry Leadership.

Rachel Natale

Communications Project Management Specialist
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Rachel Natale

Communications Project Management Specialist 630.485.3385

Creative Arts

Ethan Fitzpatrick

Broadcast Video Director
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Ethan Fitzpatrick

Broadcast Video Director630.485.3382

Dave Garza

Service Planning Director / Worship Pastor
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Dave Garza

Service Planning Director / Worship Pastor630.485.3339

Tammy Kelley

Creative Arts Pastor
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Tammy Kelley

Creative Arts Pastor630.485.3333

Tammy has a BA in Psychology/Organizational Development from Wright State University in Ohio and an MBA from Jack Welch Management Institute. After spending her early career in healthcare, she responded to the call to serve in ministry. For the past 20 years, Tammy has had the opportunity to lead and serve in multiple roles across churches and para-church organizations.

Tammy and her husband Mike are the parents of three grown children. She loves the outdoors (running, hiking, biking) and can happily spend hours reading recipes and experimenting with new menu items.

Nicole Lucas

Digital Media Specialist & Production Coordinator
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Nicole Lucas

Digital Media Specialist & Production Coordinator630.485.3364

Nicole began serving in Creative Arts Ministry-producing weekend services and special events and came on staff in 2014. She is passionate about finding ways to communicate God's Word creatively.

Nicole has a degree in Biblical Studies and is currently studying at Moody Bible Institute for a degree in Ministry Leadership.

Mike Montanari

Technical Director
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Mike Montanari

Technical Director630.485.3315

Lucas Mroz

Video Production Specialist
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Lucas Mroz

Video Production Specialist630.485.3388

Daniel Quick

Audio & Systems Director
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Daniel Quick

Audio & Systems Director630.485.3304

Daniel is married to Amy, the love of his life and ever his friend. They met at Pizza Hut while Daniel was completing his B.A. at the Moody Bible Institute here in Chicago. He enjoys fixing both mechanical and electronic gadgets, playing games, and spending time with his wife playing with their two dogs.

Ben Radliff

Worship Pastor
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Ben Radliff

Worship Pastor630.485.3323

Nick Sheetz

Lighting and Scenic Director
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Nick Sheetz

Lighting and Scenic Director630.485.3325

Nick joined the Christ Community Church team in October of 2014 as the Lighting & Scenic Director. After graduating from Lincoln Christian University and marrying Christine, Nick filled a variety of church ministry and production roles including traveling internationally as a professional installer and as the production director for the STORY Conference. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, especially running, and being an extra on television shows filmed locally in Chicago.

Executive Leadership & HR

Steve Boyd

MultiSite Pastor
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Steve Boyd

MultiSite Pastor630.485.3395

After receiving a B.A. and M.A. in Organizational Communication from Miami University in Ohio, Steve spent the next 15 years in Instructional Design and Organizational Development working for AT&T, Arthur Anderson, and JP Morgan Chase. In 2005 God called Steve out of the marketplace into full time ministry.

In his spare time Steve enjoys home improvement projects, working in the yard, and spending time with his wife Allison and two kids.

Kaye Downey

Human Resources Manager
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Kaye Downey

Human Resources Manager630.485.3332

Kaye is a transplanted southerner, in case the accent didn’t give her away. She is married to Tim, and is mom to three daughters and one son-in-law. Kaye joined the Christ Community Church staff in 2005 in Caring Ministries, has worked with the Finance Department and transitioned to her current role in 2013.

Dawn Ferrara

Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor
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Dawn Ferrara

Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor630.485.3373

Katie Hight

Executive Assistant to the Executive Pastor
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Katie Hight

Executive Assistant to the Executive Pastor630.485.3342

Katie grew up in Naperville, IL. She received her BA in History from Murray State University in Kentucky, then received a Masters Degree in Non-Profit Administration and Counseling from Springfield College in Massachusetts. She joined the Student Ministries Team in August of 2008 and transitioned to her current role in 2014. Katie and her husband Michael live in Campton Hills and have four daughters. 

Clayton Keenon

Teaching Pastor
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Clayton Keenon

Teaching Pastor630.485.3348

Clayton grew up in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, in a very large family--with eleven sisters and no brothers. (It's a long story.) He attended Wheaton College for undergrad, and then returned a few years later to get his M.A. in Biblical Exegesis and another M.A. in Historical and Systematic Theology. Before coming to Christ Community, he worked in the Chaplain's Office at Wheaton College for five years, running the small group ministry and chapel services for the grad school. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Michelle, and they have three young children: two girls and a boy. In his free time, he loves sci-fi, superheroes, spicy salsa, and strategy games. 

Jim Nicodem

Senior Pastor
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Jim Nicodem

Senior Pastor

Jim Nicodem has been the senior pastor of Christ Community Church since its start in 1984. Born and raised in the Midwest, Jim received his BA from Wheaton College and his MDiv. and Doctor of Ministries from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Jim and his wife, Sue, have been married for more than thirty years and have three grown children. He loves to hang out in Chicago, where he can watch the Cubs play (no better park than Wrigley) or listen to the world-class Symphony Orchestra. The local Starbucks also sees a lot of Jim, accompanied by books (mostly biographies) or friends. Other hobbies include hiking and biking. 

He is also the author of two works: Prayer Coach and Bible Savvy. The topics of prayer and Bible study have been life-long pursuits and passions to help people grow in their walk with Christ.

Eric Rojas

Executive Pastor
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Eric Rojas

Executive Pastor630.485.3342

Eric has been on staff since 2000. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Judson University in Elgin, IL and his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. During his 25-plus years of ministry, Eric has served in churches as a youth pastor, adult ministries pastor, small groups pastor, associate pastor, sports pastor, worship pastor, and men’s pastor.

As much as Eric enjoys ministry, his real joy and first ministry is his family. He is married to Rachel and they have 4 awesome children - Chloe (19), Adam (21), and Luke who is married to Megan. A man of faith - he knew that one day his beloved Cubs would win the World Series and they did! "Next year" finally arrived in 2016 for Cub nation!

 

Finance

Mark Ahrenholz

Chief Financial Officer
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Mark Ahrenholz

Chief Financial Officer630-485-3381

Ami Atkocaitis

Financial Freedom Administrator
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Ami Atkocaitis

Financial Freedom Administrator630.485.3344

Ami grew up in a tiny lake town in northern Michigan, but ventured south to the "big city" of Wheaton, Illinois for college, where she met her husband, John. The two of them have attended Christ Community Church since 2008. Ami loves spending time with family (which, aside from John, includes her adorable little girl, Ellie, and dog, Harley), building and growing relationships, singing, and anything "artsy and craftsy." 

Susan Haak

Accounts Payable & Payroll Accountant
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Susan Haak

Accounts Payable & Payroll Accountant630.485.3367

Susan is a native of southern Illinois, having grown up in Fairfield, Illinois. Shortly after graduating from Union University with a BSBA in Accounting/Finance, she moved to the Chicago suburbs and has called this area home ever since. After a number of years in Accounting and Finance at Pepsi, Susan had the opportunity to spend a couple of years at home with her children before coming on staff at Christ Community.

Susan and her husband, Dan, have two sons and have been attending Christ Community since 1999. Susan enjoys spending her time with family and friends, watching sports with her boys, hiking, and other outdoor adventures.

Phil Krahenbuhl

Senior Accountant
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Phil Krahenbuhl

Senior Accountant630.485.3309

Phil was born in St. Charles, Illinois, and attended Christ Community Church since grade school. In 7th grade, he accepted Jesus as my Savior at Honey Rock Youth Summer Camp. He attended St. Charles High School and Loyola University, where he earned a degree in Accounting and played Division I soccer. InvterVarsity Christian Fellowship helped him grow and deepen my faith as an adult.  

His first job was managing the local sports facility while coaching youth and high school soccer. He then transitioned to corporate accounting for the next seven years before landing at Christ Community Church.

Phil has two children who keep him busy and current with the latest apps! He enjoys attending local events, volunteering at church, and getting outdoors.  A huge sports fan, one of his life goals (of seeing the Cubs win a World Series) has been accomplished. Holy Cow! Phil has a passion for serving the Lord and his community, so working at Christ Community is a great blessing to him.

 

KidsWorld

Dave Gwynne

Children's Summer & Midweek Programs Pastor
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Dave Gwynne

Children's Summer & Midweek Programs Pastor

Dave is a born and bred Scotsman. After moving to Illinois in 2008, he’s now happily outnumbered at home by his wife, Erin, and three daughters. Dave has been in children’s ministry since the age of 15 and has served in churches and parachurch organizations across Scotland, Europe, and in the United States. Dave joined the KidsWorld team full-time in 2015, and his role includes overseeing EPIC, Camp Commotion, and our ministry to children with special needs. Dave’s interests include reading, writing, binge-watching Netflix, and trying to understand American culture.

Randy Isola

Children's Pastor
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Randy Isola

Children's Pastor630.485.3330

Randy believes that to lead or join endeavors impacting young people for Jesus is one of the greatest eternal investments anyone can make. Randy has done that in leadership of church ministries since 1991.

He joined the staff here at Christ Community in 2005. Randy and his wife, Michelle, grew up attending church together in Chicago and were married in 1994. They have five incredible children.

Beccy Metzger

Early Childhood Assistant
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Beccy Metzger

Early Childhood Assistant630.485.3319

Alixx Nott

Children's Worship Pastor
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Alixx Nott

Children's Worship Pastor630.485.3313

Alixx has gone to Christ Community Church for her entire life and considers it home. Growing up, she found a love for singing through musical theater and began leading worship for HOT U, KidsWorld, Genesis, and weekend services as a student. After coming on staff in 2013 part time, Alixx served as the Children's Worship Assistant and Camp Commotion Program Director before becoming the Children's Worship Pastor in 2016. She likes to say that she has the best job ever--leading kids in worship every week! In her spare time, she is a cosmetologist, spends too much time at Michael's, makes amazing yogurt parfaits, and is always singing karaoke in the car. Come find Alixx in the KidsWorld Theater and she'll find a place for you to serve.

Natalie Olsen

Children's Executive Assistant
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Natalie Olsen

Children's Executive Assistant630.485.3392

A native Californian, Natalie ventured to Illinois way back when for graduate school...and stayed! After many years in magazine publishing and marketing, Natalie followed God’s leading into ministry, where she led volunteer teams and communications at a previous church. Natalie, her, husband, Mike, and their three kids starting attending Christ Community in 2003, where she volunteered in KidsWorld 10 years. Natalie joined the KidsWorld staff in 2013 leading the Saturday Operations team; she now oversees the operations team and provides admin support to the KW team. She enjoys scrapbooking, turning Pintrest pins into reality, and making sugar cookies with her girls.

Jill Roberts

Early Childhood Pastor
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Jill Roberts

Early Childhood Pastor630.485.3372

Jill has served in Children’s Ministry for the past 15 years, both here at Christ Community Church and as a Children’s Leader at Bible Study Fellowship. She is passionate about introducing young children to the truth of the Bible and Jesus!

Jill is married to her best friend Jeff, has a daughter serving in the US Navy and a son who is now with Jesus in Paradise! A couple of their favorite things are travelling together and playing any kind of board game or card game…Euchre anyone?

Christine Sheetz

Elementary Assistant
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Christine Sheetz

Elementary Assistant630.450.3363

Christine started attending Christ Community Church in 2014 when her husband, Nick, joined the Creative Arts staff. She joined the KidsWorld team in 2016. Christine married Nick in 2009 after graduating from Lincoln Christian University with a degree in Children's Ministry. Various ministry positions led them to Chicagoland, where Christine was born and raised. Christine's position as the KidsWorld Elementary Assistant allows her to use her gifts, strengths, and passions while still balancing her most important jobs: being wife and mom.

 

Denise Tricoci

Operations Coordinator
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Denise Tricoci

Operations Coordinator630.485.3357

Denise and her husband James have attended Christ Community Church since 2001. They have five children: four boys and a new addition of a baby girl in 2013. Denise has a passion for Christ Community Church and calls Christ Community her home. In October of 2013 Denise joined KidsWorld ministry staff as the KidsWorld Elementary Group Life Assistant for Saturday night services. Denise has 20 years of leadership experience and has a passion for helping kids know Christ and make Him known.

Kim Ward

KidsZone & Nursery Coordinator
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Kim Ward

KidsZone & Nursery Coordinator630.485.3386

If your child spits up, drools, is cutting teeth, or cries when you leave them, there is a good chance that you know Kim. She is passionate about young children and their parents, as well as being mom to two grown children of her own.

Kim graduated from Baylor University with a business degree and is proud to be a native, but displaced, Texan. Kim joined the staff in 2005.

Courtney Wilson

Elementary Pastor
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Courtney Wilson

Elementary Pastor630.485.3305

Outreach

Thea Bradford-Lesnik

International Impact Administrative Assistant
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Thea Bradford-Lesnik

International Impact Administrative Assistant630.485.3352

Thea has lived in Minnesota, Florida, Texas and Illinois. She has settled in the Midwest and now lives in Elburn, with her husband Pete and their three children. Her major in college was business, but found work in retail and the financial industry, until joining Christ Community. Thea joined the staff in 2005, working in International Impact. She has been on mission trips to Brazil, Czech Republic and New Orleans, and loves seeing what God is doing around the world.

Dave Cooper

Sports & International Impact Admin Support
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Dave Cooper

Sports & International Impact Admin Support630.485.3359

Proudly growing up in Little Rhody (Rhode Island), moving cross-country to Illinois, military training in Oklahoma, teaching in Haiti and back to Illinois, Dave landed in St. Charles in 2009. With a BA in Elementary Education and an MA in Intercultural Studies to boot, he's worn a lot of hats in his travels.

In his free time, Dave cherishes time spent with his wife and son. Beyond that he's usually up for just about anything, but particularly enjoys experiencing cultures, cooking and cool colors. And yes, he's quirky like that. . .

Drew Dungey

Care Night & Connections Administrative Assistant
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Drew Dungey

Care Night & Connections Administrative Assistant630.485.3383

Drew started attending Christ Community Church in 2005 with her family while she was attending high school. She graduated with a BA in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2012. She is active in the 20s community here at Christ Community and enjoys fostering community with those around her. In her free time, Drew is usually found at a local gym where she is a certified kettlebell coach, outside walking in nature with her adorable dashchund, Maddox, stringing up her hammock at a local park, or planning a hiking trip to somewhere mountainous.

 

Stephen Ganschow

Care Pastor
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Stephen Ganschow

Care Pastor630.485.3345

Stephen’s passion is to see people grow and change from the inside out, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. To that end, he aggressively pursued undergraduate work and various certifications in counseling, graduate education in theology, and a PhD in Christian Counseling to most effectively serve God’s people who are hurting.

Stephen’s favorite superhero is the Batman. This is evident from everything from his coffee mugs to his office decor. He and his wife Anne have been married for more than 10 years. Together, they have a beautiful daughter.

 

Paul Giersz

Care and Multi-Site Associate Pastor
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Paul Giersz

Care and Multi-Site Associate Pastor630.485.3376

Eric Hanson

International Impact Pastor
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Eric Hanson

International Impact Pastor630.485.3334

Eric is passionate about reaching the nations for Jesus. In 1994, Eric and his wife Carol traveled to Nigeria on their first short-term mission trip. This experience led to full-time international ministry in 1996.

Eric graduated from Valparaiso University and currently lives in Sycamore, IL. Hunting and fishing are favorite hobbies.

Mike Hurn

Outreach Associate & Sports Pastor
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Mike Hurn

Outreach Associate & Sports Pastor630.485.3366

Mike received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Mike completed graduate work at the University of Northern Iowa and Drake University, and earned a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Moody Theological Seminary.

He grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Mike is married to Linda and has 4 grown children... along with 5 grandchildren.

Mike enjoys basketball, baseball, football, hunting, fishing, kayaking, bike riding, and being alone in the woods.

Jym Kay

Evangelism Pastor
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Jym Kay

Evangelism Pastor630.485.3353

Jym Kay grew up in the city of Chicago. Coming to faith at 15, he has been involved in ministry for most of his life. Jym is our missionary on staff living and serving God for 14 years in Asia. Jym has a passion for the lost and a pastors' heart. Right before coming to Christ Community, he planted a multi-ethnic church in the Caribbean community of North Lauderdale Florida. He has been married for 25 years and has a teenage son.

Eric Liechty

Connections / NEXT Campaign
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Eric Liechty

Connections / NEXT Campaign 630.485.3369

Eric loves to help people meet, know and serve Jesus. After graduating from Moody Bible Institute and Wheaton College, he has been serving in ministry as a: youth pastor; denominational youth leader; church leadership trainer and writer; and campus pastor.

Eric is married for over thirty years to his middle-school sweetheart, Denise. They both love trips to the city, sports and long walks together. They have two adult children.

Eric is humbled and thrilled to be serving Jesus at Christ Community Church with the wonderful staff and volunteer teams.

Ann Morris

Community Impact Administrative Support
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Ann Morris

Community Impact Administrative Support630.485.3387

Ann grew up in Southern California, has lived in Washington and Arizona. She and her husband, Rob have been settled in St. Charles for the past 20 years. She has two adult sons that live out west. Ann has been on a number of mission trips to Bangladesh and, with Rob, to Nicaragua. They love to be a part of what God is doing around the world.

 

Kristin Peska

Connections Pastor
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Kristin Peska

Connections Pastor630.485.3310

Kristin and her husband, Dan, are native Midwesterners. She's recruited and organized people since she was a kid, so connecting people to Jesus and one another through membership, serving, and our zones strategy is a natural fit.

She enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, world music, and cake with lots of frosting.

Sara Pomeroy

Administrative Assistant, Caring Ministries
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Sara Pomeroy

Administrative Assistant, Caring Ministries630.485.3346

Rick Roberts

Community Impact Associate Director
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Rick Roberts

Community Impact Associate Director630.485.3394

Rick and his family have been attending Christ Community Church since 2003. His heart is to teach people how to love their communities and share the love of Jesus Christ in the community. He holds a Masters in theology from Wheaton College.

Rick is married to Tanya and they have a son and daughter. In his free time, he loves doing anything with his family and he has a sickness, a love for running.

Larry Stratton

Outreach Pastor
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Larry Stratton

Outreach Pastor630.485.3336

Larry and his wife, Carol, have attended Christ Community since 1987 and have two adult married children. Larry is a graduate of Taylor University and spent 26 years working with the ServiceMaster Company in the healthcare field.

In 2003, he came on staff at Christ Community. Larry counts it an honor to come to work every day to help people connect with their passions of serving and helping others come into a relationship with  Christ.

 

Tammi Vest

Outreach Executive Assistant
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Tammi Vest

Outreach Executive Assistant630.485.3371

Tammi joined our staff in 2004 as our Outreach Executive Assistant and continues in that role today.  She is wife to Kerry, a mother to her son, two daughters, a son-in-law, and a Grammy to her two grandchildren. Tammi loves to travel, read, and cook, but her favorite pastime is spending time with her grandson and granddaughter.

 

Student Ministries

Leah Gallaher

Student Ministries Assistant & Kyoo Coordinator
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Leah Gallaher

Student Ministries Assistant & Kyoo Coordinator630.485.3347

I grew up in West Dundee, Illinois. I received my BA in Education at the University of Iowa. My husband, Steve, our three children, and I, began attending Christ Community Church in 2003. I have enjoyed being involved with women's and student ministries over the years. After many years of serving my family at home, I am looking forward to serving the middle and high school students at the Kyoo. After all, candy has always been my favorite food group! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading a good book, and gardening.

Bobby Jackson

High School & Outreach Pastor
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Bobby Jackson

High School & Outreach Pastor630.485.3341

Bobby Jackson is the student ministry's "utility infielder." He loves Jesus' promise to give believers "life, and have it abundantly." Six years ago, he launched the Hub outreach program; three years ago he helped launch a Care Night program for students struggling with pain and addiction. He loves to both mentor and be mentored.  He is one of the pastors over the high school ministry (along with Bex Rowland) while simultaneously overseeing the Hub ministry. Bobby and his wife, Elizabeth, have a fun bunch of kids and live in Elgin.

Bobby is a former combat medic in the Army, Moody Bible Institute Graduate, and a student completing his AM at the University of Chicago in Social Service Administration. Bobby is hoping to learn more effective ways to reach young people who are hurting and marginalized. Bobby keeps his family on their toes with each new adventure that a life in ministry brings, so they are actively accepting offers for dinner or free babysitting.

 

Jess Martin

Student Ministries Team Administrator
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Jess Martin

Student Ministries Team Administrator630.485.3317

Jess began attending Christ Community in 2008 as a high school student and has been involved in student ministries in some shape or form ever since. She joined the staff in her current position in 2017. She lives in South Elgin with her husband, Kyle, and their two kids, Carter and Audrey, who you will usually find running around the Hub on Sundays. Some of her hobbies include reading, biking with her family, attempting to water ski, and kayaking

Theresa McDonald

Student Ministries Administrative Assistant
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Theresa McDonald

Student Ministries Administrative Assistant630.485.3384

Jordan Nott

Media Specialist
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Jordan Nott

Media Specialist630.485.3312

Marcilyn Rowan

Middle School & Girls' Pastor
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Marcilyn Rowan

Middle School & Girls' Pastor630.485.3340

Marcilyn is a recent Judson University graduate with a degree in ministry. She has been attending Christ Community for the last three years. She has a passion to connect with girls and help them understand who Jesus is. Marcilyn has been serving within youth ministry for the last 6 years. Marcilyn's hobbies include playing tennis, baking, spending time outdoors, and reading.

Bex Rowlands

High School & College Pastor
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Bex Rowlands

High School & College Pastor630.450.3397

Bex grew up in Liverpool, England, before moving across the pond to attend Moody Bible Institute where she received her BA in Biblical Exposition. It was during her time at Moody that she realized her passion for student ministry and her desire to introduce students to Jesus and disciple them as they pursue a relationship with him.

Before coming to Christ Community, Bex lived for three years on the Northshore of Boston where she gained her Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and worked with middle and high school students. Bex enjoys all things British, brunch, kittens, tacos, and coffee, and is excited to be back in the Midwest and serving as the College Pastor of Christ Community Church.

Pete Sutton

Student Ministries Pastor
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Pete Sutton

Student Ministries Pastor630.485.3327

Pete grew up in Batavia and attended Christ Community as a high school student in the early days of the church. It was here that Pete developed a personal relationship with Jesus and began to discover gifts and callings toward full time ministry.

In 2007, Pete joined our staff as the Middle School Pastor and God used his gifts: his love of young people and his passion for helping others fall in love with them to build a fruitful middle school ministry. Today, Pete serves as our Student Ministry Lead Pastor where he is able to equip the team, teach in a variety of environments, resource volunteers and parents, and help students become full participants in the life of our church.

Pete is married to Jocelyn (whom he met while attending high school ministry at Christ Community) and they have seven children. They share a passion for kids and strive to see their family and home as a ministry through foster care and adoption.

 

Elias Zavala

Middle School & Creative Arts Pastor
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Elias Zavala

Middle School & Creative Arts Pastor630.485.3375

Streamwood-Bartlett

Staff

James Ahrenholz

Student Ministry Pastor
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James Ahrenholz

Student Ministry Pastor

James began attending Christ Community in St. Charles in 8th grade where he got plugged into student ministries. He grew up spiritually in Genesis and Mosaic, and developed a love for God, Christ Community Church, and for students. He attended Moody Bible Institute and graduated with a degree in Youth Ministry. Throughout his time at Moody he served in Genesis at the DeKalb Campus.

At the end of 2016, he joined the Streamwood-Bartlett team as the Student Ministries pastor. He loves having the opportunity to goof off and have fun with students, as well as help them enter into a relationship with a God who deeply loves them. He is a huge fan of sports, especially the Blackhawks and Ohio State Football. He loves spending time with friends and family.

Andy Doyle

Campus Pastor
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Andy Doyle

Campus Pastor630.657.8129

Andy Doyle is the Bartlett Campus Pastor and he loves providing pastoral care to the congregation, almost as much as he enjoys sharing the Good News of Jesus.
Andy came to Christ in his mid-20s from a non-Christian background in England, and he has a heart for the lost and those hurting in life.

Lil Hager

Connections and Women's Pastor
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Lil Hager

Connections and Women's Pastor630.657.8136

Lil Hager is the Connections and Women's Pastor at the Streamwood-Bartlett Campus. Pastor Lil came to Christ Community from Lamplighter Bible Church where she served for more than 10 years as Pastoral Assistant and, later,  the Women's Pastor.  She has a heart to help individuals to see themselves as loved and cared for by an amazing Heavenly Father. Her passion is to lead prayer groups, Bible study, and help others develop relationships with Jesus.

 

Shelby Kelly

Administrative Assistant
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Shelby Kelly

Administrative Assistant630.657.8125

Before coming on staff, Shelby and her husband, Justin, attended Christ Community for about three years. In fact, they'd only been in a Community Group for about a month until they decided to get married. A year and a half later, God provided them with two beautiful little girls, Annabelle and Grace. Shelby spends most of her time with family & friends and raising her daughters.

Roberto Pagan Jr.

Children's Pastor
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Roberto Pagan Jr.

Children's Pastor630.657.8134

Cindy Palma

Worship Pastor
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Cindy Palma

Worship Pastor630.657.8133

It's no surprise that Cindy is now a Creative Arts Director as she's been involved in music in church for as long as she can remember. She began at Christ Community over 10 years ago leading worship for Kids and Student Ministries. Eventually, she led in the adult services at St. Charles, then took on the the worship leader role at DeKalb, and is now the worship leader at the Streamwood-Bartlett Campus. She has a real heart for missions, Brazil in particular, and loves to do anything that'll make her laugh.