International Impact

God wants us to bring his name, his message, and his ministry to all nations. Whether it's praying, giving, or going, we provide a number of strategic opportunities for people to get involved, finding their purpose in Christ through the mission. If you want to make your life count for something significant, we will show you how. Let’s have a God-sized vision and believe that the Holy Spirit will use us to give praise to God and change this world!


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St. Charles - 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.

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 serving and membership 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.