Aurora

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 Aurora 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 Aurora'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.

Trevor Hall

Aurora Technical Specialist
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Trevor Hall

Aurora Technical Specialist630.450.8009

Ty Hall

Children's Assistant Pastor
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Ty Hall

Children's Assistant Pastor630.485.8007

Ty has been attending Christ Community since 2003 and has served in a variety of volunteer roles including Student Ministries and Creative Arts. He joined our KidsWorld staff at Aurora in February of 2018.

Ty recently graduated with a B.A. in Biblical Studies and Music from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. He has a passion for the next generation and is excited to work with kids and help them understand who Jesus is. In his free time Ty enjoys reading, playing guitar, watching the Chicago Cubs, and listening to obscure music.

Eric Hays

Aurora Campus Pastor
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Eric Hays

Aurora 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.

Diana Shiflett

Aurora Campus Associate & Adult Ministries Pastor
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Diana Shiflett

Aurora Campus Associate & Adult Ministries Pastor630.450.8003

After receiving a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology from North Park University and Wheaton Graduate School, Diana spent the next 24 years in student ministry, and spiritual formation working at St. Mark’s Episcopal and Naperville Covenant Church. In 2009, she became a certified spiritual director, and was ordained in 2010. In 2016, God called Diana to write a book that was published by InterVarsity Press in 2018, Spiritual Practices in Community, Drawing Groups into the Heart of God

In her spare time Diana enjoys walking her dogs, creatively connecting with God, and spending quality time with her husband Rodney.

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

Executive Assistant
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Christy Ferguson

Executive Assistant815.787.6161 x8321

Jenée Jeanblanc

Receptionist & Events Coordinator
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Jenée Jeanblanc

Receptionist & Events Coordinator815.787.6161 x8322

Adult Ministries

Jessica Hnatiuk

Adult Ministries Administrative Assistant
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Jessica Hnatiuk

Adult Ministries Administrative Assistant815.787.6161x8331

Greg Hodsden

Associate Pastor
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Greg Hodsden

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.

Kristin Peska

Adult Ministries Pastor
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Kristin Peska

Adult Ministries Pastor815.787.6161x8328

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.

Annie Sanderson

Operations & Caring Ministries Assistant
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Annie Sanderson

Operations & Caring Ministries Assistant 815.787.6161 x8323

Annie was born and raised in the small town of Lee, Illinois. She married a local, fourth generation farmer, Dan, and has two children.

Dan and Annie have had the privilege and blessing of working closely with family and raising their children on the family farm. Annie previously was the CFO of a family owned manufacturing business and a family owned service business. Annie and her family began attending Christ Community in 2010.

After retiring from the family business, Annie started working part time at the DeKalb Campus in November, 2014, as the Adult Ministries Administrative Assistant and transitioned into full time in October, 2016, and added assisting with the Caring Ministry. Annie thoroughly enjoys all the staff and members at Christ Community and is thankful for the opportunity to serve along side them.

Creative Arts

Dave Fowler

Technical Specialist
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Dave Fowler

Technical Specialist630.485.3314

Kevin Maillefer

DeKalb Campus Worship Pastor - Interim
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Kevin Maillefer

DeKalb Campus Worship Pastor - Interim

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

James Ahrenholz

DeKalb Student Ministries Associate Pastor
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James Ahrenholz

DeKalb Student Ministries Associate Pastor

James grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and has attended Christ Community Church since 2008. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago in 2016 with a degree in Youth Ministry, and has been on staff since 2016. In his free time, James enjoys reading books, playing (and winning) games, and anything that has to do with sports. Fun Fact: All of James' favorite sports teams start with the letter "B": The Bears, Brewers, Bucks, Blackhawks, and Buckeyes. He married his wife, Andi, in 2017, and loves spending time with her.

Dawn Dosier

Student Ministries Administrative Assistant
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Dawn Dosier

Student Ministries Administrative Assistant

Joshua Haight

College Pastor & DeKalb Campus Student Ministries Pastor
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Joshua Haight

College Pastor & DeKalb Campus 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 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.

St. Charles

Administration

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."

Angie Arvizu

Resource Bookstore Manager
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Angie Arvizu

Resource Bookstore Manager630.485.3401

Angie received a B.A. in Marketing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and spent a few years working in customer service and inside sales before she and her husband started a family. After that, she was blessed to be able to spend the next 24 years being a stay at home mom to her four children. With all of them basically grown, she decided to return to the workforce and is thrilled that God opened the door to this position at Christ Community Church.

When not at Re•source, you can find her watching her youngest daughter play soccer, spending time with her husband of 28 years, or playing with her one year old golden retriever, Buckley.

Sam Bolds

Information Systems Director
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Sam Bolds

Information Systems Director630.485.3378

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.

Javier Burgos

Safety and Security Manager
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Javier Burgos

Safety and Security Manager6304853308

Becky Jones

Front Office Assistant
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Becky Jones

Front Office Assistant630-485-3300

Jeannine Mueller

Women's Ministry & Finance Administrative Assistant
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Jeannine Mueller

Women's Ministry & Finance 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 scrapbooking, playing volleyball with her family, biking, and cheering her son on in baseball.

Karen Reitz

Cup O' Joy Coordinator
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Karen Reitz

Cup O' Joy Coordinator630.485.3300

Kim Simmons

Events Team Manager
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Kim Simmons

Events Team Manager630.485.3351

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.

Becky Staal

Event Specialist
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Becky Staal

Event Specialist630.485.3320

Steve Westerman

Administration Team Administrator & Contributions Specialist
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Steve Westerman

Administration Team Administrator & Contributions Specialist630.485.3321

Adult Ministries

Lorie Dewey

Adult Ministries and St. Charles Women's Pastor
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Lorie Dewey

Adult Ministries and St. Charles 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.

Leah Gallaher

Adult Ministries Administrative Assistant
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Leah Gallaher

Adult Ministries Administrative Assistant630.485.3390

Leah grew up in West Dundee, Illinois and received my BA in Education at the University of Iowa. Leah, her husband, Steve, and their three children began attending Christ Community Church in 2003. She has enjoyed being involved with women's and student ministries over the years. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with my family and friends, reading a good book, and gardening.

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 Pastor630.485.3370

Lee Lukazewski

St. Charles Married Couples Pastor
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Lee Lukazewski

St. Charles Married Couples 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

Jeannine Mueller

Women's Ministry & Finance Administrative Assistant
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Jeannine Mueller

Women's Ministry & Finance 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 scrapbooking, playing volleyball with her family, biking, and cheering her son on in baseball.

Stu Poulson

20s & Singles Pastor
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Stu Poulson

20s & Singles Pastor

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.)

Derrick Larson

Building Services Specialist
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Derrick Larson

Building Services Specialist630.485.3326

Jared Wilson

Building Services Specialist
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Jared Wilson

Building Services Specialist630.485.3326

Care And Connections

Jorge Cruz

Care and Connections Team Captain
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Jorge Cruz

Care and Connections Team Captain630.485.3345

Steve Gallaher

Connections Pastor
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Steve Gallaher

Connections Pastor630.485.3310

Jill Roberts

Care Ministry Executive Assistant
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Jill Roberts

Care Ministry Executive Assistant630.485.3346

Kelsey Schrader

Connections Administrative Assistant
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Kelsey Schrader

Connections Administrative Assistant630.485.3386

Kelsey is a DeKalb, Illinois native. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BS of Business Administration in Marketing. During her time in Arkansas, she discovered her passion for helping others anchor their life and identity in Jesus. She is currently completing her MA in Spiritual Formation & Discipleship from Moody Theological Seminary.


Kelsey enjoys just about any outdoor activity, gathering with friends or family, trying new recipes, and reading.

Communications

Katelyn Bolds

Web and Marketing Specialist
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Katelyn Bolds

Web and Marketing Specialist630.485.3333

Katelyn is a graduate of Taylor University with a B.S. in Professional Writing. She is passionate about connecting with people through storytelling and loves finding new methods of making social media and web content more personable.

Her and her husband, Sam, live in Campton Hills and spend as much time as possible unplugging from social media and our chaotic world by being outside, working on projects, or planning their next travel adventure.

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.

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.

 

Rachel Natale

Communications Project Manager
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Rachel Natale

Communications Project Manager630.485.3385

Creative Arts

Nathan Clancy

Creative Programming Pastor
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Nathan Clancy

Creative Programming Pastor630.485.3328

Clayton Keenon

Teaching & Creative Arts Pastor
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Clayton Keenon

Teaching & Creative Arts 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 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, spicy salsa, and strategy games. 

Nicole Lucas

Creative Arts Project Manager
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Nicole Lucas

Creative Arts Project Manager630.485.3364

Nicole began serving in Creative Arts Ministry - producing weekend services, special events, and various creative elements at Christ Community Church back in 2008. She joined our staff in 2014.

Nicole has a degree in Biblical Studies and Ministry Leadership from Moody Bible Institute. She is passionate about leading and collaborating with others to communicate God's Word creatively as well as helping other to discover and grow in their gifts and abilities. 

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

Brendan Nelson

Creative Arts Associate
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Brendan Nelson

Creative Arts Associate630.485.3341

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

Worship Environment Director
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Nick Sheetz

Worship Environment 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.

Rob Simmons

Broadcast Video Director
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Rob Simmons

Broadcast Video Director630.485.3382

Executive Leadership & HR

Steve Boyd

Executive Pastor of Operations
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Steve Boyd

Executive Pastor of Operations630.485.3342

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 Pastor630.485.3303

Eric Hamsho

Executive Pastor of Ministry
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Eric Hamsho

Executive Pastor of Ministry630.485.3342

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 & Creative Arts Pastor
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Clayton Keenon

Teaching & Creative Arts 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 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, 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 forty years, have three grown children, and six grandchildren. 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 Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The local coffee shops also see a lot of Jim, accompanied by books (mostly biographies) or friends. Other hobbies he enjoys include hiking and biking.

He is also the author of two works: Prayer Coach and Bible Savvy. These topics are a reflection of his life-long pursuit and passion to help people grow in their walk with Christ.

Larry Stratton

Generosity Pastor
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Larry Stratton

Generosity 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.

 

Finance

Mark Ahrenholz

Chief Financial Officer
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Mark Ahrenholz

Chief Financial Officer630-485-3381

After graduating from Wheaton College and completing an MBA from Boston University, Mark spent the next decade working in public accounting with Ernst & Young and Pricewaterhouse Coopers. He also worked for several years in the corporate tax department for the Tribune Company, while completing a Masters in Taxation at DePaul University.  In the year 2000, Mark felt a strong pull to go to work for his church and  eventually joined Christ Community Church in 2008, where he has found great joy in supporting the mission of making passionate disciples of Jesus Christ who are belonging, growing, serving, and reaching.

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."

Jill DeHaven

Accounts Payable Specialist
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Jill DeHaven

Accounts Payable Specialist630.485.3344

Jill was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She received her BA from Biola University. She has served in various administrative positions in churches and universities in California, Colorado, Texas and Illinois.

Jill and her husband, Paul, have attended Christ Community since 2013. They live in Sycamore. They have two grown daughters, Kari and Johanna. Jill enjoys working on home improvement projects, reading and playing with the family puppy, Wrigley.

Susan Haak

Accountant
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Susan Haak

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.

Jeannine Mueller

Women's Ministry & Finance Administrative Assistant
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Jeannine Mueller

Women's Ministry & Finance 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 scrapbooking, playing volleyball with her family, biking, and cheering her son on in baseball.

Larry Stratton

Generosity Pastor
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Larry Stratton

Generosity 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.

 

Steve Westerman

Administration Team Administrator & Contributions Specialist
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Steve Westerman

Administration Team Administrator & Contributions Specialist630.485.3321

KidsWorld

Kaylee Frank

Early Childhood Pastor
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Kaylee Frank

Early Childhood Pastor630.485.3372

Margaret Greenwell

KidsWorld Saturday Night Early Childhood Assistant
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Margaret Greenwell

KidsWorld Saturday Night Early Childhood Assistant630.485.3300

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

Next Generation Pastor
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Randy Isola

Next Generation 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.

Laura Lahay

Elementary Assistant
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Laura Lahay

Elementary Assistant630.485.3358

Beccy Metzger

KidZone and Nursery Coordinator
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Beccy Metzger

KidZone and Nursery Coordinator630.485.3319

Carly Mitrovic

KidsWorld Special Needs Representative
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Carly Mitrovic

KidsWorld Special Needs Representative630.485.3337

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.

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.

Courtney Wilson

Children's Pastor
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Courtney Wilson

Children's Pastor630.485.3305

Outreach

Kristin Bauder

Evangelism Administrative Assistant
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Kristin Bauder

Evangelism Administrative Assistant630.485.3387

With a background as a pastor's daughter, and an Athletic Trainer, Kristin has a heart for the hurting and enjoys uplifting others, praying for others, and sharing about how the saving power of Jesus can work in their lives. She is wife to Doug, and mother to a son and daughter, enjoys reading, hiking, biking, playing sports or board games, and having people over for coffee and ice cream.

Linda Carr

International Impact Administrative Assistant
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Linda Carr

International Impact Administrative Assistant630.485.3359

Kris Eldridge

Community Impact Pastor
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Kris Eldridge

Community Impact Pastor630.485.3394

Lisa Garon

Outreach Team Executive Assistant
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Lisa Garon

Outreach Team Executive Assistant630.485.3371

Lisa comes from a background in restaurant and office management, specializing in customer service, systems creation, and training & development. She also has a BA in Business Management.

Lisa, along with her husband Bob and son Brayden have called Christ Community Church home since 2009. Over the years, she has served in Go Teams, Care Night, & Student Ministries, among other places along the way. Joining staff at Christ Community Church in late 2018 has allowed her professional skills and gifts to come along her heart for ministry.

Brenda Gudeman

International Impact Administrative Assistant
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Brenda Gudeman

International Impact Administrative Assistant630.485.3316

Eric Hanson

Outreach Pastor
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Eric Hanson

Outreach 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.

Jered RothWIlson

Evangelism Pastor
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Jered RothWIlson

Evangelism Pastor

A Portland, Oregon native and reluctantly recovering hipster, Jered received a masters degree from Western Seminary and planted a church in the City of Roses for the last ten years. Being middle-aged it may seem as though several years are unaccounted for in his narrative, but they were mostly spent being a youth pastor, associate pastor, enjoying being married to his favorite person and raising three beautiful girls. He doesn't get what the big deal is about Portillos, but has acquired a taste for deep dish pizza, loves the church and loves motivating people to live transformed lives in Jesus.

Student Ministries

Randy Isola

Next Generation Pastor
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Randy Isola

Next Generation 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.

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

Marcilyn Moment

Middle School Pastor
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Marcilyn Moment

Middle School 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.

Streamwood

Staff

Donna Fay

Streamwood Campus Administrative Assistant
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Donna Fay

Streamwood Campus Administrative Assistant630.657.8125

Justin Leverette

Streamwood Next Generation Pastor
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Justin Leverette

Streamwood Next Generation Pastor630.657.8132

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 Campus. She has a real heart for missions, Brazil in particular, and loves to do anything that'll make her laugh.

Cory Shumate

Streamwood Campus Pastor
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Cory Shumate

Streamwood Campus Pastor630.657.8129

Cory grew up in Salem, Oregon, and came to Christ at 17 after identifying as an atheist for most of his teen years. In 2008, he moved to Chicago to study at North Park University, where he met his wife Cassia. While in his master's program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Cory joined staff at Christ Community Church in 2012. He and Cassia live in Streamwood with their two boys.