Leadership & Elders

Back row left to right: Jerry Parker, Nate Ferguson, Brian Pennington
Front row left to right: Devan Gagliardo, Susan Juskiewicz
Not pictured: Matt Bonomo, Jason Houck

The Village is self-governed through the Leadership Team. Their role is to make sure the church is achieving its mission to be a catalyst for Life Change, Life Growth and Life Purpose. This team consists of representatives nominated from the congregation and then called by the Leadership Team. Each nominee serves a three year term. The Leadership Team meets on the second Sunday of every month.

On July 1st there will be a transition in the Leadership Team. Jerry Parker and Susan Juskiewicz will be leaving, and Pam Wilson and Matt Wallick will be joining. Stay tuned for new pictures coming soon!

Leadership Bios

If you would like to nominate someone for the Leadership Team, see below for the criteria and nomination forms. You can print, fill out and drop off at church on Sunday or mail to the office (8965 S. Bell Road, Minooka Il, 60447).

Elder Team Criteria

Leadership Team Criteria

Leadership Team Discussion2 Components to Our Leadership Team:

  1. Staff – The team holds staff accountable for their goals and makes sure the church provides resources to help staff be successful.
  2. Strategy – The team plans for the future to meet church goals. This includes accomplishing our mission, as well as plans for our new church home.


Leadership Team PrayerScriptural Authority

  • To be a “Christ-like example”
    Be an example for others, and evidence character qualities and public reputation that every Christian should possess. (Titus 1:5-9; 1 Timothy 3:1-7)
  • To be an Overseer – “Of the Affairs of the Church”
    Spiritual leaders are responsible for the overall direction of the church. They insure that the elements are in place to meet the church’s goals. (1 Timothy 5:17; Hebrews 13:17; Acts 20:28)
  • To be a Shepherd –  Make sure people are loved and cared for.
    Someone who guards, feeds and cares for God’s people like a shepherd with a flock. The shepherd is responsible to equip God’s people for ministry (Ephesians 4:11-13), by guarding them from false teaching, giving them good spiritual counsel and food from God’s Word, training them, and comforting and helping them (Acts 20:27-31). The shepherd must be one who is sensitive to the needs of the people, knowledgeable in God’s Word, and willing to invest the time necessary to care for individuals.


Our Elders Team was created to focus on the spiritual growth of our church. The Elders Team includes Chris Balkema, Mike Kostbade, and Mark Sandeno. On July 1st, Dewitt Buchanan and Patrick Ugolini will be joining the team.