Staff – Who’s Who

The Village is blessed by men and women who are committed to serving God. The Pastors and support staff serve together to carry out God’s mission for The Village Christian Church, which is to be a catalyst for Life Change, Life Growth, and Life Purpose. You can contact the church by phone at 815-467-2265 or email the staff.

Here’s Our Staff…

staff_NateNate Ferguson
Lead Pastor
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Nate is a country boy from Western Illinois. He’s the oldest of three kids and attended Burnside Christian Church, where his dad was a minister. He attended Lincoln Christian College and finished his graduate degree from Lincoln Christian Seminary. Nate has worked as youth pastor at First Christian Church in Morris, Illinois. In 2004, the leaders of First Christian Church gave Nate the challenge to plant a church in the Minooka/Channahon area. As a result, The Village Christian Church was founded in October 2004. Nate and his wife, Rachelle, live in Channahon with their two boys, Kaden and Carder. Nate loves to teach the Bible in a way that people can understand and apply to their lives. He speaks from his heart in an honest way, and he admits to the same everyday struggles that many of us deal with. Nate strives to create an environment where people who don’t usually come to church can walk through the doors and feel comfortable.

staff_JaredJared Baker
Worship Pastor
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Jared grew up in Las Vegas and is part of a large family with 6 brothers and sisters. While living in “Sin City,” he came into a relationship with Christ through Central Christian Church. As he was serving at the church, he developed a passion for ministry. Jared attended Lincoln Christian College and became a Youth Ministry Intern at First Christian Church in Morris, Illinois. In 2004 he took the plunge with Nate and started The Village. Jared and his wife, Candace, live in Channahon with their son, Isaiah, and two daughters, Elle and Autry. Jared loves to worship and show his passion for the Lord. He works to make sure the service provides an experience that carries out the church mission of being a catalyst for life change, life growth, and life purpose.


Amy Pehlke
Children’s Pastor
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Amy was raised in Minooka, Illinois, is the oldest of 5 kids, and grew up attending St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Amy studied Early Childhood Development at Western Illinois University and Washburn University in Kansas. She has a passion for kids and has worked with them in various settings for the past 25+ years, from Camp Counselor, to Classroom Teacher, to Center Director, to running a home childcare business. She has been attending The Village since 2007 and joined the church staff in August 2012. Amy and her husband, Chris, live in Channahon with their son, Bryce, and daughter, Kaitlyn. Amy has a passion for kids and strives to create a fun, safe and secure environment where kids can find and develop their relationship with Christ!


Nick Sandeno
Lifegroups &
Student Ministry Pastor
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Nick was raised in Verona, Illinois, and is truly a farm boy. He’s the oldest of three kids and attended First Christian Church in Morris. Throughout high school, Nick began to dream of life in youth ministry. He attended Olivet Nazarene in Bourbonnais, Illinois and started as an intern at The Village in 2005. He joined the church staff in January 2009 and is now the Lifegroups & Student Ministry Pastor. You’ll also see him sometimes on stage teaching the Sunday message. At our first service in 2004, Nick bumped into a friend, and they celebrated the church opening with lunch. The rest is history because three years later Lauren and Nick were married. They have three daughters, Bennett, Jette and Vail. Nick has a passion for his students and enjoys teaching them about Christ in a comfortable, non-threatening way.

Sarah O’Sullivan
Connections Pastor
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Sarah grew up moving around the U.S., the 3rd of 9 children in a Mormon household.  In her early 20’s, she made the decision to begin attending non-denominational Christian Churches where she has remained to this day. She has been married for 18 years to her best friend, Bob, and they have two children, Cheyenne and Rain. The O’Sullivan’s have been a part of The Village since 2009. Sarah studied business at Indiana University South East and has opened and managed restaurants and various food/entertainment venues before being called into a different type of leadership in Ministry.  She loves the Lord, loves people, and feels called to provide opportunities to others for relationships to be created, built and strengthened with Jesus and other people .


Karol Scott
Communications Director
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Karol was raised in South Holland, Illinois, which was known as the “Community of Churches”, and attended First Reformed Church. She studied business at  Northern Illinois University and Loyola University. The Scott family have been attending The Village since the beginning in 2004 and joined the church staff in 2011. Karol and her husband, Gregg, live in Channahon and have three boys, Dan, Dave and Jared. She oversees the communications of the church including the website, social media, Enews, and more. She enjoys managing the church communications and making sure that we’re communicating in a clear, consistent and timely manner that’s on point with the church mission to be a catalyst for Life Change, Life Growth, and Life Purpose.


Kevin McCleary
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Kevin was raised in Bradley, Illinois and attended Wesley Methodist Church. He attended Eastern Illinois University and Illinois State University. Kevin is retired from 30+ years teaching high school math and social studies. He has been attending The Village since the beginning in 2004, and joined the church staff in 2015 after many years volunteering as the church treasurer and communion coordinator. Kevin lives in Coal City and has a son, Steven, and daughter, Sarah. Kevin humbly serves behind the scenes taking care of whatever needs to be done. His job title is Treasurer, but he does so much more to keep The Village up and running.

staff_LukeLuke Windham
Music Director
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Luke grew up in Lincoln, Illinois, is the son of two Bible college professors, and attended Lincoln Christian Church. He graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Music Education and is the Band Director at Seneca High School. Luke lives in Dwight with his wife, Sarah (an amazing singer!), his son, Whit, and daughter, Everly. Luke has lived and breathed music from early childhood and will gladly bore you with the finer details of the subject if given the opportunity. He’s excited for the opportunity to work with the excellent musicians God has provided in seeking to lead people into worship each Sunday.