Leadership & Elders

The mission of The Village Christian Church in MInooka, Illinois is to be a catalyst for Life CHange, Life Growth and Life Purpose.

Leadership Team

The Village is self-governed by the Leadership Team. Their role is to make sure our church is achieving its mission to be a catalyst for Life Change, Life Growth, and Life Purpose. This team consists of men and women from our church family who serve a three-year term. The Leadership Team meets on the second Sunday of every month.

Pictured back row left to right: Matt Bonomo, Pam Wilson, Greg Adams, Matt Wallick; front row left to right: Gerald Snyder, Devan Gagliardo, Heather Houck and Erica Sandeno.



Leadership Bios

Leadership Criteria


The Leadership Team meets at The Village Christian Church in Minooka, Illinois to plan what's next for the church.Components of Our Leadership Team:

  • Staff – The team holds staff accountable and makes sure the church provides resources to help them be successful.
  • Strategy – The team plans for the future to meet church goals and accomplish our mission.

Scriptural 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 Affairs of the Church”
    Leaders are responsible for the overall direction of the church. They ensure 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
    Leaders 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 against false teaching, giving them good spiritual counsel and food from God’s Word, training them, and comforting and helping them (Acts 20:27-31).

Elder Team

The Village has an Elder Team that focuses on the spiritual growth of our church.

Pictured left to right: Dewitt Buchanan, Chris Balkema, John Sease, Mark Sandeno and Patrick Ugolini. Not pictured: Joe Trucano

Elder Team Criteria

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