Leadership Team Biographies

Diana Carter

Term expires June 2023

Diana and her husband, Sean, have been attending The Village since 2019. They have a son and daughter and live in Minooka. Diana is a Clinical Counselor, working part time in Morris. She is active in a Lifegroup and would love for others to experience the life change that can happen when in community with other believers. She has a passion for other women and in particular, mothers of young children, with previous ministry experience in those areas.

Nate Ferguson

Term Expires N/A

Nate is a country boy from western Illinois. He attended Burnside Christian Church, where his dad was a Pastor. Nate received his graduate degree from Lincoln Christian University, and then worked as Youth Pastor at First Christian Church in Morris, Illinois. First Christian Church challenged Nate to plant a church in Minooka resulting in The Village Christian Church, which opened October 2004.

Nate and his wife, Rachelle, live in Channahon and have 2 adult boys and a daughter-in-law.

Nate provides vision and strategic direction for The Village. He leads the staff to ensure the church stays on mission, to help people experience Life Change, Life Growth, and Life Purpose.
Nate is passionate about teaching the Bible in a way that people can understand and apply to their lives. He speaks from his heart in an honest and transparent way. He communicates in a way that is relevant and you can understand. Nate is passionate about helping people find life in Jesus and he can’t wait to see what God has planned for the future.

Jason Gagliardo

Term expires June 2024

Jason and his wife Devan have been attending The Village Christian Church since 2007. They live in Coal City with their 2 kids. Jason is currently working with Crash Champions and has spent most of his career in the collision repair industry. He and his wife have been Lifegroup leaders and Jason currently serves on the security team. His goal is to help the church continue to grow and meet the needs of others and is excited to see what God will do!

Neil Hall

Term expires June 2024

Neil, and his wife Kelsie, have been attending The Village since 2004. Nate, our Lead Pastor, was Neil’s youth pastor as a kid. He and Kelsie have 4 kids, they live in Seneca and attend the Seneca Campus. Neil is active in Lifegroups, serves on Kid Village Security and Pulse Student Ministries. During his time on the Leadership Team, Neil is looking forward to helping The Village expand into more communities to help more people come to know Jesus.

Brian Kaplan

Term expires June 2023

Brian and his wife Kathie have been attending The Village since 2018. They have 3 children and live in Minooka. He regularly attends the Saturday men’s group, has served at mobile food pantries and co-leads a men’s Lifegroup. Brian works for IBM as a cybersecurity consultant. During his term on the Leadership Team, he wants to contribute to the mission of meeting people wherever they are spiritually and inspiring them to continue to grow in their faith.

Tim Norman

Term expires June 2023

Tim and his wife Cassi have been attending The Village since 2016 and live in Channahon. They have two daughters and a son.  Tim works as an Equipment Operator for Exelon. Tim and Cassi lead a Lifegroup and Tim also serves in Pulse Student Ministries. He has experienced life-changing growth in his relationship with Christ through the relationships and biblical approach at The Village. His goal on the Leadership Team is to be available to engage in meaningful relationships and walk alongside others as they grow in their relationship with Christ.

Charlie Pierce

Term expires N/A

Charlie was born and raised in Central Florida and attended Drew Park Baptist Temple. Later in his teens he accepted Christ as his Lord & Savior. He is a military veteran of the U.S. Air Force, studied Business Administration at Bellevue College, and has held various senior level positions in logistics for 30+ years in corporate America before being called into ministry.

Charlie and his wife, Bev, live in Joliet with their puppy Gracie. They have 3 daughters, a son-in-law, and 2 granddaughters.

Charlie loves Jesus and has a heart for people. He is passionate about helping others discover their God-given spiritual gifts and connecting them to their true purpose in Christ. Charlie oversees operations at the Minooka Campus including Human Resources, Finances, Security, and more.

Amy Snyder

Term expires June 2024

Amy and her husband Jerry have 3 boys, they live in Mazon and have been attending The Village since 2015. Amy is a nurse at Morris Hospital. Her family attends the Seneca Campus. She serves in Kid Village and is active in a Lifegroup. While Amy is on the Leadership Team, she will help the Seneca Campus continue to grow and reach people in the community that do not have a church home. She wants the community to see that we welcome them wherever they are in their spiritual journey and would love to walk alongside them as they grow in their faith.

Sarah White

Term expires June 2024

Sarah has been attending The Village since 2010.  She lives in Channahon with her son.  Sarah teaches fifth grade in Minooka and has loved having many of our “village kids” in class over the years.  Sarah has served in Kid Village, is active in Lifegroups, and organizes The Big Give for Kids annual event.  Her goal is to continue to expand our service and the love of Jesus to those in our local and global communities as we grow as a church.

Brian Zabel

Term expires June 2025

Brian and his wife, Tracy, have been attending the Village since 2019.  They have three boys and live in Lisbon.  Brian has an accounting business in Morris, IL.  He has a passion for helping The Village minister and reveal God’s love to people locally, regionally, and globally.