Staff – Who’s Who

The Village staff is committed to serving God and bringing people into a relationship with Jesus. The team serves 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 staff through Facebook Messenger, Instagram, phone (815-467-2265) or through email.

Meet Our Team


Nate Ferguson
Lead Pastor
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Nate is a country boy from Western Illinois. He attended Burnside Christian Church, where his dad was a Pastor. Nate attended Lincoln Christian University, finished his graduate degree from Lincoln Christian Seminary, and then 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 provides vision and leadership for The Village and 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 and transparent way admitting to the same everyday struggles that many of us deal with. Nate is passionate about helping people find life in Jesus and he can’t wait to see what God has planned.

Sarah O’Sullivan
Connections Pastor
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Sarah grew up moving around the U.S. and was raised in a Mormon household. In her 20’s, she made the decision to attend non-denominational Christian Churches. Sarah and her husband, Bob, live in Morris and have two children, Cheyanne and Rain. She studied business at Indiana University South East and worked in various food/entertainment venues before being called into Ministry. Sarah 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.

Amy Pehlke
Children’s Pastor
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Amy was raised in Minooka and attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Amy studied Early Childhood Development at Western Illinois University and Washburn University. She has a passion for kids and has worked with them in various settings for the past 25+ years. Amy and her husband, Chris, live in Channahon with their son, Bryce, and daughter, Kaitlyn. Amy uses her gifts and experience to create a fun, safe, and secure environment where kids can learn about Jesus!

Nick Sandeno
Student’s Pastor
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Nick was raised in Verona, Illinois, and is a farm boy. He grew up attending First Christian Church in Morris, Illinois and attended Olivet Nazarene University. Nick started interning at The Village and has called it home ever since. In addition to leading the Student Ministry, you’ll also see him on stage teaching in an honest and understandable way with a little bit of humor. Nick and his wife, Lauren, live in Morris with their four daughters, Bennett, Jette, Vail, and Collins. Nick has a heart to bring people to Jesus and a passion for students. He enjoys teaching about Christ in a comfortable, non-threatening way.

Lilye Sease
Prayer Pastor
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Lilye grew up in Mississippi and attended Charles H. Mason Theological Seminary, and Lewis University. She has 30+ years of experience as a prayer leader and evangelist. Lilye and her husband, John (Sonny), live in Plainfield with their two boys, Dreveon and Clarence, and also have adult children. Lilye has a passion for prayer and volunteers as our Prayer Pastor making sure prayer is at the forefront of all we do at The Village.


Tim Juskiewicz
Facility Manager
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Tim grew up in southern Indiana, and was raised in Baptist and non-denominational churches. He studied civil engineering at Purdue University and is employed as an engineer. Tim lives in Morris with his wife, Susan, and two daughters, Heather and Chloe. Tim served on the Building Team and volunteers as our Facility Manager. He uses his construction knowledge and experience to maintain the building.

Kevin McCleary, Treasurer at The Village Christian Church in Minooka, IllinoisKevin McCleary
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Kevin was raised in Bradley, Illinois and attended Wesley Methodist Church. He attended Eastern Illinois University, Illinois State University, and is a retired high school math and social studies teacher. Kevin lives in Coal City and has an adult son and daughter. Kevin humbly serves on staff taking care of the church finances and ensuring all giving is safe and secure.

Karol Scott
Communications Director
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Karol grew up in South Holland, Illinois attending First Reformed Church. She studied business at Northern Illinois University and Loyola University Chicago. Karol and her husband, Gregg, live in Channahon and have three boys, Dan, Dave and Jared. Karol uses her experience in marketing to help people discover and take their next steps with Jesus, and ensure all communications are on point with the church mission to be a catalyst for Life Change, Life Growth, and Life Purpose.

Gail Wardlow is HR Director at The Village Christian Church in Minooka, ILGail Wardlow
HR Director
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Gail grew up in Kiel, Wisconsin, attended the University of Wisconsin and has 35+ yearsof experience working in HR. Gail and her husband, Jim, live in Minooka and have five married children and twelve grandchildren. She loves her Empty Nesters Lifegroup, enjoy serving on the Welcome Team, and follows God’s prompting on how to serve in other areas. Gail’s goal is to use God’s gifts and her semi-retired time to support The Village staff as the volunteer HR Director.

Sarah Windham is the Interim Creative Arts Pastor at the Village Christian Church in MInooka, IlSarah Windham
Interim Creative Arts Director
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Sarah grew up in Carthage, Illinois and attended Burnside Christian Church where her dad was the Pastor. She has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and has been involved in worship since high school. Sarah lives in Joliet with her husband Luke, son, Whit, and daughter, Everly. Hearing you give praise through song is one of her greatest joys. She believes God moves through those moments, when we let our guard down allowing ourselves to be vulnerable. It’s her prayer that we can continue to cultivate these moments.

Shannon Wujek
Communications Coordinator
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Shannon spent her childhood traveling with her father from coast to coast and then settled in Wilmington, Ilinois. Shannon and her husband, Tony, live in Minooka with their two boys, Noah and Rilyn. Her gift for organization ensures that the weekly communication needs are met and we are communicating in a clear, consistent and timely manner.