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…

Our Pastors:

staff_NateNate 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 minister. Nate attended Lincoln Christian College, 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 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. 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.

The Village Christian Church Staff in Minooka, IllinoisSarah 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 early 20’s, she made the decision to begin attending non-denominational Christian Churches where she has remained to this day. Sarah and her husband, Bob, 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 .


Amy Pehlke
Children’s Pastor
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Amy was raised in Minooka 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 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 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 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.

Our Support Staff:

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 and Illinois State University, and 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. Kevin lives in Coal City and has a son, Steven, and daughter, Sarah. Kevin humbly serves behind the scenes taking care of the church finances.


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. Karol has 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.

staff_LukeLuke Windham
Music Director
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Luke grew up in Lincoln, Illinois, where he was raised to love the arts.  During his time in Lincoln, he was given the opportunity to participate in and lead worship teams at Lincoln Christian Church and he has continued serving God in this way ever since.  He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Music Education from Western Illinois University and VanderCook College of Music and is employed at Seneca Township High School where he directs the bands and choirs in addition to teaching piano, guitar, and music history.  Luke lives in Minooka with his wife Sarah (an amazing singer), his son, Whit (violin extraordinaire), and daughter, Everly (life of the party).  It’s his mission that at The Village, these words of the psalmist would be fulfilled, “O come, let us sing for joy to the Lord.  Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.”