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.

Meet Our Staff…

Our Pastors:

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 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.


Jared 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 services provide an experience that carries out the church mission of being a catalyst for Life Change, Life Growth, and Life Purpose.


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 where she has remained to this day. Sarah and her husband, Bob, live in Morris and have two children, Cheyenne and Rain. Sarah studied business at Indiana University South East and worked in various food/entertainment venues before being called into 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. 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 has a passion for kids and strives to create a fun, safe and secure environment where kids can develop their relationship with Christ!


Nick Sandeno
Student’s Pastor
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Nick was raised in Verona, Illinois, and is truly a farm boy. He grew up attending First Christian Church in Morris. Throughout high school, Nick began to dream of life in youth ministry. He attended Olivet Nazarene University,  started working at The Village as an intern and is now the Student’s Pastor. You’ll also see him on stage teaching the weekly message. Nick and his wife, Lauren, live in Morris with their three daughters, Bennett, Jette, and Vail. Nick has a passion for students and enjoys teaching them about Christ in a comfortable, non-threatening way.


Lilye Sease
Prayer Pastor
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Lilye grew up in Mississippi and attended Kate P. Jones Christian mentoring school which prepares youths for ministry, Charles Harrison Mason Theological Seminary,  and Lewis University. She has 30+ years of experience as a prayer leader, missionary, and evangelist in the Church of God in Christ. Lilye and her husband, John (Sonny), live in Plainfield with their two boys, Dreveon and Clarence, and also have adult children Natasha, Elliott (RIH), Percy, Lakeisha, and John Jr. Lilye volunteers as our Prayer Pastor and has a passion for prayer and makes sure prayer is at the forefront of all we do at The Village.


Our Support Staff:

Tim Juskiewicz
Facility Manager
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Tim grew up in rural southern Indiana, raised in Baptist and non-denominational churches. He studied civil engineering at Purdue University. Tim lives in Morris with his wife, Susan, and daughters Heather and Chloe. Tim served on the Building Team for our new church that opened May 2016 and now volunteers as our Facility Manager. He uses his construction knowledge and professional experience to maintain the building and grounds.


Kevin McCleary, Treasurer at The Village Christian Church in Minooka, IllinoisKevin McCleary
Treasurer
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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 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 grew up in South Holland, Illinois and attended First Reformed Church. She studied business at  Northern Illinois University and Loyola University. Karol and her husband, Gregg, live in Channahon and have three boys, Dan, David, and Jared. She provides vision and leadership to church-wide communications and ensures all are on point with the church mission to be a catalyst for Life Change, Life Growth, and Life Purpose.


Luke Windham
Music Director
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Luke grew up in Lincoln, Illinois, where he was raised to love the arts.  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, his son, Whit, and daughter, Everly.  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.”


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.  She studied Interior Design at Joliet Junior College and brings creativity to the Communication Team.  She and her husband, Tony, live in Minooka with their two boys, Noah and Rilyn. Shannon’s gift for organization ensures that the weekly communication needs are met and we are communicating in a clear, consistent and timely manner.