The Village is blessed by men and women who are 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 church through Facebook Messenger, Instagram, phone (815-467-2265) or through email.
Meet Our Team
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 provides vision and leadership for The Village. He 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 for The Village.
Jared grew up in Las Vegas. While living in “Sin City,” he came into a relationship with Christ through Central Christian Church. 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 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. 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 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 was raised in Verona, Illinois, and is truly 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 three daughters, Bennett, Jette, Vail, and are expecting their fourth child in the summer of 2019. Nick has a heart to bring people to Jesus. He has a passion for students and enjoys teaching about Christ in a comfortable, non-threatening way.
Lilye grew up in Mississippi and attended Kate P. Jones Christian mentoring school, Charles Harrison Mason Theological Seminary, and Lewis University. She has 30+ years of experience as a prayer leader, missionary, 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 grew up in southern Indiana, and was raised in Baptist and non-denominational churches. He studied civil engineering at Purdue University and is currently employed as an engineer. Tim lives in Morris with his wife, Susan, and two 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 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 behind the scenes taking care of the church finances and ensuring all giving is safe and secure.
Karol grew up in South Holland, Illinois attending First Reformed Church. She studied business and marketing at Northern Illinois University and received her MBA from Loyola. 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 grew up in Kiel, Wisconsin, attended the University of Wisconsin and worked in a number of HR leadership roles for the past thirty five years. Gail and her husband, Jim, live in Minooka and have five married children and twelve grandchildren. Gail loves her Empty Nesters Lifegroup, enjoy serving on the First Impression 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 community as the volunteer HR Director.
Luke grew up in Lincoln, Illinois and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Music Education from Western Illinois University and VanderCook College of Music. Luke works at Seneca High School where he directs the bands and choirs, and teaches 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 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.