• Reverend Christopher Stephens - Senior Pastor

    Family: Married to Laura for 26 years.  Daughter Emma is 23, is graduated from college, married, and is living in the Gurnee area with her husband Jonathan and our grand-dog, Mozzie.  Daughter Thea is 20 and is finishing her undergraduate degree at Lincoln Christian University where she is studying Intercultural Missions, and will be heading off to graduate school to study linguistics as she prepares for her work with Pioneer Bible Translators. 
    Before this position:  I spent 15 years working in the corporate world after receiving my BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.  Starting in 1999, I attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity School part time, while still working full time in industry.  In 2004 I completed my Masters of Divinity degree and also became the primary teaching pastor at GCC.  Laura and I have been attending GCC since 1991. 

    Favorite Scripture Passage: : Romans 8:31-39 – it is a great summary of the unchanging and unshakable nature of God’s love for us.  Try reading it with epic movie theme music in the background, it’s awesome.
    What books are you currently reading?  For church leadership I have been reading "Deep & Wide" by Andy Stanley, and "Center Church" by Tim Keller.  Just for fun I have been working my way through a list of 100 All Time Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels.
    Favorite quote: “All men die.  Not all men truly live.
    Hobbies: : I enjoy backpacking – anytime, anywhere.  I recently became a dog-owner, and I am training my newly adopted dog to go backpacking with me.  We will see how this goes - Beamer is a 7 year old purebred Moyen Poodle who spent his first 7 years as an "indoor" dog with his previous owner!  We also just purchased and are moving into a home that was built in the 1950's to be closer to the church and to family, so my new hobby will be home improvement for many years to come.

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  • Reverend Brian Walter - Associate Pastor

    Family: I have been married to my beautiful wife Linda for 26 years and we still date regularly! We have three kids: Zack, Caitlyn, and Christina.  Zack lives in Aurora where he is a supervisor for Menards Distribution Center and volunteers at his church with the worship team. Caitlyn is attending Judson University where she is studying architecture. Chirstina is a junior at Vernon Hills High school. She enjoys leading Praise Team and performing with Spotlight Youth Theatre. When our family is all together we like to play games like Qwirkle, Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, Agricola, and Dominion. We also have a cat named Jake.    
    Before this Position: Pastoring is a second career for me. I spent 16 years in the home medical field as a rehab specialist (I delivered and fit people in custom wheelchairs). During that time I also spent a lot of time volunteering in youth ministry and eventually directing Junior High ministry part time. In 2002 on a weekend retreat I accepted a call to go into full time pastoral ministry. I began preparation for ministry by first completing my bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry at Trinity International University and then going on to complete a master’s in Christian Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. I began serving at GCC in October of 2010.
       
    Ideal vacation: Camping pretty much anywhere, I especially like the Black Hills in South Dakota, Devil’s Lake in Wisconsin, and Starved Rock in Illinois.

    Favorite Scripture Passage: One of my favorite scripture passages is Isaiah 40. I especially like verses 10-12 where we are given a view of an awesome, powerful, and mighty God and at the same time a God that comes close to His people with tender love and care . . . we serve a BIG God!
    "See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and his arm rules for him. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?"                                                                                                                                                                                                     - Isaiah 40:10-12 (NIV)

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  • Paul Kattner - Associate Pastor

    Family:  I am blessed to be married to my high school sweetheart, Lynn.  We have four children that we are extremely proud of: Kaelen, a graduate of Indiana University; Joshua, a graduate of Iowa State University; Emily who attends Warren High School, and Erin who is at Christian Life School.

    Education and Career:  I have a couple of Bachelor's degrees, a doctorate (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and two post-doctoral Master's degrees (MS in Orthodontics and an MA in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School).  Outside of my work at GCC I maintain a private practice specializing in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics in Waukegan.

    Passion:  I have a passion for spiritual formation and seeing believers grow as disciples. I am encouraged by: Ephesians 4: 11 So Christ himself gave … the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. I am compelled by: Colossians 1: 28 He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. 29 To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.

    Favorite Scripture Passage:  Luke 12:48b From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.  I have been blessed richly by God - I have been given much - I have been entrusted with much.  This passage reminds me that all I have is from God and I will glorify him when I respond to those gifts faithfully. 

    Ideal Vacation:  The Kattner's have tried lots of different vacations on for size - the best always seem to be the simplest ones.  Give us a lake, a cottage, and the fewest number of expectations possible - and we seem happiest. Oh, and it’s not too hard to talk me into a backpacking trip!

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  • Gary Elsbury - Director of Building and Grounds

    Family: Wife Tricia; Daughter Carmen & Grandson Robert; Son in Law Tony & his 4 Daughters.

    Before this Position: Graduated High School 1971; 10 years in grocery management, & 10 years building new grocery stores. The last 16 years I have been self-employed doing Commercial & Residential maintenance & improvements,  “ You Break It I Can Fix it”. 
       
    Vacation and Hobby: Golf anywhere I want around the world.
    Favorite Scripture Passage: 1Thessalonians 5: 16,17,18  Be joyful always; Pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus.
    Favorite Quote: “Help enough people get what they want and you will get what you want”  Zig Ziglar

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  • Josiah Goering - Director of Student Ministries

    Family - Hannah Goering wife and a cat named Ava
    Before this Position: B.A. in both Bible and Youth Ministry from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago Illinois and a Tour Guide Captain at Segway Experience of Chicago

    Favorite Bible Character: King Josiah, of course
    Favorite Verse - Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and  that he rewards those who seek him.
    Favorite Quotes:  “Anyone who thinks sitting in church can make you a Christian must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car.” - Garrison Keillor
                                “If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.”  - Albert Einstein  

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  • Carrie Yeaman - Director of Children and Family Ministries

    Family: I have been married to my amazing husband, Andy, since 2006. We have two wonderfully spirited daughters, Isla and Freya. We are overjoyed to be in Gurnee in a town that my family has lived for many generations.

    Before this position: For the last five years I have worked with a local Christian non-profit called, Kindred Life Ministries, which helps parenting teens. Prior to that I was a school social worker for kindergarten to fifth graders for 8 years. I received an Associates of Arts from College of Lake County, then went on for a B.A. in Psychology from North Central College in Naperville, IL and finished with a Masters of Social Work from Aurora University in Aurora, IL.

    Ministry Passion: After dedicating my life to Christ on April 3, 2004, I have spent a lot of time serving others. I have volunteered in many types of ministries, including, sports, inner city, children’s, high school, women’s, moms and couples. I believe that small groups are the way that we join in fellowship and live a life of accountability to follow the Lord.

    Favorite Bible Verse: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6)

    Hobbies and Interests: I enjoy playing volleyball, basketball, having coffee with friends and anything that involves family time

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  • Charlene Quint - Director of Church Connections

    Family: I am married to an amazing man, Chris Russell, who blesses me every day.  I have three grown children: Don, who lives in San Francisco; Christy, who is in law school in Syracuse, NY; and Marty, who is in college at Ohio University.  We have two entertaining cats, Chester and Lucy, whom we rescued and who allow us to serve them.  Marty has a loveable, old, golden retriever named John.

    Before this Position: I graduated with a BA in Accounting and Business Administration from Augustana College.  I started my career as a CPA with Arthur Andersen & Co. and then became the CFO of an independent publishing house.  After we sold the publishing company to a major publishing house in New York, I went back to school and received my J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. I dedicated my degree and legal career to the Lord even before I started law school.  After law school, I served as a law clerk to a federal judge and then as a corporate attorney for 15 years with a large Chicago law firm, where I served a number of faith-based clients on a pro bono basis. I served for 10 years on the Board of Regents of Trinity International University, where I also taught business law.

    In Addition to GCC:  I opened my own law practice in 2016 to represent women escaping abusive relationships.  In connection with that mission, I serve as an advocate against domestic abuse with A Safe Place, and have numerous public speaking engagements.  I also co-facilitate a support group on the North Shore.  In 2012, I started The Blessing Collection, a Christian giftware company.   

    Favorite Bible Passage:  Psalm 139 and Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

    Hobbies:  Skiing, piano, singing, music, snorkeling, reading (I usually have three or four books I’m reading at any given time), swimming, being outdoors, decorating, painting and writing.  I have had two law journal articles published discussing the intersection of faith and the law regarding Supreme Court opinions, a book chapter, and two inspirational books published.  One knows that God is in charge – and has a sense of humor - when he takes an accounting major who tried to never write a paper in college and leads her to publish faith-based books and articles.  

    Favorite movie: 
    Sound of Music

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  • Nikki Behler- Director of Administration

    Family: Married to Gary and mom to Laurel and a hairy dog named Cash.

    Where I'm from: I was born in England and spent most of my life there.  I moved to the USA in 1997 and lived and worked in Omaha Nebraska until I married in 2002 and moved to Gurnee in 2003.  My family actually comes from a small island in the middle of the Irish Sea called the Isle of Man - famous for being the home of Manx cats and the TT races (motorbikes) and where they filmed Ned Divine and Thomas the Tank Engine.

    Before this position: I have a diverse background which includes being a marine biologist, high-school teacher, IT techie, office helper and math tutor.
    Favorite Bible verse: Proverbs 3: 5-6  Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
    Hobbies: Digital scrapbooking, knitting, photography, genealogy,hiking,baking, gardening

    Contact Nikki here

  • Luke Copeland - Director of Worship & Creative Communication

    Family: My lovely wife Lindsey and I have been married since 2011. Our dog Bailey joined us three years later. In 2015, our beautiful daughter Harper completed our family.

    Before this position: I have been leading worship in one capacity or another since I was 16, but along the way I've worked several odd jobs to make ends meet, including file keeping, janitorial work, shelf stocking, bike building, maintenance, and teaching private piano lessons. Along the way, I received an Associate of Arts from Montreat College, earned my Bachelor of Arts in Music Ministry from Judson University, and served part-time tenures as music director at First Baptist Church of Belvidere, First Baptist Church of Aurora, and Garner Advent Christian Church.

    Favorite Scripture passage: Hebrews 10:19-22
    Favorite quote: “Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable. How many hours are in a mile? Is yellow square or round? Probably half the questions we ask - half our great theological and metaphysical problems - are like that.”  -C.S. Lewis
    Hobbies: Songwriting, distance running, chess, and b-boying.

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  • Stacey Rowan - Director of Preschool

    Family:  My husband Steven and I have been married for 19 years. We have 2 beautiful chidlren, Mitchell (18) and Hannah (15). 
    Before this postion: I grew up in upper Michigan and lived there until I got married and moved to Illinois. I went to University of Wisconsin-Stout where I majored in Early Childhood Education and minored in Child Psychology.I was a stay at home Mom when Mitchell attended Preschool here at GCC and was offered a job here shortly after. I have had the privilege of teaching here for the past 13 years and the honor of sharing in the lives of over 400 families. I can't imagine being anywhere else.
    Favorite Bible verse: Hebrews 11:1 Faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see.
    Hobbies: Reading, Gardening, scrapbooking, and skiing.
    Favorite teams: Chicago White Sox, Detroit Red Wings, Green Bay Packers

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  • Phil Rosborough - Director of Stewardship

    God: I am growing in full understanding of His love, grace, mercy, ever presence and constant pursuit of me in an effort to make me His
    Christ: I am growing in a deeper understanding and intimacy in His act of complete sacrifice in an effort to make me holy and blameless before the Father so that I can grow in complete surrender in His likeness Holy Spirit:
    I am growing in understanding that the Spirit is active and moving in my life and only by tapping into His power can I do His will!
    Spouse: 10 years ago God redeemed and blessed our Broken Roads as Cathy agreed to be my wife....she is my best friend and was Jesus to me before I knew what that meant! We have been on an amazing journey of surrender as we have blended our families these last 10 years
    Children: God has blessed us with 4 amazing "gifts".... our oldest daughter Monica and her husband Adam and adorable 7 month old grandson Julian-we are blessed to have them living here in Gurnee Our compassionate starving artist prodigal daughter Becca lives in Denver Our only son Danny is a world traveler engineering major at Georgia Tech...I think we lost him to the south:) Lastly, but certainly not least, our youngest daughter Jackie who will be heading off to Auburn in the fall(what is it with the south??:)) is addicted to horses and is quite an accomplished rider
    Work: God has blessed me with a wonderful organization for over 25 years...a business of transforming landscapes and transforming lives. I am understanding that it is really His business and He has just allowed me to steward it!
    Hobbies: when I am not enjoying all of the above, I fish, play a little golf, and do anything physical-biking, hiking, and doing these with Cathy and the kids is a double win!:) Traveling with Cath is the highlight of my fall as each year we go on an adventure in October to celebrate our anniversary and it always includes an insane hike in God's creation.I am humbled to be a servant of the resources that God has entrusted you and that you have entrusted to GCC for His service

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  • Diana Killian - Director of Congregational Care

    Family: Blessed with one son, Todd, and grandchildren, Jake and Josh.

    From: I was born, raised and educated in New York State before moving to Lake County 45 years ago where I have met some wonderful people and made some great friendships along the way. 

    Favorite Scripture Passage:
    Psalm 107: verse 1--Give Thanks unto the Lord for he is good!  His faithful love endures forever.

    Ideal vacation: would be in a rocking chair overlooking the water while watching my grandsons building sandcastles.
    Hobbies and Interests: - flowers and reading-love nature and the outdoors

    Contact Diana here

  • Nancy Westover - Director of Missional Living

    Family: I have a son David who works in IT and daughter Suzanne who teaches at a local high school.  She is married to Carlos Tejada, whom she met while serving in missions in Honduras. They have two children, Alesa, age four, and Elijah, age two.

    Before this Position: Before this position: I was born and reared in rural Pennsylvania. I graduated from  nursing school in 1969 and earned a B.S. with a biology major from Wheaton College in 1971.  I had a varied 20-plus year career in nursing, working primarily in Pediatrics/Obstetrics/NICU. God called me to a career change in 1993 with a Masters degree in Social Work from Jane Addams College of Social Work at UIC, majoring in Child and Family Therapy.  I later added School Social credentials and worked for the local Special Education cooperative for 15 years. I am officially retired but continue to work part-time as a consultant to a local high school.

    Ministry Passion: I have had a lifelong passion for missions and outreach.  I served as Deacon of Missions in a former church and have had the privilege of being a part of 7 mission trips to 4 continents.  Former community service included some of the same or similar local outreach programs as those served by GCC.  
    Favorite Scripture Passage: 
    I love the 17th chapter of John in which Jesus pours out His heart in prayer for those of us, who long after His departure, have come to believe in Him. Another cherished verse is "I am the Alpha and Omega...the Almighty."(Rev 1:8) which always reminds me who is really in charge.
    Currently Reading: The Call by Os Guiness and Science News weekly
    Hobbies and Interests: :  reading, gardening, sewing

    Contact Nancy here

  • Tricia Elsbury - Elder

    Family: Husband, Gary, Daughter, Carmen, Grandson Robert, Son-in-law Tony + his 4 daughters
    In addition to GCC: US Navy, Dental Operating Room Technician, Career Counselor, Office Manager for OnePoint Patient Care

    Favorite Bible Character: Job
    Next Item on Bucket List: Holy Land Trip
    Favorite Movie: Gone with the Wind

    Contact the Elders here

  • Tom Hood - Elder (Chair)

    Family: My wife Pam and my boys Zak and Dan 

    In addition to GCC: Bachelor of Science in Management University of Illinois at Chicago (1981) and Juris Doctorate from The John Marshall Law School (1985).  Self employed as an attorney for Thomas B. Hood Law Offices, P.C.

    Favorite Bible Passage: is Isaiah 58/favorite person from the Bible is the Apostle John for what he saw in his life time (Book of Revelation and his time with Jesus) and being as he described the one who Jesus loved.

    Ideal Vacation: My ideal vacation is traveling to a European country and exploring the old towns and enjoying the culture.
    Hobbies:My hobbies are working out/riding a bike and genealogical research.

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  • Fran Yanuzzi - Elder 

    Family: Married for over 16 years to my lovely wife, Tricia. Proud of my awesome children Sophia (25) and Dominick (23)!

    Background: Born and raised in upstate New York;  B.S. Biomedical Computing from Rochester Institute of technology; live and work in northern Illinois for the past 30+ years; currently employed as an IT Portfolio and Operations Manager at AbbVie Inc.; member of GCC for over 10 years

    Favorite Bible Passage: 1 John 4:19: We love because He first loved us. 
    Favorite Bible Character: Samaritan Woman at the Well. I can so relate to her brokenness, lack of understanding, revelation of the living God, and ultimate transformation after meeting Jesus right where she was at.
    Recommended Books: Conspiracy of Kindness by Steve Sjogren (servant evangelism): The Barbarian Way by Erwin McManus (following Christ with abandon)
    Passions: Family, travel, horseback riding, skiing, kayaking, hiking, live music

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  • Amy Gibes - Elder

    Family: Married to Joseph, God’s great gift to me, for the past 26 years. We have three
    children who have given us much joy and laughter! Hannah is 20, Sarah 17, and John
    an energetic 13.

    Background: I was born and raised on a cattle farm in Northern IL. I graduated from
    National Louis University with a BA in English and a certification in elementary
    education. I taught 5th grade for several years in the Zion, IL area before meeting
    Joseph. After marriage we lived in Waukesha, WI and then Darlington, WI where we
    thrived in small town life. I have done graduate work at the University of WI in Platteville
    and Concordia University in Mequon, WI. A main focus for me has been what I term
    being the CEO, family educator/manager, and domestic engineer of the Gibes family
    enterprise.Ministry

    Passion: Anything to do with serving at risk children and their families as well as
    building healthy communities in homes, churches, and schools.

    Favorite Scripture Passage: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your
    own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.”
    Proverbs 3:5,6

    Hobbies and Interests: Reading from an assortment of literary genres, biking, traveling
    (particularly Britain), attending Chicago symphony concerts, playing piano, and doing
    anything musical with my family

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  • Ron Kilik - Elder

    Family: wife Sue, three children, John, musician in US Army, wife Christine, both in Germany,Anne Ross, photo stylist, husband Jeff, granddaughters Josephine and Nola, all in LA, and Ben in heaven. 

    Personal background: born in 1939, in Lithuania, lived five years in post-war Bavaria, Germany,  became a Chicago south-sider in 1950, US citizen 1957, married 1966, Lake County resident 1968, Gurnee resident 1977, MBA U of C 1977, retired from Abbott Labs 1994.

    @GCC:
    since 1977, served in a variety of roles - usher, teacher, elder, discussion leader, joint facilitator in the rolling leadership of a through-the-bible-in-a-year class.

    Favorite Verses: James 4:8a
    , Come near to God and he will come near to you.  Eph. 4:26, “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,  Eph. 4:29, Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.  Col.3:16, Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.  Prov. 4:24, Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.  Zech. 8:23, This is what the Lord Almighty says: “In those days ten people from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.’” NIV  This verse becomes personally very relevant when one recalls Paul's description of us as being ingrafted branches.
    In the Community: served as BSA leader - local camping, summer camps, Philmont trek;  currently in the 19th year of part-time employment at Warren-Newport Public Library.
    Now Reading:
    The Bible, "Psalms - The Prayer Book of the Bible", "Praying Through Psalm 119", "What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur'an", "Lethal Passage", "Emotionally Healthy Spirituality". Recent: "Dead Wake"
    Hobbies:
    yard - flowers, shrubs, and trees; computing, reading, movies, opera, Six Flags Park.
    Sports: fair weather fan of major Chicago teams - Cubs, Sox, Bears, Bulls, Hawks, and Fire.

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  • Robin Wantoch - Elder

    Family:  I have been married to my husband, Steve, for 22 years.  Steve and I have 2 children: Jacob (18), will be graduating high school this year and plans to attend Hope College in the fall and Megan (16),  is a junior in high school.  Steve has an adult son, Joe, who lives in Louisiana. 

    In addition to GCC: :  I have a BA in Sociology from Monmouth Collage.  I worked in the social services field, primarily in child welfare, for 15 years. I have been homemaker for 14 years.  I recently received an MS degree in Special Education from Dominican University and plan to return to work in the field of education.

    Favorite Scripture Passages:  I have several favorite scriptures but a couple of them are: Psalm 139 and Colossians 3:10-12,  "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."
    Books currently reading: I am currently reading Song of Songs by Brian Simmons and Mightier Than The Sword  by Jeffery Archer.
    Next Item on my Bucket List:  I would like to visit the Holy Land

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  • Steve Saunders - Elder

    Family: Married to my delightful wife Kirsten for over 22 years. We have two children, Michelle (21) and Andrew (17), and two dogs, Hossa and Scout.

    Background: I was born and raised in Glencoe, IL. I graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a BS in Civil Engineering. I have served in the Village of Winnetka's Public Works Department for over 30 years, and am currently the Director of Public Works and VIllage Engineer. We have lived in Gurnee since 1995 and have been members of GCC since 2000. I am currently a part-time student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield pursuing a Master's Degree in Christian Studies.

    Favorite Bible Passage: Psalm 32: 1-5 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord," and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.

    Favorite Bible Character: The Apostle Paul. His passion and perseverance, married to his intellect and heart for the lost, are an inspiration.

    Ideal Vacation: Any backpacking or camping trip, but particularly in the Rocky Mountains. A close second is camping, hunting, or vegging in Door County, WI.

    Passions: Music (all kinds from Miranda Lambert to U2 to symphony orchestral music), hockey (both playing and watching), cooking (and eating...), and reading/teaching the Bible.

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