Director of Human Resources
Beth is originally from southeastern Michigan and attended Michigan State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Employment Relations and Organizational Psychology. Beth moved to the northwest suburbs in 1993 to pursue a career in human resources and while doing so earned her MBA with an emphasis on Organizational Development at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Beth has held various corporate and consulting positions focused on employee benefits, recruiting, and staff development. Beth and her husband Andres, a school Social Worker in District 211, have five children and enjoy attending band and choir concerts, sporting events, and ballet recitals.
Herb was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. After spending six years in the marketplace, God called him into full-time ministry in 2003. He has been married to his wife, Alice, since 2010 and they have three children: Jadon, Maddie and Natalie. Herb's hope is that all people could really experience the transforming power of the gospel.
Pete and Sarma began attending The Orchard in 1997 and became members in 2008. In the first few years of attending, they were mainly receivers of the worship, teaching and children’s ministry. Then in 2006, Sarma began serving as accompanist for the choir and orchestra. They were welcomed into membership in 2008. The years at The Orchard and the focused study and application of the truth of God’s Word have been a time of growth as well as an increased zeal for following and serving Jesus Christ and His Kingdom. Pete serves at the Welcome Desk and together with Sarma they lead a LIFE Group. He is also co-leading a Men’s LIFE group. Pete serves as a volunteer with Unlocking the Bible, with a focus on equipping leaders for churches. He also has an active ministry with the Latvian Baptist churches in America. He is a graduate of both LEVERAGE and MOMENTUM, two training offerings of Unlocking the Bible. This training has been especially meaningful in preparation, stirring up and equipping for ministry. Pete and Sarma attend the Arlington Heights Campus.
(Term ends 2021)
Jonathan grew up on the mission field in Venezuela where his parents served as church planters with the EFCA. In 2009, after serving as a youth pastor for four years, Jonathan began an internship at The Orchard while working towards his Master of Divinity at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) and has served on staff ever since. During his time at TEDS, Jonathan recognized a growing need for a professional counseling solution for the church, at which time he enrolled in the dual master’s program to earn both his Master of Divinity and Master of the Arts in Mental Health Counseling. Jonathan has served as a worship pastor for the contemporary service at the Arlington Heights Campus since 2014. In 2018, along with several colleagues, he founded Steeple Counseling, in response to the deep and growing burden for gospel-centered counseling committed to clinical excellence. He and his wife, Karen, have three children.
Krista is deeply devoted to God’s Word and takes a proactive stance to ministry leadership, discipleship, and evangelism. She began participating on missions trips with The Orchard at an early age and quickly felt a call on her life to serve long-term on the mission field. She recently graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Business Finance degree and is eager to become further equipped for cross-cultural missions work.
André was born and raised in Ohio. He met his wife Leslie, in Indianapolis, Indiana and they were married in August 2014. Andre’s biblical convictions were deepened at Crossroads Bible College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Before coming to Chicago, he served as a pastor of community ministries for a church in Indiana. André joined The Orchard Network as a pastoral resident in 2017 and now serves as pastor of the Chicago campus.
Director of Communications and Media Services
Claire grew up in southeastern Michigan. She studied social work at both Central Michigan University and the University of Michigan before moving to the northwest suburbs in January 2006. The Orchard became her church home shortly after moving. Claire joined the staff in March 2008 to help develop and support the LIFE Group ministry. After serving in a variety of roles, she became the Director of Communications and Media Services in February 2017.
Member at Large
Dan was born and raised in the northwest suburbs. He became aware of his sin and need for a savior at a young age and put his faith in Jesus Christ as Lord through Awana. He was baptized in 1995, married to Karen in 2002 and they became members of The Orchard in 2012. A serial entrepreneur, he enjoys creating and running various small business endeavors. Dan, Karen, and their three children attend the Barrington campus where Dan serves as a LIFE Group leader, usher, and Awana volunteer. Dan has had the privilege of participating in Unlocking the Bible’s LEVERAGE and will graduate from MOMENTUM this year. God has given Dan a heart for missions, with a specific draw to the church planters in Albania, where he has had the joy of participating in numerous short-term trips. Dan currently serves on the board of the Via Egnatia Network and the Radstock Network. Dan and his family attend the Barrington Campus.
(Term Ends 2023)
Member at Large
The Lord opened Dorothy’s eyes to a clear understanding of Jesus Christ as the way, the truth, and the life in her 20s. She placed her faith in Him as her Lord and Savior through the witness of a fellow nurse. She and Dave have been married for over 25 years, raised four children, and are now enjoying being grandparents. They began attending The Orchard in 1992 and have been members since 1996. She was baptized in 2011. Dorothy and Dave have been a part of The Orchard’s ministry through praying, serving, and going. Activities include involvement in children’s ministries, ushering, reading scripture and LIFE Groups. They participated in the inaugural LEVERAGE class and were part of the Barrington Campus launch team. Mission trips include Switzerland, India and five consecutive years as part of the Budapest English Teen Camp leadership team. Dorothy and Dave attend the Barrington Campus.
(Term ends 2022)
Michelle grew up in Long Grove. She attended Olivet Nazarene University where she received her bachelors degree in Business Administration with a concentration in management and played volleyball for the ONU Tigers. She joined the staff in December 2008 as the Administrative Assistant to Congregational Life at the Arlington Heights Campus. She currently serves as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of Operations. One of her favorite verses is Ephesians 6:7.
Heather grew up in the far south suburb of Frankfort, Illinois. She and her husband, George, met at Lake Geneva Youth Camp the summer of 1978 during their high school years and were married in 1984. They raised three sons and were delighted when they became blessed with a daughter-in-law and later again with granddaughter, Madison. Heather is excited to be serving at The Orchard after 30 years of being a homemaker and serving in various volunteer roles in the church.
Member at Large
Rob was raised in Elmhurst, Illinois and has been a follower of Jesus Christ for 35 years. Rob married his wife Amy 15 years ago after meeting her at their church in Chicago. They moved to Arlington Heights in 2007 and have been members of The Orchard since 2008. Rob has served with Kindergarten Sunday School, Awana, Timothy’s Ministry, Men in Action, and the Parking Ministry. Rob is an Air Force veteran. Rob and his family attend the Arlington Heights Campus.
(Term ends 2021)
Eddy “Lalo” Chavez
Eddy “Lalo” Chavez was born and raised in Mexico and moved to the U.S. 15 years ago. He’s spent most of that time in Chicago, with a short stint in Saint Louis, Missouri. His first job was at 5-years-old selling Jello outside of a Catholic church to help his family income. He started learning computer skills when he was 12-years-old. He burned down his first computer trying to upgrade the memory on it, but that’s how he learned. He has a labradoodle named Blakie.
Dan Chung is a husband and father of four. In 2003 he started a ministry to address the needs of North Korean refugees in China called Crossing Borders. He currently serves as the organization’s Executive Director. Earlier on, he was a journalist. His works appeared in the Associated Press and The New York Times as well as on the radio with CBS Radio and NPR.
Receptionist and Facility Scheduler
Born and raised in Michigan, Marilyn is the daughter of a pastor. She married her high school sweetheart, Forrest, and they are the parents of four adult daughters. Their family also includes four sons-in-law and many grandchildren. Marilyn returned to college in 2007 and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Judson University in 2009. She began attending The Orchard in June 2007 and joined the Barrington Campus staff in December 2010. Her passion is facilitating the work of the ministry by assisting staff and church members, which she has been privileged to do for nearly two decades. Marilyn’s ministry verse is Ephesians 5:2.
Pastor of Student Ministries
Dennis was born and raised in eastern Iowa. He attended the University of Northern Iowa where he studied music education. He spent five years teaching instrumental music at a middle school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Feeling a call to full-time student ministry, Dennis began seminary in 2006. He graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2009 with a Master of Divinity and a desire to invest in the next generation with the gospel. Dennis brings more than 10 years of full-time student ministry experience to The Orchard. Prior to joining The Orchard’s staff, Dennis served as Pastor of Student Ministries at churches in Cedar Falls, Iowa; Lansing, Illinois and Orland Park, Illinois. Dennis and his wife, Kelli, were married in 2007 and have two children, Emilee and Joshua.
Member at Large
Greg was raised in Gaylord, Michigan and moved to Chicago in 1998. Upon moving to the northwest suburbs in 2005, Greg and Katy were immediately drawn to The Orchard because of its strong commitment to the gospel and the preaching of God’s Word. They became members in 2009. Greg has served with the high school youth group, media services, worship team, as a LIFE Group leader, and participated in Leverage. Greg and his family attend the Northfield Campus.
(Term ends 2020)
Katy grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago. She has a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois-Chicago. She worked as a social worker at a school for children with special needs in grades K-12 for six years. She and her husband, Greg, have been married since 2003. They moved to the northwest suburbs in 2005, at which point they began attending The Orchard, becoming members in 2009. They have three children: Luke, Abby, and Brendan. Katy has served in a number of ministries at The Orchard over the years, including high school ministry, LIFE Group leader, lay pastor, welcome/hospitality, and women’s ministries.
Children’s Ministries Coordinator
Heather was born and raised in Arlington Heights and Palatine. According to His mercy and grace, God gave her the gift of saving faith at an early age, and she was baptized by her grandfather. Heather graduated from Calvin College, where she met her husband, Jason. They were married in July 2001 and have three children: Christopher, Carson, and Emilie. Prior to joining The Orchard staff, Heather taught high school English for six years while also completing a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She then stayed home for 13 years with her kids and remains busy volunteering in her kids’ schools and activities. Heather has loved serving in worship, women’s, and children’s ministries at The Orchard and is proud to call this community “home.”
Receptionist and Facility Scheduler
Elizabeth grew up in Burlington, Iowa and attended Millikin University, where she studied piano and received a Bachelor in Communications. Elizabeth and her husband, Dale, have two sons and live in Arlington Heights. She and her family have been members of The Orchard since 1999. Elizabeth has enjoyed serving in various ministries and currently serves as Sparks Director and is on the Orchard Kids Welcome Team at the Barrington Campus.
Jason grew up in Dowagiac, Michigan, where he met his wife, Jenny. Jason started his accounting career as an intern with Honeywell, who eventually moved them to Phoenix, Arizona. While in Phoenix, both Jason and Jenny put their faith in Christ. Jason attended the University of Phoenix where he received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Prior to joining the staff at The Orchard, he worked in accounting in the manufacturing, financial, and nonprofit industries. Jason and Jenny homeschool their three children and enjoy spending time on the beach, hiking, and camping.
Kyle Green recently completed a BS in Biblical Studies at Moody Bible Institute where he met his wife, Melina. They have a 2-year-old son, Avery. Kyle has a call to pastoral ministry and a special heart for the lost. He also has a deep resolve to contend with false teaching.
Director of Women’s Ministries
Linda Green has attended The Orchard since 1985. She and her husband, Ray, have three adult children and multiple precious grandchildren. After receiving her degree in education, Linda taught for six years before staying home to give full attention to raising her children. In 1997, she began serving in Children’s Ministries with Linda Hrivnak. She then went on to become the Pastor to Families where she served for two years before transitioning to Director of Women's Ministries. Linda’s passion is to help women walk in the power and freedom of the gospel of grace.
Member at Large
Nathan was born and raised in central Indiana and moved to the northwest suburbs when his wife started graduate school in 1998. He was introduced to Jesus at the age of 10 but didn’t come to know him as his Lord and Savior until 1997 through some firm convictions and very godly men. God’s grace continues to abound in Nathan’s life through the many disciples in his life and a posture of humility that only God can bring through the reading of His word. Nathan and his family started attending The Orchard in 2006 and became members in 2008 planting roots through LIFE Groups. Today, Nathan is active in LIFE Group leadership, Middle School ministry and a campus Trustee. Nathan and his family attend the Barrington Campus.
(Term ends 2022)
Eri was born and raised in Japan. At age 14, not knowing much English, she came to United States to attend a Christian school in Oklahoma. There she came to know Jesus her personal Savior and Lord. Eri's husband Greg, a photographer, and adult children, Myles and Jessica, have been attending The Orchard since 1994. Eri joined the staff in 2006, serving in various ministries, and now supports Congregational Life and Women’s Ministries. She enjoys leading an inter-generational LIFE group for women. One of her favorite verses is 2 Corinthians 9:8.
Dirk grew up in the Fargo, North Dakota area, where he was brought to faith in Christ. He studied political science and economics at Minnesota State University Moorhead, during which time he was involved in ministries to young adults, international students, and refugees. After completing his undergraduate studies, he moved to Illinois to pursue his Masters of Divinity at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Having attended The Orchard since arriving in Illinois, he is excited to serve and equip the people of God for works of service as a pastoral intern, while being equipped himself for faithful service by The Orchard staff.
Cindi grew up in Arlington Heights and has attended The Orchard since 1968. She attended Taylor University. She met her husband, Steve, through the Singles Ministry when James MacDonald was the pastor and they were married here in September 1989.They have two boys – Brad and Tim. Cindi has been working at The Orchard since October 2005.
Director of College Ministries
Alex grew up in a Christ-centered home in the northwest suburbs. Her parents taught her diligently about the Lord which is why she became a believer at a young age. Alex attended Olivet Nazarene University where she grew more deeply rooted in her walk with Jesus, and truly understood grace in the mundane moments of life. Alex has a passion for words, writing, reading and communicating, which is why she became an English teacher. She currently teaches at Wauconda High School. Because of Alex's deep growth with Jesus in college, she desired to serve college students by fellowshipping in the Word, prayer, and discipleship which is why is excited to be the Director of College Ministries. Alex is married to Johnny. They have one daughter, Piper, and a little one on the way.
Director of Women’s Ministries
Members of The Orchard since 2003, Laura and her husband, Dave, have three children - Megan, Adam, and Aaron. Prior to coming to The Orchard, Laura worked as a software engineer and also served in youth ministry, worship, small group leadership and crisis pregnancy counseling. She joined The Orchard staff in 2008 and transitioned to women's ministries in 2010. Laura has a Graduate Certificate in Biblical Counseling through the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation and is currently working toward a Masters in Counseling through Westminster Theological Seminary. She has a passion for helping women apply the Gospel to their lives and is thrilled to be serving at The Orchard.
Rachel grew up in Mill Creek, Indiana as a pastor’s kid. After completing her Bachelors Degree in Education at Judson University, she became Executive Director of a childcare facility. She and her husband, Alex, moved to Marengo 13 years ago. Rachel and Alex, along with their four children, call The Orchard their home.
Elder Committee Chairman
Nate was born and raised in Canada, and began attending The Orchard after moving to Chicago from Toronto in 2007 with his wife, Rupam. They became members in 2008. Nate’s areas of service have included media services, LIFE Connections, Children’s Ministries, and LIFE Group leadership. Most recently, he has been helping lead the development of our global missions’ partnership in India. He is passionate about the advance of the gospel, and to encourage mature, fruitful disciples who are fully committed to the Lord. Nate and his family attend the Northfield Campus.
(Term ends 2022)
Jeanne grew up in Arlington Heights in a family of eight kids. She graduated from Arlington High School before it closed in 1984. Jeanne has enjoyed creating art in all mediums for as long as she can remember. She attended Columbia College to study Graphic Design where she fell in love with the beauty of figure drawing. She moved to Wauconda in 1996, bought her first house and started her family. She has two daughters, Emma and Grace.
Pastor Scott was born and raised in Mt. Prospect, Illinois. Before coming to The Orchard in 2007, he served as a church planter for the EFCA in Valparaiso, Indiana, and Bolingbrook, Illinois, and as a Sports Ministry Director for Athletes In Action in Tampa, Florida. Scott has helped the church move to a multi-site model for ministry and reinforce the strong commitment to the gospel. Scott and his wife Cindy, who grew up at The Orchard, have four children: Alyssa, John, Matt, and Ben.
Dillon grew up in Arlington Heights and has attended The Orchard since 2001. While at The Orchard, he served in a variety of ministries, including Awana and the Middle School ministry. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Exposition from the Moody Bible Institute, he is now pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Dillon served as a Student Ministries intern at the Arlington Campus beginning in May 2014. He began serving as Interim Pastor at Marengo in February 2020. He is passionate about clearly and effectively preaching God’s word to the church and hopes to serve as a missionary in Hungary one day.
Julie went to college at the University of Illinois where she met her husband, Jacob. In 2010, she graduated with a degree in Chemistry and moved to Texas to teach. In 2018, Julie, Jacob and their two daughters moved back to Illinois and started worshipping at The Orchard. Julie and her family enjoy playing games and baking together.
Michael was born in raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He became a follower of Christ in 2010, and soon after joined the youth worship band at his church. Serving on this team led Michael to feel a call to vocational worship ministry. He attended Liberty University and graduated with a Music and Worship degree in 2019. Michael is passionate about singing God’s truth with God’s people, and is excited to grow personally and spiritually as he joins The Orchard.
Executive Director of Operations
Russ grew up in Galesburg, Illinois and graduated from Illinois State University. Prior to joining the staff at The Orchard he worked in hospital operations and account management with a software development company in the healthcare industry. Russ and his wife Julie, a teacher, have three children and enjoy camping, kayaking, bike riding and Blackhawks hockey along with most any sporting event.
Cole grew up in San Diego, CA and earned a BA in business management from Azusa Pacific University. He is currently working on his MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is particularly passionate about the power of prayer as it fosters intimacy with God and furthers His Kingdom.
Director of Global Ministries
Brad was born in Colorado and grew up at Calvary Bible Evangelical Free Church in Boulder. He finished high school in Vienna, Austria where he started corresponding with his future wife, Kari. Brad is a licensed aircraft mechanic and pilot, served as a Russian Linguist in the United States Air Force, and went on to earn a B.A. in Aviation Science from College of the Ozarks. Brad and Kari helped plant the First Evangelical Free Church in Springfield, Missouri before being sent to Budapest, Hungary in 1999. They were supported missionaries of The Orchard while serving with ReachGlobal. Brad and Kari have four children: Whitney, Kelsey, Peter, and Jacob. As the Director of Global Ministries, Brad will play a key role in helping us fulfill The Orchard’s mission around the world.
Pastor of Congregational Life
Brandon was born and raised in Buffalo Grove, IL. By God's grace he heard the gospel often at home and at Our Saviour EFC in Wheeling, Illinois. Brandon graduated from Taylor University ('09) where he studied political science and history. More importantly in college he was challenged to take the Word of God and following the Lord Jesus seriously. He met his beautiful wife, Kaiti, at Taylor and they were married in August 2013. They have two daughters, Eva and Audrey, and one son, Patrick. Brandon and Kaiti were members of Our Saviour EFC for over three and a half years where Brandon served as assistant pastor prior to the call in 2015 to serve at The Orchard. He graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with a Master's of Divinity degree and is confident he can recommend a great book you have not read that will bless you.
Director of High School
Trevor was born and raised in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He graduated from Taylor University (’15) and went on to complete two Master of Arts degrees from Trinity International University (’18). He enjoys teaching and developing relationships with students to help them through formative years of life. Trevor met his wife, Rachel, while they attended Taylor University, and they have been married since 2016. They have one son, Theo. Besides being Director of High School Ministries, Trevor also operates a business called Sliders North that does professional maintenance on sliding patio doors throughout the north suburbs.
Pastor of Student Ministries
Josh Newton began attending The Orchard in 2008 after moving to the Chicagoland area in 2006 from Boone, NC. He came with his wife, Diana, leaving the Appalachian Mountains to follow the Lord’s call to youth ministry. While earning his Master of Divinity he served as a youth intern under Bing Nieh, working with our middle school students. He graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in December 2010 and transitioned to Pastor of Student Ministries at the Barrington Campus in the spring of 2011. Josh, Diana and their chiweenie, Scout, now live in Palatine and are excited to see what the Lord has in store for them in the years to come.
Kelsey was born and raised in Minnesota. He grew up in EFCA churches and has been involved in ministry since his freshman year of high school. He attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth for a short time before transferring to Trinity for the five-year M.Div. program. He loves seeing how God is at work in the world and how he is being used at The Orchard.
Tom grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He attended Wheaton College, where he met his wife, Kari. Tom and Kari were married in 2004, and they have two daughters, Kettie and Tovie, and a son, Thomas. Tom served as our contemporary worship pastor while completing his Master of Divinity degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2007. He was the high school pastor from 2008-2012, and now serves as pastor of the Barrington Campus.
Gaetano is originally from Michigan, but has been serving with ReachGlobal’s APEX missions team and ministering to college students in Wisconsin for the past two years. He completed a two-year program of Bible education with emphasis on cross-cultural missions at Ethnos360 (formerly New Tribes Bible Institute). Gaetano is a gifted evangelist and eager to witness to the Lord’s faithfulness by sharing the gospel and eternal hope of faith in Christ.
Josh grew up in Minnesota and has been married to his wife, Sarah, since 2010. They have three children, Nora, Quinn and Haddon. Josh has attended The Orchard since 2011 and in May 2016, he began his role as Pastor for The Orchard - Northfield. Josh loves Jesus, his church, his family, and super heroes.
Kurt Pazdra II
Kurt grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He put his faith in Christ at the age of seven when presented with the gospel by the late Reverend Billy Graham. After being involved in church service and leadership through high school, Kurt studied at Wheaton College where he received his B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies. While on staff as a pastoral intern, Kurt is currently studying for his Masters of Divinity at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Frank, his wife, Diane, and their three kids, Anthony, Kaitlin, and Kyle, have been living in Arlington Heights and attending The Orchard for 17 years. They have served in Sunday school, Awana, and Middle School ministries. Frank studied architecture at IIT in Chicago before he owned and operated a North Shore landscaping company for more than 20 years. He joined The Orchard staff in January 2006.
Director of Middle School
Ryan grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He received both a bachelor's and master's degree from Trinity in Deerfield. Over the past seven years, Ryan has served in music and youth ministry in local churches. He teaches Bible and English, as well as coaches soccer, at Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights.
Valerie grew up in Michigan and traveled to Illinois to attend Judson College. She received her bachelors degree in Visual Communications, and shortly after, met her husband, Brent. They are raising two young boys and stay busy volunteering with school, sports, and church activities. Valerie is excited to see God working through the Café ministry.
Mike grew up in the Chicago area and came to faith at the end of high school. At the University of Illinois, he was blessed to find fellowship through a campus ministry and see the importance of Bible study, discipleship, and finding a Christ-centered, Bible preaching church. His college roommate invited him to attend The Orchard in the summer of 2000 and he started attending full-time in 2003 after graduating. He met his wife Kristin at church in 2004, and they were married at The Orchard in 2007. Mike and Kristin have been members since 2006. They have served The Orchard in various capacities. Mike has led a LIFE Group since 2003 and Sunday school for student ministries since the Barrington Campus started meeting in 2008. Mike and Kristin have been leading a LIFE Group together since 2009 and have delighted in seeing family's grow in their love and commitment to the Lord. Mike served a three-year term on the Nominating Committee and was part of the committee that planned Pastor Colin and Karen's 20 year anniversary celebration. Mike and his family attend the Barrington Campus.
(Term ends 2023)
Jeff and Kathy began attending The Orchard in 1993 and have been members since 1997. During that time, Jeff has served as Awana Sparks Director, a LIFE group leader, and on missionary care teams. He currently serves as co-team leader for the 5th grade Sunday school at the Arlington Heights Campus. Jeff and his family attend the Arlington Heights Campus.
(Term ends 2023)
Director of Children’s Ministries
Heather has attended The Orchard since 2003. She and her husband, Steve, have three children: Colin, Sean and Meghan. She became a Christian at the University of Kentucky in 1988. After receiving her Master’s degree in Learning Disabilities, Heather taught students with special needs for ten years and coached various activities before staying home to raise her children. During those years she volunteered in various ministries at The Orchard.
Director of Children’s and Student Ministries
Jeremy was raised in Arlington Heights and has attended The Orchard since he was in the nursery. He spent a year after high school studying in England at Capernwray Bible School. There, he grew in his understanding of the Word and the vitality of it being in his daily life. After receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Youth Ministry and Counseling at Moody Bible Institute, he returned to England as a missionary serving at Capernwray. He returned to Chicago the following year to pursue further education, and it was during that year he met his wife, Kristin, who he married in June 2016. He is now pursing a Masters of Divinity at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is passionate about Student Ministries because it had a massive impact on his coming to know Christ as Lord of his life.
Kristin Schambach grew up in central Illinois and has been worshiping at The Orchard since 2015. She attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and has lived in the Chicagoland area since she graduated from the school in 2011. She worked at TEAM, The Evangelical Alliance Mission, for 7 years before joining the staff at The Orchard in January of 2019. She has been married to Jeremy since June of 2016, and they love serving in Student Ministries together at the Northfield campus. She also loves hiking, traveling, and summer!
Director of Children’s Ministries and Special Needs
Wendi has attended The Orchard since 1993 with her husband, John - her high school sweetheart - and their children, Zach and Alexis. After receiving her degree in regular education and special education, Wendi taught in the Schaumburg Schools and at Immanuel Lutheran Palatine, but stayed home between these positions to raise her children. She began volunteering as our Special Needs Coordinator in 1998. In June 2009, Wendi joined the staff as Director of Children's Ministry and Special Needs at the Barrington Campus. She is extremely passionate about giving all children of all ages and cognitive abilities the opportunity to learn and grow in the truths of God's Word.
Director of Campus Ministries
Grace was raised in Racine, WI in a family where she spent as much time at church as she did at home. She went on to study Organizational Communications at Cedarville University in Ohio with minors in both Marketing and Biblical Studies. Continually learning how to listen to the voice of God, she is excited to further pursue ministry and community at The Orchard. Grace enjoys an organized space, a good chocolate treat, and more importantly spending time with her family.
Pastor Colin Smith was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. He trained at London School of Theology, where he met his wife, Karen. He served as pastor of Enfield Evangelical Free Church in London for 16 years before coming to The Orchard in 1996. As Senior Pastor, he has brought a strong emphasis on God's Word, has helped the church develop a vision for the future and has encouraged and taught young preachers. Colin and Karen have two sons, Andrew and David.
Trey graduated from Taylor University with a BA in Christian Educational Ministries and an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is married to Nikki and they have three children: Crew, Greyson, and JD. They have been worshiping at The Orchard - Barrington since the fall of 2016, and Trey began his role at The Orchard in 2019. As Associate Pastor, Trey serves alongside Tom Olson to oversee the ministry operations and staff at Barrington. He is also responsible for outreach initiatives.
Mark grew up in Des Moines, Iowa where ministry was a big part of his life. After high school, he joined his parents for two years in Russia where they worked with the Medical Center “Agape” taking God’s love to the literal ends of the Earth. After attending Moody for a year, he moved to Chicago and began to pursue his passion for all things media. He worked at Willow Creek for 12 years in their production department prior to working at The Orchard. He loves to travel and has been fortunate to visit many places around the country and abroad. Mark and his wife Heidi love spending time with their children, Malachy, Owen, and Madeline.
Global Ministries Coordinator
vGeorgette and her husband, Joe, came to The Orchard in 1996 and soon after began serving in student ministries. In 2007, Georgette joined The Orchard Student Ministries staff. Georgette now works alongside Brad Mullet, coordinating Global Ministries at The Orchard. She enjoys facilitating mission trips and has been blessed to serve personally on short team teams for Katrina, Bangkok, and Hungary. She and Joe have two adult children, Andrew (and wife Emily) and Ally and (husband Will).
Aogu was born and raised in Nagano, Japan, and he made the decision to follow Jesus Christ when he was 12. He went to Word of Life Bible Institute in NY to study the Bible, and he received a BA in Christian Education from Cedarville University. Aogu currently attends Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and he is passionate about worship, discipleship and teaching. His vision is to equip people to do what God has called them to do, and send them to the uttermost parts of the world to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Director of Multicultural Ministries
Shohei was born and raised in Japan. He came to Chicago in 2004 with his family and has been on staff at The Orchard over 10 years. He loves to share the good news of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20) and has a vision for all diverse people being united in the name of Jesus worshiping Him together (Revelation 7:9). He graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2008 with his Master of Divinity. Shohei and his wife, Nami, have two children, Paul and Rayna. He enjoys reading, exercising, and playing electric guitar.
David grew up in the EFCA and has been worshiping at The Orchard since 2015. After studying Bible and Theology at Sterling College in Kansas ('14), he received his M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School ('18). He and his wife, Sarah, have been married since 2014 and have a son named Owen. David serves as a Pastoral Resident of Unlocking The Bible and desires to help Christians to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Rita was raised in Central Florida where she met her husband, Brian. All three of their children, Emily, Ben and Sara, were born there. They moved to the northwest suburbs of Chicago in 1994 and began attending The Orchard in 1999. After serving as the interim accountant here, Rita closed her 12-year-old accounting business, knowing she was called to work at The Orchard. Rita and her family attend the Barrington Campus.
Lili grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelor of Music and Worship degree with an emphasis in voice. She has served in multiple worship and administrative capacities, supporting the local church through music ministry and working as the Assistant to the Chief Marketing Officer in Moody’s marketing department. She is excited to continue in her passions for music and serving in the local church through her position at The Orchard. In addition to serving at The Orchard, Lili teaches private voice and piano lessons in a studio in South Loop. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, running, traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her friends and family.
Pastor of Congregational Life
Luke was born in Chicago and raised in Deerfield, IL. After high school, he went to culinary school in Providence RI, and worked as a chef in several exclusive restaurants in southern California. After ten years, Luke returned to the Chicagoland area and found his passion for God’s Word and spiritual growth. Upon graduating from Trinity with a Master of Divinity, Luke and Rachel married and currently live in Carol Stream. He has moved-out of the kitchen to pursue pastoral ministry but still loves to use his culinary skills and hospitality for the gift of the gospel.
Nathan grew up as a missionary kid in Chiang Mai, Thailand, going to an English international school there. He attended The Ohio State University for undergrad, where he gave his life to Christ, and was able to be involved with Cru there. After spending some time working with refugees in Thailand, he started attending Trinity Evangelical Divinity School to get his Masters of Divinity. He is excited to learn, serve, and fall deeper in love with Jesus alongside everyone at The Orchard.
Cameron was raised in Los Angeles, California. He grew up attending EFCA churches and has served with ReachNational. He is pursuing his degree in Pastoral Studies at the Moody Bible Institute. Cameron is passionate about sharing the gospel and the advancement of the local church. He loves The Orchard – Chicago and looks forward to being part of what the Lord is doing in the city.
Linda grew up in Palatine and met her husband, Clint, at Trinity International University. They have been members at The Orchard since 1999 and attend the Arlington Heights Campus. During those years, Linda has served in many areas including Middle School Ministries. Linda has two married children and multiple lovely grandchildren.
Worship Pastor Dan Wells became a Christian in 1992 and poured his life into the Church. In the spring of 2000, he began full-time ministry at the Evangelical Free Church in Orange, CA, where he served until God called him here to The Orchard in September 2007. Trained in music at UCLA, Dan holds BA and MA degrees in composition and piano performance. He has been married since 1995 to his wife, Midge, and has three wonderful children, Lea, Donny, and Debbie.
Brad grew up in Glen Ellyn, IL. He received a B.A. in Biblical Literature from Taylor University and a M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. After five years serving as the Pastor of Student Ministries at The Orchard - Arlington Heights, he is now serving as the Pastor at The Orchard - Itasca. Brad is married to Kristen and they have one daughter, Joanna.
Jonathan holds a BA in Pastoral Ministry from Moody Bible Institute and is finishing coursework on a Masters of Divinity at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. The Lord has placed a deep desire and unfading passion in Jonathan to shepherd the local church and faithfully preach His Word. He and his wife Megan have three young boys.
Griffin was born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota. He studied music at North Dakota State University while also cultivating a deep love for local church ministry. Upon graduation, Griffin came to The Orchard in August 2016. He and his wife, Alex, were married in 2017. Griffin and Alex enjoy experiencing God’s creation in nature and making food together.
Russ earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from Taylor University, where he met his wife, Sandy. They live in Arlington Heights and have attended The Orchard since 1982. Prior to coming on staff in April 2010, he was project manager for a large real estate/property management firm in Chicago. Russ has previously served on the Audio Visual and Properties Councils. Russ and Sandy have two grown daughters who live in the area.
Sandy grew up in Erie, PA and met her husband, Russ, at Taylor University in Indiana. They have been attending The Orchard since shortly after their marriage in 1982 and have two adult daughters who are married and live in the area. Sandy came on staff in 2004, working for Pastor Colin's radio ministry, Unlocking the Bible, and in 2006 became Pastor Colin’s Executive Assistant.
Terry and Mary Jo began attending The Orchard in 1999 and became members in 2000. Terry has served with middle school students, as a LIFE Group leader, Global Missions team, Finance Committee and previously served on the Church Board. Professionally, Terry’s work has focused on serving in the leadership of two missions organizations and on various ministry boards. His current work involves financial management consultation for nonprofit ministries. Terry and Mary Jo attend the Arlington Heights Campus.
(Term ends 2020)
Children’s Ministries Coordinator
Amy grew up in Palatine and at The Orchard. She studied Elementary Education at Wheaton College. After meeting her husband, Karl, at The Orchard, they married in 2002. They have two daughters, Kaeleigh and Madison.
Elder at Large
Ed grew up in church but didn’t develop a personal relationship with Christ until later. He and Becky were married in 1975. He made a personal commitment to Christ as a result of being challenged to speak on why he made a financial commitment to the church. This, coupled with career stresses caused him to begin thinking on a much deeper level about what he believed and led him to put his faith in Christ as his Savior. Ed and Becky became members of The Orchard in 2000 and have been involved in various activities. Ed served as Treasurer from 2004-2009 and Chairman of the Double Impact campaign. He currently leads a couples’ LIFE Group with Becky and a LIFE Group for men in their thirties. Ed and Becky attend the Barrington Campus.
(Term ends 2020)
Pastor - Vernon Hills
Tom grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois in Chicago where he completed his Bachelor of Arts in History. Soon after, Tom began his pursuit of the Master of Divinity at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, completing his degree in 2010. Since 2005, Tom has served in various ministry positions in the Chicagoland area. Currently, Tom serves as the Pastor of Worship and Congregational Life at the Northfield Campus. In his spare time, he loves to read and stay active with various sports. He has been married to April since 2011 and both are kept on their toes with their three energetic kids.
Luke grew up in Mattoon, Illinois, where his father worked at a paper company as a maintenance supervisor, and his mother worked at their church as a counselor. In 2018, after graduating from Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor’s in accounting, Luke enrolled at Trinity Evangelical Divinity school with an intention to go into pastoral ministry. He is passionate about gospel-centered teaching and discipleship. His goal is to lead and disciple people to be rooted in the gospel and equipped for ministry in their families, communities, and beyond.
Lauren grew up in Ohio and put her faith in Christ when she was 5-years-old. She attended The Chapel in Akron, Ohio where she met her husband, Matt. At that church, she began serving in children’s ministry. Through many years and different ministries, she’s enjoyed teaching children in various capacities and has been involved with Orchard Kids since 2011 at the Arlington Heights Campus. She enjoys working on repurposing furniture and home décor and maintains a DIY blog in her “spare” time. Her son and daughter-in-law live in Boston and her twin daughters, Sarah and Megan, work in the tourism industry as adventure guides.
Pastor of Seniors and Care
Matt grew up near Cleveland, OH. While serving in the Air Force in Germany, he became a follower of Jesus Christ. After returning to the states, he met his wife, Lauren, while attending The Chapel in Akron, OH. They married in 1984. Matt graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a degree in Pastoral Ministries and served as the youth pastor at Trinity EFC in South Bend before becoming Senior Pastor of Living Hope Fellowship in Itasca, IL in 1996. Matt and Lauren have a son Aaron, and twin daughters, Megan and Sarah. He joined the staff of The Orchard in June 2010.
Mary grew up in South Bend, Indiana. She graduated from Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana with a bachelors degree in Music Education. She started to attended The Orchard in 1979, served two years in Korea with TEAM (sent by The Orchard), helped plant Grace Church in Palatine and returned to the Arlington Heights Campus in 2008. She has more than 25 years of IT experience in computer software, data analysis and reporting tools. Mary has been on staff since April 2008 helping to support the church management software.