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Volunteer Opportunities

God grants each one of us gifts that equip us to reflect the love of Jesus through serving others. Serving has so many wonderful benefits:

  • Empathy
  • Connection
  • Sharing the love of Jesus

Volunteer with us today! There's a place for you. 


To volunteer, contact Heather Carrera, 224.764.4035. We need volunteers for the welcome center, parking, ushers, greeters, sanctuary care, communion, Sunday morning receptionist and in the Café – Sunday morning and Wednesday night.

Media Services

To volunteer, contact Lalo Chavez, 224.764.4027. We need volunteers for lyric operators, audio engineers and stage set-up volunteers.

Orchard Kids

To volunteer, contact Heather Safford, 224.764.4026. We need volunteers for the 11 a.m. service, small group leaders (PreK to 5th grade), welcome team volunteers and security team volunteers. If interested, complete this form. Are you a Youth Helper? Complete this form


To volunteer, contact Amy Wilson, 224.764.4031. We need volunteers for small group leaders, game leaders and office volunteers. If interested, complete this form

Women’s Wednesday LIFE Group Childcare

To volunteer, contact Ann Lindgren, 847.420.7875. Volunteers are needed for infant to preschool, 9:15-11:30 a.m. 

Student Ministries

To volunteer, contact Dennis Colton at 224.764.4029. We need volunteers for Connection & Equip leaders (Sunday mornings), Youth Group leaders (Wednesday evenings) and Baking team for Youth Group (Wednesday evenings). If interested, complete this form. 

Music and Worship

To volunteer, contact Pastor Dan Wells, 224.764.4016. We need volunteers for classic orchestra instrumentalists and singers. 

To volunteer, contact Pastor Jonathan Anderson, 224.764.4048. We need volunteers for contemporary band instrumentalists (bass, drums, guitar, piano, synth).

Multicultural Ministries

To volunteer, contact Shohei Suzuki, 847.852.2211. We need volunteers for English Tutors – learn more here.

Unlocking the Bible

To volunteer, contact Margo Bott, 847.277.2999 x2. We need volunteers for the bookstore (Sunday mornings) and to help with packing and shipping Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Men in Action

To volunteer, contact Ed Russell, 847.702.2216. Join with other men in forming work teams to “adopt” single mothers, widows, and others who may need help in performing minor fix-it jobs around the house. Teams meet at church one Saturday morning per month for prayer and then deploy to homes for half-day work sessions. 

Set Free Ministries - Cook County Jail Outreach

To volunteer, contact Louis Dooley, 618.520.6367. Join the prison/jail ministry and participate in a few different ways: Bible studies with inmates, Bible Study grading and Family Support/Mentoring. There is a screening and training process for all opportunities. Volunteers must be spiritually mature and be able to make a consistent commitment. 

Community Care

We respond to the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of those who are struggling or homeless within our community. We serve those in Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Wheeling, Mt. Prospect, Rolling Meadows, Prospect Heights and Elk Grove Village, as well as anyone with a referral letter from a local agency.Serve in one of four ways: 

  • Community Lunch: Serve Thursdays, 12 p.m., Student Ministries Center
  • Got Questions Bible Study: Help with an informal Bible study Thursdays, 12:45–2:15 p.m., Student Ministries Center.
  • Emergency Relief: Thursdays, 2-3:30 p.m. or Thursday evenings by appointment
  • 2-2-1 Next Steps Program: Serve as an advocate in a program that helps those who desire to get their life back on track. 
  • Summer Suppers: Summer Suppers is a ministry to help the homeless in our community, providing the opportunity to invite people to a meal and fellowship. We serve a healthy, hot, home cooked meal and extend the love, hospitality and Gospel of Jesus. This is a great serving opportunity for LIFE groups and families.

 Contact Liz Gasparovic, 224.688.2613.

It is our aim to pray, give and serve in evangelism, church-planting and leadership development in our partnership areas. These areas include Hungary and the Balkans, and Southeast Asia.

In addition to our partnership areas, we support over 70 individual missionaries serving around the globe! If you’d like to know more, contact Brad Mullet, Director of Global Ministries. 

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Contact Brad Mullet, Director of Global Ministries, 224.764.4045 to serve on a short term team in the Balkans or Southeast Asia or for more information about other global ministry opportunities. 

Christian Advocacy Now (CAN)

Meets the last Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m., Arlington Heights Room 015

At CAN, join us to pray for our Christian brothers and sisters who are oppressed around the world, especially those who are persecuted for their faith. We intercede on their behalf by writing letters to political leaders encouraging them to address and uphold human rights within their countries’ borders. Further, we write letters of encouragement to people imprisoned for their faith. For more information, contact Juliet Skuldt, 847.749.2587 or Stephanie Bucataru, 847.347.4654.

Safe Families

Safe Families provides a secure, temporary home for children whose parents are in a crisis situation. If you would like more information on how you could become a Safe Family, contact Jeff Karlin, 847.778.5301.

Ignite Hoops

To volunteer, contact Jana Balis. At Ignite Hoops, our vision is to train up the “entire athlete” through high-intensity training, camps, and teams. These competitive, fast-paced basketball programs will be taught by experienced coaches who stress the importance of teamwork, humility, integrity, and faith.