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Executive Leadership

Josh Moody

Senior Pastor

Josh Moody (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is the senior pastor of College Church.
He is the president and founder of God Centered Life Ministries, which proclaims God’s Word worldwide through daily broadcasts on Moody RadioOne Place, podcasts, and live-streaming on godcenteredlife.org.

His passion is the gospel. He is an expository preacher who seeks to bring God’s Word into the practical matters of the human condition and heart. He is a theologian shaped by his research in understanding the challenges of the secularization of the Enlightenment to Christian faith and the answers that influential pastor Jonathan Edwards brought, culminating in a doctorate in historical theology from Cambridge University, a research fellowship at Yale Divinity School, and a fellowship at the Jonathan Edwards College of Yale University. He is an evangelist who led Trinity Baptist Church to revitalization in New Haven, CT; was college pastor at the influential Eden Baptist Church in Cambridge, England; served as a missionary with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in the Republics of Georgia and Azerbaijan; and was president of the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union at Cambridge University.

He is the author of over 14 books, including:

He grew up in the London area and became a follower of Jesus in the Church of England. He is married to Rochelle, and they have four children. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

If you would like to invite Josh Moody to speak at your event, email clitfin@college-church.org for a speaker request form.

Josh Moody
Senior Pastor
John Seward
Executive Pastor
Nancy Singer
Director of Administration and Finance
Carolyn Litfin
Executive Assistant

Congregational Care

Eric Channing

Pastor

Eric serves as Pastor of Congregational Care & Family Ministries. He has served on staff since 2012. He enjoys sports, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Eric earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from New Mexico State University and an M. Div. in biblical communication from Phoenix Seminary, and is currently pursuing a D.Min. from Westminster Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Sara, have six children: Will, Claire, Malcolm, Louis, Tyler, and Blake.

Eric Channing
Pastor
Diane Jordan
Director of Visitation and Care
Bruce Main
Interim Pastor of Visitation and Care
Josh Maurer
Pastoral Resident
Christy Chiodras
Administrative Assistant

Worship and Music

Erik Dewar

Pastor

Erik serves the congregation of College Church as the Pastor of Worship and Music. He is married to Kelsey and loves spending time as a family with her and their son, Henry.

Among other musical activities, Erik enjoys writing hymns in his free time (www.gloryandgladnessmusic.com). He joined the College Church staff in 2015.

Erik Dewar
Pastor
Josh Maurer
Pastoral Resident
Ruth Gregornik
Ministry Associate
Debbie Hollinger
Ministry Associate
H. E. Singley
Ministry Associate
Robin Wiper
Ministry Associate
Delena Ollila
Ministry Associate
Lauren Fortosis
Administrative Assistant

Discipleship and Men's Ministry

Ben Panner

Pastor

Ben Panner is the pastor of our College Group.  Ben received an M.A. in Christian Formation and Ministry from Wheaton College.  He is currently finishing his M. Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary.  Ben started as an intern with HYACKs (the senior high ministry) while pursuing his M.A.  After completing his degree, Ben transitioned into the role of ministry associate for guys discipleship and taught Bible at Wheaton Academy.  A year later, Ben began serving as a pastor at College Church in the summer of 2012.  Ben finds great joy being a pastor at College Church and sees it as an amazing privilege to be in this church family.

Ben is married to Joanna.  They have five children: Piper, Jeremiah, Levi, Simeon, and a baby coming in September 2021.

Ben Panner
Pastor
Michael Walker
Pastoral Resident
Kayla Costley
Ministry Associate - 20s Group
Mary DeMoss
Administrative Assistant

Women's Ministry

Mindy Rynbrandt

Director

Mindy Rynbrandt is the director of Women’s Ministry at College Church. She received her B.A. in Communications from Wheaton College ’95 and M.A. in Biblical Theology from Wheaton College Graduate School ’99.

Mindy grew up in southern Wisconsin as the eldest of a large family. Her favorite spot is sitting at the counter in her parent’s kitchen surrounded by her big family.

Mindy is married to Chad and they have four children – Sadie, Mia, Ella and Abe. They are avid readers, and enjoy cooking, hiking and traveling together. The Rynbrandt family began attending College Church in 2001.

Mindy Rynbrandt
Director
Michelle Kelley
Ministry Associate
Mary DeMoss
Administrative Assistant

Missions and Outreach

Curt Miller

Pastor

Curt Miller is the Missions Pastor, encouraging disciple-making in our local community and globally.  He has studied internationally in France and has short-term missions experience in various countries.   He loves the global church and connecting with our mission partners.
Curt is a graduate of Erskine College (B.A.) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.).  Curt and his wife, Jennifer, have three children, Caleb, Gideon and Moriah.
Curt Miller
Pastor
Marilyn Papierski
Short Term Missions Coordinator
Jacki Berg
Ministry Associate
Kathy Bailey
Administrative Assistant
Becky Cook
Manager, STARS Resale Shop
Mary Quiggle
Manager, Twice Is Nice Resale Shop
Kristina Rominski
Assistant Manager, Twice is Nice Resale Shop

STARS Disabilities

Julie Clemens

Director

Julie’s work with disabled people and their families reaches across oceans and the world. While in Bulgaria serving as a missionary, Julie trained staff at social homes in therapeutic best practices and worked with disabled orphans.

After five years of missionary work in Bulgaria, Julie returned to the United States in 2012 as her husband Lance pursued graduate work in international business.  She earned degrees in occupational therapy from Colorado State University, in drafting technology from Central Missouri State University, and a certificate in autism spectrum disorders from University of Wisconsin in LaCrosse.

Julie lives in Winfield, Illinois, with her husband Lance. They have two adult children. Julie’s hobbies are traveling, quilting, woodworking, and working out.

Julie Clemens
Director
Kathy Brinker
Ministry Associate - Young STARS and Inclusion
Beth Gunther
Ministry Associate - Respite
Kristin Visconti
Ministry Associate - Music
Kim Jimenez
Administrative Assistant
Becky Cook
Manager, STARS Resale Shop
Amy Bunn
Assistant Manager - STARS Resale Shop
Diane DiLeonardi
Assistant Manager - STARS Resale Shop

Children

Cheryce Berg

Director

Kids’ Harbor serves children birth through 5th grade. This ministry equips and emboldens families to walk as children of light, believing that the light of the knowledge of the glory of God is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. In addition to morning and evening ministries on Sundays and Wednesdays, special outreach and family-oriented events bring generations together to build community and nurture faith.

Cheryce Berg provides vision, direction and oversight for all Kids’ Harbor ministries to children birth through fifth grade. She has held the ministry position at College Church since January 2020. Cheryce seeks to focus her heart and mind on the ministries and people of Kids’ Harbor ministries so that the next generation would know, follow and share Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord for his glory, by his grace alone.

After attending Wheaton College, where she met her husband Mark, she has devoted much of her time to serving in a variety of roles at College Church. Wife to Mark, mom to Josh, Ryan (wife, Jacki) and Luke, daughter of Stann and Gloria Leff, Cheryce also enjoys writing, cooking, travel, running, taking walks with Mark, and hosting people in their home.

Cheryce Berg
Director
Sarah Herr
Ministry Associate
Jennifer Miller
Ministry Associate
Karin Tuurie
Ministry Associate
Angie Schroeder
Administrative Assistant
Liz Stahler
Administrative Assistant
Sarah Tews
Administrative Assistant

Middle School

Dan Hiben

Pastor

Dan serves as the Middle School Pastor at College Church. He grew up at College Church, participating in children’s, middle school, and high school ministries as a student.

Dan graduated from Wheaton College in 2013 before serving on staff with LeaderTreks Youth Ministry. He loves seeing middle school students come to know Jesus personally and is passionate about equipping these students to become the next generation of Christian leaders in our churches, homes, and communities.

Some of Dan’s hobbies include riding bikes, playing instruments, baking, and running. In September 2021 he will get married to Amy. Together they enjoy rooting for the Cubs, eating tasty food, and spending time with friends and family.

Dan Hiben
Pastor
Jacki Berg
Ministry Associate
Madi Traxinger
Program Coordinator, Student and Sports Ministry

High School

Baxter Helm

Pastor

Baxter grew up on the South Side of Chicago in the Hyde Park neighborhood. He is an avid Chicago sports fan, and his first job was with the Chicago White Sox as an usher.

He completed his B.A. in Business / Economics at Wheaton College and worked in the asset management industry for over five years before pursuing a full-time program through the Charles Simeon Trust called “The Chicago Course on Preaching.”  The summer of 2021, he joined College Church as High School Pastor.  Baxter loves to preach God’s word to himself and to others.

Baxter is married to his best friend, Kelsie. They enjoy live music, exploring restaurants, lawn games, and laughing together with family, friends, and students. They have a deep love for those in their high school years and were transformed during their own high school years as part of the local church.

Baxter Helm
Pastor
Bethany Atchison
Ministry Associate
Katie Nussbaum
Ministry Associate
Addie Fritz
Ministry Associate - Girls Discipleship
Madi Traxinger
Program Coordinator, Student and Sports Ministry

College

Ben Panner

Pastor

Ben Panner is the pastor of our College Group.  Ben received an M.A. in Christian Formation and Ministry from Wheaton College.  He is currently finishing his M. Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary.  Ben started as an intern with HYACKs (the senior high ministry) while pursuing his M.A.  After completing his degree, Ben transitioned into the role of ministry associate for guys discipleship and taught Bible at Wheaton Academy.  A year later, Ben began serving as a pastor at College Church in the summer of 2012.  Ben finds great joy being a pastor at College Church and sees it as an amazing privilege to be in this church family.

Ben is married to Joanna.  They have five children: Piper, Jeremiah, Levi, Simeon, and a baby coming in September 2021.

Ben Panner
Pastor
Abby Clark
Ministry Associate
Grant Flynn
Ministry Associate
Madi Traxinger
Program Coordinator, Student and Sports Ministry

Administration and Finance

Nancy Singer

Director of Administration and Finance

Nancy Singer directs the fiscal, support and physical activities of the church. She joined the staff in October 2004 and has been a member of College Church since 1984.

She spent 37 years in the banking industry, including 18 years in president and CEO positions in multi-billion-dollar banking organizations. She is a Certified Financial Planner® who has provided financial counseling to families in the church on a volunteer basis, in addition to teaching economics and financial management courses at DePaul University in Chicago.

Nancy’s hobbies include sports, reading, traveling and anything involving numbers.

Nancy Singer
Director of Administration and Finance
Ann Karow
Human Resources Manager
Dan Bauer
Accounting Manager
Deb Carlburg
Accountant
Cindy Schuerman
Accounting Assistant
Karen Meadows
Transcriptionist
Diane Stephen
Events Manager
Lisa Kern
Office Manager and Reservationist
Lorraine Triggs
Receptionist

Communications and Technology

Wil Triggs

Communications Director

Wil Triggs has worked in marketing and communications with non-profit organizations before joining the staff of College Church. Some of these include Slavic Gospel Association, Peter Deyneka Russian Ministries (now Mission Eurasia), the World Evangelical Alliance and Media Associates International. He was one of the founding editors of East-West Church and Ministry Report and has traveled extensively in the countries of the former Soviet Union.

He and his wife, Lorraine, have one grown son. Wil enjoys reading, writing, book discussions, gardening, cooking, coffee and travel. He continues his involvement in missions through short-term trips and projects and support for the global persecuted church. He also makes time to teach Kindergarten Bible school.

Wil Triggs
Communications Director
Tim Hollinger
Technology Director
Shelton Thompson
AV Director
Joseph Abdelmelek
AV Manager
Tony Visconti
Digital Ministry Manager
Kathryn McBride
Creative Communications Assistant

Facilities

Howard Kern

Director

Howard Kern has been the Facilities Director at College Church for over 25 years.

His team oversees event setup and maintenance for the entire church campus of 3 acres, 15 gardens, and 3 facilities.

They set up over 1,000 events per year.

Learn more about Facility Use.

Howard Kern
Director
Dave Carlburg
Assistant Manager
Trace Nelson
Supervisor, 1st Shift
Andrew Valentine
Supervisor, 2nd Shift
Mary DeMoss
Administrative Assistant
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