Kirt received both his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Wheaton College, but it was his experience building effective missionary teams in 35 countries with International Teams that shaped his heart for the local church. God dramatically called Kirt to leave global ministry to start a different kind of church in the western suburbs of Chicago. Pathway has become a safe place for people to hear the dangerous message of the gospel. Kirt and his wife Jennifer have 3 children: Tim, and his wife Mariah, and their dog Bunny; Madeleine, a student at Gordon College outside of Boston; and Jacob, the tallest Wiggins, a student at York High School.
Jason oversees the youth ministry and missional communities at Pathway. He and his wife, Jessica, live right here in Elmhurst. He grew up in Winfield, IL and was very involved with his church. However, it wasn’t until later in High School that he really started to follow Jesus. When he committed his life to the Lord, his whole life was changed and he knew that God was calling him to pastoral ministry. God led him to study at Elmhurst College where he was a leader in a Christian organization called Cru, as well as a member of the fraternity Alpha Sigma Phi. While in school, God led him to Pathway. Jason recently graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with a Masters of Divinity focusing on Pastoral Care and Counseling, and Preaching.
Pathfinder Kid's Director, Amy Slennett
Hi, I’m Amy! Born and raised in the suburbs, I am a Chicago girl through and through. I left Chicago to see the world after graduating from Timothy Christian HS, thinking I might never return, but 10 years and 26 countries later, here I am! I graduated from Taylor University with a degree in Elementary Education and went on to serve with Mercy Ships in West Africa as an elementary school teacher. For 3 years, I lived on the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship, the M/V Africa Mercy, sharing small spaces with 450+ people from 40 different countries, all while exploring Africa. I met my husband, Samuel, while on the “love boat”. We moved here in 2011 for Samuel to attend the Moody Bible Institute, where I have been working for the past few years. Our daughter Isabelle was born in August 2013, and it is such a joy to watch her learn and grow! In my spare time, you can usually find me reading or dreaming about the novel I plan to write some day. I love crafting, traveling to new places, Pumpkin Spice Lattes (and everything that reminds me of fall), and am always up for an adventure!
April has a passion for bringing the church of Christ together in worship through music. She graduated from Biola University in Southern California with a Bachelor's degree in Worship Music. She plays the guitar and piano, and loves to sing! April moved to from Southern California in November of 2014 to Illinois to spend life with her college sweetheart and husband, Alex. They live in Westmont.