Q> What do the Ohio State Buckeyes, Wheaton College, International Teams and Pathway Community Church have in common?
A>I was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio. My uncle played for the 1960 Ohio State Championship basketball team - so the unspoken rule in my family was: “If you want to be part of this family, you have to be a Buckeye fan.”
Playing football since the 3rd grade, I always dreamt of playing in college. Finally I had the opportunity to play for Wheaton College as a defensive back (no, not the women’s college on the east coast).
Although God used football to get me to Wheaton, he had more reasons for me being there. One was to go on a life changing mission trip to Romania while it was still under communist rule. Another was that Wheaton was where I met my wife, Jennifer. Today we have 3 great children Tim and his wife Mariah, Maddie and Jake.
After graduate school at Wheaton, and teaching 2 years at Nyack College outside New York City, I served 8 years with International Teams – a mission organization working with refugees, the urban poor and church planting. Traveling to over 35 countries and seeing beautiful expressions of the local church, God ignited in me a passion for church planting.
In 2005 God gave us his vision to launch a new church in Elmhurst that would be a safe place for people to hear the dangerous message of the Gospel. Since then it has been an incredible adventure seeing God reach lost people, redeem the culture in practical ways and reproduce disciples and churches.
Favorite Food: Steak
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Book of the Bible: Romans
Best Bowling Score: 249
Favorite Sport: Tennis
Favorite Church: Pathway Community Church
Hailing from Winfield, IL I grew up in a Christian household that attended church every Sunday. I got involved in Sunday school, youth ministry, and the AWANA program. It wasn’t until my senior of High School, though that I really began to make my faith my own. I began to look to Jesus for my acceptance instead of others and that changed my whole life. God led me to study at Elmhurst College. At Elmhurst I got involved with a Christian movement called Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ). I was trained in evangelism and was discipled for all four years of college. With Cru I went to Ocean City, NJ for 12 weeks over a summer to be trained even more in ministry and put it in to practice with coworkers out there. I discipled other students and did life with them. In addition to Cru I got involved with a fraternity, Alpha Sigma Phi. The fraternity was an incredible place for ministry and God has done incredible work in lives of my brothers. While at Elmhurst God led me to Pathway and this has been my church ever since.
I recently graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) with a Masters of Divinity with a focus on Pastoral Care and Counseling and Preaching.
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!