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.
Interim Worship Pastor, Nolan Lamb
I am Nolan Lamb and am the interim worship leader at Pathway. I have attended Pathway for 10 years and am grateful for the opportunity to lead the body in worshiping God the Father, Son, and Spirit. Pathway has only had two primary worship leaders in the last 11 years, and now I will be the second interim worship leader. I am truly honored to worship the Lord with you and do not step into this role lightly. I am not sure how long this season will last, but I will share a few of my thoughts as we embark on this new journey.
First, I hope to incorporate a variety of music—namely psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs as Ephesians 5, and Colossians 3 call us to. These passages call us to sing to the Lord from the heart with thanksgiving. These are also “one another” passages. This means we are not only singing to God; we are singing to and with one another to encourage o
Secondly, I would like to take this opportunity to honor the worship team. It is comprised of volunteers who love Jesus and want to worship Him with music on Sunday mornings. While we enjoy making music together, the music we create on Sundays is not a performance—we are worshiping God and inviting you to join with us. I pray this continues at Pathway, too.ne another in the Lord. So while praising God for who He is and what He has done is deeply personal, it is also deeply communal. I pray this continues at
Thirdly, about me. I am a high school math teacher by trade. I enjoy my job; I am also
thoroughly enjoying being a new dad! Needless to say, I will not be able to devote as much time to planning and preparation as I would prefer. Please be praying for me, for our worship team, and for the church. Pray for wisdom, for our hearts to be right before God, for unity, and for guidance in hiring a new worship pastor.
Lastly, while I am so excited to be stepping into this role, it is bittersweet for me. Joshua has been a tremendous friend, shepherd, and mentor. I will miss him dearly as the Lord calls him to new territory, and I know many of you will miss him, too. Change is rarely easy, but I believe God will grow us all closer to Himself in this season. Let us remember we are in this together, to the glory and praise of God.
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 becamea Bible study leader and a shepherd of the Cru movement from my sophomore year on. 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 over the last four years. While at Elmhurst God led me to Pathway and this has been my church for the past two years.
I have been accepted to and have received a full ride scholarship to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) to study for my Masters of Divinity. The plan is to
finish this program in four years while working with the Youth Ministry at Pathway.
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!