While the governance of our church (EFCCL) is vested in its members, the Elder Board represents the members as their servants, overseeing all matters necessary
for the effective accomplishment of the church's ministry and vision. The Elder Board serves as the church's visionaries for its future and as the custodians of its physical assets. The elders also undertake the responsibility to protect biblical truth and assess and strengthen the spiritual health and shepherding of the church.
Presently, the Elder Board includes eight elders in addition to the Senior Pastor.
Send an email to the elders: firstname.lastname@example.org
Les and his wife Michele have been married for twenty-seven years and are blessed with six children: Cody (18), Cassidy (16), Caleb (14), Caden (12), Cailyn (10), Colton (8). The Brock’s have attended EFCCL for nineteen years where their passion for children and children’s ministries has led them to serve in the AWANA program, in Paradise Island, Route 66, VBS and various other children’s ministries. As a U.S. Navy veteran, Les and his family enjoy serving with the SALUTE ministry.
Les enjoys hunting, fishing, running, hiking, scuba diving, being outdoors and spending time together with family. Together Les and Michele love traveling and enjoy seeing the many beautiful things that the Lord has created.
Les is the Director of Global Infrastructure (IT) at Corbion, which Michele sums up as “he’s a computer geek”.
Les is reminded daily of the many choices that we are called to make but none is more important than that of choosing life in Christ, from Deuteronomy 30:19b-20a: Now choose life so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast in Him.
For the Lord is your life.
Colossians 3:23 constantly stands as a reminder that no matter what we do,
we are working for the Lord not for men.
Josh met his beautiful wife, Leslie, at Texas A&M University, and they were married in 1997. God has blessed them with four lovely daughters, Eryn (born in 2000), Katie (2002), Taylor (2003), and Christin (2005). They have been attending EFCCL since Josh moved the Texas farm girl to the frigid north in 2006. It turns out, she loves the snow. In the evenings, his family gathers together in the living room and listens to him read historical fiction related to their home-school history curriculum. Josh enjoys reading about cars, looking at cars, driving cars, and learning about electronic gadgets that can improve cars. His career is software design for electronic gadgets used in cars.
His current position as software engineer for Continental Automotive
has taken him to Germany, Korea, France, Japan, Singapore, California,
Las Vegas, and of course, Detroit.
At EFCCL, Josh has taught the Three Strands Adult Bible Fellowship, AWANA Sparks, Route 66 Sunday school, and Nexus Student Ministries. You may have also seen him in one of EFCCL's theatrical productions, pretending to be the captain of a ship or a music DJ. His mission is to impart the knowledge of God and His grace to those God has entrusted to him. His most-quoted verse is Ephesians 4:29, "Let no corruptible word proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to build others up when the time is right, that it may impart grace to those who hear it."
Pastor Jay has been in full time ministry since 1987 and has served as the Senior Pastor at EFCCL since October 2013. Pastor Jay grew up in southern California and then moved to Michigan as a teenager. His wife, Becky, grew up in Boulder, CO, and she and Jay were later married there. They have three children: Ben (married to Ellie), Stacy (married to Andrew), and Heidi; recently out of college and gainfully employed! In their free time,
Pastor Jay and Becky love to hang out with friends, eat junk food, and watch epic movies like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Gettysburg. Jay and Becky also enjoy traveling, leading study tours to Israel and visiting missionaries around the world. Some of their favorite countries include: Israel, Malaysia, India, Ireland, Bosnia, Egypt, England, Hungary, Saudi Arabia, and Greece.
Pastor Jay's life verse is Isaiah 6:3, "And they were calling to one another:
'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.'"
Dave and his wife, Sheri, have been married for 40 years and have two children, Jonathan (32) and Alissa (30). He and his family have been
attending EFCCL for the past 21 years after he retired from the United States Army in Italy.
Dave has a passion for teaching and leadership, exercising those gifts as a small group leader, teaching the Primetimers ABF, leading the Worship Center building project, and as an elder for 16 of the past 18 years, including 6 as the senior elder. He is employed at Judson University as the Dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies and as an Associate Professor.
In his spare time, Dave loves to play golf and garden, and when schedules permit, go for walks with Sheri. His life verse is Galatians 2:20.
Lyndon and his wife, Lauryn, have been married 30 years and have two adult children—Licia (married to David Radford) and Laine. Lyndon and his family have been attending EFCCL for 17 years. His passion for Student Ministries has driven him to be a volunteer middle school leader for eleven years. He also serves in the recovery pastor ministry, The Bridge, and the Finance Team, and he provides training, mentoring, and encouragement for unemployed and under-employed people. Lyndon joined the Elder Board in January 2012. He enjoys spending quality time with his family and supporting his kids' musical pursuits (The Gray Havens and Get Franklin). Weightlifting with his son and marathon training are also favorite past times. Hebrews 13:5, 1 Chronicles 29:11-15, and Romans 11:5-6 are some of his key verses in Scripture that help direct him in his daily life to bring glory, honor, and praise to God.
David and his wife, Sarah, have been married for 18 years and began
attending EFCCL in December 1998, a few months after moving to the area. They have five children: Caleb (16), Adam (14), Ellie (13), Josiah (11),
and Lydia (9), and have felt blessed to raise these precious gifts among
the fellowship of this church family.
David has formerly served in Paradise Island, Route 66, Worship Ministries, middle school youth group, and the Children’s Ministries Pastoral Search Committee. He currently facilitates a community group and serves on the ushering team. David has worked as the Choral and Musical Theatre Director at Prairie Ridge HS since moving to the community, and he has additional responsibilities as the Assistant Division Leader of Humanities for the school.
David enjoys writing and arranging music for his students, attending live theatrical productions, and watching Chicago sports. He and Sarah enjoy the opportunity to share life and Christ’s blessings with their friends and neighbors, and have found hospitality to be one of the great joys and gifts God has granted them in their marriage. Verses whose truths continue to impact and humble him year after year are 1 Timothy 2:1-6 and Proverbs 3:5-7.
Chris has been attending EFCCL since moving to the Crystal Lake area in 1997. Married shortly thereafter to his best friend Mandy in 1998, they, along with their three kids, Alicia, Benjamin, and Carrie, have made EFCCL their church home ever since. Chris has a heart for kids beyond his own and has served in most of the children and student ministries at EFCCL, spending the last 16 years as a high school lay leader and mentor. He also stays involved with music on the worship team at church and with friends. With an ever-present passion for apologetics, Chris's influences begin with the Author of all creation and His Word, and also include C.S. Lewis and Ravi Zacharias. A practicing environmental engineer, Chris is the President and co-founder of B&W Control Systems Integration, a subsidiary of Baxter & Woodman, where he consults with government entities and water/wastewater utilities on the application of technology to their businesses. When he's not at work or spending time with the family, Chris loves to take rides on his Harley, tend to his hot pepper plants, or fiddle in the garage working on his "next invention" (or repair). Long inspired by the writings of the Book of James, Chris is a "doer" and also believes in living life to the fullest (John 10:10).
Jon first responded to Jesus’ call to “repent and believe” (Mark 1:15) when
he was 5 years old. He was raised by Christian parents in Evangelical Free Churches in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and he met and married his wife Emily at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis in 1999. Jon and Emily have four children: Elise, Maia, Andrew, and Karina. At EFCCL, Jon serves as a Community Group leader and an Adult Electives teacher, and Emily teaches women's Bible studies and serves in Children's Ministries.
Since 2009, Jon has been a political science professor at North Park University (Chicago). Before completing his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota,
he worked as a legislative staff member in Washington D.C. and St. Paul.
Jon enjoys good coffee, good conversations, and good books—particularly those by C.S. Lewis, John Piper, Timothy Keller, and the political biographer Robert Caro. John 1 ("And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us . . .") has long been his favorite passage of Scripture, but over the last few years, Jon has been encouraged by meditating on and memorizing Romans 8:
"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus . . ."
Larry, first and foremost is a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. He gave his life to Christ as a child, but it wasn’t until his sophomore year in high school that God opened his eyes to the importance of serving God in the marketplace.
He has been involved in various ministry opportunities ever since. “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mk 10:45). Larry says, "How can this verse not motivate us to serve; it’s stunning and most humbling! The promised Messiah, God incarnate, came to serve us and gave His life for our freedom, how can we not serve mankind as well in whatever capacity God gives us?”
Larry credits his ability to serve to incredible support from his wife, Jill. They've been married for 27 years and have been attending EFCCL since 2002. They're blessed with 4 children; Alaina (married to Trey), Adam, Austin, and Alexis, all of whom, praise God, have accepted Christ. Larry and Jill were also foster parents to a teenage boy for a little over 2 years.
Larry has previously served EFCCL in many different capacities for several years. This verse serves as his promise to our church as an elder, “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.” (Acts 20:28).
His treasured verses are: Psalms 46:10, Micah 6:6-8, Matthew 27:46,
John 19:30, Philippians 4:4-9
Kevin and his wife, Beverly, have been married 33 years. They have two sons, Aaron and Taylor. Aaron and his wife, Kate, are both attorneys and live in the Milwaukee area with their two sons. Taylor is a city planner for Mundelein and his wife is a high school teacher. Kevin has been a General Dentist for the past 36 years in McHenry.
Kevin and Bev have attending EFCCL since they were married in 1983.
He has served in many capacities within the church over the years, previously as an elder in the 1990's. They're both members of a community group and
Bev serves with Bible Study Fellowship. Kevin’s passion is missions, and he
is a member of the Global Outreach Team. With a career/talent which he
can use anywhere in the world, he has had the blessing of serving in Albania, Belize, China, Honduras, and South Sudan. In Kevin’s free time, he enjoys working in his vegetable garden and reading. Key Bible verses in his life are Acts 1:8 and Matthew 10:42.