THE EFCCL ELDER BOARD
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 six 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 (married to Shawn). Jay and Becky also have four grandchildren.
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.'"
Cal Hiebert retired several years ago after 35 years of pastoring EFCA churches in British Columbia, Michigan, Nebraska and Illinois. He met his wife, Sharon, at Briercrest Bible College in Saskatchewan, Canada and they have been married since 1971. They have three children, Stephanie Etten (married to Tom), Christopher (married to Lauren) and Stacy Fisher (married to Ben) and 6 grandchildren with another one expected in March, 2018.
Cal has recently taken on the ministry of EFCA ReachGlobal child sponsorship program, GlobalFingerprints, in Myanmar and loves to travel there with Sharon to visit the children and their villages. It is a joy to see how God is working in the lives of the needy children in that country which has long been closed to the gospel. He has also filled the pulpit at EFCCL, taught ABF classes and sung in the choir.
In addition to trips to Myanmar, Cal and Sharon have enjoyed traveling to Italy, Israel. Costa Rica, Mexico, Philippines and many parts of the U.S. They find immense joy in spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Psalm 34:3 is the verse Cal and Sharon choose as their life verse: “Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.” Other verse that have sustained Cal through his life are Philippians 4:6-8; Romans 8:38-39.
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).
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