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 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. He also pastored the Evangelical Free Church in Midland, Michigan for 23 years. Pastor Jay grew up in Southern California and then moved to Michigan as a teenager. His wife, Becky, grew up in Boulder, Colorado where she and Jay were later married. 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 ice cream, and watch epic stuff like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Downtown Abbey. They also enjoy traveling, leading study tours to Israel and visiting missionaries in various and sundry places. One of Pastor Jay's favorite verses 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 47½ years. They have three children, Stephanie Etten (married to Tom, with 3 children), Christopher (married to Lauren, with 3 children) and Stacy Fisher (married to Ben, with 1 child).
Cal has recently taken on the ministry of the EFCA ReachGlobal child sponsorship program, GlobalFingerprints, in Myanmar with 194 sponsored children. He loves to travel there several times a year with Sharon to visit the children and their villages. It is a joy to see how God is working in the lives of the vulnerable children in that country which has long been closed to the gospel. While traveling for GlobalFingerprints, Cal has also visited Vietnam and Thailand. Other missions’ trips have taken him to India, China and Philippines (along with Sharon). He has filled the pulpit at EFCCL, taught ABF classes and sung in the choir.
Cal and Sharon have enjoyed vacation travels to Italy, Israel, Costa Rica, Mexico and many parts of the U.S. However, they find the greatest joy 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 20 years and began
attending EFCCL in December 1998, a few months after moving to the area. They have five children: Caleb (18), Adam (16), Ellie (15), Josiah (13),
and Lydia (11), 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.
Randy became a Christ follower his senior year in high school after being invited to a Bible study by two persistent friends. Being discipled at the University of Illinois by two men in the Navigator college ministry helped to lay a clear foundation for his faith and a daily Christian walk. He and his wife, Robin, married during their college years and started their family soon after graduation. Bekah and her husband, Tyler, live in Warsaw, IN and have 2 daughters. Jim and his wife, Jackie (Wagner), who also attend EFCCL, live in Cary with their 3 sons and daughter. Randy and Robin have attended EFCCL since 1991 and consider the believers at EFCCL a part of their extended family.
A former elder, Randy has served in several roles at EFCCL including AWANA, ABF’s, treasurer, Community Groups, and pastoral search teams. He is currently a Director of Engineering at Northrop Grumman in Rolling Meadows. Robin serves as the EFCCL Global Outreach Coordinator through ReachGlobal, where she is a resource mobilizer, connecting European city teams with local US churches. Randy’s favorite activities are playing games with his grandkids, traveling the world with his energetic wife, and watching or playing golf.
The word of God is a key priority to Randy as it is God’s truth that leads us to salvation and is our guide for living. Key verses are 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and Proverbs 3:5-6.
Nate and his wife, Kris, have been married for 16 years. They began attending EFCCL in 2003 when they moved to Illinois from the small farming community in Iowa where Nate was born and raised. God has blessed them with 5 children: Hailey (14), Aaron (12), Ethan (11), Jacob (9) and Andrew (6). Nate grew up working with animals and farming. Kris is a McHenry native with similar loves to the farm life, having spent a lot of summers out in Iowa on her grandparent’s farm. They meet in Colorado on a family ski trip through their extended families who have been friends for many years.
Nate works as Director of Operations for Dreiske Moving & Storage. When not at work, there’s always a project at home that usually involves the whole family to accomplish. He enjoys working outside, teaching his kids how to operate farm equipment, and how to care for their farm animals. Date nights for he and Kris usually involve a home improvement store of some kind! Nate has enjoyed serving in Paradise Island and as a Community Group leader. Currently, he is on the Buildings and Grounds committee and serves as a Nexus Youth Group leader. He is a people person and loves to develop relationships. Nate and Kris have a passion to share the gifts that God has given them with others.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 and Ephesians 4:29 remind Nate to continue to encourage others by showing God’s love to them.
Steve and his wife Joyce are proud parents of three children - Rachel, Anna, and Nathan. They began attending EFCCL in 2007, and have been glad that the Lord led them to become members and raise their children in this body of believers.
Thankful for their musical gifts from the Lord, and wanting to share them with others, the family has served on the music teams over the years, played their instruments with the church orchestra, participated in the choir, and worshiped together through special music. Steve and Joyce have directed the middle and high school AWANA program, and currently facilitate a community group together. Steve has led Crown financial classes, and teaches in a number of capacities at church, in ABF, Adult Elective classes, and in the teen Sunday school.
Steve lived in Vienna, Austria, as a teenager while his parents served there as missionaries, and has since been privileged to take part in three missions trips to Budapest, Hungary, with his children Anna and Nathan. He also loves to work with his students at school where he has taught for the past 28 years, serving as band director and fine arts team leader.
Ezra 7:10 has provided Steve with a guidepost for life where it states, “For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.” He is passionate about helping others see and understand the doctrines found throughout God’s Word, that guide our lives and lead to rest for our souls (Jeremiah 6:16).
When not busy teaching at work or church, you’ll most likely find Steve attending concerts or rehearsals of one family member or another.
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 intentionally serving God in the marketplace wherever God has placed him. He has served in various ministry opportunities ever since.
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 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 representing Christ in whatever capacity God gives us?”
Larry credits his privilege to serve from the incredible support of his wife, Jill. They've been married since 1989 and have been attending EFCCL since 2002. They're blessed with 4 children, 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 your 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).
Some key life verses: Psalms 46:10, Micah 6:6-8, Matthew 27:46, John 19:30, Philippians 4:4-9.