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We have been attending WBC since 2004, when we moved to Wheaton. We had visited several times when in town visiting Kristy’s sister and her family. Having family in the church helped us easily transition into Wheaton and plug in immediately at WBC. We became members within the first year.
Describe one or two memorable church experiences.
I’d have to say that it would be worshiping together with the Spanish-speaking congregation for the ground breaking on the current property. Being together as a body of Christ at one time in multiple languages was an amazing time of worship. It has been wonderful seeing God’s hand on our congregation over the past eight years since that Sunday morning in 2006. We are a blessed church, and I am inspired by the passion and love our collective body has to reach others—right here in DuPage County and throughout the world.
How long have you been an Elder?
I’m brand-new to the Elder board. My first meeting was in February of this year.
What are the most challenging/rewarding parts of being an Elder?
Great question—I can’t wait to find out! As a new Elder, I must admit I am challenged with thinking about the time commitment. You can be praying for me and my family as I step into this role, praying that we remain obedient to the Lord’s guidance and His care for our family. I am humbled to have been even nominated as an Elder; even more humbled to now be confirmed to the Elder board. As far as the rewarding part, I am encouraged by the leadership of the Elders and our pastoral staff. I look forward to serving alongside these leaders over the coming months.
How and when did you accept Christ as your Savior?
I grew up regularly attending church, but it wasn’t until my junior year in high school that I accepted Christ as my Savior. I was invited by my friends to attend a retreat. During the weekend, the Gospel was clearly explained, and my eyes and heart were opened. I literally and figuratively stood at the foot of the Cross. That day I gained a whole new understanding of Christ’s redemptive love for me and prayed the sinner’s prayer—asking God to forgive my sins, past, present, and future.
Do you have a favorite Scripture verse?
There are several I often have on my heart. Philippians 4:13 is one of the first verses I memorized, had posted in my room during college, and is still with me daily, inscribed on the inside of my ring. It says, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
Throughout college, it was my encouragement to persevere. With Christ I could accomplish all things. Today, when I read the same verse, I am reminded that I am nothing and my accomplishments are only because of Him, and the glory is all His.
Tell us a little about your work.
I am a director in supply chain at PepsiCo in downtown Chicago. My team leads some of our capability and training development for manufacturing and distribution sites across the country. I also lead PepsiCo’s group supporting our military and veterans, inside and outside the company.
Tell us about your growing-up years.
I grew up in a suburb just outside Columbus, Ohio. My parents were both the first in each of their families to graduate college and move away from their hometowns—although just seventy miles away. I have an older brother and an identical twin brother. My parents as well as my older brother and his family live in the Houston area. My twin brother and his family are outside Boston. Despite the distance and infrequent visits together, we remain close via phone calls, texts, and emails.
Describe your family.
Kristy and I began dating toward the end of our senior year in high school and then long-distance through college. This year we will celebrate our seventeenth wedding anniversary. We are blessed with four beautiful children: Lauren, Annie, Micah, and Abby. The kids were all born in different states: Arizona, Georgia, New York, and Ohio. Next year we will have children at Longfellow Elementary, Franklin Middle School, and Wheaton North High School.
If you could speak with each member of the congregation,what would you say/ask?
I would encourage everyone to get involved somewhere within our church body. I love our time of gathering together as a large body on Sunday morning, but being the church happens at a personal level as well, as we grow our relationships with others who are part of the body of Christ. There are many ways to get involved—participating in an Adult Community, being part of a Community Group, serving with children or students, tutoring kids or ESL students with Puente del Pueblo—there are literally hundreds of different ways you can serve. You can even direct traffic in the parking lot or simply hold the door for someone else and say hello. We are all gifted in different ways and have differing abilities to serve, but we are all called to serve Christ.