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Rick Shenk, Senior Pastor


Rick was born in Lancaster, PA and grew up in center-city Philly where his father was a missions pastor in a United Methodist Church. The family later moved to Lebanon, PA. While attending Wheaton College he met his wife, Lynne Giddy, who was studying Chemistry and Education while he studied Physics and Bible (1978). After serving in the Naval Reserve for a few years, Rick worked at Fermi National Accelerator Lab for many years and also attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. During this time, their children Elsbeth and Nathan were born. In 1985, they moved to Ogallala, NE where Rick served as Pastor of the First Baptist Church (BGC) and continued working for FermiLab as a consultant.In 1992, they moved to Mundelein, IL where they served at Calvary Baptist Church (BGC) for over 15 years. In August 2007, Rick & Lynne came to Village Church. Rick received his PhD from University of Wales in 2008 and is an adjunct professor at Bethlehem College & Seminary (theology). Their son, Nathan, is a missionary with Free Burma Rangers serving the displaced people groups with relief and the Gospel. Their daughter, Elsbeth, is married to Nik Grosfield, and along with their son, Oliver, they live MT where he is a rancher and writer.


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Butch Novitsky, Associate Pastor


Village Church has a core value that every believer is charged with making disciples. This is most effectively done by being in a healthy relationship with one another. As pastor of Discipleship and Connection, I oversee our home based Growth Group and Men's Ministry, along with helping the Village family connect with one another whether new to Village or a long time attendee.

I, along with Violet, my wife of 43 years, have been a member of Village Church for 24 years serving in a number of leadership roles. I came on staff following my retirement from a secular sales position in the electronic industry. I believe our church must provide a growing knowledge of the Bible which, when applied, results in living a dynamic, fluid relationship with God through which we learn to hear the voice of God and move in response to Him. Our Growth Group Ministry provides a vital lab in which small groups of people interact with God's Word and apply it to their lives. These groups also are our primary means for discipleship, loving and caring for one another and becoming more like Christ in our character.

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Brian Pearson, Pastor of Family Discipleship and Worship

 

Brian was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He studied Christian Ministries at the University of Northwestern, St. Paul (2008). Following college, he moved west for rural ministry and camp in Ortonville, MN. Returning to the cities, he attended Bethel Seminary before returning to Northwestern to complete his Master of Divinity (2015). Brian loves teams. He grew up a big fan of Minnesota teams, especially the Twins. As he grew, he learned that God has two favorite teams: family and church family. His bride Karis and he enjoy spending time in youth ministry, children's ministry, singing praise songs to Jesus and experiencing ministry teams grow deeper in love with Jesus. They begin year three at Village, adding Pearson number three to their family team! They cherish time with their son Edward, and all of God's beauty, in the gorgeous farmlands of Corcoran, MN.


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Janice Van Arnam, Church Administrator


I grew up in Nisswa, MN in a home where Jesus was taught and lived by my parents. I was blessed to have parents that intentionally taught us about Jesus as our Lord and Savior. I attended Crown College and graduated with a double major in Business Administration and Christian Education in December 2003. During college I did a youth and children's ministry internship in Belgrade, MT. After graduation I started volunteering as youth leader at our former church in Eden Prairie, MN where I met my husband. We were both volunteer youth leaders. My husband, Andy, and I started attending Village in the fall of 2008. We didn't come to Village with any intention for me to work at the church, but God had other plans. In September 2009, Andy and I started as volunteer youth leaders at Village. In January 2010, I was asked to be the interim youth pastor which quickly became a Youth and Children's Director interim role as Village searched for a replacement. In June 2010, I became the full-time Director of Family Discipleship and February 2015 the Church Administrator.


My husband Andy and I are blessed to be parents of three little girls, Aubrey (9 years), Acacia (7 years) and Adeline (2 years). Our home is filled with pink, dolls, drama, dancing and laughter. As a parent, my greatest joy is watching my own children delight in Jesus as they sing, play and learn Bible verses.

 

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Elders

 

Scott Harris

 

 

Scott Harris

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Andy Van Arnam

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Dan Heitke

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Michael Krekelberg

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Treasurer

Terri Sixta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Secretaries

 

Financial Secretaries

 

Kris Abrahamson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly Westberg