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As Director of Sister’s Connection, Ava is responsible for the oversight and administration of all of the Women’s Ministries. Ava is grateful to serve alongside her gifted team of women, who are called to various ministries including: Women’s weekly Bible studies, Coffee Break, Christmas Tea outreach, Sister’s Summer Connection, Precept Ministries, Young Women Pursuing, Truth Discipleship Training groups, and the IF: Gathering and counseling to those in need. Ava has been married for 38 years to Mark. Together they are parents to three adult children, Mark Jr., Michelle, and Naomi. Bowling and bike riding on the trail are hobbies they enjoy.
As the Senior Pastor, Pat is responsible for the ministry of God’s Word, giving leadership to the Pastoral Staff, initiating direction for the church, and for the general spiritual condition of the entire church program. Pat works closely with the Senior Pastor Associate, Administrator, various staff members, and the Chairmen of the Boards for the implementation of the vision and the carrying out of daily ministry as well as working closely with the worship director in planning Sunday Morning Services. Pat is married to his lovely bride Kimberly and has 3 wonderful daughters, 3 awesome sons-in-law, and 7 delightful grandchildren!
As our Office Manager, Hannah is responsible for the relational connections through the administration of weekend and weekday ministries. She works closely with the administrative team, pastoral staff and is a resource to the various ministries and events we have at our church.
As Kidz Rock Administrator, Kim is responsible for planning, preparing curriculum, activities, games, and crafts for Kidz Rock along with and any special outings that they have. Kim works closely with ministry leaders to execute a plan that best meets the needs of the kids that attend. Kim is married to Craig and together they have 2 married boys along with 4 wonderful grandchildren.
As Family Pastor, Mike provides direction and leadership to our Family and Student ministry teams. As a husband and father of three, Mike takes the mission of the family ministry personally as his family grows in faith with us. As someone who came to Christ through his peers in high school, Mike is deeply committed to helping youth experience the love of Jesus and tap into their God-given potential to impact their campuses. Fun fact – Mike has yet to deny his addiction to Hot Peppers and Diet Coke.
I serve our families by running our children’s programs from cradle to fifth grade. This ministry moves in the here and now, but requires constant vision planning for our kids discipleship futures. I am passionate about shepherding families and kids to know and follow Jesus. I have been married to my husband Tommy for twenty years and we have two amazing kids; Geo fifteen and Zoe twelve. Both kids have gone through our Children’s programs and are all now serving in the ministry! I love experiencing God through gardening and nature of any kind.
As Director of Small Groups, Tami is responsible for implementing our mission through the small group ministry. Some of her responsibilities include: recruiting and working with small group leaders, organizing the small groups, and helping to develop the content for the small groups. As Financial Secretary, Tami is responsible for the day to day administration of the financials for the church. Some of these responsibilities are: counting and recording contributions, accounts payable, and payroll. Tami met and married her husband, Gary, many years ago here at MVC. They have raised their 3 kids here and have been blessed with 6 beautiful grandchildren.
Eric is the Administrator. His chief responsibilities are in the areas of finance, human resources, and building/property management. Eric works very closely with the Senior Pastor, the Executive Pastor, the Financial Secretary, the Building Engineer, the Treasurer, and the Deacon Board in carrying out his duties. Eric and his wife, Michelle have been attending MVC since 1984. They have four son’s and daughter-in-law’s and currently six grandchildren.
As Shepherding Pastor I have the privilege of working alongside our leadership teams to oversee care for those who call Moraine Valley Church their home. I also have the privilege of working alongside our Guest Ministry as we assist people who come through our doors in making at least three significant connections – connecting with the people at Moraine, the various ministries of Moraine and with the Lord Jesus Christ himself. I also work with our Global Outreach Team to make the body aware of our missionaries, their ministries and to encourage prayer for them and connection with them as they, and we, seek to extend the reach of the gospel. I am married to the love of my life, Cathleen (Cathie). We have four adult children, all married, and fourteen grandchildren who light up our lives. We enjoy planting a sand chair on nice sandy beaches, riding our motorcycle with other motorcycle enthusiasts and investing time with our family.