Empowered by the Holy Spirit, our mission is to INVITE all people to become disciples of Jesus Christ, NURTURE each other's faith, and GO into the world to live for God.
Bethlehem Church Council
I have been a member of Bethlehem for five years since moving to St Charles. Life before St Charles includes growing up on a farm in Iowa, living and working in Des Moines, Southern California and the Twin Cities. Most of my working life has been in the communications industry. I am currently a Facilities Manager for Verizon Wireless, responsible for retail stores in the Illinois/Wisconsin region.
I graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in Political Science and Communications. I earned my MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. My work experience is in Sales and Marketing within a variety of industries. My family has attended Bethlehem since 1998. My wife Christine and I have become increasingly involved with the church as our children have grown. We have both had the opportunity to work with young children in our Sunday School Program. In addition to Sunday School, I have been a Confirmation Small Group Leader and recently participated on the Youth Ministry Team. We live in St. Charles and are proud parents of Andrew, Kate and Mike. Andrew attends Marmion Academy, Kate attends Haines Middle School and Mike enjoys Wild Rose Elementary School. Our family has found a home at Bethlehem. We feel blessed that Bethlehem has helped establish a strong Christian foundation in our children as they grow and mature into young adults. I am excited about the opportunity to give back to Bethlehem as a member of our church council.
I was confirmed here at Bethlehem in 1972. Francie and I were married here in 1986. I Graduated from Luther College in 1980 with a degree in biology and then received a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from University of Illinois. I found that long hours alone in the laboratory with the rats was not exactly to my liking and I returned to school for a law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law. For the past eighteen years, I have worked as a labor and employment lawyer. In 2007, I joined the law firm of Dykema Gossett PLLC in the firm’s Chicago office. For the past five years, I have volunteered as the organizer and director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness - DeKalb Kane and Kendall County Chapter’s 5K Run for Mental Health, to be held this year on October 9th in Batavia. An occasional singer in the Christmas cantatas, I would like to find more time to sing in a venue that does not cause too much embarrassment to my children, Asa (14) and Abigail (12). When not working as a labor and employment lawyer, I enjoy bicycling, running with our dogs, Reba and Fletcher, cross-country skiing, kayaking, landscaping, gardening, playing the piano and singing.My wife of 24 years, Francie, is a graduate of Georgetown University and is a nurse with Central DuPage Hospital where she is presently employed as a Home Health I.V. Therapy Nurse. My sister Andrea, is a professional musician and plays the flute in the U.S. Army Concert Band in Washington, D.C. My brother, Jeff, the former owner of the City Meat Market in Naperville, recently retired and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. My parents, Clark and Anita Andrews, are also members of Bethlehem.
Sandy and her husband Bill have
lived in St. Charles for 28 years and have been disciples
of Bethlehem since November 2010. They have three grown
children, two grandchildren and one on the way! She taught
at St. Patrick Catholic School for twenty-two years and is
presently enjoying retirement and volunteering at Northern
Illinois Food Bank and CASA. Sandy and Bill are from
Portage, Wisconsin and have been married over forty-five
years. They have lived in Minnesota and several other
places while stationed in the army. During their time at
Bethlehem, they have been very impressed with the support
of outreach programs and worked on the Feed My Starving
his wife Kate and daughters Tess and Quinn, have been
attending Bethlehem for about six years. In that time
Patrick has volunteered for the Maundy Thursday Luncheon
and most recently, the Ministry Fair. Patrick’s employment
background includes College Administration and Non-profit
Association Management. He is currently in the process of
starting a company, Done With Dinner, a home meal
replacement service and catering company. He looks forward
to serving the church community and helping others grow on
their faith journey.
My family a nd I have been members of Bethlehem for four years. We were led to Bethlehem through the Preschool. Both of my sons, Christian and Parker, attended two years of preschool at Bethlehem. I have been privileged to serve on the Preschool Ministry Team for four years with two of those years serving as team leader. As our family was brought to the Bethlehem community through the Preschool, it is wonderful that we have the opportunity to minister to other young families and to introduce them to our congregation.
Both of my sons have been blessed to participate in many of the children’s programs that Bethlehem offers including Sunday school, children’s choir, VBS, Family Fellowship events and Adventure Club. I have enjoyed helping with the VBS and Adventure Club programs. In addition, I am involved with the Family Fellowship Team and am a new member on the Altar Guild.
The Holy Spirit has called me to begin this journey of serving on the church council. I am excited to start this experience and hope to gain in my personal growth while strengthening, serving and building relationships within the Church and greater community.
My husband Cameron and I became members of Bethlehem shortly after moving to the Fox Valley area in 1997. We have two children, Rob and Dayna who are both High School students and confirmed members of Bethlehem. Our son Rob currently provides the visual aids during the 9:15 service and after enjoying the position for the past 4 years will soon be leaving to attend college this fall, 2011. Both of our children have grown-up within the Bethlehem youth programs, which has built a strong faith, love for music and a foundation that will carry them well into adulthood.
I am a fourth generation resident
of St. Charles and a lifelong member of Bethlehem. I was
both baptized and confirmed here and have grown
considerably in my faith during my personal journey. I
attended Southern Illinois University for my undergraduate
work and have two advanced degrees in Management and
Organizational Behavior, and Fire and Emergency
Management. I am currently employed as the Assistant Fire
Chief for the St. Charles Fire Department. My wife Julie
heads the Property team at Bethlehem and we live with our
daughters Annie and Jenny on the west side of town.
I enjoy ushering and have volunteered with property team projects. I look forward to working with the council on strategic planning and wherever I can be of benefit. It is my goal to ensure that Bethlehem continues to provide the environment where everyone can feel welcome and grow in their faith.
Karen, my wife of
21 years, and I met at Augustana College where I majored
in Finance and Marketing and she received a degree in
Education. I went on to get an MBA from Loyola
University, working in a variety of functions at a couple
of different companies in the manufacturing sector.
I am currently in a management role with the Marmon Group,
a Berkshire Hathaway company, in Chicago. Out of
college Karen went into teaching 2nd/3rd grade in the West
Aurora school system for several years then “retired” to
be a full-time Mom when our second daughter was
born. We have three daughters; Lauren (19) who swims
for and is finishing up her Freshman year at the
University of Minnesota, Rachel (17) who is finishing her
junior year at St Charles North High School and Julia (12)
who is just completing 6th grade at Haines Middle School
and greatly enjoys singing in the kids choir, playing
hand-bells and attending confirmation at Bethlehem.
Having both grown up and starting our family in the
Chicago area, we lived for several years in both Appleton,
WI and then Raleigh, NC before moving back to the area in
2009. We have been members of Bethlehem since the
Fall of 2009 and enjoy the warm and friendly people we
have been blessed to meet here.