April 14, 2015

Meet the Staff

Joe Sanders
Senior Minister
I have been in church leadership for over 10 years with more than 7 as Senior Minister. Growing up in central Illinois, I felt God’s call to ministry as a teenager and I ran the other way knowing even then just how tough ministry could be. However, God continued to work on me and I later accepted His call to service. His call involved serving everywhere I could in church. I started serving as a Sunday school teacher, youth group leader, in local missions, as worship leader, small group leader and then to my current role as senior minister.

God prepared me for ministry with on the job training and a great education. While serving in church, God led me to Lincoln Christian University where I attained a BA in General Ministry and a Master of Divinity Degree in Preaching. While in the graduate program at LCU seminary, I served as a Teaching Assistant for four and a half years. Currently, I am in the dissertation stage of attaining a Doctor of Ministry degree in Advanced Biblical Preaching through Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California.

Staff Church Pictures 2015-8Tony Ross
Creative Arts Minister
Tony joined Central on February 7, 2010. Tony is a 2002 graduate of Lincoln Christian University with a B.A. in Music Ministry.  He was the part-time Music Minister at Georgetown, Illinois, First Church of Christ starting in June of 2000 and became the full-time Music Minister in May of 2002. He and his wife, Meghan, have two sons, Landon and Simon.

Some Favorites: Playing the guitar, having epic lightsaber battles with his two sons, and watching movies.

Staff Church Pictures 2015-20 copyJessica Pastirik
Director of Involvement & Outreach Ministries
After serving 11 years in the ministry at a non-profit child welfare agency, Jessica joined the office team in September of 2004. Her heart’s desire is to continue in service for Christ, to be continually growing, encouraging others, and going wherever He leads. Beginning October 1, 2011, Jessica moved into the position of Director of Involvement & Outreach Ministries. Jessica and her husband, Michael, have a daughter, a son and two grandchildren.

Some Favorites: Macaroons, Le Creuset, hosting her small group, and spending time with family.

Darlene Lamb
Interim Children’s Director
My name is Darlene Lamb and I would like to thank you for this opportunity to fill in as children’s interim director.
My husband John and I have been married for 33 years, we have been members at Central for 23 years. We have two amazing kids!! Our daughter is Felicia Brown who is married to Tony Brown. Felicia is a Special Needs teacher at Woodland School. Our son Mitchell is a Youth Minister at New Life Christian Church in Morton.
I work at Centennial School in the Title 1 program helping students with reading.
I love reading and hanging out with my family. I enjoy working in my yard and spending time with my girlfriends.
I have been involved in many different ministries at Central over the years. Serving in Children’s ministry has always been a priority for me. “I look forward to working with an amazing team of volunteers who love Jesus and who want to minister to our kids at Central and in Streator.“
 Staff Church Pictures 2015-18 copyDebby Evans
Office Assistant
Debby has been serving at Central since 1997. She serves as the administrative assistant. She is the point person for ensuring the efficient and effective function of our church office. She supports Central’s ministry by performing secretarial, administrative, and office duties. She is the former editor of a weekly newspaper in Flanagan, where she lives with her husband, Larry. They have a daughter, Mary (Jim) Ashlock, and a son Mike (Kaitlyn) Evans, and two grandchildren.

Some Favorites: Playing the flute in the Pontiac Municipal Band and the Bloomington Community Concert Band, sewing and reading.

 Staff Church Pictures 2015-2 copyJulie Happold
Ministry/Financial Secretary
Julie has been on staff at Central Church of Christ since March 2010. She serves in the main office as the Financial Secretary and has the pleasure of overseeing the church financial processes and assisting the ministerial staff to support ministry efforts. Julie has volunteered in many different ministries at Central during her lifetime, spending a lot of time in the Children’s department. Julie and her husband, Rob, were married in 1996. They live in Streator and enjoy spending time with their son.

Some Favorites: Spending time with family and friends, watching movies, color Purple, listening to WBGL radio station, fiesta nachos, pizza, and popcorn.