April 14, 2015

Meet the Staff

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

Hello church,
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 2015-8Rico Diaz
Student Minister
Rico began serving at Central in December of 2016. He has been a member of the church since January of 2014. Rico serves as the Director of Student Ministries. His vision for Central Students is to cultivate a community of young people who don’t just know about God, but know him intimately. From the overflow of their transformed hearts would come acts of service, Students putting their faith into action. Rico has been married since 2011 to his wife Ashley. They have 3 children. Reece, Graham and Glorie. Some Favorites: Hanging out with friends, playing card games, watching baseball and football, breakfast foods and dancing.
 Staff Church Pictures 2015-18 copyDebby Evans
Office Manager
Debby has been serving at Central since 1997. She was originally the Ministries Secretary, until 2004 when she became the Church Office Manager. 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 management 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.