About

Our goal: To Build disciples and churches who go, grow, and overcome.

Go

Every ministry in our church is continually seeking to bring the gospel of Jesus to our friends, family, neighbors, city, and world. This is our mission because it is Jesus’ mission. It is our identity. 

Grow

From our baptism services to our Q & A podcast, we intentionally grow together as a church as we learn more about who Jesus is and our role as believers in the world.

Overcome

When we follow Jesus’ mission to go and grow, we are faced with powerful resistance.  With God’s Spirit living in us, we have His power to overcome the world.

What We Believe

The Bible

We believe the Bible is God’s written revelation of Himself, salvation, and godly living; without error, inspired by God, and authoritative over all people.

God

We believe in one God, the Creator of all things; eternally co-existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Each person is equal in every divine perfection, yet carries out distinct but harmonious offices in Their work.

Humanity

We believe that God created humanity in His own image and after His likeness to rule over the earth, but because of sin we are separated from God. Therefore all people since Adam are born spiritually dead, stand condemned, and are in need of salvation. Jesus is the only answer.

Salvation

We believe that Jesus Christ died in our place for our sin on the cross. Faith in Jesus’ deity, atoning death, and victorious resurrection is the only way we can be saved.

The Church

The Universal Church is made up of all individuals who believe in the saving power of Jesus and who are joined together by the Holy Spirit. Every believer should engage in a local church, participate in the Great Commission, and practice the ordinances of baptism and communion.

The End Times

We believe that Jesus will soon return personally, bodily, and visibly in power and glory to judge the living and the dead. Those who trust in Jesus will live and reign with Him on the new earth forever, while those who reject Jesus will perish in Hell forever.

Cultural Issues / Relationships

We believe that every person matters infinitely to God and that the Church must protect the sanctity of life, gender, sexuality, singleness, marriage, and the family.

LEADERS

Our Staff

Michael Fuelling

Michael Fuelling

Lead Pastor

Also oversees: Church planting, and preaching

Hometown:
Northville, MI
Family & Education

Michael has attended Village Church since 2001, and has been serving as Lead Pastor since 2010. Michael and his wife, Breanne,  have three kids. Michael graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a BA in Pastoral Ministry and from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with a Masters of Divinity.

Favorite Drink:
Double shot of espresso, over ice, with a 1 inch soy topper
On My Playlist:
OneRepublic, Hillsong United, Coldplay, Taylor Swift, Lorde
Enneagram Type:
#SevensMakeLifeFun
Matt Soules

Matt Soules

Pastor of Ministries

Also oversees: Student Ministries and Facilities

Hometown:

Penfield, OH

Family & Education

Matt has attended Village Church since 2013. He and his wife, Lauren, have four kids. Matt graduated with his BA from Cedarville University and with a Masters from University of Dayton. Before working for Village Church, he did missions work for LeaderTrek.

Favorite Drink:

Gatorade

On My Playlist:

Chris Stapleton Radio

Enneagram Type:
No
Tami White

Tami White

Children’s Ministry Director

Also oversees: AWANA & VBS

Hometown:
Merrillville, IN
Family & Education
Tami has attended Village Church since January 2019, and she joined the staff in April of 2019 as Children’s Ministry Director. She is married to James, and they have three sons. Tami graduated from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC with a B.S. in Special Education.
Favorite Drink:
Vanilla Chai Tea Latte
On My Playlist:
“You Say” – Lauren Daigle
Enneagram Type:
1
Mike Boyle

Mike Boyle

Associate Pastor

Hometown:

Wheaton, MD

Family & Education

FAMILY: Mike and Mel have attended Village Church since 2008. Mike joined the staff of the church in May 2020 as an interim pastor. They have 4 daughters and one son who are all married, and they always enjoy spending time with their 8 grandkids!

EDUCATION: Mike attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and received his Doctor of Ministry. He also attended Dallas Theological Seminary and received a Master of Theology. His undergraduate studies were at the University of North Dakota, where he came to Christ.

Favorite Drink:

Black Tea (unflavored)

On My Playlist:

Andrew Peterson, CityAlight

Enneagram Type:

Hmmmm

Sara Yun

Sara Yun

Connections & Groups Director

Hometown:

Idaho and Virginia

Family & Education

Sara has been attending Village Church of Bartlett since early 2019. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Theater at the University of Idaho. After graduating she worked in Theater Ministry and as a Project Manager in telecommunications.  Sara and her husband John have been married since 2001. They have three teenage children. 

Favorite Drink:

Coffee..Strong : )

On My Playlist:

Praise, Classical, Opera, Big Band and many more styles. 

Enneagram Type:

Undetermined

Vikki Basinger

Vikki Basinger

Communications Manager – Bartlett and Central Services

Hometown:

Arlington Heights, IL

Family & Education

Vikki has been attending Village Church with her husband & children since 2017. She received her Bachelor’s degree in communications & marketing from Taylor University, and her master’s degree in organizational development & communication from Gonzaga University. Vikki loves helping Village Church and our ministries inform and inspire action through all our digital, spoken, & written media.

Favorite Drink:

Coffee or Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate

On My Playlist:

Everything from Broadway tunes, to Chopin, to Aerosmith, to Hillsong. 

Enneagram Type:

They tell me I’m a 3.

Marina Menconi

Marina Menconi

Worship Ministry Manager

Hometown:
Bartlett, IL
Family & Education
Marina has been attending Village Church with her family since 2009. She is one of 6 kids in a family of 8. Marina was homeschooled all through high school, and graduated in 2018.
Favorite Drink:
Iced Coffee
On My Playlist:
Ed Sheeran, The Lumineers, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald
Enneagram Type:
1
Keith Anderson

Keith Anderson

Digital Discipleship Director

Hometown:

Chicago, IL

Family & Education

Keith and his wife, Jennifer, have been married since 2000 and are the proud parents of two teenagers. They have attended Village Church 2010. After graduating high school, Keith moved to Nashville, TN to pursue his dream of being in the music business. In 2002, he made the transition to producing video content and never looked back.

Favorite Drink:

Coconut Water

On My Playlist:

Tim Menzies & Glen Campbell Baby!!

Enneagram Type:

No Clue…

Tara Romsaithong

Tara Romsaithong

Office Manager
Hometown:
Estacada, OR
Family & Education

Tara has attended Village Church since 2012. She and her husband Patamint have been married for 19 years and have five kids. Tara graduated from Estacada High School in California and pursued a BS in Music at Portland State University. She is a DONA labor support and postpartum doula and also a Shepherd trained lice (removal) technician.

Favorite Drink:
Blended chai boba tea
On My Playlist:
Lauren Daigle, Benny Goodman, The Judds, Garth Brooks, Eagles, Elton John, Journey, Phil Whickam, Hillsong, Andrews Sisters…also a little bit of everything…
Enneagram Type:
3
Scott Dyck

Scott Dyck

Communications Assistant

Hometown:

Wichita, KS

Family & Education

Scott has been attending Village Church since moving back to the area in 2015. He received his Bachelor of Aviation Flight Technology from Purdue University, and now works as a pilot for American Airlines. He and his wife, Sara have been married since 2005 and they have two daughters.

Favorite Drink:

Grande dark roast in a venti cup with extra cream

On My Playlist:

Shane & Shane’s “Worship Initiative” albums, Ben Rector’s “Magic,” “Dear Evan Hansen Soundtrack” 

Enneagram Type:

1 (social)

Elders

John Shales

John Shales

Directional Team Elder

Michael Fuelling

Michael Fuelling

Directional Team Elder

John Nawrocki

John Nawrocki

Directional Team Elder

 
Kirk Verhasselt

Kirk Verhasselt

Village Church of Bartlett Elder

Deacons

Tim Stinger

Tim Stinger

Deacon

Jeff Antioho

Jeff Antioho

Deacon

Ministry Directors

Kevin Chandler

Kevin Chandler

Men's Ministry Director

Lisa Lewis

Lisa Lewis

Women's Ministry Director

Breanne Fuelling

Breanne Fuelling

Counseling Director

AJ Loredo

AJ Loredo

Local Outreach Director

Tim Stinger

Tim Stinger

Prayer Director

Jon Tuck

Jon Tuck

First Impressions Director

Carissa Dahik

Carissa Dahik

Global Outreach Director

Our History

Village Church was founded in 1973 by seven like-minded families meeting in their homes for Bible study.  After meeting for 3-4 months, the group felt called by God to plant an official church with the mission of being an evangelical witness to the Bartlett community.

The bible study grew as other families began to attend and catch the vision. For the next 3 years, the Village Church of Bartlett held Sunday services at the local elementary and middle schools as home bible studies continued. During this time, the church hired its first full-time pastor who served the church for 3 years. Since the church had more youth than parents, they hired a full time youth pastor that same year.

When it was time for the church to start thinking about a building, they held their first fundraising dinner called the Harvest Dinner. The funds raised at the dinner were used to buy five acres of land along West Bartlett road.  During these years attendance was consistent: 60 people in the morning service, 60 people in the evening service, and 60 people on Wednesday evening.

Many of the materials used to construct the first building were donated or provided at cost. Members and friends of the church also donated much of the labor. The building was completed in 1976 with a large multi-purpose room surrounded by small classrooms. During this time, the church hired a young pastor, Jim Mooberry, who shepherded the church for almost 25 years as he faithfully taught the Word of God. The church continued to grow both physically and numerically under his leadership.

In 1988 the cornerstone was laid for the next church expansion. The project included a new sanctuary, offices, classrooms, and remodeling of the existing space. Again, volunteers supplied much of the labor for the building.

In 2001, the Village Church hired its next Teaching Pastor, Don Yates. Under Don’s leadership along with a growing staff and leadership, the Gospel and Word of God were protected and preserved for another generation.

2008 began another revamping and refocusing of the Village Church’s mission, values, and ministries. God has used this most recent season of transition to unify and strengthen our body by His grace. With a renewed focus, God called Michael Fuelling to serve as our Lead Pastor in 2010. Michael had served as Youth Pastor since 2003.

Village has gone through countless changes since then-  building renovations and new leadership- but the core of who we are has stayed the same for 45 years.  We want to be a church who builds disciples and churches of Jesus who go, grow, and overcome.

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