With extensive experience in the immigrant church, Dr. Mitch Kim desires to raise up multicultural people as Kingdom workers in a globalized world. He helped to establish the Joshua Generation, a ministry to connect and equip youth workers to reach their generation for Christ. In 2010, he participated in the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in Cape Town, South Africa. He coauthored with G. K. Beale God Dwells Among Us: Expanding Eden to the Ends of the Earth, a biblical theology of mission from Creation to New Creation, and published Genesis: A 12-Week Study (Knowing the Bible). He has also taught in the graduate school at Wheaton College. Mitch lives in Naperville with his wife, Eunsil, and their 3 kids: Elise, Ana, & Eden.
Cheryl BairdPastor of Spiritual Formation
Cheryl grew up in California but moved to Illinois after attending Wheaton College. She has an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton and an M.A. in Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She is a licensed professional counselor and serves as the Pastor of Spiritual Formation. Cheryl and her husband, Brian, live in Wheaton and they have 3 kids: David, Chrissy, & Nikki.
Steve HandsWarrenville Campus Pastor
Steve joined the church staff in January, 2014. He has received a B.A. in Biblical Literature from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Master of Divinity degree from Beeson Divinity School. He and his wife, Jessica, live in Warrenville with their children Elijah and Mary.
Stephen HongDirector Of College Ministry
Stephen joined the staff in July of 2016 after having served six years as a campus staff work with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Northern Illinois University. He is passionate about seeing college students become disciples of Christ, and has a special heart to reach those who are lost and broken. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010 with a B.A. in Psychology and is currently a full-time student at Trinity International University working on his Masters in Divinity. He has been married to his wife, Micah, since 2013.
James LeeYouth Pastor
James has been serving in youth ministry for 15 years, primarily in the immigrant church. He served 12 years at Antioch Bible Church in Wheeling, IL, prior to coming to Living Water. His passion is to see youth know and experience Jesus Christ as they have opportunities to exercise their faith in evangelism, service, and leadership. He majored in English-Literature at Loyola University in Chicago. He is currently in the licensure process with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. James and his wife, Sandy, are the proud parents of Ruth, and they live in Wheaton.
Jeter Livingston Associate Pastor of Missions and Seniors
Rev. Jeter Livingston, PhD, has been a licensed worker with the Alliance for 40 years, 34 of which he and his wife Laura spent as international workers in West Africa. His ministries there were mainly focused on teaching and leadership development, in both non-formal and formal settings. He holds graduate degrees from Wheaton College Graduate School, the University of Chicago Divinity School, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. At this stage in his life his ministry centers on helping others to find their identity in Christ, to engage in Kingdom work across the street and around the world, and to prepare well for living eternally with God. He and Laura live in Wheaton; they have four children, three children-in-law and eight grandchildren.
Emily MaruyamaChildren’s Ministry Intern
Emily joined the staff in September of 2018. She has served in children’s ministry for years, and is committed to raising up children for His kingdom. She is currently pursuing an Associate’s degree at the College of Dupage. She plans to transfer in the fall to pursue Christian Education and Ministry. She intends to use this degree along with her passion for ministry to continue working with both children and youth. Emily is the youngest of four and lives in Glen Ellyn.
Reggie RamosAssociate Pastor of Worship & Communications
Reggie joined the staff in January of 2016. Having served as a worship leader for over 20 years and in pastoral leadership for over 15 years, he has a passion to serve the local church as a shepherd through music ministry and is deeply committed to helping others grow in the knowledge of God, experience His love, and respond to Him in authentic worship. He studied math at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and studied theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is married to Anissa, and they have 4 children: Isaiah, Lydia, Nathan, & Melody.
Mary Ellen SlefingerDirector of Hospitality
Mary Ellen has attended the church since 1994 and came onto the staff in June of 2001 to oversee our ministries to young children. Prior to that, she was a Bible Study Fellowship Children’s Leader for six years. She has a B. A. in Business Administration from Elms College in Chicopee, MA. She has served in a variety of different ministries at Blanchard, including Missions Festival Chairperson, Hospitality Chairperson and a member of short-term mission teams. Mary Ellen and her husband, Tom, live in Wheaton and have three grown sons: Michael, John, and Peter.
Carissa Van SchootenSpiritual Formation Associate
Carissa grew up on the mission field in Asia and moved to Wheaton when she came back to the U.S. for graduate school. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and Biblical Studies at Crown College, MN, and her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Wheaton College. As a bivocational minister, Carissa is passionate about seeing the Church flourish and about integrating healthy relational principles with a biblical foundation. She is consecrated and an international worker candidate with the Christian and Missionary Alliance.
Barb BehnkenOffice Manager
Lisa KnudsenAccounting Administrator
Tom LaneFacilities Director
Anissa RamosMinistries Assistant
Mitch Kim, Senior Pastor Dale Showalter, Chairman Andy Brumbach, Elder Kevin Hector, Elder Dean Renninger, Elder Makoto Suzuki, Elder Phil Vischer, Elder Greg Wurtz, Elder
Benson Chan, Member at Large Linda Oury, Member at Large Sue Pak, Member at Large Allison Showalter, Member at Large Lisa Doherty, Secretary Brian Maruyama, Treasurer Sue Roman, Financial Secretary
Warrenville Leadership Team
Pastor Steve Hands Dana Anliker Jenn Hankes Lionel Martinez Dale Showalter Joel Weinberger