The Nominating Committee is tasked with listening to God and discerning qualified and gifted church members for the church’s elected leadership positions. We have dedicated many hours to conversations and prayer, both among ourselves and with potential nominees, as well as seeking input from those currently serving. It is our privilege to present the nominees listed below for election at Wellspring’s annual meeting.

Note that there are additional members of our Governing Board and Deacons (not listed below) who are in the middle of a two-year term. Visit the leadership page for full list of current elected leaders.

Governing Board

Elders

Michael Lee (2nd term)

Michael and his family (wife Roberta, and three boys, Payton, Parker, and Preston) have been part of Wellspring shortly after they relocated near Wheaton for work in 2018. At Wellspring, he has served on the worship music team and just completed a term as elder. Michael serves as Associate Professor of Ministry and Leadership at Wheaton College and directs several M.A. programs in the graduate school. Prior to transitioning to academic, Michael served in pastoral ministries for about a decade in Houston and Dallas. He also serves in his community as a judo instructor and a baseball coach.

Joe Schlie (2nd term)

Joe and Suzy Schlie have been members of Wellspring Church since 2020, serving as Home Group leaders and on the Welcome team. They have been missionaries with Cru for 30 years, 16 of which they spent in France with their three daughters. In Paris, they worked with students and artists, organizing over 25 collective art events and Joe served as a voluntary pastor at a local French church. They are passionate about cross-cultural life and ministry. Joe enjoys sports, history, art, and music. He has a particular interest in the civil rights movement, the Harlem Renaissance, and the intersection of faith and the arts. He is currently the Executive Director of Cru Arts and Culture, a nationwide network of artists. Joe holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in Theology from Bethel Seminary, with an emphasis on global theology.

Mark Yarhouse (2nd term)

Mark Yarhouse and his wife, Lori, have been attending Wellspring since the fall of 2019. Mark has exercised his spiritual gifts of wisdom, shepherding, leadership, and teaching by co-leading a home group, serving as an elder, administering the Lord’s Supper, participating in baptisms, teaching Christian education, and providing staff training at their previous church. He hopes to see Wellspring grow in its core values of the word, prayer, community, diversity, discipleship, and global missions, which are essential building blocks for the community. Mark and Lori have been married for 33 years and have three adult children from a different racial background than either of them. They have come to deeply value being part of multiethnic communities in the past, and they value the multiethnic community they have found at Wellspring.

Members at Large

Jane Larson (2nd term)

Jane and her husband, Tim, have attended Wellspring for 28 years. Jane’s spiritual gifts are hospitality, administration, and leadership. Currently, she serves on the Governing Board, the Personnel Committee, the Greenhouse sub-committee, and the Vision Team, and she will be helping with Kid’s Camp this summer. Over the years at Wellspring, Jane has served on the Missions Committee, as a Home Group leader and participant, table leader for the Emotionally Healthy classes, Co-Chair of the Pastor Search Committee, mentor to college students, and participated in two short-term mission trips, children’s ministry, worship team, and choir. In this season, she hopes to serve by listening to God and the community, ensuring good stewardship in Wheaton and around the world with all that has been given to us. Jane had a career in business and has been retired for two years, during which she led teams and applied strategic thinking to solve problems. Jane and Tim have one adult daughter who is married and lives in Naperville.

Treasurer

Noah Kim (3rd term)

Noah and his wife, Eunsoon, have attended Wellspring since the merger in 2015, coming from Living Water Alliance Church. Noah was born into and grew up in Korean West Alliance Church, from which Living Water was birthed. He worked in the wireless cellular industry for 16 years as an engineer before becoming an attorney. Noah served as Living Water’s Treasurer from its inception until the merger with Blanchard to form Wellspring. Following the merger, Noah served on Wellspring’s Governing Board as a Member-at-Large for the first two years of Wellspring’s existence. He has been serving as Wellspring’s Treasurer for the past four years. Noah and Eunsoon have two elementary-aged children, Gloria and Joseph. 

Deacon Board

Deacon Chiar

Bill Snyder (1st term; elected to Deacons in 2023)

Bill and his wife, Marcia, have attended Wellspring (previously Blanchard) for over twenty years. Bill currently serves as a Deacon and is also on the hospitality team, one of the two “coffee guys” who serve coffee on Sunday mornings, and is planning to help again this year with Kids Camp. Marcia and Bill are also in “the best home group at Wellspring.” Currently enjoying retirement, the Snyders have three adult children and four grandchildren. Bill also serves as a leader within the Crucible Project and teaches advanced riding classes at Woodstock Harley Davidson. 

Deacons

Natalie Cameron (1st term; 1-year term)

Natalie has been attending Wellspring since she and her husband, Bradley, moved to Wheaton in 2015. Over the years, she has been seen serving in the early childhood wing, on worship teams, in home groups, at Women’s INC, and in other ministries as needed. She works part-time for Oasis International, publisher of the Africa Study Bible, and spends the rest of her time running around after her two young children. She’s passionate about doing life in the community and caring for others, so when she’s not working, she’s hosting social gatherings for friends and family or taking a walk with a friend. 

Rebecca Carhart (2nd term)

Rebecca Carhart began attending Wellspring during the summer of 2021 and joined a home group that fall. She is an associate academic editor at InterVarsity Press, where she’s worked since 2012. At previous churches Rebecca has served in various roles, including as a small group leader, children’s ministry teacher, and communications assistant. She has an MA in Christian Formation and Ministry from Wheaton College Graduate School and was trained as a spiritual director through Christos Center for Spiritual Formation. 

Bill Eich (1st term)

Bill has been attending Wellspring for about 18 years. Originally from Ohio, Bill and his wife, Kim, live in Wheaton and have three adult children. We are a multi-racial adoptive family. Bill has previously served in the Aviator and Early Childhood ministries. He works as a software engineer for a small telecommunications company that specializes in 911 and public safety communications. In his spare time, Bill enjoys working in the yard, walking in the forest preserves and arboretum, and experiencing the food and music of different cultures. 

Eunsoon Kim (1st term)

Eunsoon grew up in Korea and is a graphics designer. She came to the United States in 2007 and met her husband Noah when they were members of Korean West Alliance Church and then Living Water (now Wellspring). They have two children, Gloria and Joseph.Eunsoon has been serving in Sunday School & Kids Camp for the past few years, while also occasionally serving on the decoration team. She especially enjoys serving others through intercessory prayer. She loves to cook and share food with others. 

Loydeen Reichman (2nd term)

Loydeen has been attending and serving at Blanchard/Wellspring for 21 years. She is blessed with four grown children and four grandchildren. Loydeen has enjoyed serving as a Deacon for the last two years. She also serves as part of the Albany Park soup kitchen team, hospitality team, and communion setup. Last year, she worked with the children at Kid’s Camp and will have the pleasure of serving again this year. Her spiritual gifts are mercy, giving, and helps. In her free time, Loydeen enjoys gardening and jigsaw puzzles.

Anne Sullivan (2nd term)

Anne Sullivan has been attending Wellspring since 1988. Reflecting on why she was drawn to Wellspring, Anne shared that two things stood out: the biblical teaching and the consistent support of missionaries and those in need, both spiritually and physically. She is grateful that these areas remain unchanged. In addition to serving as a Deacon for the past two years, Anne’s roles at Wellspring have mainly involved using her flute music in services and helping children learn music through the children’s choir and Kid’s Camp. Additionally, she has provided support for those who are hospitalized or homebound, addressing their spiritual and physical needs. Anne teaches part-time at Wheaton College and is a news reporter for several Chicago papers.

Harvard Townsend (2nd term)

Harvard and his wife, Dr. Dana Townsend, started attending Blanchard/Wellspring soon after moving to Wheaton in 2012 to work at Wheaton College. Harvard retired in 2022 after nearly 40 years in IT services in higher education and Dana will retire from the Wheaton College faculty in June 2025. Their mutual passion is ministry to college students, evidenced by hosting a weekly Sunday night home group for Wheaton College students for the past 11 years. Since retiring, Harvard has served at Wellspring as a deacon, Lincoln Elementary School tutor, and as the Deacon’s representative to Outreach’s Churches United for Hardship Assistance (CUHA). Harvard’s formal education includes an MA in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College. Dana and Harvard have been married for 46 years and have three adult children and five grandchildren.