My wife and I came to Peace about 25 years ago with our family of 3 daughters. We have added to our family and have 3 sons also. Peace has been there for our family and me personally through all the times when there was so much turmoil and strife as well as the times when we had peace and contentment. Serving as an elder and also as a deacon has brought me closer to my brothers in Christ. Being able to serve Him has been a blessing to me and has helped me grow in my walk with Him. I have been blessed beyond measure.
There is a verse that is close to my heart, Rev. 21:1-5. Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” 5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” These verses tell us what our new life will be as believers in Christ.
B.A. Theology and Church/Ministry Leadership (Worship Leadership) at Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL
Garret Ohashi was born in Alaska, and grew up moving throughout several states. He has lived in Alaska, Colorado, North Dakota, Texas, and more recently in Illinois. He graduated from Trinity Christian College with degrees in Theology and Church/Ministry Leadership, and has served in several ministry contexts (churches, after-school programs, camps, college campus). Garret has experience in a wide variety of musical fields, such as guitar, piano, vocal/choral, woodwind, percussion, as well as many other instruments. If you ask him about any instrument, chances are he might be able to play it. His passion lies in his desire to lead the body of Christ in the worship of the Triune God and to pursue the Holy Spirit where it leads.
Office hours W-F 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM, or by appointment. If he is not in the office, feel free to contact him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
B.A. Education, Minor Special Education, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
Judy has been married to her husband, Dave, for 34 years. They have three children, Lisa who is a physical therapist, Paul who is an athletic trainer, and Abby attends the University of Iowa. Judy’s passion for her work is illustrated in one of her favorite verses, Proverbs 22:6, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not turn from it.” Judy loves to teach. She considers every moment to be a teachable one! It brings her great joy to be able to interact with so many children and their families through the preschool.
I was blessed to grow up in a wonderful Christian home here in the Southwest suburbs. I attended Calvin (College) University and graduated with a major in Language Arts and my certification in elementary education.
I met my husband, Dan, in the narthex at Peace; my mom introduced us. A year later we became members of this church, and in 2003 we married here at Peace Community. Our daughter Anna was born in 2009, and our son Joshua was born in 2014. They were baptized here at Peace by their grandfathers.
Before becoming the director here, I spent summers as a camp counselor, a daycare worker, a tutor, and I taught fourth grade for nine years at Southwest Chicago Christian.
Some of my other loves are food, photography, travel, biking, hiking, reading, and all things Star Wars.
One of my favorite Bible verses is Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” God is always with us and knows what is best for us.
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