Pastor Caleb Yong Min Hong

Lead Pastor



As Lead Pastor, Caleb provides spiritual leadership and oversight of church leaders and the congregation.  His job description includes preaching, teaching, caring, counseling, administering the sacraments, and championing the church’s mission and vision.



Caleb has served as a pastor since 1997 in Delaware, Georgia, and several congregations in Northern Illinois.  He loves to play sports, eat good food, watch the Cooking Channel, and spend time with his two daughters.  He dreams of dunking a basketball in heaven.  He is married to Rev. Sarah Hong, who is serving Minooka United Methodist Church.


Pastor Caitlyn (Butler) Nesbit

Associate Pastor


As Associate Pastor, Caitlyn works with Faith’s youth ministry programs, outreach, assimilation programs, and is Faith’s Congregational Care Coordinator. She directs confirmation classes, youth group, and organizes summer mission trips with the youth. Other aspects of her job include fostering relationships with members of the community surrounding the church and connecting new church members to the ongoing ministries within Faith.


Caitlyn is a graduate from seminary student from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary who loves to knit, crochet, read, and watch brain-numbing television.


She is excited to be working with the Faith community, particularly in the areas of youth ministry and the Congregational Care Team.


Beth Kawczynski

Announcement Coordinator


As Announcement Coordinator, Beth  prepares announcements using Power Point that are shown on the TV screens in the lobby and before services in the sanctuary. She also organizes photos and archives them for the church files. One of her most rewarding experiences has been honoring our Veterans with a slide show on Veterans Day.


Some things she enjoys are watching classic movies, cross stitching and spending time with her family.


The thing Beth loves most about FAITH UMC is the friendly people. Faith has many activities for everyone. Her favorites are helping with VBS and Santa’s Jamboree.


Sandra Mawhinnie



As Webmaster, Sandy oversees all the features of the website. She solves any technical problems, does the maintenance which includes updating content, fixing broken links, selecting images and approving site content. She also performs as chairperson of the Website Committee.


She is a retired Panduit - Research and Development Specialist who enjoys adventure travel. She has visited over 50 foreign countries. She also enjoys reading, particularly reading about female heroines. Her latest challenge is Tai Chi.


Sandy is an active member of Faith’s Puppet Ministry, Literary Ladies Book Club, Adult Sunday School, Missions Committee, Communication Team and Singles Fellowship. She would be happy to talk with anyone about the rewarding participation in any of these activities.


Linda Bitzer

Office Manager  


As Office Manager, Linda oversees the church office and provides administrative support for the congregation.  She does the usual office duties, greets visitors, answers phones & distributes mail. But the majority of her time is spent on the weekly worship bulletins & the monthly newsletter, Faith Matters. Linda loves finding the appropriate clipart to enhance the announcements.


Linda enjoys vacationing with her family, especially cruising; reading & she can’t wait until Christmas when she enjoys putting up her Christmas village.


Linda is on the Communications Team, is involved in a small group & is on the Missions Committee.  She feels the Missions Committee is involved in so many worthwhile events. She is proud to be a part of that group.


Don Lowry


As custodian, Don maintains and keeps the building running and clean and does minor repairs as needed.  He also sets up for our numerous events in the fellowship hall.


Don loves spending time enjoying music and baseball with his 3 boys,  He is an avid comic book fan and has been collecting them since he was 5 years old.


One of his sons has attended a youth mission trip and plans to attend another one this summer.


Rolf Moan

Chancel Choir Director


As Chancel Choir Director, Rolf prepares music to be presented at the 9:00 a.m. service. This entails researching music and rehearsing the choir during its season (September through May) to connect with the scripture/sermon each week.  He also directs or works with special music programs that are scheduled during the Christmas and Easter seasons.  In addition to the choir, he assists in scheduling special music during the summer months.


Rolf is a retired high school choral director. He is a member of MENC and ACDA organizations of the music community, USGA of the golfing community and is 

committed steward to his YARD and GARDEN throughout the year.


The openness and friendliness of the church membership as a whole and the choir members specifically has always been the most enjoyable and appreciable aspect of 

Faith UMC.


Patty Irish Lazarz

Church Organist/Pianist/Accompanist


As church accompanist, Patty prepares appropriate  music for worship services and accompanies congregational hymns on Sunday and at other services during the year. She assists the Choir Director, and practices and performs with the Church Choir and Soloists/Groups for worship, along with special Christmas, Easter and Summer Singspiration concerts. She provides music for wedding, funeral and memorial services both in and outside of the church. She is available to lead Sunday School children in performing youth  hand bell  music, too!


Patty  is a Private Piano Teacher and a former preschool music teacher. She enjoys listening to, playing and performing all kinds of music. Her favorite hobbies are swimming, decorating, gardening  and travel.


She enjoys being part  of the wonderful music program at Faith and is always on the look out for persons to participate in our music department. She is part of the Worship and Worship Design Committees, and participates in the Ladies Bible Study group as well as many other church fellowship activities. Patty loves working with the Vacation Bible School decorating committee to design special settings for this great summer program that teaches and brings children closer to God and a spiritual life at our church.


Diane Barnett

Audio Visual Director



As AV Director, Diane manages the technicians for worship services and events that utilize audio visual equipment in Faith’s sanctuary, fellowship hall and meeting rooms. She recruits, trains, schedules and oversees employees, as well as the audio video technology used for worship services and occasional events such as conferences, seminars, weddings and funerals. She is also responsible for acquiring new equipment, monitors existing inventory, and oversees day-to-day operations, such as setting up and breaking down audio-visual equipment and building relationships with staff.


Diane is a retired paralegal who enjoys music, painting in various mediums, photography, video recording and editing.


She enjoys being part of Faith’s Small Group Ministries, including Faith Puppets, Drama Team and Worship Design.


Sandy Ward

Program Coordinator



As Program Coordinator, Sandy initiates and/or facilitates new programs and assists, as needed, with established programs. She actively seeks out volunteers for all aspects of ministry by working with the pastors. Coordinating building usage, completing insurance and accident reports, overseeing the church calendar and serving as a liaison to several church committees are all part of her job.


She is a retired school principal who enjoys reading, travel, and decorating for the holidays-especially Christmas. She enjoys volunteering as a reader for Learning Ally, a national organization that records books for those needing assistance in reading the printed word.


Being a part of the Small Group Ministry, Disciple 1, and the Singles Fellowship Group are things Sandy especially enjoys at Faith.


Kim Clifton

Director of Children’s Ministry



As Director of Children’s Ministry, Kim focuses on establishing and implementing new programs, continuing to develop existing programming, coordinating children’s ministry volunteers, and nurturing the children in their faith journey. Some of the new programs offered for children include Artivities, Explore and Soar and Parent’s Night Out. Some existing children’s programs are Vacation Bible School, Santa’s Jamboree and Sunday school. Kim works closely with volunteers to ensure that there are an adequate number of teachers and helpers at each program. Through these programs Kim helps to encourage and nurture each child’s relationship with God, in a safe, comfortable and fun environment.



Kim is a former elementary school teacher who enjoys reading anything and everything from a good mystery to the back of a cereal box. She enjoys spending time goofing around with her husband Tom and two daughters, Gracie and Janie.



Kim’s favorite thing at Faith UMC is the love and generosity of its members. Faith is a congregation filled with compassionate people who are willing to share their time and talents to help one another, those in the community and the world.


Beth Ridderhoff

Director of Contemporary Worship


As the Director of Contemporary Worship, Beth leads the RISE service on Sunday mornings and the new Third service on Saturdays.


It is her pleasure to be working with the talented singers, instrumentalists, sound and video people, so that the music ministry compliments the efforts of the other teams in providing meaningful worship.

She looks forward to creating new opportunities for the people of Faith to experience the love of Jesus through Praise and Worship.

Outside of serving at Faith, Beth’s priorities are her family, her love of music and her passion for horses.


She is excited to be at Faith.


Jackie Konidaris

Nursery attendant


As nursery attendant, Jackie helps to oversee the church nursery which provides care for children from infancy through 5 years old.  This allows their families to attend church knowing that their children are safe and well supervised--and hugged when needed!


Jackie loves to read and walk outdoors especially in nature-filled settings.


Jackie helps to lead the Witness to Fitness classes and is a small group leader.  She takes great satisfaction in seeing people improve their physical and spiritual health. 


Jackie also volunteers for organizations that help meet the needs of the under-served i.e. Night Ministry, Feed My Starving Children, etc.







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