Chris Castaldo (BA, Moody Bible Institute; MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; PhD, London School of Theology) was raised on Long Island, New York. For the last sixteen years, he has served in the Chicagoland area, at College Church in Wheaton and then at Wheaton College where he directed the Ministry of Gospel Renewal, a ministry devoted to equipping evangelicals for constructive engagement with Catholic friends and loved ones. Since November of 2014, Chris has served as Lead Pastor of New Covenant Church, Naperville.
Chris has authored and contributed to several books including: The Unfinished Reformation: What Unites and Divides Catholics and Protestants after 500 Years (cowritten with Gregg Allison), Talking with Catholics about the Gospel: A Guide for Evangelicals (Zondervan, 2015), Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism (Zondervan, 2012), and Holy Ground: Walking with Jesus as a Former Catholic (Zondervan, 2009). He has written articles for publications such as Religion News Service, Christianity Today, Touchstone Journal, Credo Magazine, Themelios, First Things, and The Gospel Coalition.
As Pastor of Congregational Life at New Covenant Church, Jacob’s overarching desire is that he himself might know the love of Christ more deeply and that he might be a part of the work “to equip the saints for the
Jacob completed his undergraduate degree at East Texas Baptist University in 2001, where he met and married his best friend Sara. After graduation, he and Sara moved overseas where they sought to serve Christ via cross-cultural ministry. It was during this time that all three of their children were all born as foreigners abroad. After returning to the States, Jacob completed his seminary degree while working full-time in the banking industry. Jacob then served as a corporate chaplain for two and a half years before joining the two-year pastoral residency program at College Church. Jacob and his family are excited about this new role at New Covenant Church and are desirous of your prayers!
Greg Wheatley says that some of his earliest memories of music were of learning to play the piano under the instruction of his grandmother. From that point on, he can’t remember a time when there wasn’t music of some kind in his life. After graduating from high school, he attended Spring Arbor College, where he earned a degree in music. He eventually went on to earn a Master’s degree in music theory from Michigan State University. Along the way, Greg’s involvement in Christian broadcasting brought him to Moody Radio, where he spent 22 years. His interest in broadcasting combined with his love of sacred music resulted in the program Sound of Majesty, which aired on Moody Radio for most of those 22 years.
Greg has considerable experience in choral conducting. He is the musical director of the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale. He has also served as the director of the College Church Singers and as one of the interim directors of music at College Church. He serves on the adjunct faculty at Wheaton College.
Barb and her husband, Andy, and their two daughters have attended New Covenant Church since 2008, actively serving in a variety of areas. In particular, Barb has served the Children’s Ministry in the nursery, classes for all age children (age 2 through grade 5) in both Sunday School and Wonders Of Worship. She began working in children’s ministry as a high school student. Since then, she has served in AWANA, Pioneer Girls, Sunday School and VBS. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Taylor University. Some of the activities Barb enjoys include spending time with friends, reading and fitness.
As Children’s Ministry Director, Barb intends to maintain vibrant programs that encourage and support parents in teaching God’s Word to their children. She also hopes to develop new opportunities to encourage parents in the changing culture in which their children are growing up. Ultimately, her vision is to see children develop a lifelong love for Jesus Christ and His church.
Stan Guthrie is the author or co-author of seven books and is an editor at large for the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, a former editor and writer for Christianity Today, and a former managing editor for Evangelical Missions Quarterly. His articles, scripts, columns, and commentaries have appeared at BreakPoint.org, ChristianHeadlines.com, Inside Journal, Wheaton Magazine, Moody, The Wall Street Journal, and The Gospel Coalition. He and Christine have three children and live in Naperville.
Tatum graduated in 2016 from Union College, where she was heavily involved in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, with a degree in Spanish and a minor in Film Studies. She knew while attending university that she wanted to pursue overseas ministry but had to put her plans on hold due to student debt. After graduating school, she worked in the Chicago professional film industry as a set dresser and props buyer for almost four years.
At long last, by the beginning of 2020, God led her to officially leave the film industry and pursue full-time ministry in Spain. As she continues to support raise, she is so thankful to have the opportunity to serve New Covenant Church.
Karen Sawyer is the former owner of StudioWerks Digital Design Studio. She enjoys creating and refining graphic elements and “playing” in anything Adobe. Karen has worked as a former art director and director of communications in the print and film industry but has a passion for churches and non-profit work. Karen has been married for 35 years and has three grown children. And if you are around her for more than five minutes, you will hear all about her new, and first, grandson, Kai.