Elders

Mark Alvis

Mark Alvis

The Rev. Mark C. Alvis accepted the call to the pastorate of Union Congregational Church following a vote by the congregation on Sunday, April 10, 2005. A member of the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference since 1990, Pastor Alvis has served on its Board of Directors and Nominating Committee.

Mark is a graduate of Biola College and Talbot Theological Seminary. He loves the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference because it welcomes believers from a wide spectrum of evangelical viewpoints. The denomination stands firm on the essential doctrines of the faith and practices charity on issues where good people have differed for hundreds of years. After several decades of teaching and study, he has found that the conclusions of older scholarship are often superior to some of the views espoused by the "new kids" on the block.

Having served three pastorates in California, Rev. Alvis came to North Aurora from Middletown, New York, where he had been pastor of First Congregational Church. In introducing himself to the North Aurora congregation, he commented, "I am a team player. I believe Gods blueprint for local churches is for a plurality of elders who work together for the welfare of the body. Nothing excites me more than seeing lay people minister effectively."

Pastor Alvis began his ministry in North Aurora on June 26, 2005. He and his wife Cindy have five children and two grandchildren.


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Ken Carr

Ken Carr

Pastor Carr was raised in the world of pro football and lived in many places growing up. His dad was a player and a coach in the NFL for nearly 40 years. Pastor Carr was converted to Christ as a Sophomore in college and eventually graduated from Wheaton College in 1983 with a degree in business and economics. Following college he attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity School earning a Masters of Divinity. About the same time he joined the Air Force Reserves as a chaplain and has been a reserve chaplain for over 20 years. He also has over 20 years of full-time church service as a full-time pastor having served churches in Boston, Iowa, and now the Fox Valley in Illinois. Ken married Priscilla in 1992 and they have 5 children. One of his favorite verses is 1 Timothy 1:15, "The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost."


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Bill Gabriel

Bill Gabriel

Bill heard the gospel of Jesus while attending an AWANA Club as a young child, and God used this to start and grow his faith. He received a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois in 2003, the same year he married Megan. God has blessed them with five children. Bill also graduated from the University of Chicago in 2011 with an M.S. in Financial Mathematics. God has been leading Bill deeper into church ministry over the years, starting with music ministry in 2001, and he led CtK's music from 2007 until the merge in 2017. He also serves as a director of the AWANA ministry, sharing the gospel with children from Kindergarten to second grade. Most recently, Bill has felt called into pastoral ministry and has served as an Elder since 2011. "If I say, I will not mention Him, or speak any more in His name, there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot" [Jer 20:9]. 


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Matt Gruel

Matt Gruel

Matt Gruel is the Pastor of Family Life at Union Congregational Church. His position began in the Fall of 2009 with the purpose of reaching out, discipling, and equipping the younger population of the church to be fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. His desire is to see that parents become the primary Christian educators in the church and the home.

Matt came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as a child, but he started to live out his faith while a student at Butler University. In college, Matt was heavily involved and discipled through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. As a result of that involvement, he had the opportunity to minister to Muslims in a large Middle Eastern country. While there for a year, God instilled in Matt a love for outreach and diversity, which ultimately led him to Bridgeway Community Church of Carol Stream, IL in 1997.

Matt started his work at Bridgeway while a student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL. He received his M.Div degree in 2001, and began working full time with the church. Matt also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Butler University which has proved very valuable with his involvement in worship and music ministry.

Pastor Matt currently resides in Batavia with his wife, Cynthia, and his two sons, Cameron and Caleb.


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Jeff Holwerda

Jeff Holwerda

Pastor Holwerda was born and raised in a Christian home in Wheaton. He did undergraduate studies at Hope College in Holland, MI and L’Ecole Superieur de Commerce in Dijon, France. He earned a graduate degree in Theology from Wheaton College. Having worked at CtK for 3 years as an intern, Jeff became the Associate Pastor in 2007. Among other things, his responsibilities include providing leadership to our Jr. and Sr. High ministries as well as AWANA.

Jeff and his wife Kathy are raising five children in Batavia. Together with Jonathan Edwards, he is “resolved, to live so at all times, as I think is best in my devout frames, and when I have clearest notions of things of the gospel, and another world.”


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Dave Kroger

Dave Kroger

Dave Kroger grew up in a Christian home in Wheaton, where he attended College Church.  Dave is a Wheaton College graduate in Physical Education and he got his masters from Aurora University in Educational Administration.  Dave and his wife Mary have lived in Batavia for over 15 years, where they are raising three children.  Dave has been a physical education teacher at Wheaton North High School for over 20 years.  In addition to being an Elder at Living Hope Church, Dave has been involved with the Summer Sports Camp and the children's King's Court program at the church.

Mike Mudry

Mike Mudry

Mike Mudry grew up on the east side of Aurora but has lived in North Aurora since 1978.  Mike and Sue have been married 45 years, have two grown children and 4 grandchildren. Mike was an Army Medic serving in Vietnam. He has had two careers spanning 23 years in the fast food industry and 20 years writing software for RR Donnelley. Mike became a Christian in 1982 and has been a member of this congregation ever since.  Mike has also served on the Village Board of North Aurora as Trustee and Mayor.

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