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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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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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Vicky Ritchel

Vicky Ritchel

Vicky Ritchel has been the secretary at Living Hope Church since 2014. She also serves as the church treasurer and has been involved with the Board of Trustees as well.

Vicky started attending Living Hope (then, Union Congregational) in 1995 and joined the membership in 1997. She resides in North Aurora with her husband Keith, who is an elder at the church. She has lived in the area since 1988.

She has four children and one grandaughter, with more grandchildren on the way!

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405 W. State St.
North Aurora, IL 60542
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Children, Pre-K through 6th grade are welcome to join us for Bible memory, lessons and games.
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