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Our Elders

Bryan Just

Bryan Just (Chair)

Bryan Just serves as the Event & Executive Services Manager at The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity. Originally from New Jersey, he graduated with a BA in Psychology from Nyack College and an MA in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he is currently pursuing a second MA in Church History. He and his wife, Rebekah, reside in Gurnee, where his hobbies include reading (especially fantasy), woodworking, and martial arts. They have attended Village Church of Lincolnshire since 2016.

Carl Johnson (Vice-Chair)

Carl currently serves as “Chief Special Gifts Officer” at Trinity International University, where he has worked for nearly 22 years after serving 3 years on the Board of Regents. A Graduate Metallurgical Engineer from Michigan Tech, Carl worked for 35 years at Sundstrand Corporation before coming to serve at Trinity. Carl is on his most recent stint with the elder board, having served in previous years as the Chair. He leads the ministry effort that our church has with Love INC in Waukegan, IL. He also led the fundraising effort to add on ministry space at our church, including the Great Room, new kitchen, youth room, restrooms, expanded parking lot, expanded foyer, and entry overhang. He and his wife, Sharon, have led a small group in their home. Carl enjoys being a part of the Saturday morning men’s group.

Casey Dwyer

Casey was raised in Cedar Rapids, IA, where he came to faith as a teenager. Pursuing a call to ministry, he first studied through Moody Bible Institute’s online program while working full-time, later transferring to Trinity College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Pastor Casey’s passion for youth ministry began during this time, when he took on the role of Youth Ministries Director at Village Church. He graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with his Mdiv in Spring 2019 and transitioned into the Associate Pastor role. He met and married his wife, Danielle, in Cedar Rapids, and when they moved out to Deerfield she began pursuing her career as a Respiratory Therapist. Both Pastor Casey and Danielle enjoy hiking, canoeing, and exploring nature. In Pastor Casey’s free time, you can find him sketching, writing, or stream-side with a fly-fishing rod. You can read some of Casey’s thoughts on his blog, Revival and Renewal.

Kenny Silva

Kenny is a native of Connecticut and a veteran of the United States Air Force. He graduated from Berklee College of Music (’08) with a Bachelor of Music and Reformed Theological Seminary (’15) with a Master of Divinity. Kenny first came to VCL in 2016 and has served as an elder since 2018. As Interim Pastor, his primary responsibilities include preaching, shepherding, and helping to lead the church through the process of calling a new Senior Pastor. Prior to moving to the area to pursue his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Kenny sold real estate, wrote books and articles, and served in various pastoral leadership roles at churches and ministries across Nashville, TN. His writing has been published in a wide range of publications, from Forbes and Business Insider to LifeWay’s Collegiate magazine. He is also the co-author of How to Be Present in an Absent World (Zondervan, 2020) and author of Launch Your Life (Thomas Nelson, 2013). Kenny lives in Vernon Hills with his wife, Suzanne, and their three children: Cesar (4), Ellie (2), and Sophie (10 months).

Jim Stamoolis

Jim and Evy Stamoolis have attended and been blessed by VCL since 2006,  Jim serving as an elder from 2010-2016. Originally from Pittsburgh, Jim has a BS in Industrial Engineering, an M.Div. and Th.M. from TEDS.  They first served as missionaries in South Africa for 8 years where Jim earned a Th.D. Then he was Theological Secretary for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, Graduate Dean of Wheaton College, CEO of a mission and Senior VP for Academic Affairs at TIU before retiring.  He has written two books on missions and Eastern Orthodoxy and various articles, is on the board of the Lausanne Orthodox Initiative, and is a trustee for the ELA Area Public Library. Beside books and history, he really enjoys the Saturday morning men’s prayer gathering. He and Evy are the parents of three grown sons and grandparents of six.

Stamati Taktikos

Stamati and his wife Katerina began attending VCL in 2006, and he has been serving at the church board since January of 2018. They live in Mundelein and have one daughter, Elenia. Stamati has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, and he works as a physical therapist for a community hospital in the northwest suburbs. Stamati is a martial arts practitioner and instructor. He has the rank of black belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. He also enjoys shooting pool, watching movies, and biking in the trails. His wife Katerina is one of the piano players at VCL, and both she and Elenia volunteer as teachers with the 2- and 3-year-olds.