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Our Elders

Nels Flatebo (Chair)

Nels and his wife, Karen, began attending VCL in 2011, and he has served on the church board since 2014. They live in Buffalo Grove and have 3 grown daughters and 4 grandchildren. Nels is an avid reader. He is a business coach and facilitator and previously was involved in the construction industry owning his own company. Nels and Karen enjoy biking as well as using their gift of hospitality and serving in different capacities within and outside of the church. Together, Nels and Karen have led parenting and marriage classes. They lead a small group for pastors and wives in recovery. Nels is involved in the “Pastors ‘67” ministry of the Chicagoland area.

Bryan Just

Bryan Just (Vice-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.

Joshua Harrison (Secretary)

Joshua hails from Interlochen, MI, and has attended VCL since 2010. He and his wife, Jasmine, make their home in Round Lake Beach, IL, with their baby girl, Rhonda. A musician turned finance professional, he works as a financial advisor for Edward Jones. In his spare time, Joshua enjoys photography, powerlifting, writing, and cooking (especially steaks!).

Carl Johnson

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.

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).

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.