Kenny is a native of Connecticut and 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 PhD 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 (7 months).
Pastor 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.
Jacob O’Marrah was born in Downers Grove, IL in July of 1995 and raised in Morris, IL. He started at the college side of Trinity International University in August 2013 and began his graduate program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in August 2015. At the end of this academic year he will walk with a BA in Pre-Seminary, and by May 2020, will complete a Master of Divinity and a MA in Systematic Theology. Jacob was married to his hometown sweetheart Carol Marie O’Marrah in January of 2017, who alongside him, also works in the nonprofit field, focusing specifically on homelessness prevention. Jacob has a passion for music. He writes in a contemporary style through piano and acoustic guitar, plays and performs original music as lead singer in a band, and also formally composes/arranges music. For fun, Jake enjoys writing, theater, eating sushi, and helping to design and produce board games.
Karen has attended VCL since 1998. She has worked as the office manager since July 2015. Prior to that she served as the back-up for the office manager for several years. She has also been involved in other volunteer activities of the church.