Jim is a native of Sacramento, California. He made his first trek to the Midwest as a student at Moody Bible Institute. There he graduated with his Bachelor of Arts degree and met his bride-to-be, Kris. From there he went to Sioux Falls Seminary where he received his Masters of Divinity. He pastored in Iowa, California, and Illinois. From small rural towns to Chicago suburbs, Jim has seen Jesus change lives. In 2004, Jim went back to school and earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Kris works for Liberty Mutual as an Underwriting Analyst. Together, Jim and Kris enjoy long walks and travel. Jim and Kris have 4 sons, 3 daughters-in-law and 2 grandkids. As a pastor, Jim loves preaching the Word and walking with people through the challenges of life with the confidence that only faith in Christ can bring. The Renkes are grateful to be at Village Church of Lincolnshire, and know it to be a wonderful family where people can meet and know Jesus.
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’ll find him at the painting easel or with his hands in the dirt. You can read some of Casey’s thoughts on his blog, Revival and Renewal.
Jane Niederbrach was born and raised in Wichita, KS. She dedicated her life to Christ when she was 17 years old. She holds a Master of Music degree from Baylor University. Jane began her music career as a professional singer in opera and musical theater based out of New York City, and met her husband Dave performing together. They moved to the Chicago area in 1992, and Jane served as Worship Director for 14 years at Covenant Presbyterian Church of Chicago (PCA), until they moved to Libertyville in 2007. Jane also taught for 8 years at Christian Heritage Academy in Northfield, directing students K-12 in choirs, musical theater, and worship. On retiring from CHA, Jane began a music business bringing a variety of programs to area senior residences. Jane and Dave have a daughter Laurie, who is currently pursuing a Doctor of Optometry degree in Memphis, TN. They came as a family to VCL in 2012. Dave works in the computer field at Pactiv-Evergreen Corp. in Lake Forest. He joins Jane for performances at area senior residences, and Laurie is also in the family “music business” in her spare time, as an accomplished flutist and singer.
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.