Our Team

Our church staff is made up of people from different backgrounds and all ages. One thing is true of all of us however—all of us have lives restored through the power of Jesus Christ. We take our responsibilities seriously and strive to be exemplary Christian disciples, who make other disciples.
“Fervent in spirit; serving the Lord." Romans 12:11
STAFF

Roger Bruining

Facilities Manager

•• Roger is the Chairman of the Trustee Board and also serves as the Facilities Manager.
•• He also coordinates most of the computer technology at GBC.
•• He and his wife, Gwen, have been active members of Grace Bible Church for many years. They enjoy spending much of their time with their children and grandchildren.

Cathy Dattoli

Executive Assistant, Treasurer

•• Cathy grew up on a farm in small-town Iowa and graduated from Northwestern College, in Iowa, with a degree in Business/Accounting. She previously worked as the Director of Accounting for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
•• Cathy served as Director of VBS for 12 years.
•• Cathy enjoys working with her husband, Mark, at GBC and is grateful to God for their 2 daughters, son-in-law, and first grandchild.

Mark Dattoli

Executive Director

•• Before retiring to serve at GBC, Mark was a senior management consultant in the IT industry. He has one Master’s degree, and has also completed the coursework for his MBA at Northern Illinois University. He also attended Moody Seminary.
•• He and his wife, Cathy, have a married daughter and a daughter attending Colorado Christian University.

Roxanne Evans

Director of Children's Ministry

•• After graduating from college in Chicago, Roxanne married Robert and then focused on the family, raising and homeschooling their son and two daughters. 
•• Before attending GBC she participated in, served in, or led in some capacity all the children's ministries, along with youth and college groups and many women's Bible studies. Roxanne loves encouraging and teaching other families.
•• Roxanne loves encouraging and helping others know and grow in Jesus.

Michael Hapner

Worship Leader

•• Michael grew up in Ohio and learned to play guitar and piano. He teaches music at 2 grade schools, and tutors numerous students in guitar, piano, and voice.

•• He leads the worship team in contemporary and traditional styles, and has composed and performed a number of original songs.

Darla Oksnevad

Growth Groups Coordinator

•• Darla develops, coordinates, and equips GBC's adult Growth Groups.
•• Darla has a Bachelor's degree in Christian Education, Church Music, and Bible; and a Master's degree in Christian Education from Trinity International University.

•• She and her husband, Roy, are GBC-supported missionaries with the Evangelical Free Church, ministering to immigrants and equipping churches.
•• Darla enjoys teaching Bible studies, playing piano for the GBC worship team, and visits with their children and grandchildren.

Shannon Pitzer

Secretary

•• Shannon has served as the GBC office secretary since April, 2017. She and her husband, Jim, moved to the Chicago area after serving in Europe with Young Life Military/Club Beyond for 9 years.

•• Shannon and Jim have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and five grandchildren - and are so thankful to be just minutes away from them now.

Cathy Waters

Church Hostess

•• Cathy serves as the GBC hostess and  coordinates the banquets and food service needs of the church.
•• She oversees the Grace Kitchen which also provides meals to those who may need support during difficult situations. 
•• She is the founder of Sewing Seeds, a grassroots educational ministry, whose mission is to build relationships while teaching practical life skills. 
•• She and her husband, Ralph, enjoy spending time with their children and 4 grandchildren.

Adam Waters

Lead Pastor

•• Pastor Adam received his Bachelor of Science in Theological Studies and his Master of Divinity degree from Moody Bible Institute. He was ordained at GBC in June 2018. 
•• Adam also leads a discipleship/recovery group that lends support and hope to people who have struggled with various addictions and life struggles.
•• Adam enjoys playing classical guitar and oil painting in his spare time.

 
 
DEACONS
Our deacons are responsible for the spiritual growth & health of the GBC congregation. They serve voluntarily for a period of 3 or 4 years, and each one focuses on an area of ministry that is well-matched to their background, skills, and passion.

Don Adams

Deacon

Don is married to Yolo and their children are Joel, Daniela, and Eli.

Phil Curtis

Deacon

Phil is married to Judy, and they have a number of adult children.

Dan Kuehl

Deacon

Dan is married to Margaret, and they have a number of adult children. His brother, Tim, is one of GBC's missionaries.

Shea Leslein

Deacon

Shea is married to Meghan, and their children are Thomas, Wil, Sophie, and Emmy.

Jim Pitzer

Deacon

Jim is married to Shannon, our church secretary. They have a number of adult children.

Jonathan Sachs

Deacon

Jonathan is married to Monica, and their children are Hyan, Sejal, Caelan, and Brennan.

Adam Waters

Lead Pastor

Adam is married to Elaine and they have children and other young adults staying at their home from time to time.

MISSIONARIES
One of our vision points states "Everyone lives on mission by engaging those in their sphere of influence with the love of Jesus and by helping others to go wherever God sends them." We gladly support a number of missionaries around the world, whose global impact may be viewed at this page.
 
Our beautiful church building