Pastoral Staff

William Bertsche

Dr. William P. Bertsche

Executive Pastor

Bill’s primary responsibility as Executive Pastor is to oversee the ministries and the ministers of the church.

Erwin Lutzer

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Pastor Emeritus

Dr. Lutzer, former Senior Pastor of The Moody Church and now Pastor Emeritus, is an award-winning author and celebrated speaker.

Ed Stetzer

Dr. Ed Stetzer

Interim Teaching Pastor

Interim Teaching Pastor Ed Stetzer is an author, speaker, researcher, pastor, church planter, and Christian missiologist.

Michael Best

Rev. Michael Best

Assistant Pastor, Student Ministries

Michael has led the Student Ministries since 2008 and is currently providing pastoral leadership to our Crossroads ministry.

Charles Butler

Rev. Charles M. Butler

Assistant Pastor, Shepherding and Men's Ministries

God’s Word, God’s Spirit and God’s People are God’s means to bring God’s will to the world. Pastors get to help. What a privilege!

Robert (Bob) Gunter

Pastor Robert (Bob) L. Gunter

Assistant Pastor, Families and Stewardship Ministries

Pastor Gunter believes that there is no greater calling for parents and no greater work of the church than seeing children come to Christ and families mature in the faith.

Dan Lee

Pastor Dan Lee

Assistant Pastor, College Ministry

In his new position, Dan strives to equip and train students to fulfill the Great Commission by living the Greatest Commandment.

Steven Mason

Rev. Steven P. Mason

Assistant Pastor, Equipping

Steve has a real passion to see us, as believers, truly engage our culture with the good news of the Gospel and to pray for a great revival in our nation.
 


Larry McCarthy Jr

Pastor Larry McCarthy Jr

Assistant Pastor, Senior Adults and Compassion

Larry McCarthy serves as the Pastor of Senior Adults and Compassion Ministries at The Moody Church.

Mark Pirrie

Pastor Mark D. Pirrie

Assistant Pastor, Community Life

As Pastor for Community Life, Mark is responsible for helping The Moody Church members catch a vision for what it would be like to live a totally God-centered life.

Josue Reyes

Pastor Josue R. Reyes

Assistant Pastor, Hispanic Ministry

Josue R. Reyes has served as the Hispanic Ministry Pastor since the fall of 2014.

Tim Stafford

Pastor Tim Stafford

Assistant Pastor, Music Ministries

As a vocalist, guitarist and conductor, Tim is committed to facilitating corporate worship that is Christ-exalting and transformational, and which displays the unity of the Spirit.

Ministry Directors/Coordinators

Michele Forrider

Director, Children's Ministries

Because each child is a gift from God, Michele is passionate about investing in the lives of the precious children that God brings to The Moody Church.

Simone Halpin

Simone Halpin

Associate Executive Director, Naomi's House

Simone has been a member of The Moody Church since 2004. She joined the staff in 2010 to work alongside Mary Whelchel, and in 2016 transitioned to her new role at Naomi’s House.

Ron R. Ingram

Coordinator, International Students and Scholars

Ron loves the Lord and desires to see many meet God and learn to live in His grace.

Amy Kruska

Amy Kruska

Coordinator, Hope for Kids

Amy serves as the Hope for Kids Coordinator at The Moody Church. She lives with her husband in Chicago with their three children, two through adoption and one biological.

Mary Lowman

Mary S. Lowman

Director, Women's Ministry

Mary serves as Director of Women’s Ministries and the Executive Director of Naomi’s House. She’s been a member of The Moody Church since 1981.

Eric Morse

Eric Morse

Director, Communications

As Director of Communications, Eric supervises the internal and external communications at The Moody Church.

Paul Satre

Dr. Paul J. Satre

Organist

Paul Satre has been organist of The Moody Church since 1979, is heard regularly on The Moody Church Hour broadcast and has also played for Songs in the Night.

Eric Targe

Rev. Eric Targe

Director, Disability Ministries

Eric and his wife Rebecca live on the north side of Chicago, where they are seeking out ways to make Christ known in their community.

Donnita Travis

Donnita Travis

Founder & Executive Director, By The Hand Club For Kids

Donnita’s goal for By The Hand is to help children have an abundant and eternal life through a ministry that helps renew mind, body and soul.

David Zuperku

David Zuperku

Director, Global Outreach

David sees John 20:21 as a reminder that followers of Christ are sent to reach the world no matter where they live. “Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’”

Ministry Assistants

Judy Busic

Judy Busic

Ministry Assistant

Bryan Butler

Bryan Butler

Graphic Designer

Bryan has served as a mentor in the Crossroads ministry since 2011 and is currently providing teaching and administrative leadership to the group.

Brandon Chism

Brandon Chism

Assistant Director, Music Ministries

Brandon has studied music and pastoral ministry, vocal performance, and bassoon performance.

Rochelle Gundu

Rochelle Gundu

Ministry Assistant

Rochelle joined the Children’s Ministries staff in October 2006 after completing her BMus at MBI. She initially began attending as a student intern, but found a home at The Moody Church.

Jan Hagstrom

Jan Hagstrom

Choir Assistant

High on Jan’s list of interests is her involvement in a Precepts Bible study, a deep love for sacred and classical music, and has been a long-time Chicago Symphony Orchestra subscriber.

Lori Imhof

Lori Imhof

Executive Assistant

Lori enjoys family fishing trips to Canada as often as Chris can talk them into it…and can bait a hook and take a fish off the line with the best of them.

Melissa King

Melissa King

Administrative Assistant

Melissa is regularly involved in serving at TMC Kids, tutoring and teaching ESL in professional and volunteer capacities, and spending time with friends from her TMC community.

Aimee Lilly

Aimee Lilly

Ministry Assistant

Aimee counts it a privilege to work in the same building in which she worships each Sunday, and is especially grateful for the friends with whom she works.

Jacqui Mears

Ministry Assistant

Elsa Wiese

Elsa Wiese

Ministry Assistant

Elsa joined the ministry staff at The Moody Church in August of 2013.

Operations Staff

Michael Pitts

Michael C. Pitts

Managing Director of Operations

As the Managing Director of Operations & Media, Michael oversees day-to-day operations of the church and overall direction for Moody Church Media.

Noble Adigbli

Director, Ministry Services

Noble’s goal is to help foster a church/spiritual environment in which all who come seeking Jesus will feel comfortable to connect with God and others.

Michael Arman

Michael Arman

Coordinator, Audiovisual Technology

Serving as Audio/Visual Coordinator, Mike oversees the technical production for Sunday services, conferences and other meetings.

Neelu Joseph

Neelu Joseph

Financial Assistant

Neelu’s goal is to live for Jesus and be available for God to use her in His grand scheme of things.

Richard (Rich) Karnath

Richard (Rich) C. Karnath

Director, Facilities

Regarding what he has learned about God’s character, Rich says, “Acceptance and forgiveness of so much by God because of His own sacrifice and patience, as we learn and grow as His children.”

Joseph Martinez

Joseph Martinez

Coordinator, Public Relations and Public Safety

A favorite verse of Joseph’s is Psalm 84:10 For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

Kent  Schmidt

Kent A. Schmidt

Director, Finance & Administration

Kent oversees contributions, payables, financial reporting, payroll and employee benefits administration.

Bev Skrak

Bev Skrak

Facilities Assistant

Bev began attending The Moody Church in 1985 and joined the staff in May 2002; currently she serves as administrative assistant for Facilities and Ministry Services.

Carol Verovich

Carol Verovich

Financial Assistant

Carol Verovich is a financial assistant in accounts receivable on staff since December 2003.

Pastoral Residents

Kristian Chelstrom

Kristian Chelstrom

Pastoral Resident

Kristian has a passion for teaching and equipping families to live fruitful lives in Christ, and for promoting excellence in serving Christ.

Kenny Damara

Rev. Kenny Damara

Pastoral Resident

Kenny has a burden to see the gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed and defended here in the U.S. and other countries of the world.

Elders

Bervin (Berv) Peterson

Bervin (Berv) C. Peterson

Chairman, Elders

Berv Peterson has served as a Deacon and a Trustee, and on the Parking and Christian Education Committees. He currently serves as chairman of our Elder Council.

Joseph Carré

Joseph Carré

Elder

Joseph Carré attended The Moody Church for the first time in 1994, after faithfully listening to its programming on Moody Radio.

Donald (Don) Dix

Donald (Don) D. Dix

Elder

Don Dix came to Chicago, and The Moody Church, in 1956. Throughout all of his years at the church, Don has most appreciated its clear teaching of God’s word and dynamic missions programs.

Tony Durns

Tony Durns

Elder

There are many things that Tony enjoys about The Moody Church, but what he is most excited about is the excellent biblical teaching and diversity.

Steve Giere

Steve Giere

Elder

Steve has served as a Deacon, a member of the Global Outreach and CE Committees, and is a member of the Elder Oversight Council.

Evan Price

Evan Price

Elder

Evan has a passion for the church being a healing community and a safe place for people at all stages of their walk with Christ to deepen their relationship with Him and one another.

Thomas  Sawyer

Thomas H. W. Sawyer

Elder

A Moody Church elder since 1991, Tom is a practicing attorney who is passionate about learning and about defending the gospel.

Gerhard (Ger) Schultz

Gerhard (Ger) Schultz

Elder

When he began attending The Moody Church in 1990, the centrality of Christ, biblical teaching, and emphasis on evangelism Ger found helped him to know it was his church home.

Phil Zahn

Phil Zahn

Elder

Phil most appreciates the excellent teaching available at The Moody Church, along with its faithful witness to the city of Chicago and its diverse congregation.

William Bertsche

Dr. William P. Bertsche

Associate Elder

In addition to his role as the Executive Pastor, Bill also serves as an Associate Elder.

Michael Pitts

Michael C. Pitts

Associate Elder

In addition to his role as the Managing Director of Operations & Media, Michael is also an Associate Elder.