WELCOME!

Light of Christ is not the ordinary church you might have known from your parents or grandparents...we are a vibrant group of individuals who come together to connect with Jesus, help and encourage each other in our daily lives, and reach out to serve others in need.


Sr Pastor Kendall Koenig

Assoc Pastor Sharon Rogers

We have had the privilege to serve in this congregation for 16 and 10 years respectively.  This is a congregation that has energy!  Whether we are packing the house with 250 children each summer for Vacation Bible School or having 100 volunteers sign up to host a Mobile Food Pantry on a Saturday morning, the people of Light of Christ roll up their sleeves and serve faithfully and joyfully. 

Light of Christ has always had a focus on ministering to children and youth—and that hasn't changed.  Our preschool and youth ministries are thriving! But what has been exciting lately is the number of adults of all ages that have been connecting at Light of Christ, wanting to develop a living faith, connect with others and serve in Jesus' name. 

But we have never been a church for people who "have it all together."  We continue to welcome people from all different walks of life. Many who are trying to figure out how to connect to God, understand the Bible and discover what it means to follow Jesus day by day.  We are a grace-filled ministry that meets people where they are at.  We welcome you to join us on this fascinating and amazing journey. 


TESTIMONIALS

"Love how involved the church is with the youth. Brings back wonderful memories of my youth time in my home church. So happy to be a member of a very open and friendly church."

Denise Vorpagel

"Every member of my family (including my Elementary school kids) has been positively impacted in our relationship with God since we became Light of Christ members a few years back. The various programs available for all ages and the welcoming LOC community has made a huge impact in my faith journey/transformation, learning about God's grace, the Holy Spirit in all of us, power of Prayer,serving others and learning His Word through the Bible."

Sebius Millet

OUR BELIEFS

WHAT WE TEACH

The Bible:  We teach that through the Bible we hear God speaking to us. Because it is God’s Word, it is our authority in matters of faith and life.
God:  We teach that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ:  We teach that Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully human, who by His death on the cross has redeemed us.
The Holy Spirit:  The Holy Spirit's gifts are available and operative today for all Christians.

ELCA

Light of Christ is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Northern Illinois synod.  The ELCA is a Christian denominations, with about 4 million members and nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

CORE VALUES

We value...
►Grace-filled ministry that meets people where they are at.
►Connecting people

  • with the means to grow in the lifelong journey of following Jesus.
  • in authentic relationships that provide friendship and accountability.
  • in meaningful service, based on their gifts, skills and passions.

►Worship that is scriptural, sacramental, Spirit-led, and speaks to today.

MISSION STATEMENT: 

Light of Christ exists to Invite people into Christian community, Nurture them in a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ,

so they can faithfully and joyfully Serve Him.

OUR TEAM

Kendall Koenig

Senior Pastor

     Pastor Kendall Koenig has been Senior Pastor at Light of Christ since the fall of 2001. Prior to his calling here, Kendall served two congregations as Associate Pastor at Zion in Rockford, IL, and as a Mission Developer, founding a new congregation in Frankfort, IL. For his pastoral training, Kendall attended the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. And, he spent six months of his pastoral study at the University of Zimbabwe. Kendall is married to Connie, and they have three children; Kaleb, Maddie, and Leah. In his leisure time, Kendall enjoys bike riding, playing basketball, board games, watching sports and reading.

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Sharon Rogers

Associate Pastor

      Pastor Sharon is a second career pastor having worked in manufacturing management and community education. Prior to her ordination Sharon served Youth and Family Ministry at Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore, IL and at Lutheran Campus Ministry at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL.  In 2015 she earned a Doctorate in Ministry with a concentration in Spiritual Transformation from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary.

     Sharon has served as Associate Pastor at Light of Christ since January of 2008 and provides oversight of discipleship: children, youth and adult, and serving ministries of the congregation. Her heart’s desire for people to take their next steps in their faith journey through worship, learning, care and serving.

     Blessed with three adult children Matt, Kevin, and Emily. Her husband of 35+ years, Al, died of esophageal cancer in late August of 2017. Sharon enjoys organizing family photos/videos.

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Bonnie Kautz-Prasse

Director, Adult Ministries

      Bonnie is a Social Worker with a Masters Degree from the University of Illinois. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker by the State of Illinois. Previously she was  Assoc. Director of the Bridge Youth & Family Services for 14 years. She also has worked as a social worker in school, hospital and state agency settings. Bonnie has been on LOC staff since 1999.

     Bonnie's passion is to help people understand that there is no greater joy than to grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ and be an active part of a loving, caring community of faith. She enjoys biking, running, camping, playing the piano/singing and getting together with family and friends.

  Bonnie lives in Algonquin with her husband Craig.  Their children are Garrett, Alyssa and Keara along with a beautiful daughter-in-law, Mallory. They have a German Shepherd named Tucker. Craig and Bonnie have been LOC members for over 26 years.

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Josh Jones

Director, Music & Worship Ministries

     Dr. Josh Jones has served various faith communities as a church musician for over 20 years.  Some of his earliest performance opportunities were in church.  He served as a section leader and a soloist for various churches throughout college and graduate school. Josh has a Bachelor of Music degree from the Butler University Jordan College of Fine Arts, a Master of Music degree from the Boston University School for the Arts, and a Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University School of Music. He teaches voice, music theory, composition, and ensemble courses.  He has served on the music faculties at Judson University, Elmhurst College, and The College of Dupage.  He is an active recitalist, concert soloist, and has sung as a chorister with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grant Park Music Festival, and the Lakeside Singers.

     Josh lives in Gilberts with his wife Coco and their children Jacob and Molly. In his free time, he enjoys reading, writing, playing guitar, and rooting for the Bears

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Beca Malmgren

Director, Childrens Choirs

     Beca has been blessed to be the Director of Children's Music at Light of Christ since the fall of 2013. Beca has been involved with Youth Ministry for over twelve years, and she graduated from Judson University with a B.A. in K-12 music education in 2011. She now teaches music in many forms, and feels incredibly blessed to minister side by side with the children at LOC. She also teaches music at the LOC Preschool during the week.

     Beca, her husband Seth, and their daughter Arabella live in Elgin, IL.

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Jessica Adams

Director, Children's Ministries

     Jessica has been worshiping at Light of Christ since 2009 when she found the church after enrolling her daughter in the LOC Preschool program. Over the years, Jessica became an active member in the congregation, participating and serving in many different ministries. 
     Serving in Children’s Ministry is where Jessica’s heart lies. She has been Director of Childrens Ministry since 2015.  She loves to see the children grow day by day in their love for God. 
     A homeschooling mother of two, Jessica and her husband Chris live in Crystal Lake.
Jessica oversees all Children’s Ministries here at Light of Christ.

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Michele Niehoff

Director, LOC Preschool

     Michelle has an extensive background in early childhood education (most from Iowa State University), a warm and friendly personality, and a love for children. She helped to open and accredit a progressive child development program in Winnetka and worked there for 8 years. She is a member of the Nation Association for the Education of Young Children, and has received outstanding personal references.

     She has been married to David for 23 years, and has two children both in their early 20's. Over the past years she has been very involved in her church's religious education program, a volunteer in School District 158 PTA, and a leader in her children's Irish Dance program.

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Stephanie Bemis

Nursery/Preschool Sunday Coordinator


Kim Carrera

Director, Youth Ministries

     Kim served faithfully for 10 years as a small group leader and teacher in the high school ministry at a prominent church in the western suburbs. She also held the role of Program Director at Lake Geneva Youth Camp for Jr. High co-ed week since 2010. Kim studied youth ministry at Moody Bible Institute and has worked professionally in the banking industry for 7 years.

     She considers the calling to high school ministry at Light of Christ, which started in May of 2014, as a dream come true. Kim loves connecting with people, having a good time and walking alongside teens as they grow in the grace of God.

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Jared Skorburg

Manager, PATH - Confirmation

     Jared started this position in 2010.  He is responsible for the functioning of the program from curriculum, serving projects, fun nights, and the Bash and Retreat.         Jared has been an educator for over 2 decades in conjunction with his strong faith  growing up as a pastor's son and his continued journey of living and loving God's work.

     He is a principal of an elementary school in Woodstock.  Jared is married to his wife, Joy; they have three children, Trevor, Connor and Kaitlyn. They reside in Algonquin and have called it home for the past 20 years.

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Nancy Lawrence

Office Administrator

     Nancy has worked at LOC since November 2011 and has been a member since April 2005.  She has an Associates in Applied Science from Harper College.  In all of her previous administrative jobs she was assistant to either a president or owner of an organization.  The similarities of working for the top leader in the corporate world and a top leader in a church led her to her present position as Office Administrator at LOC.     

     Nancy lives in Algonquin with her husband Scott, daughters Megan and Barbara, and mother-in-law Diana. She enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs.

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Jennifer Alderson

Welcome Ministry Director

     Jennifer began attending Light of Christ in 2012, and became a part of the church staff in 2016.  An Algonquin native, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry and Adolescent Studies from Judson University in Elgin, IL in 1996.  With over 25 years of experience in both lay and professional ministry, much of Jennifer’s career has been at Judson University.  Jennifer also serves on the worship team at Light of Christ, both as a worship leader and instrumentalist.  She lives in Algonquin with her husband, Mark, and their children, Jack and Jane.

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Gina Krien

Communications/IT Specialist

     Gina has worked with LOC since April 2002 and been a member since 1998. She brings her graphics skills from many years of graphic design and a BFA in Graphic Design from Wittenberg Univ as well as her marketing skills from 10 years in Product Marketing for Zenith Data Systems and an MBA in Marketing from The Ohio State University.  She loves spreading the joy of the Lord visually for worship, publicity, and media. 

     Gina has two adult children, Kadin and Stephanie and two step daughters Laura and Katie. She is also known for having "many" dachshunds.

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Vicki Barmore

Financial Administrator

     Vicki has worked at LOC since 2009 and has been a church member since 1999.  She handles all of the accounting related to the church and preschool.  Vicki has a Bachelor of Business in Accounting and a CPA.  She has many years of accounting experience with several corporations.

     Vicki lives in Crystal Lake with her husband, Dan, and has two children.  In her free time she enjoys creating homemade cards, being outdoors and reading.

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Jennine Rivard

Bookkeeper

     Jennine has been a bookkeeper at LOC since 2016.  She assists the financial secretary with accounting related to the church and preschool.  In addition, Jennine has taught at LOC Preschool since 2009.
     Jennine lives in West Dundee with her husband and two daughters.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time boating and being outdoors with her family.

Rita Dawson

Wedding Coordinator


OUR HISTORY

1985-1990

  • Nov 1985, 1st service in a storefront in downtown Algonquin; over 130 people attended.

  • Mar 1986, our name was selected based on John 8:12: "I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life."  We were first chartered as a congregation of the American Lutheran Church.

  • 1987, 5 acres of land were purchased on Hanson Road.

  • 1988,  moved into the Hanson Road building; LOC members participate in many stages of construction

1991-2000

  • 1993, dedicated a building addition doubling the size of our ministry.

  • 1997, founding Pastor Mike Fish accepts a call to a congregation in Arkansas.

  • 1998 - 2000, Pastor Scott Hove serves as Senior Pastor. 

  • 2000, Pastor Brent Dahlseng provides excellent Interim ministry as senior pastor. 

2001-2010

  • 2001, Current Senior Pastor Kendall Koenig accepted his call to LOC.

  • 2002, Our Invite, Nurture, Serve Mission Statement was claimed.

  • 2003, congregation grows significantly. Congregation begins to study space issues. 

  • 2006, 16 acres of land at the corner of Longmeadow Pkwy & Sleepy Hollow Rd.  was purchased and dedicated.

  • 2007, our current building was put up for sale and capital campaign began for construction of the new building for the new property.

2010-PRESENT

 

  • 2011 - 13, congregation experiments by opening second site at Westfield School.
  • 2015, LOC celebrates 30 years in the community!
  • 2017,  Congregation votes to begin building process.  Forward in Faith Campaign raises $3.6M in commitments to proceed.