Meet the Team

 

Joe Gerkin

Joe Gerkin

Interim Pastor

Pastor Joe Gerkin is currently the Interim Pastor at Christ Community Church. He has degrees from Moody Bible Institute and Cornerstone University, and is in his 50th year of full-time ministry. He was Executive Director of 2 Midwest ministries: a  church-planting mission and a prison ministry. His passion over the years has been the local church. He has served as a Youth Pastor, 3 Senior Pastorates, and in partnership with Interim Pastor Ministries serving currently in his 6th Interim Pastorate. Joe and his wife Barbara have been married for 52 years and reside in Grand Rapids, MI. They have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. As he seeks to fulfill his Pastoral/Pastoral Search role here at CCC he also seeks to exist as a St. Louis Cardinal fan in Chicago Cub territory! 

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Sheila Johnsen

Sheila Johnsen

Worship Assistant

Sheila is assistant to our Worship Director.  She helps select music for worship on Sundays, plays piano anhelps the worship team practice on Wednesday nights.  Sheila has played the piano at Christ community Church for over 37 years. She grew up on a farm one half mile north of Wyanet and is the assistant librarian at the Raymond A. Sapp library in Wyanet.  Reading is a life long love of Sheila as well as music, nature and going to the movies. Her family consists of two daughters, the oldest is Heidi who is married and has three children, while her younger daughter, Lyndsey, is in social work.

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Meg Murphey

Meg Murphey

Counselor

Meg Murphey is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with Path of Life Counseling at Christ Community Church.  Meg obtained her bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University in Family Social Services and her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College graduate school.  She has worked in residential, hospital and outpatient settings.  She received her passion for counseling during the seven years she spent with Youth With A Mission when God began healing her emotional wounds.   Meg’s heart’s desire is for Christians to experience the reality of God’s grace and truth so they might live an abundant life of peace and joy in Christ.  She is married to her wonderful husband Scott and enjoys swimming, walking, reading, writing, gardening, decorating and traveling.  

Kathy Bohm

Kathy Bohm

Interim Office Manager

Kathy is the CCC Interim Office Manager.

Kathy is filling in as office manager but, is no stranger to this position.  She served in this position for 10 years before retiring and has been helping out whenever needed.  Kathy is married 45 years to her farmer husband, Ken.  Her passion is her family:  3 children, 3 children-in-love and her 9 grandkids.   She enjoys teaching a women’s weekly Bible study, walking, card making, her flower beds and spending time with girl friends!  

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Mollie Bates

Mollie Bates

Children's Ministry Coordinator

Mollie Bates is our Children’s Ministry Coordinator.  Mollie grew up in Princeton, the daughter of Joe and Jody Bates.  Mollie graduated from Princeton High School and then attended IVCC for 2 years earning her Associate’s Degree.  She graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Science in May of 2018.  She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in School Counseling at Western University.   She works at the Jr. High in Spring Valley in the “GEAR UP” program.  

Mollie loves interacting with children and is excited to see young minds and hearts pursue a deep relationship with Jesus.   She brings a deep love of children with her to this position.

In her spare time she loves spending time with family and friends, watching church league softball and the Chicago Cubs.   She cheers on her younger sister in volleyball and softball games.

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