November 02, 2016
I am overjoyed to announce we have hired Will Chester as our new Youth Pastor! Hiring Will is the culmination of a long process of prayer, discernment, and planning. Throughout the entire process, Bishop Stewart, Pastor Steve, and I witnessed Will's love for youth ministry, for Resurrection, and for the Lord. He has outstanding gifts in teaching and pastoring. He is a nuanced thinker who loves to engage Scripture and apply it to our lives. Will has a heart to build student leadership, expand and deepen the ministry, support our parents as they disciple their children, and pastor our students. As you can see in his note below, Will knows personally the impact of faith in these critical junior high and high school years.
Will Chester: I am excited to begin serving as the Resurrection Youth Pastor! Middle and high school are a crucial time in life for going deeper in faith, exploring giftings, and building friendships. I can't wait to get started being your youth pastor!
I was born and raised in rural southwest Michigan and came to faith right as I began middle school. I attended Wheaton College, where I met my wife of five years, Ema (short for "Emanuela"), and studied philosophy. We attended Resurrection during college and then moved to Boston where I taught at a Christian school and later studied at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. After graduating with a Master of Divinity, we decided to move back to Chicagoland in order to live closer to our families and rejoin the Anglican Church through Resurrection.
Ema and I were both shaped by Christian camp ministry and have spent a combined 13 summers serving middle and high schoolers in that environment, most recently this past summer when I served as a Camp Pastor in northern Maine. I love teaching and communicating the truths of the gospel in a way that is engaging and applicable for our students. My hope is that each student would feel that RezYouth is a place that they can belong, where they can have rich friendships with friends and adult mentors, and where they can mature into the fullness of who God created them to be!
The thorough discernment process that culminated in hiring Will would not have been possible without the sacrificial service of our interim directors, Dan O'Reagan and Josh Jacobs. Dan & Josh have served tirelessly to not only continue the youth ministry but expand it. In addition to directing Wednesday nights (no small task!), they have developed student worship teams, led multiple Bible studies, and led impactful retreats. I am so thankful for their work. When you see Josh or Dan, please thank them for their service. They will continue in their interim role through the end of the semester to train Will and then they will serve as volunteers for the rest of the year. Will's first day was Tuesday, November 1st.