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Introducing our New Children's Pastor

July 10, 2016

Dear Resurrection,

Steve Williamson:
On Sunday, we announced that we have hired long-time member Carole Seid as our new Children’s Pastor. We are so excited to welcome Carole onto our pastoral team.

When we were searching for our new Children’s Pastor, we were looking for someone who not only loved children, but could shepherd our families. Our Children’s Pastor is also responsible for a large volunteer team, many of whom are young adults. During our months of search, we were seeking someone with the gifts to equip all of these groups—parents, children, and volunteers—for transformation in their own lives and the lives of our families.

I am thrilled that Carole is bringing multigenerational pastoral gifts to this role. A passionate educator, she has taught in preschool, elementary, and junior high classrooms in both public and Christian schools. Her gift for pastoring families blossomed in her educational consulting business, where she counseled and coached parents exploring or implementing homeschooling. For thirty years, Carole instructed thousands of families at conventions and seminars and consulted with individuals. More recently, she also became certified as a Christian life coach, often mentoring young adults.

Beyond her clear pastoral gifts, I have also been incredibly impressed with Carole’s integrity throughout the hiring process. Carole’s background includes the difficult journey she has walked in her marriage. She recently shared the intimate and beautiful story of how she and her son, J.J., have walked the hard road of abandonment and separation from her husband in a letter she released through her private practice. Carole's honesty and Christian character shine through her story, which you can find online here.

Many of our clergy and pastoral leaders have been pastorally close to Carole for the past several years and are well acquainted with her incredible gifts, her character, and her beautiful testimony. We are thrilled to welcome Carole on staff as our Children’s Pastor.

I have asked Carole to share more below about her background.

Carole Seid: 
Becoming Resurrection’s Children’s Pastor is the culmination of all of my passions. God has imparted in me a deep love for children. I am passionate about creating environments that spark learning for children of all ages.

When I consider my vision for the children at Resurrection, there are three main facets. First, I want to intentionally lead our team in the discipleship of our children to be the next leaders of our church. Second, I want to equip parents in their role as primary spiritual leaders in their children’s lives. Finally, I am so excited for the opportunity to love and support our volunteers, who serve faithfully every week.

My work over the past thirty years has focused on equipping not only parents, but anyone who works with children. I have always sought to support teachers and families and help them make informed educational decisions. While my primary audience has been families of homeschool children, I have done extensive work with families who send their children to public and private schools. In my role as Children’s Pastor, I will support all our parents as they seek to make the choices they believe are best for their children. While I will likely offer occasional Saturday seminars and limited consulting appointments, I am fully embracing this new season as a full-time Children’s Pastor.

I am humbled by the trust that our church family is placing in me. I covet your prayers that I can represent Christ well to our families.

Steve Williamson: 
We are excited for Carole to begin serving our families this Sunday, July 17. Families should look for an opportunity in the future for a meet-and-greet with Carole as the fall approaches. Carole can be reached at her staff email address, carole@churchrez.org

As always, If you have any questions about this hiring process, feel free to reach out to me at steve@churchrez.org.

Sincerely,

Steve Williamson, Executive Pastor of Staff and Worship
Carole Seid, Children’s Pastor

Steve Williamson
Executive Pastor of Staff and Worship
steve@churchrez.org
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Meet our Pastoral Resident

June 05, 2016

Dear Resurrection,

I am excited to announce that this fall, Scott Cunningham will be starting a pastoral residency in our diocese. Many of you will recognize Scott because of his role on our preaching and worship teams here at Resurrection for the past 3 ½ years. We asked Scott to introduce himself to us in his own words:

Growing up in Texas and Tennessee, I first came to Chicago to attend Wheaton College, where I studied music, literature, and theology. Upon graduating, I moved to Sheffield, England and accepted an apprenticeship at an Anglican church plant in the city. There I was involved primarily in youth and college ministry, as well as receiving further mentoring and discipleship for pastoral ministry. After two years I moved back to Wheaton to marry my wife Marissa, and we joined Resurrection as I began a Masters in Biblical Exegesis. Since then, God has moved in beautiful ways to knit our hearts to the mission of Rez and the diocese at large. Beyond these things, I am happy listening to Alt-country, pulling a largemouth bass out of the water, and hanging out with my son James.

Scott will be serving on two staff teams in our diocese: our own team here at Resurrection and the team at City of Light Anglican Church in Aurora, our most recent church plant. At Resurrection, he will be providing leadership for our RezGroups ministry, which is launching this fall. At City of Light, Scott will be serving through preaching, worship, and in various other capacities.

Scott's position as Pastoral Resident is funded in part through Resurrection's staff budget, City of Light's budget, and through Scott's own fundraising. We are excited to partner with City of Light. We will welcome Scott onto staff starting in August.

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to me at steve@churchrez.org.

Peace,

Steve


Steve Williamson
Executive Pastor of Staff and Worship
steve@churchrez.org