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Bishop Stewart Ruch III

Stewart first came to Church of the Resurrection as a Wheaton College junior on Palm Sunday, 1988. He completed his Master’s in Theology at Wheaton…
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Deacon John Clark

When I began looking for a church at age twenty-three, I didn’t know that the one being sought was me. I wasn’t quite sure what…
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Deacon Margie Fawcett

I trusted Jesus and was baptized as a child. My college years were difficult and shortly after graduation I found the love of Christ meeting…
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Rev. Dr. Steve Lake

Jesus Christ came into my damaged, dysfunctional heart—physically and spiritually—at a very young age. I was born with a host of life-threatening cardiovascular defects. At…
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Cecilia Whitacre

I was raised in a Catholic home where we went to church every Sunday morning and I enjoyed going. I don’t remember ever really connecting…
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Laura Wruck

I grew up attending church with my family, and being encouraged to learn about God by my parents, but the things I was learning in…
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Whitney Burns

I have been a Christian for the majority of my life, accepting Christ into my heart at the young age of six (or so) years.…
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Lydia Saldanha

Sometimes, Jesus reveals Himself in startling, dramatic ways. For me, though, Jesus has often spoken gently, beckoning me into relationship with Him in simple ways.…
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John Raines

John is married to Hattie, and they have one son, Faber Theodore (you can just call him Theo). They currently live in the Humboldt Park…
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Alec Smith

After 10 years away from Resurrection, it has been my joy to rejoin the music ministry at the church that my wife, Jill, and I…
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Charis Buell

I will forever be a small-town Nebraska girl, and God was very much a part of my childhood there. Jesus was frequently on my Mom’s…
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Alison Freeman

I arrived at Resurrection in September 2017, new to Wheaton and new to Anglicanism. I was a lifelong Christian with a passion for the Body…
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Hudson Brown

I grew up in a Christian home surrounded by a family who loved God and loved each other, one of the greatest earthly gifts I…
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Christiana Ostoich

I grew up surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. From giants of the faith like Elisabeth Elliot and Warren Wiersbe to the small-but-mighty, like…
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Madeleine Ruch

I was born into a vibrant Christian family who introduced me to Jesus and his Church from the time I was born. My love for…
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Julia Damion

Born and raised in Maine, my most meaningful encounters with God as a child were when I was out in nature. I saw God’s handiwork…
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Christy Bodett

I was raised in a Christian family and was blessed to know Jesus at a young age. But sometimes this knowledge of Jesus was more of…
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Mark Meyers

I was born into a family who loved Jesus and taught me to do the same from a very young age. Through their faith and…
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Meghan Robins

I had the great privilege of being raised by missionaries, so my earliest memories are full of the love of Jesus and his Church. As…
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Deacon Val McIntrye

Recently I spent a whole day reflecting on this question: “Through the course of my life, when have I made concrete decisions to say “yes”…
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Emily Pacchioli

I came awake to the truth of the Gospel when I was sixteen years old. God spoke to my heart through Galatians 2:20, which a…
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Christina Festen

I was baptized as an infant at Resurrection, and when I look back on my life, I can see that my baptism was God making…
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Chad Magnuson

One of God’s greatest gifts to me was a set of parents who loved the Lord and served his Church. Growing up in a pastor’s…
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Kevin Sheehan

As a child, my parents gave me the best gift they could possibly have given me—a home in which I learned to love and trust…
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Will Chester

The turning point in my spiritual journey occurred at a Christian summer camp when I was twelve. I remember looking at the stars on the…
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Brenda Dumper

My first Sunday at Resurrection was in the spring of 1984, at the end of my 6th grade year. We’d just moved to the Wheaton…
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Anne Kessler

I grew up in the Catholic Church and have believed in God my entire life. It wasn’t until much later in life that I realized…
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Father Matt Woodley

Every weekend my dad and mom and six siblings piled into our wood-paneled station wagon and trekked to church–an event that often bored me almost…
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Amy Patton

I grew up in a family that loved Jesus and loved his Church. Witnessing my parents commitment to Jesus and their dedication to our church…
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Father Steve Williamson

God gave me the gift of an incredibly loving Christian family. Our lives centered around the Church, as both of my parents were actively involved…
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Father Brett Crull

Although I graduated high school in Colorado, I spent my childhood years in Iowa and small town South Dakota. I came to this area to…
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