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Ministry: RezKids

Meet Our New Children's Pastor!

June 11, 2019

A Welcome from Kevin Sheehan

We are excited to announce that we are adding a new member to our Pastoral team at Resurrection. Beginning June 24, Kevin Sheehan will join our staff as our Children's Pastor. Outgoing Children's Pastor Carole Seid and the rest of the team are thrilled to see RezKids vision and oversight being passed on to such a strong and pastorally-gifted leader.

Kevin and his wife Kristen are long-time Rez members with a true heart for ministry, especially to young worshipers! You can welcome Kevin to this new position this Sunday at Resurrection, and read more of the Sheehan's story below. 



My first experience with Resurrection’s children’s ministry came in 2015 when Sarah Graham asked me if I would be willing to volunteer as a summer shepherd in RezKids. Being an expectant father, I was eager for more experience caring for young children, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. I quickly realized that RezKids wasn’t at all what I had come to expect from a children’s ministry. First, it was clear that this was not just a program to keep kids busy so that their parents could worship. All of the leaders and volunteers served with the conviction that each of our children are themselves young worshipers capable of fully engaging the living God. Second, I had not expected to feel so well-supported in my role. I felt free to show up on Sunday and be truly present with the children I was shepherding. At the time, I was in seminary at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and I knew that if God called me to be a pastor someday, I wanted my children’s ministry to be just like this one. Imagine my surprise and delight that four years later, God has opened the door for me to lead this very ministry as Children’s Pastor! It is a joy and an honor to build on the solid ministry foundation set by Carole and her predecessors.

Though I’ve been involved in various forms of lay ministry leadership for the past 12 years, this transition into full time pastoral ministry marks an exciting new chapter for my family and me. It will be difficult to leave the technology team with whom I have been serving at Wheaton College, but I couldn’t ask for a better team to join than the staff at Resurrection. I am especially grateful for the loving support of my wife Kristen who is herself deeply invested in the lives of children as a first-grade teacher at Naperville Christian Academy. Some of you may know us better as the parents of our two energetic daughters Evelyn (3) and Olivia (1). They are two of my most compelling reasons (next to the call of Jesus in Scripture) for caring deeply about the formation of young worshipers. My prayer is that God will grant me the strength and wisdom to equip Resurrection's mothers and fathers (both biological and spiritual) for the important work of raising our children in the love of Christ.

I look forward to our ministry partnership in this next season!


—Kevin

Children's Pastor Carole Seid is Moving

October 06, 2018

Dear Resurrection Family,

From Amy Patton (Executive Pastor of Staff):

I want to let you know about some next steps for our children’s ministry here at Resurrection. This summer, Carole Seid will be moving out of state in order to be closer to family, and will therefore step down from her role as Children’s Pastor at Resurrection.

We have been so blessed by Carole’s ministry as our Children’s Pastor. We are especially grateful for how she brought greater pastoral focus to children with special needs and their families, and built up our family discipleship. Her passion for children is profound, and she has truly shepherded and loved our children with the heart of Jesus.

I wanted to give Carole the opportunity to share a little bit more with you about her decision.

From Carole Seid (Children’s Pastor):

As many of you know, I am very close with my son, JJ, his wife, Kristen, and my four precious grandchildren, who live in Oklahoma. After several months of intentional discernment, prayer, and really seeking the Lord, I have decided to move to Oklahoma to more deeply invest in their lives.

This was not an easy decision to make! I will greatly miss serving as your Children's Pastor. It has been amazing to watch the Lord work in so many of your children’s lives during my time on staff. I am also indebted to our incredible team of volunteers, who faithfully lead our children into the presence of the Lord and show them the love of Jesus, week in and week out.

Although I am moving away from Resurrection, I will continue to remain connected to this beloved community. I look forward to visiting all of you regularly, especially to worship during Holy Week!

Finally, I want to thank you for the privilege and honor it has been to serve all of you.  I will be carrying you in my heart and prayers, even as I move.

From Amy:

We are grateful that Carole has given us ample time to plan for her departure, and to hire a new Children’s Pastor. Here are a few details about the timeline of Carole’s transition:

  • Carole is planning to move in Summer 2019, after completing the 2018-19 ministry year.
  • The hiring process for a new Children's Pastor is starting now. We hope to have the new Children's Pastor in place for the summer. If you are interested in the position, contact Personnel Director Whitney Burns at whitney@churchrez.org.

What's changing?

  • Person who will pastor our children & families and lead our RezKids ministry and team

What's not changing?

  • RezKids Vision & Guiding Principles
  • Sunday morning & Midweek ministry
  • Full-time Children's Pastor as essential role at Resurrection
  • Executive Pastor Amy Patton will supervise Children's Pastor role, providing stability in the transition and continuity for children's ministry

Thank you for your continued prayers and partnership.

With love,
Amy Patton
Carole Seid