At the Berean Bible Student church, we are led by a group of Elders rather than a single leader. While we do not object to having a Head Pastor, we believe that this follows the Biblical model as shown in Acts and the advice given to Timothy and Titus. Our Elders are appointed, and the position is unpaid. All of the ministries at our church are now, and have always been performed by those willing to volunteer their time to serve the Lord Jesus. To many it may seem a disadvantage but we believe it shows the concrete love for the Lord Jesus of those who serve. Our Elders serve as pastors and ordained ministers.
David Elliott, Elder since 2005
David has served as an Elder for over five years and has been married, to his wife Tracie, for over 16 years. David and Tracie have been married for 22 years, with two children, Mark (17) and Sarah (14). David is the math department chair at Glenbard East High school and has been there for 11 years. In addition to the math department, David works as the libero tracker for girls' volleyball and the boys' basketball announcer. As a family, the Elliotts give their time packing meals at Feed My Starving Children. Both David and Tracie have served on the Berean Christian Conference Planning Committee and in positions for the conference itself. Prior to his ordination as an Elder, David served as a Deacon from 1993 to 2005.
Joe Funari, Elder since 2003
Joe and Jackie have enjoyed 40 years of marriage and serving Christ. Joe has served as a
worship director and plays drum set for the worship band. He has also been part of both the
benevolence and outreach committees. Outside of BBSC, Joe works in architectural metal
sales and is interested in art, music, and medieval history. He strives to encourage passion in
worship and service to Christ and in our care for one another. Prior to his ordination as an
Elder, Joe served as a Deacon from 1998 to 2003.
Larry Urbaniak, Elder since 1966
Larry and Joyce, married for 49 years, have two grown children, Tracie and Kent, and six grandchildren. Larry was a high school math teacher for 38 years. He has traveled extensively, including trips to Israel and to trace Apostle Paul's journeys, see where the anchors of his shipwreck were found, follow the route of the Exodus, visit where Mt. Sinai may be, and trace the history and present possible resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. Larry has held various positions over the years including church chairman and appointment committee member. Prior to his ordination as an Elder, Larry served as a Deacon from 1959 to 1966.
Andy and his wife of 29 years, Valaree, are parents of two children, Abby (24) and Tim (17). He is currently the technology coordinator for the church, but has also served as teen director. Outside of BBSC, Andy is an Android software developer for AT&T. He has been interested in teaching and leading for years, with past service as president of the Fox Valley Astronomical Society, having taught courses in astronomy for area park districts. In his spare time, he loves biking and can be seen on many trails around Kane County. Prior to his ordination as an Elder, Andy served as a Deacon from 2005 to 2009.
Dennis Thorfeldt, Elder Emeritus since 2010
Dennis and his wife, Charmaine, of 55 years, have three adult daughters, April, Alison, and Kristen, 14 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. As a member of BBSC, he has sung in the choir, attends bi-weekly Bible studies and the monthly men's group, and is a member of the book club. Outside of BBSC, Dennis plays French horn with the Senior Suburban Orchestra, and is a board member for the orchestra, as well as a board member of Us Too, a prostate cancer support group. He keeps active reading, traveling, walking, biking, attending concerts, movies, and the theater, and loves to eat out at restaurants. He is a proud fan of the Cubs, Bulls, and Bears. Prior to his appointment as Elder Emeritus, Dennis served as a Deacon until 1964 and an Elder from 1965 to 2009.
At the Berean Bible Student church, the deacons serve as the heart of keeping the Church operating smoothly. They also serve in occasional teaching roles through the year.
Tim Chabot, Deacon since 2005
Tim has been married to wife, Rachel, for 14 years, and they are parents to two sons, TJ (13) and Jackson (12). Tim has served the church as worship director, bass guitar player with the worship band, teen director, and chairman of the deacons. Outside of BBSC, Tim works as a software architect in downtown Chicago. Tim enjoys cycling, playing bass guitar, tennis, and golf.
Brian Dunn, Deacon since 2011
Brian and Kim, married for 25 years, are parents to two boys, Joshua (23) and Aaron (21). Brian has served in many capacities including choir director, trumpet player for the worship team, and appointment committee. Brian is also a technology teacher at Naperville Central High School and the head coach for boys' bowling at Plainfield North High School.
Matt Jensen, Deacon since 2013
Matt and wife, Heather, will celebrate four years of marriage in 2016. In addition to his Deacon duties, Matt serves as the church’s recording secretary, previously serving many years as nursery director and Sunday school director. Outside of church, Matt works as a product specialist for a financial printing company and enjoys watching movies and hanging out with the family dog, Moose.
Jon Larson, Deacon since 1996
Jon and his wife, Lynnette, have been married 42 years and have had four children together, Josh, Ted, Amber, and Jim. Aside from deaconship, Jon has served multiple terms as a trustee and service committee member, also serving by tending the flowers and lawn of the church. Outside of BBSC, Jon is a truck driver for UPS and loves spending time with his grandson and cheering on the Northwestern Wildcats.
David Slinn, Deacon since 2011
Villa Park, IL
David and Melissa have been married 14 years, with three kids, Micah (12), Ella (10), and Jonah (8). David serves as the BBSC treasurer and attends the Tuesday Bible Study and Monthly Men’s Meetings. Outside of church, David is a runner, having completed marathons, and he is active with his kids' PTA. David also coaches his sons' football, basketball, and baseball teams.