Pastor Lars has been serving Hinsdale Covenant Church since 2006. He graduated from Bethel University in 2002 and earned his Masters of Divinity from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, in 2006. Lars was ordained in the Covenant Church in 2008. Lars is passionate about teaching and preaching God's Word with creativity and care. He loves helping the Bible come to life for others, especially his Confirmation class. A Minnesota native, Lars enjoys disc golf, art galleries, watching 30-year-old basketball games, anything that feels like a pilgrimage, trees, Covenant camps, writing, reading, cooking, Minnesota sports and wearing itchy sweaters. He is married to Katie, has two wonderful sons and a delightful daughter and lives in Hinsdale.
Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation
Joy has served ECCH since 2016 and focuses on intergenerational spiritual formation. Called to pastoral ministry out of educational theatre, she brings a strong creative and performing arts background to her work. Joy holds a MCS from Regent College (Vancouver), an M.Div. from Calvin Theological Seminary, and was ordained in 2021. She and Justin have been married for 21 years and have two lively children. She loves to garden, listen to jazz, and read theology. Joy's prayer for you is that the Spirit's work continues to transform your heart, soul, and imagination to reflect Jesus.
Interim Youth Ministry Director
Interim Children's Ministry Director
Ruth joined Hinsdale Covenant Church in 1998 and served as Director of Music until 2014. Ruth now serves as organist and accompanist. A Chicago area native, Ruth received a BA Degree from Calvin College and a Masters of Music Degree from the American Conservatory. Ruth performs as both piano soloist and organist and also accompanies instrumentalists, vocalists, choral groups and ensembles. She teaches piano privately and taught General Music for 28 years. She enjoys walking, biking, reading, and traveling to visit friends and relatives. Ruth spends as much time as possible with her children and 5 grandchildren, who live nearby.
Becki has been teaching in the Early Childhood and Special Education field for over 12 years. She received her bachelor’s from Purdue University in Early Childhood and Special Education and her master’s from American College of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and English as a Second Language.
Becki is passionate about instilling a love of learning in the early formative years. She wants every child that graduates Hinsdale Covenant Preschool to not only be academically prepared for the demands of Kindergarten, but to have a strong sense of confidence and self-assurance. She is very excited to join the team and honored to serve as director to the incredible community of families and their children. Becki is thrilled to be joining such a strong team of educators, whose extensive instructional knowledge matches their love and commitment to each individual child and their families.
Becki grew up in Oak Brook and attended Hinsdale Central where she met her husband. She now resides in Hinsdale with her family. Her eldest son will be attending Oak School in 1st grade and her daughter will be in the 2s room here at Hinsdale Covenant Preschool!
Cássia joined Hinsdale Covenant Church in August as the new Office Administrator. She is Brazilian, married to Jonathan and raising two boys, Luca and Caio. Prior to living in the USA, she lived 11 years in Amsterdam (NL) and 4 years in Frankfurt (GE). Cássia loves to go for long walks in the woods, have friends for dinner or simply enjoy a lazy morning with coffee on our patio.
Office Financial Assistant
Kirsten Bell joined staff in 2015. Her Covenant roots run deep. She's a Covenant pastor's kid, third generation graduate of North Park University, and previously worked at Covenant Offices as CHIC coordinator. Long-time members of the Covenant church, Kirsten, Jim and their two children live in Riverside, IL.