Meet Our Team



Brett Baranic

Lead Pastor

Pastor Brett joined our staff as Student Pastor in 2014 and now serves as our Lead Pastor. He has served in ministry for over 10 years and he’s incredibly passionate about helping families in our church thrive and take their next steps with Jesus.

He and his wife, Erin, have two children (Ella & Owen). They enjoy spending time outside, going to the zoo, cookouts, and Disney movie marathons.

Rick Donald

Adult Ministry Pastor

Pastor Rick joined our staff as Adult Ministries pastor in 2021. He has been in ministry over 30 year and has served in many different ministry roles such as small groups, assimilation, pastoral care, addiction, and marriage ministries to name a few.

He and his wife, Lynda, have two married children, Shauna (Peter) and Jordan (Roxie), and four granddaughters (Madison, Aubrey, Kylie, and Harper) who have brought great joy to their lives. In their free time, Rick and Lynda enjoy spending time with family, spoiling their grandkids, going on motorcycle rides, and following Chicago sports.

John Ware

Pastor Emeritus

Pastor John joined our staff in 2012 and has served as our Discipleship, Missions, and Care pastor; he is now serving as Pastor Emeritus. He has been involved in ministry for over 45 years and loves shepherding other Christ-followers through mentoring, missions, or caring for those experiencing grief or crisis.

He and his wife, Catherine, have two children (Jen & Christi) and five grandchildren (Jacob, Evan, Aaron, Isaac, and Abigail). They enjoy sports, reading, sailing, historical reenacting, and biking.