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Senior Pastor Kerry Bauman 

Pastor Kerry and his wife, Laurie, Worship Director, are blessed with seven children and eight grandchildren with two more on the way.

Kerry is a 1980 graduate of Slippery Rock University. He served on the staff of Student Venture, the high school outreach of Campus Crusade for Christ, for nine years (in Chattanooga and Houston) before attending Trinity Evangelical School where he earned a Master’s of Divinity. In July 2015 he will begin his eighteenth year on the staff of CLCBC. Kerry loves people and especially enjoys helping them take the next step in their relationships with God.

Pastor Mark Triller,  Administrative Pastor
Pastor Mark is married to Annika and they have the great joy of parenting six children. When they forget a name- they just call them by the number they were assigned, "Number 2 it is your turn to do the dishes." Mark is a graduate of St. Norbert College having studied Spanish and International Relations. He went on to receive Master's Degrees from DePaul University and Liberty University in addition to the MDiv earned at Liberty Theological Seminary. One of his favorite scriptures is Philippians 3:14. Mark received Christ at Santa Maria de los Angeles, a small church in Nicaragua while studying abroad. His ministry interests are Peacemaking, Marriage Enrichment, Strategic Planning, and Mission Development. Mark believes the Chicago Cubs are God's choice to win it all!
Pastor John Engberg, Associate Pastor

Pastor John oversees small groups and men's ministry. He is married to Connie and has three energetic sons. John was on staff with CRU for 12 years, leading Christian college students, athletes and faculty at three different campuses. He is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (MA in Faith and Culture 2001, M.Div. 2007). He enjoys reading, golf, coaching basketball, and deep discussions about religion, culture and sports.

Laurie Bauman, Worship Director

Pastor Kerry and his wife, Laurie, are blessed with seven children and ten grandchildren.

Laurie is a 1976 graduate of the Moody Bible Institute with a diploma in church music and worship. Laurie has the longest tenure on the staff of CLCBC serving for two months longer than her husband. Laurie loves leading our worship teams, orchestra and choirs. She also enjoys directing our annual church musical.

Diane Acutt, Coordinator of Awana

A 1991 graduate of Illinois State University, with a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Aurora University in 2001, Diane worked 15 years as an elementary educator for public schools and area park districts and museums in Lake County before beginning her current adventure as a home school mom and CLCBC Awana ministry leader. Diane is passionate about nurturing the unique gifts God provides each family member and encouraging families to serve and grow together, building strong Christian character and leaving a legacy of faith to the next generation. She is energized by the challenge to find creative ways to help others connect to God’s Word and remember what they are learning. Her greatest joy in ministry comes from seeing the inter-generational body of Christ supporting one another through mentoring, praying for one another, and walking in authentic faith together. Diane and her husband Paul have been married for 15 years and are blessed with a son in middle school. The Acutts enjoy spending time outdoors in a hammock or near a campfire and find fun exploring new towns while on road trips.

Karon Zimmerman, Women's Ministry Coordinator 


Robin Gwinn, Coordinator of Church Connection & Children's Sunday School

Robin has attended CLCBC since the beginning of Chain of Lakes Community Bible Church.  In 2013 Robin was hired as the Assimilation Coordinator.  Passionate about church ministry, she has a desire to see all who attend CLCBC get involved; whether in a bible study, life group or serving in one of the many ministries CLCBC has to offer. Robin also coordinates Children's Sunday School. She has a passion for youth and works for the high school girls. Outside of church, (as a retired Cheer leading Coach), whenever an opportunity arises she mentors other coaches and students alike.

Lisa Ring, Children's Church Coordinator

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Dr. George Sweeting, Director of Senior Ministries

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Dr. Sweeting has been instrumental in establishing and running the senior adult ministry of CLCBC. Dr. Sweeting started the Pacesetter program, as senior adult ministry meeting the first Thursday of every month. Pacesetters brings in renown speakers, musicians and singers as well as some very talented people from CLCBC. Pacesetters offers a catered lunch for those interested. 

Dr. Sweeting also leads a Sunday morning Bible Study thought to be for the older members of our church. But who can stay away when Dr. Sweeting teaches? All are welcome to his 9:30 AM study.