Pastor Mary Zajac
Pastor Mary has been our pastor since December of 2013. She is a second career pastor with 22 years of experience in a corporate setting. She earned her B.S. in Engineering from the University of Illinois, an M.S. in Computer Science from Northwestern University, a Masters of Divinity from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, and is currently working on a Doctorate in Ministry degree. She served as a Christian Education Pastor, Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor, and Senior Pastor prior to arriving at Baker. Mary’s husband Jim is a dentist with a busy practice in their home town of Downers Grove. They enjoy spending time with their family, skiing, camping, and woodworking. Mary is passionate about helping people discover how a healthy spiritual life transforms our relationships with God, ourselves, others, and the world.
Pastor Kim Neace
Pastor Kim was ordained in the UMC in 2013. She comes with years of experience in a variety of ministries. Kim has been on 8 international mission experiences and 6 national mission trips with the youth that all had an impact on her understanding of God, others, and the world. She earned her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education at University of Illinois at Chicago, a Master’s in Family Ministry at Bethel Seminary, and a Basics of Graduate Theological Studies at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. Kim’s husband, Glen, is a Sales Engineer at Interstate Electronics and they live in Naperville. They have 2 adult children, Austin and Alyssa who is married to Jacob. Kim has a heart for people to grow in their relationship with God, to equip and develop others to serve in their gifted areas here and around the world. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing games, and eating healthy.
Director of Administration and Communication
Kurt enjoyed a long career wearing many hats in the specialty chemical industry. After retirement, he was lured into nonprofit with the chance to utilize skills like leadership, budget control, financial reporting, training and personnel development. Kurt served in the Peace Corps – Ecuador ‘71 which provided a life changing experience. There are 3 grown children, 2 boxers and 1 cat in Kurt’s family. He also enjoys kayaking, swimming, biking, piano and reading literature. email@example.com
Director of Children & Family Ministries
Director of Music
Jeffrey leads a very active music program, directing the Chancel choir, Chancel Bell Choir and the Chapel choir. Jeff is founder and director of the St. Charles Singers, an internationally recognized choral ensemble. Jeff is an adjunct faculty member at Elgin Community College and is active in both the American Choral Directors Association and Chorus America. Jeff earned a B.M from Taylor University and a M.M in Choral Conducting from Northwestern University & runs an active voice studio.
Judy Schlarb not only helps keep the books, but she’s also part of the heart here. Judy, our accounts receivable guru, is a longtime parishioner and an active member. Judy is the joyful coordinator and host of the Day Guest lunch program. She also serves on the Altar Guild and is one of Baker’s wedding coordinators. She is active in Sarah Ruth Circle, the “Golden K” Kiwanis Club, Pottawatomie Garden Club, & gets involved in many of the events that pop up at Baker UMC. She also stays busy with her children and grandchildren.
Karl Lescelius, Building Maintenance Manager. As a Carthage College soccer playing alum, he continued to play and took on a coaching role until recently retiring after 30 years. With an MBA in business, Karl also brings 20+ years of experience as a craftsman in the field of remodeling in the local community. Karl enjoys reading, crossword puzzles and caring for his aging parents. Karl loves the people in the Baker church family and most of all, working for the “boss” who has blessed him with a gift to repair just about anything.
Director of the Wesley Singers and Chapel Bells
Mary Hunt LeCuyer