Pastor Michael moved to the United States from Seoul, Korea, when he was 10 years old. His family settled down in Overland Park, Kansas, and at the age of twelve, he made a promise to God to become a pastor. He attended the University of Kansas where he attained a B.F.A. degree in Industrial Design and met his wife, Seung.
Following college, he worked in the design field for three years. It was during those times through difficult life circumstances that God reminded him of the pledge he made to Him many years ago. He enrolled in Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, for a semester and then transferred to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.
After moving to the Chicagoland area, he began working part-time at Calvary Presbyterian Church as the pastor of its children’s ministry. Since receiving his Master of Divinity from Trinity, he has become a full-time staff worker at Calvary and currently pastors the Calvary English Chapel. Pastor Michael and his wife have two wonderful daughters, Faith and Joy. He enjoys playing sports (basketball & golf, in particular) as well as reading and watching martial arts movies.
Favorite Bible verse: Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Pastor Michael can be contacted via email here
Pastor Mark oversees our single adult’s ministry and missions direction at Calvary. He has been at Calvary since 1999 where he originally served as our college pastor while attending seminary at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Pastor Mark loves the Calvary family and feels blessed to play a part in God’s greater plan of salvation through this covenant community.
Pastor Mark received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Biblical & Theological Studies from Wheaton College, Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Master of Theology in Missions from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is married to Debbie and they are blessed with three wonderful children Elliot, Maggie and Annette. Pastor Mark enjoys spending time with his family, reading theological books, playing sports, watching movies and sleeping.
Favorite Bible verse: Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Pastor Mark can be contacted via email here
Pastor Adam grew up in Chicago and Skokie, but he currently resides in Vernon Hills. As the Christian Education Pastor at Calvary English Chapel, he oversees the operations of Noah’s Ark Children’s Ministry and Calvary Youth Group. Prior to joining the staff, Pastor Adam was a member of Calvary for over 4 years, and he has 20 years experience in the local church, higher education, and corporate setting.
Pastor Adam received a B.S. from Purdue University and an M.Div from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife, Yoonsun, have been married for over 15 years, and they have a wonderful son, Matthew. Outside of reading, running, and random attempts at home improvement, he enjoys spending as much time humanly possible with his family. Whether it’s quiet evenings playing board games at home or marathon museum outings in Chicago, he values each and every opportunity to create lasting memories with his family.
Favorite Bible verse: Galatians 2:20 – “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Pastor Adam can be contacted via email here
Joe was born in the Orange County area of California but grew up in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. He is slowly learning to appreciate the abundance of corn fields that Chicago land offers.
Joe received a degree in sociology from Davidson College, and went on to receive an M.Div from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Prior to serving at Calvary Joe has served in various ministry roles, including youth pastor, English ministry pastor and worship pastor. Joe and his wife, Peggy, have two children, Noah and Naomi. They enjoy taking long family walks down the aisles of Target and Walmart.
Favorite Bible verse: Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Pastor Joe can be contacted via email here
Seiichi was born in Japan and grew up there until the age of 9 (If anyone is curious he is of Korean descent). One day his parents told him the family was taking a vacation to the United States, and upon arrival he discovered that they were here to stay. He has lived in Skokie, IL since then.
Coming to faith in Christ during a very difficult time in his life, God has given Seiichi a heart for the hurt. He also has a passion for non-Christians, and he hopes his life will be spent in every bit to bring those who do not yet know Christ into genuine relationship with him.
Seiichi is a graduate of Northwestern University, and he is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Aside from church, Seiichi is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Lake County, where he is appointed by the juvenile court to advocate on behalf of neglected and abused children. Once an avid basketball player, he hopes to get back into it soon.
Favorite Bible verse: Philippians 1:21 – “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Pastor Seiichi can be contacted via email here
Before coming to Calvary, Monjun spent time working and serving in both Japan and China where God did the tremendous work of transforming his mind and heart. He has since committed himself to the call to make disciples of all nations and to be open to God’s leading in his life.
Monjun received a Bachelor of Arts in Aviation at the University of Illinois and a Master degree
in Intercultural Communication at Wheaton College, and he is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
He enjoys playing music, studying languages, reading (about all kinds of things), and playing billiards.
Favorite Bible verse: Philippians 3:13-14 – “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Pastor Monjun can be contacted via email here
As a child, Carl began learning the kindness and closeness of God, accessible to all, young and old. He continued that education at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Princeton Theological Seminary, where he received Masters degrees. He is currently a PhD student at Trinity. Before coming to Calvary, he served as a pastor in Milwaukee and New York City. Pastor Carl and his wife Chris have two children, Phoebe and Silas.
Favorite Bible verse: Acts 17:27 – “God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.”
Pastor Carl can be contacted via email here
Having grown up at Calvary, Peggy is delighted to return to CEC to serve in the children’s ministry. After graduating from college, she taught science for five years at a local high school. Desiring to be equipped for ministry and possibly missions, Peggy went to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and there received her M.Div. and M.A. in Educational Ministry. It is in seminary that she also met her husband, Joe. They are happy to be serving together at the same church and have two children, Noah and Naomi. Before returning to Calvary, Peggy was a children’s pastor in Boston and also a stay-at-home mom. Peggy enjoys singing, being creative and planning family adventures.
Favorite Bible verse: Jeremiah 29:10-14 – “This is what the LORD says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” ”
Pastor Peggy can be contacted via email here