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Staff

Christopher Castaldo

 

Lead Pastor

Chris Castaldo (BA, Moody Bible Institute; MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; PhD, London School of Theology) was raised on Long Island, New York. For the last sixteen years, he has served in the Chicagoland area, at College Church in Wheaton and then at Wheaton College. There he directed the Ministry of Gospel Renewal, a ministry devoted to equipping evangelicals for constructive interaction with Catholic friends and loved ones. Chris has served at New Covenant Church since November of 2014.

Romans 1:16 is a defining truth in Chris's ministry. "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes...." In light of this good news, Chris counts it a great privilege to serve this church and the Naperville community.

Chris has authored and contributed to several books including: The Reformation: Is It Over? (Zondervan, 2016), Reformation Theology: 500 Years Later (Crossway, 2016), Talking with Catholics about the Gospel: A Guide for Evangelicals (Zondervan, 2015), Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism (Zondervan, 2012), and Holy Ground: Walking with Jesus as a Former Catholic (Zondervan, 2009). He has written numerous articles for publications such as Christianity Today, Touchstone Journal, Credo Magazine, Themelios, and First Things.

 

Andrew Fulton

 

Associate Pastor

Andrew’s life mission is “to know the beauty of Christ and commend Him to all.” Andrew works most closely with college students, while giving oversight to junior high and high school ministries. He also loves implementing the vision of the church by mobilizing the congregation to use their gifts. He studied Bible and theology at the Moody Bible Institute before teaching junior high and high school Bible classes. After completing his Master’s degree in Biblical Exegesis at Wheaton College, he served as a full-time intern with the College Group at College Church in Wheaton. Andrew enjoys golf, soccer, snowboarding, and computers. He and his wife Rachel have five children: Isaac, Claire, Ellen, Noah and Lucy.

Greg Wheatley

 

Music Director

Greg Wheatley says that some of his earliest memories of music were of learning to play the piano under the instruction of his grandmother. From that point on, he can’t remember a time when there wasn’t music of some kind in his life. Whether it was playing piano, marching in the high school band, or attending a symphony orchestra concert, the love of music has been an integral part of Greg’s life. After graduating from high school, he attended Spring Arbor College, where he earned a degree in music. He eventually went on to earn a Master’s degree in music theory from Michigan State University. Along the way, Greg’s involvement in Christian broadcasting brought him to Moody Radio, where he spent 22 years. His interest in broadcasting combined with his love of sacred music resulted in the program Sound of Majesty, which aired on Moody Radio for most of those 22 years.

Greg has considerable experience in choral conducting. He is the musical director of the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale. He has also served as the director of the College Church Singers and as one of the interim directors of music at College Church. He is a member of the adjunct faculties at Wheaton College and Moody Bible Institute, Chicago.

Greg believes that music has a very important place in the life of the church. Christians are called not only to praise God with music (Psalm 150), but also to encourage and instruct one another (Colossians 3:16). In all of this, Greg believes that the primary musical voice in worship belongs to the people in the pews. In light of that, congregational song is preeminent in the life of this church.

Greg’s wife Jennifer serves as a Ministry Associate for Music at College Church, where she oversees the children’s choirs. Greg and Jennifer have three adult children and four grandchildren.

Lindsay Pennings

 

Director of Children's Ministries

Lindsay and her husband, Karl, were part of the team from College Church that planted New Covenant Church in Naperville in 2008. God has used New Covenant Church to encourage and challenge her in her walk with Christ. One of her favorite verses is Philippians 1:6, “Am I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

As the Director of Children’s Ministries, Lindsay will strive to continue the New Covenant tradition to teach children the Word of God in engaging and meaningful ways. It is her hope that children know and love God and His Word through the programs and many faithful volunteers at New Covenant Church.

Lindsay has a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College in elementary education and math, as well, as a Master’s degree from Northern Illinois University in educational psychology. Prior to having children, Lindsay was a sixth grade teacher. Lindsay and Karl have three elementary age children.

Robert Ooms

 

Church Administrator

Bob believes in living out the Scripture "...Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain" (1 Cor. 15:58). For him, the work of the Lord has been both inside and outside of the church. Bob has owned two businesses, one in the dental field, the other in woodworking. Because of his love of the Church, Bob graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and served in two pastorates, as well as executive director of a para-church organization.

Bob especially enjoys spending time with his wife, Diane, two children, and two grandchildren. Several members of his family love to bake, and Bob has declared himself the official family taste tester. An avid bicyclist, he needs those extra calories, as he rode over 5,000 miles on his bike last year.

Angela Verrips

 

Administrative Assistant

Angela grew up as a Pastor's daughter. She saw the gospel lived out in the home, the local church, and the community. As such, she has a love for Christ, His gospel, and service. Angela and her family have lived in various countries and being a part of several different international Churches. Angela loves spending time with her husband and two sons. They enjoy playing board games together. She also enjoys baking and making various South African desserts and delicacies.

Najah Burks-Pittman

 

Communications Consultant

She is an illustrator / graphic designer and thrilled to serve New Covenant in this new capacity. Najah is inspired by classic books, movies, and art, and is influenced by modern simplicity. She came to Christ as a teenager and he awakened a love of people in her heart that overflows into her art and various other passions. In her free time, Najah likes to create stories, spend time with her family and friends, enjoy good food, and over-love her cats.