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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 where he directed the Ministry of Gospel Renewal, a ministry devoted to equipping evangelicals for constructive interaction with Catholic friends and loves ones. Chris has served at NCC 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 New Covenant 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 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 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 likes golf, soccer, snowboarding, and computers. He and his wife Rachel have four children: Isaac, Claire, Ellen and Noah.

Greg Wheatley

 

Music Director

Greg Wheatley says that some of his earliest memories of music are 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, and 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.

Greg believes that music has a very important place in the life of the worshipping 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 should be preeminent in the life of the 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.

Marco Saillen

 

Student Ministries Intern

Prior to his coming to the States from Italy, Marco worked for six years as an O.R. nurse. He is currently finishing the last semester of his MDiv at Moody Theological Seminary.

His wife Fede is also a student at Moody, completing an MA in Counseling and Psychology. The verse that has been the theme of their married life is Philippians 3:8 "Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ".

Marco's favorite parts of God's creation are spring, Africa, and pizza!

 

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

 

Office Manager

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.

Joan Nortell

 

Office Assistant

Recently retired from years of teaching (Spanish) and of late working at the State’s Attorneys Office (LEADS operator), Joan was called back into service as office assistant here at NCC. As such, she hopes to serve and help the office run smoothly.

A love of languages led Joan to study and travel the world in search of adventure. She has a B.A. and an M.A.T. from Northwestern and M.A. (anthropology/linguistics) from Loyola University.

It is her deep desire that believers should know who God is and who they are in Christ. A favorite verse comes from Psalm 9:1 – “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you.”

When not in the office, she can be found walking her (son’s) dog, reading, doing art, kayaking, 5K races or in a museum.

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