Staff

Pastor Dave Izenbart

Senior Pastor

Pastor Dave is rediscovering the ancient practices of “the daily offices,” stopping throughout the day to reorient his attention to God through prayer and Bible reading. These offices provide a lifeline in the typical whiteout of ministry activity that often threatens to overwhelm and disorient him. Dave is passionate about family life, leadership development, and multicultural ministry. He and his wife, Kristin, their two boys, Joshua and Caleb, and their daughter, Anika, live in Glenwood, Illinois. Pastor Dave loves mountain biking, coaching his boys, golfing, and passing along bad jokes.

Pastor Wanzette Ann Bilbrew

Lead Pastor, Living Springs Riverdale

Her contagious love for Jesus and people is a blessing in the Riverdale community, and Ann is using all her life experiences to connect with people. She is particularly sensitive to the needs of veterans, the elderly, women, and families in crisis, and she leads a team of volunteers to offer help in a way that is empowering, not enabling. Ann is a member of the Commission of Unity, the Mass Incarceration/Church/Community Exploring team, Seminary Student Care, the African American Council, and the Multi-Racial Commission Team in the Reformed Church in America—all these ministries give her opportunities to actively address the thorny issues of social injustice and racism. Her life motto is, “If my sweet Jesus could forgive everyone, then who can I not forgive? Forgiveness is for the spiritual health of the soul. God is good.” Pastor Ann is the mother of two phenomenal blessings—Joshua Xavier and Brittany.

Robyn Jackson

Minister of Pastoral Care

Robyn is a woman who loves the Lord above all else, and she loves spending time with people who want to learn more about Him. She brings that love to people who are homebound, hospitalized, or ill, offering spiritual encouragement and prayer. In her work as a Hospice chaplain, helping people transition from this world to the next, Robyn relies on the promise found in Zechariah 4:6b: “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord.” Robyn is a Hofstra University graduate—where she met her husband Jim—and a Charis Bible College graduate. She and Jim have been married for 25 years and have 4 children—George, Kaila, Damaris, and Isabella.

Keith Piepenbrink

Director of Ministries and Administration

Perhaps Keith’s experience in the Raceway Ministries information booth— “helping those who were lost in more ways than one” —is what best prepared him to serve at Living Springs. He brings a sense of joyful customer service to the Administrator role, and he combines that with skills he developed throughout his careers as a project manager, estimator, artist, and printing supervisor. Keith understands the Living Springs commitment to equip members to be the church in their own communities and workplaces, and his administrative skills help ensure that the right resources are in the right place at the right time. When he is not at the building on Halsted Street, Keith and his wife Geri are probably cheering on their favorite Chicago teams or decorating their house, yard, and car for Halloween, their favorite holiday.

Greg and Nicole St. Victor

Worship Directors

It takes a special blend of confidence and humility to take on the mantle of Worship Director at Living Springs. Greg and Nicole use their own talents to encourage others to develop theirs, with the focus always on glorifying God and fully entering into His presence. Greg is a keyboardist who has developed fluency in a wide range of styles because he believes music can connect with a wide range of people. Nicole’s vocal training has equipped her to express herself confidently in worship while also gently leading others to do the same. Nicole and Greg have two children who are already active in discovering how to use their skills and talents to bless God’s people.

Rich Albrecht

Director of Youth and Prayer Ministries

Rich feels called to cultivate a personal love and affection for Jesus that rivals every other desire and increases daily throughout his entire life. As Director of Youth Ministry, he shares that passion with high school and junior high students, creating an environment where they can be released into a “sold out” love for Jesus that impacts the world. As Director of Prayer Ministry, he encourages people of all ages toward a deeper and more enjoyable prayer life. Rich lives in Thornton and enjoys relaxing in his pool or spending time with friends.

Loni Elmore

Director of Living Springs Preschool

Loni has grown to love Living Springs Preschool as a parent, a teacher, and now Director. She is committed to helping children begin school on a faith-based foundation that is both solid and wide-ranging, and she works with a team of gifted teachers to accomplish that.

Cristin Verver

Director of Springs Kids

Cristin has the spiritual gifts of service, helps, and leadership. Having grown up in church, with parents who set an example of service, Cristin has used her gifts in ministries such as PADS, nursery, Sunday school, and providing meals for families of newborns. She feels blessed now to be serving as Director of Springs Kids. Cristin and her husband Ryan have been attending Living Springs since they were dating, when the church was called Homewood Reformed. They love being able to raise their three children in a loving church that is committed to empowering the next generation.

Diana Gomez

Administrative Assistant

Diana is thrilled to join the staff of Living Springs where she can use her administrative gifts to make sure that vision becomes reality.

Jim Tufford

Bookkeeper

Numbers Man Jim Tufford has served as Living Springs’ bookkeeper since 2008. When he’s not tracking expenses and balancing budgets, he is busy on the Living Springs website, adding the weekly updates that so many of our members rely on. Jim does this all with a corny sense of humor that makes fellow staff members groan, smile, and shake their heads.