November 19, 2018
On November 5, Bp. Stewart and Fr. Matt traveled to Jos, Nigeria to preach and lead revival services with Archbishop Ben Kwashi and our other ministry partners there. After a week of incredible ministry, and following a 6-hour revival and confirmation service, Bp. Stewart experienced dehydration and heat stroke.
He was seen by doctors in Nigeria, who also discovered kidney stones, among other concerns. With great difficulty, Bp. Stewart was able to travel home, and was hospitalized immediately on arrival in Chicago. He is now home and looking at several days of intensive rest and healing.
Bp. Stewart, Katherine, and the whole Ruch family want to thank you for your prayers. Watch the video update above from Katherine for a full overview and a current update on our beloved Bishop Stewart's recovery.
July 10, 2016
On Sunday, we announced that we have hired long-time member Carole Seid as our new Children’s Pastor. We are so excited to welcome Carole onto our pastoral team.
When we were searching for our new Children’s Pastor, we were looking for someone who not only loved children, but could shepherd our families. Our Children’s Pastor is also responsible for a large volunteer team, many of whom are young adults. During our months of search, we were seeking someone with the gifts to equip all of these groups—parents, children, and volunteers—for transformation in their own lives and the lives of our families.
I am thrilled that Carole is bringing multigenerational pastoral gifts to this role. A passionate educator, she has taught in preschool, elementary, and junior high classrooms in both public and Christian schools. Her gift for pastoring families blossomed in her educational consulting business, where she counseled and coached parents exploring or implementing homeschooling. For thirty years, Carole instructed thousands of families at conventions and seminars and consulted with individuals. More recently, she also became certified as a Christian life coach, often mentoring young adults.
Beyond her clear pastoral gifts, I have also been incredibly impressed with Carole’s integrity throughout the hiring process. Carole’s background includes the difficult journey she has walked in her marriage. She recently shared the intimate and beautiful story of how she and her son, J.J., have walked the hard road of abandonment and separation from her husband in a letter she released through her private practice. Carole's honesty and Christian character shine through her story, which you can find online here.
Many of our clergy and pastoral leaders have been pastorally close to Carole for the past several years and are well acquainted with her incredible gifts, her character, and her beautiful testimony. We are thrilled to welcome Carole on staff as our Children’s Pastor.
I have asked Carole to share more below about her background.
Becoming Resurrection’s Children’s Pastor is the culmination of all of my passions. God has imparted in me a deep love for children. I am passionate about creating environments that spark learning for children of all ages.
When I consider my vision for the children at Resurrection, there are three main facets. First, I want to intentionally lead our team in the discipleship of our children to be the next leaders of our church. Second, I want to equip parents in their role as primary spiritual leaders in their children’s lives. Finally, I am so excited for the opportunity to love and support our volunteers, who serve faithfully every week.
My work over the past thirty years has focused on equipping not only parents, but anyone who works with children. I have always sought to support teachers and families and help them make informed educational decisions. While my primary audience has been families of homeschool children, I have done extensive work with families who send their children to public and private schools. In my role as Children’s Pastor, I will support all our parents as they seek to make the choices they believe are best for their children. While I will likely offer occasional Saturday seminars and limited consulting appointments, I am fully embracing this new season as a full-time Children’s Pastor.
I am humbled by the trust that our church family is placing in me. I covet your prayers that I can represent Christ well to our families.
We are excited for Carole to begin serving our families this Sunday, July 17. Families should look for an opportunity in the future for a meet-and-greet with Carole as the fall approaches. Carole can be reached at her staff email address, firstname.lastname@example.org
As always, If you have any questions about this hiring process, feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com.
Steve Williamson, Executive Pastor of Staff and Worship
Carole Seid, Children’s Pastor