Church of the Resurrection


Ministry: All Church

Meet Our New Worship Leader

August 21, 2019

Welcome John Raines and his family this Sunday at Rez

We're thrilled to welcome another part-time Worship Leader to Resurrection! John Raines joined our staff team on August 1 and will be leading worship on Sundays and at special services.

John and his wife Hattie live in Chicago, and are parents to Faber Theodore. You can welcome John and Hattie to this new position this Sunday at Resurrection. Read more of John's story below: 

Raines Family

I was raised in an evangelical Christian home, and while still a small a child I was baptized and began following Jesus. When I became a young adult I walked through a season of struggling with faith, and out of this time the Holy Spirit began to heal my faith and grow my love for the Church. That love for the Church moved me to pursue opportunities to serve Her. After spending two years on mission in North Africa I came to Wheaton where I volunteered among refugee communities while in grad school at Wheaton College. These days I love the spiritual nourishment of the Daily Office and Sunday Eucharist, and I often have a chant or hymn stuck in my head that you might hear me whistling or humming! 

I’m married to Hattie, and we have one son, Faber Theodore (you can just call him Theo). We currently live in the Humboldt Park neighborhood in Chicago, but we’ve both had roots at Rez for a while. Hattie started attending as a youth (way back), and I started coming in 2010 when I moved to Wheaton. I’ve served in a variety of capacities at Rez and in the Chicago deanery, most recently in the city on the preaching and music teams for Logan Square Anglican and Immanuel Anglican churches over the past 3 years. Hattie and I are delighted to be coming back “home” to work alongside the gifted musicians and leaders of Church of the Resurrection. Aside from a ministry background, my professional background includes data analysis, emergency nursing, and crocodile handling. Just kidding about the crocodiles.

Next Steps for the Perrines

July 02, 2019


John and Jenna Join Immanuel Anglican

Two years ago, in the fall of 2017, we welcomed John and Jenna Perrine as Church Planting Residents.  With their tremendous energy and creativity, the Perrines have been a marvelous gift to Resurrection. We are especially grateful for John’s resourceful and catalytic leadership of our college students, and Jenna’s artistic leadership in the Easter Vigil readings.

We are delighted to share the next step in their ministry and planting journey: a call to Immanuel Anglican, planted out of Resurrection in 2013.  John is joining the Immanuel staff team as Assistant Pastor, serving under Fr. Aaron Damiani with an emphasis on mission and outreach in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.

During their time here at Resurrection, John and Jenna have felt a strong tug towards the city.  We are thrilled they’ll be staying in the family while learning more about planting and leading an urban church.  Together with leaders here and at Immanuel, the Perrines will continue in discernment around the possibility of planting in Chicago in the future.

Please keep the Perrines in your prayers during this season of transition: as they sell their house in Elgin, move to the city, welcome their daughter in August, and join the staff team and congregation at Immanuel.  We will have a formal opportunity to bless and send John and Jenna out into this new ministry season on a Sunday morning this fall.