Rev. Derek Rogers, Lead Pastor
I am from the town of Sandwich, IL. I grew up in the United Methodist Church of Sandwich. It was in that church that I was baptized, confirmed, and came to understand God’s abundant grace and love for myself. It was during the course of taking Disciple Bible Study as a junior in high school that I started to feel God’s call to ministry. Following high school I went to Wheaton College (IL) for undergrad and majored in Christian Education with a minor in Bible as I discerned where God was leading me. Following college I enrolled at Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC to pursue my seminary education. It was in seminary, serving in local churches and learning theology and practical ministry, that I felt affirmed in my calling to be ordained as an elder in the United Methodist Church.
I became a provisional member of the Northern Illinois Conference in 2011 and was ordained elder in 2013. I served for 4 years as the solo pastor in Polo, IL where I helped to lead the two United Methodist Churches in town through a merger and subsequent visioning and growth. I was appointed as the Associate Pastor at Wheatland Salem Church in 2015 where I have served as the site pastor for the Oswego campus. I have a deep love for the church, a passion for guiding people to become committed and passionate followers of Jesus Christ, and reaching out to the local community and world in mission and service.
My wife Breann and I were married in 2018. She is an elementary grade school teacher. We have a miniature dachshund named Wrigley (and if you couldn’t figure it out from his name I am a huge Chicago Cubs fan).
Sara Williams, Ministry Assistant
Sara is our ministry assistants. She and her husband Phil and children Zach and Max live in North Aurora.
Ally Bockay, Worship Coordinator
Ally Bockay currently attends North Central College where she studies multimedia and music. She has had the privilege of leading worship at various youth events as well as Sunday morning services for about 6 years. In addition to worship leading, Ally teaches private piano and voice lessons to students. Ally lives in Oswego.
Thomas Larsen, Worship Coordinator
Thomas is one of our worship coordinators.