Lead Pastor: Eric Fornelli
Eric has been with the church since the spring of 2000.
Julie, married to Eric in August 2002
Trinity International University, B.A. in Biblical Studies,
I was raised in a great christian family! I am so thankful
that I was able to not only hear about Jesus Christ but I was
able to see him through the love of my parents! As a result, I
prayed a prayer of salvation at a very young age.
It wasn't until my teenage years when I really felt the
desire to live my life for God. My church youth group was
instrumental in helping me through such awkward times. It was
also during this time where I began to develop great
relationships with certain adults. These mentors helped me to
see that youth is not an excuse to avoid God's calling. The
truth was that God already had things he wanted to do in and
through me. This is where I became heavily involved in church
music and was eventually led to Three Rivers Church.
Associate Pastor: Peter Vienne III, M.Div.
Cortney, Married to Peter in December 2007.
Western Illinois University, B.A. in Theatre, 2004
Scottsdale Culinary Institute, Associates in Culinary Arts,
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, MDiv. 2013
I fully surrendered my life to Jesus a couple years after
the tragic loss of my fiancée. God has saved me by his grace
and my greatest desire is now to glorify Him with all that I
do. The Lord has given me the passion to study His word and to
work with young people showing them their identity and hope
should rest in the person of Christ. I have worked with youth
the past six years at the Christian Youth Center of Morris
while attending Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in
Shortly after receiving my degree, the Lord has prepared for
my family and me to serve at Three Rivers Church. Along with
ministering to the youth, God has now opened the door to work
with all ages in the church by connecting them in small
groups, equipping men and women for ministry and outreach so
more people will come to know the love of God through Jesus
Christ. I am passionate about teaching God’s word,
discipleship and the Mission of God, which is to share the
life-transforming Gospel in our community and all over the
world. Cortney and I along with our children are excited and
blessed to grow and do life with our brothers and sisters at
Three Rivers Church.
Women's Ministry Director: Anne Walchshauser
Children's Ministry Directors: Paul and Joanna Browning
Middle School Teen Ministries (C.R.E.W): Mat Tuck
Office Manager/ Financial Secretary: Sue Soltis
Church Secretary: Lillian Hatcher
Pastor Emeritus (Founding Pastor): Clement Walchshauser, D.Min.
Senior Pastor since church's beginning in October 1996.
Married since 1970 to Anne, (B.A. in Christian Education)
"One of the reasons we want to stay so long at this church
is because God is doing something among this wonderful
congregation of diverse people. Anne and I are watching God
glorify Himself through changed lives. We so enjoy the
ministry here. A second reason we want to stay is that long
pastorates tend to be good for a church's ability to grow and
reach its God-given potential. We hope you'll join us to
worship and serve our great Lord and Savior, Jesus. We love
and admire Him so, and want you to love Him as much as we do."
- Clem and Anne
Jeffrey: senior pastor in Arkansas; married to Anjannette of Temple,
TX, lives in suburbs of Fort Worth, TX with their three
children, Beth and Anica and Joseph
Christina: Physician Assistant, married to David Bartz of
Rippon, WI, live in Joliet, IL, with sons, Cooper, Caleb and
Julie: teacher, married to Eric Fornelli of Naperville, IL,
live in Plainfield, IL with children: Josiah and Hannah
(twins) and Selah
Nicole: graduate of Illinois State University 2005, married
to Joel Hejnar (7/08).
Washington Bible College, B.A. 1969
Dallas Theological Seminary, Th.M. 1974
Denver Theological Seminary, D.Min. 1991
I trusted Christ as my Savior when I was twelve years old in
my home church, Hagerstown Bible Church, Hagerstown, Maryland.
I spent my high school years involved in Youth for Christ and
musical competitions. I went to Bible college to learn God's
word and then to seminary to prepare for the pastorate. I
married during seminary and served as a youth director until
graduation. I was an associate pastor for two years, and then
planted my first church (Montgomery Evangelical Free Church)
in Maryland (1976). I stayed there for the next 17 years. I
left that church to pastor a well-established church for three
years in Wisconsin (Calvary Community Church) until I accepted
the challenge of starting Three Rivers Church in 1996. Unless
God indicates otherwise, Anne and I plan to minister here for
the next 10 years.