Staff

Lead Pastor: Eric Fornelli

Eric has been with the church since the spring of 2000.

Family:
Julie, married to Eric in August 2002
Josiah
Hannah
Selah
Education:
Trinity International University, B.A. in Biblical Studies, 2003
Testimony:
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.

Family:
Cortney, Married to Peter in December 2007.
Kameron
Isabella
Judah
Vincent
Education:
Western Illinois University, B.A. in Theatre, 2004
Scottsdale Culinary Institute, Associates in Culinary Arts, 2006
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, MDiv. 2013
Testimony:
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 Deerfield.
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.

Part-Time Staff

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

Four children:
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 Grady.
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).
Education:
Washington Bible College, B.A. 1969
Dallas Theological Seminary, Th.M. 1974
Denver Theological Seminary, D.Min. 1991
Testimony:
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.

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