Our Leadership

Our church is made up of people from different backgrounds and all ages. One thing remains constant, however; the stories of lives changed through the power of Jesus Christ. We believe our church is best when our people are involved in worshiping, growing, and serving.

Meet Our Staff

Dave Corlew

Senior Pastor

Dave joined the staff of ACC in November of 2005. His primary responsibilities include teaching on Sunday mornings, providing leadership for the elders and staff, and championing the vision and values of ACC. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Trinity International University, and Moody Graduate School. Before coming to ACC Dave was involved in youth ministry for 24 years.

He is the proud husband of Karen and father to four adult children: Becky, Emily, Lacey (Daryn), and Micah (Angelika). Dave enjoys hanging out with his dog, Roger, playing Scrabble, cheering for the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks, and spending time with his family – especially his grandkids! His long term project is section hiking the Appalachian Trail – only about 1,800 miles to go.

Chris Modrzejewski

Family Pastor

Chris is a 2005 graduate of Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. He’s married to Lisa, and they are the proud parents of Rachel, Josiah, Abigail, and Micah. In his spare time he enjoys reading, running, and spending time with his family. He’s a devout Cubs and Bears fan and has been known to drop everything for free tickets.

Chris came on board here in 2006. His primary responsibilities include leading teams of adults to minister to children and adolescents, helping parents develop faith at home, and teaching in our Sunday morning services.

Mike Stralow

Connections Pastor

Mike loves helping people dive into their faith and explore the many ways it can have an impact on their daily lives. As Connections Pastor he develops ways people connect with and are integrated into the church family through student ministry, online ministry, and volunteer opportunities. He also occasionally teaches on Sunday mornings.

Mike is a graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. He’s married to Keelia and has a son, Oliver. He enjoys reading, coffee, grilling, Cubs games at Wrigley, and watching the Vikings beat da Bears (we forgive him).

Keelia Stralow

Interim Worship Arts Director

Keelia is passionate about helping reorient and refocus people’s hearts towards a life of worship and bringing people into a more intimate relationship with God through song. She’s a graduate of Wheaton College with a major in Psychology. She and her husband, Mike, have one son, Oliver, with baby number two on the way! They also have a dog, Padfoot.

Keelia loves going on adventures, reading books about current social and theological issues, and spending time with family and friends.

Grace Pederson

Interim Student Ministry Director

In overseeing/coordinating the middle and high school ministries, Grace cares for the students, showing them the love of Jesus, and nurtures their spiritual growth. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a major in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature and has a variety of other talents including web/graphic design.

Grace and her husband, Jonathan, recently bought their first house and are slowly remodeling it themselves! She also knits and likes spending time with family and friends playing board games.

Jim Young

Director of Operations

Jim wears a lot of different hats at ACC, overseeing areas including facilities, technology, finances, policies, legal matters, and publicity. In some of these areas he gets directly involved, while in others he leads a team. Since 2003, he has worked hard behind the scenes to make sure the ministries of ACC have maximum impact.

Jim is married to Elissa. He continues to work part-time as a bench jeweler. He likes to knit, crochet, garden, and has enjoyed computer programming since before he entered kindergarten! Jim has been involved in mission trips all across the US as well as Canada, Brazil, Kenya, and South Africa.

Carolyn Eiter

Secretary

Who types faster than a speeding bullet, answers the phone in a warm, professional tone, and knows where to find the key to the food pantry? That would be Carolyn, on staff since July of 2004.

Carolyn has a handsome husband named Chuck and three grown kids: Tim (Andrea), Ellen, and Andy. Her interests include reading, hiking, and bike riding.

Meet Our Elders

Dave Corlew

Dave joined the staff of ACC in November of 2005. His primary responsibilities include teaching on Sunday mornings, providing leadership for the elders and staff, and championing the vision and values of ACC. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Trinity International University, and Moody Graduate School. Before coming to ACC Dave was involved in youth ministry for 24 years.

He is the proud husband of Karen and father to four adult children: Becky, Emily, Lacey (Daryn), and Micah (Angelika). Dave enjoys hanging out with his dog, Roger, playing Scrabble, cheering for the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks, and spending time with his family – especially his grandkids! His long term project is section hiking the Appalachian Trail – only about 1,800 miles to go.

Patrick Dawson

Patrick serves as principal at Stratford Middle School in Bloomingdale. He and his wife, Christina, have an adorable little girl, Marly. He enjoys performing and listening to music, managing multiple fantasy baseball teams, gardening, traveling, and trying new foods.

Patrick is passionate about welcoming and getting to know every person that walks through the doors of our church!

Ming Fong

God has given Ming a heart to serve, and he is humbled to be in a position where he can care for the church as an elder.

Ming majored in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and works at Shure as a FPGA & Integrated Circuit Design Engineer. His wife, Anne, is a music teacher at Emerson Middle School.

His interests include music, exercise, video games, disc golf, and  building things (ranging from bikes to woodworking).

Jim Johnson

Jim has been attending ACC since 1992. He and his wife Nancy have four kids: Allison, Annie (Kristian), Matt, and Mitch. Jim is a self-described “sports nut” (Go Sox!!!). His favorite sports moment was being in attendance at game 2 of the ’05 World Series when Scott Podsednik hit a walk-off homerun!

He enjoys the opportunity to be a servant leader to the people of ACC and the surrounding community and seeing the life-changing power of Jesus Christ in people’s lives. 

Jordan Kerr

Jordan is married to Vickie and works in IT at a medical diagnostic equipment company. He enjoys grilling and barbecuing (pulled pork is his specialty), designing electronic control systems for around the house, playing video games, and watching football on Sunday afternoons. In the past he worked as a professional actor in the Cleveland area where he performed pieces onstage as well as murder mystery dinner events.

God has given him a heart for shepherding and encouraging others. He is energized by seeing people cross the line of faith and then grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus.

Josh Kinnee

Josh graduated with a Math-Secondary Education degree from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL and works at ISTO Advisors in Lake Forest as a Wealth Advisor.

He and his wife, Becky, have three  kids: Jane, Miles, and Jenna. Becky is an English teacher and instructional coach at Wheeling High School. He enjoys going on walks, hikes, and bike rides with his family and loves traveling and visiting new places. 

Josh’s desire is for God to use him however He sees fit to support, encourage, lead, and guide the local church.

Jim Ray

Jim is a software developer at Discover Card Financial Services. He and his wife, Su, have two sons, Nate and Dan, and two daughters, Margo and Melody.

Jim loves the outdoors – camping, hiking, biking, and running. Look for him during the summer months biking to work. He also likes to cook. (He is a former ACC Chili Cook-off winner!) Jim and Su love working with kids and are the Awana directors at ACC.