Meet the Team!

From our founding in 2001, we have been committed to a multiplicity of diverse leaders. We don't believe the church is best served by the limited gifts and character of one person. Rather, we trust the Lord has gifted us with many leaders, men and women, who each offer their gifts for the building up of the body of Christ. (Read a little more about our commitment to a multiplicity of leadership here.)


Below, you'll meet our 3 main teams: our ministry team and our shepherd team give oversight to our central ministries and overarching vision as a church, while our deacon team supports and builds up the 5 house churches that are spread out throughout the north/northwest suburbs of Chicago.

Pastors and ministry Team Staff


  • Juliet Liu, Co-Pastor

    Juliet has served as a pastor at Life on the Vine since 2014. She is a 2nd generation Vietnamese Chinese American, and married to Sheldon; they have two sons who are quickly outpacing Juliet in height.  Juliet is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.Div, 2005) and the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (B.A., 2001).  Prior to coming to Life on the Vine in 2010, she ministered as a college campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the Director of Worship at Northshore Chinese Christian Church (2005-2007), and Director of Chapel at Trinity International University (2007-2009). She also taught periodically at Trinity International University as an adjunct faculty member of the Christian Ministries Department. Juliet currently serves as Chair of the Board for Missio Alliance, offers spiritual direction for women and people of color, and enjoys speaking and writing about spirituality that is both contemplative and justice-centered, the joy of men and women fully partnering together for the kingdom, and the gospel and racial justice. 


  • Susanne Calhoun, Co-Pastor

    Called to co-pastor at Life on the Vine in the winter of 2021, Susanne is married to Jeff Calhoun and they are raising two energetic daughters, Eliana and Eloise. Susanne received her PhD in Historical Theology from Wheaton College in 2018 and is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (MA in Church History, 2007) and Trinity International University (BA in Christian Ministries, 2003). Susanne has served as an adjunct professor in Christian Doctrine and Christian Ministries at Trinity International University (2016–2020). At Life on the Vine, she has ministered as a co-youth pastor since 2018, a pastoral fellow in 2019, and a shepherd since 2020. Previous ministry experience includes two decades of mentoring young women, four years as a research assistant and volunteer coordinator for the Office of the Senior Pastor at The Chapel (Grays Lake, Illinois), three summers as a camp counselor at Arrowhead Bible Camp (New Auburn, Wisconsin), and three stints as a student and a leader with Youth With A Mission at training schools in Britain and the Middle East.

  • Geordie Boatright, Pastoral Resident

    Geordie graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2010 with a Master of Divinity, and has been attending LOV since 2019. Previously, Geordie served as a Youth Pastor at a church in the Chicago suburbs. As a Pastoral Resident at Life on the Vine, Geordie is undergoing training to be a pastor. He leads liturgy, preaches, and offers pastoral presence to individuals in our congregation. Geordie also ministers to our youth, and provides leadership to the youth volunteer team.

  • Jeff Calhoun, Director of youth and family mInistry

    Jeff has served as a minister to our youth and families at Life on the Vine since the spring of 2018. He is working on completing his doctoral dissertation in Systematic Theology at Trinity International University, and has taught at Trinity International University as adjunct professor in Christian Doctrine and Christian Ministries. Jeff also serves as our Building and Grounds Coordinator. 


  • Leah Strom, Director of Children's MInistry

    Leah has serve as Director of Children's Ministry since August of 2019. Not only does Leah have many years of children's ministry experience, she works as an Instructional Coach in District 62 (Des Plaines) where she gets to be a teacher to teachers. Along with her vast experience as an educator, Leah brings her passion for creativity and her warm nature to our children and to the parents and volunteers she trains.

  • Eric Bangeman, Liturgical Arts Coordinator

    In addition to being Managing Editor of technology and science website Ars Technica, Eric serves as our head liturgist and liturgy team coordinator at Life on the Vine. Eric earned an M.A. in Theological Studies from North Park Theological Seminary. Since September of 2018, he has helped coordinate and train the liturgists who shape our prayers and worship at Life on the Vine. Eric is married to Kerry Bangeman; they have a daughter, a son, and two dogs in Park Ridge, IL.

  • Tim PFLUG, Artist in Residence and Music teams coordinator

    Tim graduated from Trinity International University in 2005. He has worked in local school districts to make technology, information, and systems work better for teachers and students. As Artist in Residence at LOV, Tim helps to engage our community with art and physical symbols that help us experience and explore our faith. This often involves curating the artwork on our walls, encouraging the artists in our community, or leading us through meditations on art from time to time. Additionally, Tim serves as one of our Music Team Leaders. Tim is married to Lindsay, and they have three kids in Highwood, IL. 

  • hesed TendEro, Music and Worship Leader

    Hesed and his family have been attending Life on the Vine since 2015. A first generational Filipino American, Hesed graduated from Trinity International University and works in the IT industry. He and his wife Anna are parents of three young kids in a musical household.

  • Dina Lindemann, Treasurer

    Book keeper, geo cacher, mom of two bright young people, wife of the multi-instrumentalist Hans Lindemann. Dina has served as Treasurer to Life on the Vine for an untold number of years (although she probably knows the exact number since her job is all about numbers). 

  • Jill Carlson, Administrative COordinator

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Shepherd Team (Elders)

The shepherds of Life on the Vine, together with the pastor(s), oversee and guide the community toward the ongoing fulfillment of its calling and vision together.


To that end, shepherds are consistently engaged in the process of:

  • Shepherding

  • Disciple-Making and Equipping

  • Deepening Community

  • Mobilizing for Mission

  • Spiritual Discernment

  • and Organizational Governance.


In the offering of their own gifts, Shepherds are not the ones who do the ministry of the church alone, but they help equip, empower, and release all members of the church into the ministry of the Holy Spirit.


  • Brian Sutherland

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  • Jana Sundene

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  • Jeff Andrews

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  • Heather Cordero

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  • Marie Butson

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  • Tim Vanlaningham

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  • Sheldon Waite

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House Church Deacons

"Deacon" is an ancient term, often translated as "servant" or "minister" in the bible. Deacons in the New Testament are often associated with the leadership of house church communities - and that is what they represent here at Life on the Vine as well. Deacons offer their gifts of pastoring, nurturing, and hospitality for the building up of our house church communities.


We have 5 house church communities, and the groups are named by geography: North, South, East, West-Central, and HWY14. You can read more about our house churches here, and meet the deacons for these groups below.

  • Stan Frey - South

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  • Rich Cordero - East

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  • Heather Cordero - East

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  • anthony Lamb - HWY 14

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  • Renae LAMB - HWY 14

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  • Mark Snyder - W. Central

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  • Doris Strom - W. Central

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  • Laura Moon - South

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  • Jeff Andrews - North

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  • Kristin Andrews - North

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