OUr Staff

  • Our new senior pastor is Sarah Wanck. Her husband, Gabe Wanck, is our full-time associate pastor. Both have been in ministry since graduating from seminary together in 2003. Sarah and Gabe, along with their son, Hudson and dog, Minnie are thrilled to be partnering in ministry with Christ Church.

    To read the bio, click HERE. To watch an introduction video, click Video

  • marty ellison

    campus minister, carbon cliff campus

    & youth coordinator

    Hello my name is Marty Ellison and I am the Youth Coordinator and Carbon Cliff campus leader. I grew up in Davenport, Iowa and I have two sisters .I am married to my best friend of 30 years, Karol. We are blessed with three beautiful children. Mitchell is 24, Kyle is 21, and Emma is 17. I love to spend time with my family. In my free time I love to read books on growing as a leader and ministry. I love to travel, be outside and grill out as much as I can. I recently retired from coaching sports so I could give more time to develop the ministry in Carbon cliff and our youth programs, and to spend more time with my family. I spent 21 years in healthcare and currently I am a business teacher in Sherrard Il. My mission in life is to Encourage, Inspire and Bring hope to someone‚Äôs life every day. I would love to talk to you about Jesus and help you grow in your faith.  Marty can be reached at ellison61244@gmail.com. 

  • Steph Rabe

    Parish Nurse

    Steph began as Christ Church's Parish Nurse in January 2014.  Previously she was employed for  39 years as an RN for UnityPoint Trinity.  Steph is married to Dave, and they are the parents of three adult children and two great sons-in-law.  They are blessed with three grandchildren that bring much joy into their lives!   Steph enjoys quilting, sewing, walking, traveling, and being with her family and friends. Steph can be reached at parishnurse@christchurcheastmoline.org  

  • jana kindred

    administrative assistant East Moline campus

    Jana Kindred joined the staff of Christ United Methodist East Moline Campus in May, 2016.  Jana is married to Dennis and they have three children, Matthew, David and Emma, and four grandsons.  They live in Coal Valley, IL and have been members of Christ Church since 1988.  Jana's hobbies include scrapbooking, crafting, word games (especially Wheel of Fortune!), and travelling.  Jana can be reached at 309-755-2508 or office@christchurcheastmoline.org.

  • Melissa Chapman

    Finance Administration Manager

    Melissa Chapman joined Christ United Methodist Church staff in December, 2020, as the Finance Administration Manager.  She and her husband of 29 years, live in rural Geneseo with their two dogs, Nova and Annie.  They are the proud parents of two adult children, Savannah and Ross.  Melissa enjoys gardening, cross stitch, reading and travelling.  You can reach Melissa at 309-755-2508, Ext. 202 or mchapman@christchurcheastmoline.org.

  • Lindrew Johnson

    Director of MUSIC MINISTRIES

    Lindrew has been on staff at Christ Church since 2014.  He directs the Chancel Choir and Bell Choir.  He helps plan and participates in the weekend worship services.  Lindrew holds a Masters in Music and has been involved in church music ministry for almost 50 years.  He is passionate about worshipping God and leading people in praise and worship in both traditional and modern music styles.  He enjoys writing music, reading, playing guitar, piano, and organ.  He has been married to Melisa since 1981. They enjoy spending time with their children, grandchildren, traveling and camping.  You can contact Lindrew through the church office at 309- 755-2508

  • Donna Hamrick

    Church Organist

  • Dennis Kindred

    Worship/Band Leader

    Dennis Kindred has been the modern worship leader at Christ Church East Moline Campus since 2006.  He resides in Coal Valley with his wife, Jana and daughter, Emma.  He also has two grown sons, Matthew and David.  Dennis' enjoys playing the guitar, kayaking, canoeing, and reading.  Dennis has worked for Kenney's Pest Control since 1990 and became the owner in 2015!

  • Ms. Peggy Schneider

    Merry Sunshine Director

    Ms. Peggy Schneider is the Director of Merry Sunshine and teaches weekly literacy groups. She was employed for 25 years as an Elementary Reading Specialist with East Moline School District. During those 25 years, she achieved National Board Certification in Early Literacy. Ms. Peggy found her current position at Merry Sunshine when her granddaughter was a student here. Please call her with any questions about the program at 309-755-2508

  • Ms. Sarah Fritch

    Merry Sunshine Lead Teacher

    Ms. Sarah Fritch is the lead teacher at Merry Sunshine. She recently was the assistant teacher for Merry Sunshine. She has an AA degree from Black Hawk College and has taken additional courses in Elementary Education through Western Illinios University. Sarah has worked for Moline School District as a paraprofessional as well as the Black Hawk Center in East Moline. She has been the director for Sunday School teaching at her church, First Baptist Church in Silvis. She and her husband have three boys who all attended Merry Sunshine. Sarah is excited for the lead teacher role this year and knows God will continue to bless this program.

  • Mark claeys


  • Debi Sherbeyn