Although I was not raised as a Christian, my mother required me to attend Peoria Junior Academy as a young teenager. This encounter put my feet on the path of life. Through Adventist schools God gave me my life calling, a wonderful friendship in my wife, Collene, and the joy of being a part of the family of God. I am eternally gratefully to the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the myriad of dedicated members who believe that everybody ought to know who Jesus is. I believe in a cross-generational approach to ministry, the power of the out-of-doors to shape lives, and the freedom of obedience to God’s law. Maranatha!
Assistant Pastor Endi & Kristina Stojanovic
I am originally from Brisbane, Australia. It was there I received my bachelors in Biomedical Science from the University of Queensland, and married the love of my life, Kristina, almost nine years ago. I moved to the Berrien Springs area soon after our wedding and completed the MDiv, and am currently pursuing a PhD in Systematic Theology, at the SDA Theological Seminary. At Village it is my desire to see all, the young and the young-at-heart, have a living, vibrant relationship with their Savior. Following Jesus daily, and proclaiming his Gospel to the world, is the most exciting, fulfilling, and rewarding experience we can have in this life. Contrary to the lie which the Devil has spread throughout the western world, that the one who believes in God and religion must be naïve, I have a passion to help all, especially the young, seek an intelligent faith.
Assistant Pastor Dennis & Melody Page
I didn’t grew up in a Christian home and have since tried to fill the void in my life only to find that money, years of selfish and destructive lifestyle or military training could not elevate or satisfy the soul. And God, in His mercy, arrested my downward spiral to utter ruin and hopelessness to lead me to a Biblical understanding of the truth and His church. What drastic change in lifestyle and purposes! Through the years God has opened various opportunities for me to share my testimony to many churches, prisons, and schools, here and abroad. God has blessed me with a wonderful wife and best friend, Melody, who shares with me the desire to live for God and share with others this good news of His transforming love. It prompted us to attend Mission College of Evangelism to further train for His glory. We both received diplomas on Applied Ministries and I went on to further study under their Pastoral Ministry program. Being able to serve at Village Church has blessed us with so many opportunities for service and growth, which we are profoundly grateful for. It is our hope to invite and encourage as many as possible to be ready for Christ’s soon return. Yes, come Lord Jesus!
Assistant Pastor Michael Kusarawana
Born in Zimbabwe, I was raised in an Adventist family, but was not fully committed until I was nineteen years old.I graduated from Gweru Polytechnic College (Zimbabwe) in 2013 with a business major in Human Resources Management. During my college years, I sensed God’s calling to ministry, which led me to pursue a double major in Lifestyle Education and Theology, at Hartland Institute in Virginia. Having been exposed to technology at a young age, I also pursued web development and digital marketing on the side, to complement my ministry. My measure of success is a soul won for Christ. The Village SDA church family has has contributed extensively to my growth and has presented me with opportunities to minister both locally and abroad. It is my greatest desire to meet all, whom I come in contact with, in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Church Secretary: Toni Minikus
Toni Minikus was born and raised in beautiful Iowa, but has friends in many parts of the country thanks to her 12 years as a traveling Bible worker. After living in Ukraine for a winter and five short term mission trips, all of which opened her eyes to the great needs abroad, she was delighted to take a job at Adventist Frontier Missions where she currently works part time in the recruitment department. Her administrative skills are also put to the stretch here at Village as part time secretary. And she is very thankful to be part of the Village Church Family.
Church Treasurer: Rhonda Johnson
The Village Church is a very special place to me as it holds many wonderful memories. During my 40 years of membership my father, uncles and grandfather were all baptized here. I was also married in the Village Church and started my family here. I was lucky enough to watch my daughters grow and mature during their years at the Village School. My love for the church has extended into my role as the church treasurer for the past 17 years. I now wait to see what God has in store as I join the school as their new treasurer.