Meet Our Staff
Rector: Kevin Miller
- Ministry Area(s): Prayer, Preaching, Vision, Leading Vestry and Clergy.
- Background: Editor and vice-president at Christianity Today for 26 years; associate rector at Church of the Resurrection for 5 years; rector at Savior since January 2017. Co-founder of PreachingToday.com and CTPastors.com.
- Family/Pets: Kevin is married to Savior’s Associate Rector, Karen. Their daughter, Anne, teaches high school English and attends Savior sometimes. Their son, Andrew, lives in Houston with his family and works in software. “No pets, though I’m partial to Lexi, the Australian shepherd of Karen’s sister.” Kevin loves the Cubs and great coffee.
- Quote: “You can accomplish a great deal more by quiet, thoughtful work done as in God's sight, than by all the busy eagerness and over-activity of your restless nature” (Francois Fenelon, 17th-century spiritual writer).
Associate Rector: Karen Miller
- Ministry Area(s): Leading Staff Meetings, Coaching Staff Members, Leading Worship, Preaching, Serving on Vestry.
- Background: a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Karen led the counseling center for Evangelical Child and Family Agency for 9 years; coached church planters with the Greenhouse Movement for 3 years; and served as executive pastor at Church of the Resurrection for 14 years. She founded and leads a leadership-coaching practice, Strengthen Your Leadership.
- Family/Pets: Karen is married to Savior’s Rector, Kevin. Their daughter, Anne, teaches high school English and attends Savior sometimes. Their son, Andrew, lives in Houston with his family and works in software. Karen loves making cards, and beating Kevin (or trying to) in Scrabble.
- Quote: “If you have the gift of leadership, lead diligently” (Paul, to the Christians in Rome) and “Apart from me, you can do nothing” (Jesus, to his disciples).
Deacon: Sandy Oyler
- Ministry Area(s): All Things Altar-Related, Acolytes, Pastoral Care, Preaching, Serving on the Vestry
- Background: Sandy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, has worked for Outreach Community Ministries for the past 15 years, and is currently the Director of the counseling center at their Warrenville location, Warrenville Youth and Family Services. Sandy has been part of Church of the Savior since its beginning and was ordained as a Deacon in 2014.
- Quote: "Think and wonder. Wonder and think" (Dr. Seuss).
Pastor of Family Ministries: Mary Gonzalez
- Ministry Area(s): Family Ministries, Children, Youth
- Background: Mary Gonzalez is our Pastor of Family Ministries and has worked at Savior since its beginning in 2004.
- Family/Pets: Mary lives in Winfield with her husband of 27 years, Angel. Their daughter, Mariana, is in high school, and their son, Daniel, is studying at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.
- Quote: “We always have enough time to do the work that God has for us" (Sibyl Towner).
Children's Ministry Coordinator: Sandy Richter
- Ministry Area(s): Children's Worship and activities, volunteer training, coordination, and parental communication.
- Background: Sandy grew up in the Church of God, but gravitated toward 'higher church' settings in college, making her way to the ACNA and Church of the Savior in 2013. Sandy and her husband love the liturgy and tradition they have found in Anglicanism, and the warmth and depth of spirituality at Savior.
- Family/Pets: Sandy has been married to Ian since 2007 and they have three children: Kiah, Elle and Ezra.
- Quote: "Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid" (Frederick Buechner).
Music Director: Erin Pacheco
- Ministry Area: Music/Worship
- Background: Erin has been involved in church music since childhood, and she is passionate about leading worship in a way that enfolds people of all ages and abilities. Erin has a B.A. from Trinity Christian College, where she studied music, philosophy, and ministry, and an M.Div from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
- Family/Pets: Erin is married to Moises (Moe), who is a musician and realtor. They live in Chicago with their children, Gloria and Moises. They also share their home with Moe’s parents. Erin is firmly a cat person and Moe is firmly a dog person, so they have neither. Maybe someday they will get a turtle.
- Quote: "In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas" ("In necessary things unity; in uncertain things freedom; in all things love")
Administrative Assistant: Elisabeth Wismer
- Ministry Area: Church Administration
- Background: Elisabeth grew up Presbyterian, but was drawn to liturgy and has found a church home in the ACNA since 2013. She enjoys studying and philosophizing about the Church, the fine arts, and culture.
- Family/Pets: Elisabeth lives with her tiny orange cat, Hildegard (named after Hildegard von Bingen).
- Quote: “For it is not knowing much, but realising and relishing things interiorly, that contents and satisfies the soul” (St. Ignatius of Loyola).
Youth Pastor (with All Souls'): Andrew Unger
- Ministry Area: Youth Ministry
- Background: Andrew has been doing youth ministry at All Souls and Savior since 2007, and enjoys (almost) every minute of it!
- Family/Pets: He has been married to Deacon Joy Unger since 2007, and has two sons (Luke, born in 2011 and Simon, born in 2015). They live in Winfield.
- Quote: "From God’s point of view, the distance between being ordinarily sinful (what we all are) and extremely sinful (what the people we don’t like seem to be) is like the distance between London and Paris seen from the point of view of the sun" (N.T. Wright).