STAFF

MIKE PENZA
SENIOR PASTOR

Mike was born and raised in Wisconsin. He met his wife Kaylyn during college when he was studying English, Philosophy, and Political Science. Mike and Kaylyn were married a month after college graduation and began their marriage by moving to Massachusetts where Mike studied at Gordon-Conwell (M.Div.) and Harvard (Th.M.). Mike pastored at one church in Massachusetts for eight years before his call to begin serving Gracepointe in 2021.

Yes, the four daughters are all very lively and keep life plenty loud. It’s a lot, but it’s a blast. Some of Mike’s hobbies include improving his disc golf game, running, reading, drinking tea, cheering on the Green Bay Packers, and as a total extrovert – being present with people as much as possible. Mike thrives when he is teaching and preaching God’s Word, discipling God’s people, and equipping the church to work together to fulfill its unique calling.

Nancy Cassell, Office Manager

NANCY CASSELL
OFFICE MANAGER
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Nancy heard and believed the gospel as a child. She is grateful for believing parents and years of strong teaching from God’s Word, which served her well and pointed her back to “True North” during and after college. After serving five years as a missionary teacher, Nancy landed in Mundelein, where Gracepointe has been her spiritual home for many years. After working 20+ years as an executive assistant for a mission organization, Nancy has had the joy to serve as office manager at Gracepointe since 2011, volunteer with the worship team and lead a women’s Bible study. In her free time, you can find her making a quilt, watching birds, paddling a canoe or planning a road trip!

ELDER BOARD

The Elder Board consists of volunteer board members along with the Pastor. The Board leads the church, upholding it in regular prayer, and meets regularly to conduct the business of the church.

Andy Searle, Chairman

ANDY SEARLE
CHAIRMAN 

Andy has been attending and serving at Gracepointe and living in Mundelein since 1992. He is a graduate of Wheaton College where he met his wife, Jennifer. They have three adult children and one grandchild. Andy has taught Sunday school, led small groups, singing in worship, and served as an elder and chairman of the board. Jennifer and Andy love to travel and see new places. They especially love national parks and hope to visit many more in the future. Andy is a big sports fan and loves to cheer on the Bears, the Cubs, and, as a San Francisco Bay area native, he enjoys following the Golden State Warriors. Andy enjoys walking, biking, and being outside.

Ken Stratman

KEN STRATMAN
ELDER 

Ken and Celia Stratman have been married since 1979 and have two adult children. Ken has served at Gracepointe Church over the years as an elder, worship leader, and as co-leader of Gracepointe Wildfolk. He is the senior vice president of Custom Roofing Contracting. Ken enjoys golfing, bicycling, hiking, target shooting, and rock climbing.

Tim Jamison

TIM JAMISON
ELDER 

Tim has been a member of Gracepointe Church since moving to the area in 1985. He has been walking with the Lord since accepting Christ at the age of 17. Tim works as an inspection compliance manager for a life and security company in Lake Zurich. He serves in the children’s ministry and on the First Impressions team. In his free time, Tim enjoys reading, biking, getting out in nature, and golfing.

Steve Erl

STEVE ERL
ELDER 

Steve and his wife, Allison, live in Round Lake with their six-year-old daughter. Steve is on the sales team at Learning Resources in Vernon Hills. After meeting Allison in 2009, Steve began attending Gracepointe with her and quickly fell in love with the church (and Allison). Steve feels honored and humbled to serve and be a part of this congregation. Throughout his time at Gracepointe, he has run the soundboard, led a class on church history, and he and Allison have led Financial Peace University. Steve enjoys the outdoors and spending time with extended family. During the winter months, he heartily cheers on the Chicago Bears!