Brian Hedges (Lead Pastor)
Raised in a pastor’s family, Brian was graciously drawn to Christ as a teenager and began preaching when he was 18. Brian became our Lead Pastor in 2003. Brian is married to Holly and they have four children. Holly works as an administrative assistant at a local Christian school. Brian has authored multiple books, enjoys reading, and loves the theological writings of John Calvin, John Owen, and Jonathan Edwards, and the imaginative stories of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien: which means his teaching is riddled with quotes in Old English juxtaposed with illustrations from Narnia and Middle Earth.
Jared and Loni Hendrickson (Worship)
Jared and Loni began leading worship at Fulkerson Park in 2008, after spending several years serving with a para-church ministry. They bring a deep love for songs of theological depth, combined with a rich contemporary folk style. They are also deeply invested in small groups and other ministry to the body of Christ. During the week, Jared works as a project manager at an area university. They have four children and love sports and Karaoke (though there’s very little time for hobbies these days). Beyond the Scriptures, their enduring favorite reads include books by Timothy Keller, Tim Chester, John Piper, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Jane Austen, and J.K. Rowling.
Michael Toole (Student Ministries)
Michael was born and raised in South Carolina and began following Christ when he was 15. He is married to Emily and they have one daughter. Both Michael and Emily are invested in the spiritual growth of children and students, Michael leading our Student Ministry and Emily as Children’s Ministry Director and Preschool Director at a local Christian School. Michael is a manager at a local university and also a part time seminary student. Michael and his family love to travel, spend time outdoors, and read. Some of Michael’s favorite authors include R.C. Sproul, John MacArthur, John Piper, Paul Tripp, Tim Keller and Don Whitney.
Emily Toole (Children’s Ministry Director)
Emily grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. Growing up reading and hearing the Word of God, Emily was drawn to the Lord as a child. Her desire to share the love of Christ with children began when serving in children’s ministry as a teenager. After receiving her teaching degree, Emily went on to teach elementary school for ten years. She currently serves as a preschool director at a local Christian school where she enjoys using puppets, songs, and varied teaching methods to help children grow in their knowledge of Jesus. Emily’s passion and commitment is to share Christ with children. Emily is married to Michael and is blessed with a daughter. In her free time, she enjoys nature, DIY projects, art, music, and traveling.
Lyndon Azcuna (Elder)
Lyndon became a follower of Christ at the age of nineteen. He was born in the Philippines but has spent most of his life in the Chicago-land area. Lyndon is the Executive Director of a local pregnancy care center, and, in his role as elder, oversees our outreach ministries. Lyndon has been married to Julia since 1991 and they have six children. As a family they love being with each other and enjoy serving others together. Lyndon is an adventurous eater and his secret dream is to join Andrew Zimmerman in one of his shows on Bizarre Foods. Lyndon has been influenced spiritually primarily by the book of Romans, the Puritan writers and others like A.W. Tozer, John Piper, Tim Keller, and Richard Owen Roberts.
Andy Lindgren (Elder)
Andy grew up in the home of a worship leader and placed his faith in Christ at a young age. As a teenager the Lord moved powerfully in his life, and knowing Jesus became his singular ambition. Andy has a passion for studying, preaching, and teaching God’s word. Born and raised in Southwest Michigan, he relishes experiencing the beauty of nature with his lovely wife, Jenni, and their inquisitive children. His spiritual influences include Augustine of Hippo, John Calvin, John Owen, Jonathan Edwards, A.W. Tozer, C.S. Lewis, Keith Green, R.C. Sproul, Don Carson, John Piper, and Timothy Keller. Few things bring him more joy than seeing others recognize the worth and beauty of the Triune God.
Dave Enders (Elder)
Dave became a Christian at 28 years old and has been a part of Fulkerson Park since 1971. Dave has been an elder since 2012 and is involved shepherding and teaching the senior adult class. Dave has been married to Dena for forty years and they have four children, thirteen grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. Now semi-retired after many years in the tool business, Dave enjoys hunting, fishing, gardening, farming, and watching Blue Bloods, his favorite TV show. But he especially enjoys loving people and pointing them to Christ and the Scriptures.
Tim Smith (Elder)
Tim was raised in a Christian home and was saved as a young person. After high school he joined the Navy and was mentored by a godly, caring Christian man. Tim and Lisa were married in 1992 and made Fulkerson their church home in 1995. They have raised three sons and enjoy golfing and going to the beach together. Tim works as a superintendent for a local construction company and enjoys mentoring younger guys. Lisa works as the volunteer coordinator for the Pregnancy Care Center of Niles. Tim has benefited spiritually from John Owen’s Mortification of Sin, Jonathan Edwards’ The End for Which God Created the World, and sermons from John Piper.
Phil Krause (Elder)
Raised by missionaries in Central America, Phil began his journey with Christ as a boy. He is married to Christy and they have six children. Phil has worked in Christian ministry as an audio producer for several nationally-syndicated Christian radio programs. He echoes Paul’s words, “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” God has used the ministries of Steve Lawson, Lance Quinn, D. A. Carson, John Piper, and Ed Welch in Phil’s spiritual growth. He enjoys the music of Michael Card and outdoor activities like fishing and camping with his family.