Countryside Christian Church welcomed our worship director, Keri Hattan, in June 2016. Keri is a classically trained pianist, guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and choral director. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Moody Bible Institute, and is working on a Master's Degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Non-Profit Leadership. She is also Vice President and COO for Crittenton Centers in Peoria. Keri’s hobbies are music (of course), Pinterest DIY projects, and yard work.
Keri’s favorite music genre is worship. Her favorite artists are Misty Edwards, Jesus Culture, Kari Jobe and Hillsong. One of her favorite songs right now is "The Great I Am." A portion of the lyrics and music just resonates within her. The lyrics state: "The mountains shake before You! The Demons run and flee, at the name King of Majesty! There is no power in hell, or any who can stand, before the power and the presence of the great I AM." The imagery in this lyric is so powerful and reminds Keri of the authority she has in Christ Jesus over the powers of darkness and anything that comes against the Kingdom of God. One of Keri’s favorite scriptures at this present season of her life is Haggai 2:6-7: “This is what the Lord Almighty says: In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord Almighty.” Keri, her husband, Casey, and their daughter, Annelyse, live in Chillicothe, Illinois.
Roger Curry has been a member of Countryside since 1954; except for time away in college, the U.S. Army and an eight year engineering assignment in Wisconsin for Deere & Co. He was first ordained as an Elder in 1974 and has served in a variety of roles in teaching, finance and property. Roger and the former Connie Woodburn married Easter Sunday 1966. They have a son, daughter and two grandsons. During their times away from Countryside, Roger and Connie were actively involved at Weber Street Church of Christ, Urbana, IL; First Christian Church, Yuma, AZ; and Church of Christ, Beaver Dam, WI. Roger retired from Deere in 1992 and from farming in 2005. He is inspired by the Apostle Paul’s statement, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13 KJV).
Deron Boyer became the pastor at Countryside in May of 2015. Ordained in the summer of 2015, he has over 25 years of ministry experience working in both rural and urban settings. He also has previous work experience as a Hospice Chaplain and as a Substance Abuse Counselor. Deron received his Bachelor of Arts degree from McKendree University in 1994; a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1998; a Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2007; and a Masters of Arts in Counseling degree from Lincoln Christian University in 2014. He is married to Paige, an RN with Davita Dialysis, and they have six children between them: Amber Christensen (Texas), Jordan Boyer (US NAVY), Holly Christensen, Abigail Boyer, Noah Christensen, and Andrew Boyer. Deron has participated in 18 short-term mission trips around the world including Haiti, Jamaica, Brazil, Jordan, and Israel. His favorite Bible verse is the Great Commission, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt. 28:19-20).
Wayne Lotz has been an elder at Countryside Christian Church since 1985. He is married to Cathy, and they have four grown children and nine grandchildren. He has been retired from the Geneseo School District since 2004 where he taught sixth grade for 33 years. In addition to being an elder, Wayne is currently the financial secretary, and a Sunday School teacher. Wayne’s favorite scripture is Phillipians 4:8. Wayne’s hobbies include landscaping and yard work, golf, camping, biking, reading, and crossword puzzles.
Pat Short and his family have been members at Countryside since 2008. Pat and his wife, Samantha, have been married since January 2007. They have two young children. Pat spends what little free time he has camping and fishing in the summer and hunting in the winter. Pat has worked for Genesis Health systems as a paramedic since 2004. He is also currently enrolled at Johnson University on-line pursing a bachelor’s degree in Ministry leadership. Pat plans to become a pastor and do mission work with his family after he has completed school. His favorite scripture is Matthew 4:19, “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”
Don Vickroy first became a member of Countryside in 1959. He was drafted into the US Army in August, 1966. He returned to Countryside in 2007 and has been active as a Deacon, and then as an Elder in 2016. He is also currently serving as Chairman of the Evangelism Department. Don retired from the Dept. of Defense in January, 2013 with 35 years. He has a Masters of Public Administration from Drake University. He and his wife Donna have 5 children and 13 grandchildren. One of his favorite scripture versus is John 14:16 Jesus answered, "I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." His hobbies are antique toys and fishing.
Eric Noyd has been a member at Countryside Christian Church since 2011. He was ordained as an Elder in 2013. He is married to the former Jane Tjardes. He works for Dohrn Transfer Company as a Data Analyst. In addition to serving as Elder, Eric also leads our Worship Department and an Adult Sunday School Class. Eric's favorite verses from the Bible are James 5:16 and Psalm 46:10. His favorite Christian artists are Casting Crowns and Michael W. Smith. Eric's hobbies include community theater, video games and traveling with his wife.