Sam Murphy is the Senior Pastor at Christ Centered Church. His heart and love for people are evident through his ministry in the church. Pastor Sam is also the lead instructor and founder of Christ Centered Combat. God laid it on his heart to pursue full-time ministry while he was still in high school. Pastor Sam’s messages display his love for teaching and challenging his congregation. He continues to push the church to be a light to the community.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in Education and Counseling and went on to get his Master’s degree in Spiritual Formation from Moody Bible Institute. Pastor Sam recently started his journey for a Doctorate in Ministry at Grace Theological Seminary. He met his wife Kelly while in college. Kelly is a special education teacher’s assistant. They have been married for 17 years.
Not only does he pastor the church, he works as an independent service coordinator at a local agency. Pastor Sam has a heart for people, and it shows in his everyday life.
Lauren Schmidt is the Director of Ministry at Christ Centered Church. She is able to identify and help cultivate the gifts and potentials of those who serve. She coordinates the different ministries we offer, and is always available to assist where needed. She plays a very active role within the church. Her heart for ministry and people is evident through her years of service. When Lauren was in high school, it was suggested to her that she go into ministry full-time and to let God tell her "no" if He had another plan for her life.
Lauren received her Bachelor of Science in Religion, along with her Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling- Christian Ministries from Liberty University.
Not only does Lauren work at the church, she currently is an Office Administrator at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.
Kendra Connor is one of the worship leaders at Christ Centered Church. She has a heart for worship, and chooses hymns and songs that engage the congregation and support the reading and preaching of God’s Word. Not only does Kendra serve at church on the worship team, she is an assistant instructor for our ministry, Christ Centered Combat. Kendra currently holds a red belt and enjoys learning, and teaching, TaeKwonDo and Combat Hapkido.
Kendra has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology-Life Coaching from Liberty University. She works full-time as an independent service coordinator in Will, Grundy, and Kankakee counties. Kendra has a heart for those with special needs, and has previously worked as a house manager and as a special education teacher's assistant.
Josh Wen is one of the worship leaders at Christ Centered Church. He teaches and trains musicians in the church to serve the congregation as a team with musical skill and humility. Josh can play a variety of instruments and is a huge asset to our team. Josh also co-teaches our community class. He teaches his lessons with clarity and biblical support. Josh is able to give insight to how different cultures apply the Bible, and what it was like growing up as a believer in China.
Josh is currently attending Moody Bible Institute in Chicago working towards a Bachelor of Music in Music and Worship - Composition.