Get to Know Our Staff

Rev. Candice Wassell

As the Senior Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, Pastor Candice Wassell preaches and works with the council and staff to set the vision and direction of the church’s ministries. Candice has a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Candice has lived most her life in Illinois, but has lived in Montana and Germany during her life as an Air Force wife. Candice loves chasing her youngest child, Julian, around O'Fallon parks, playing Cribbage with her middle child, Abigail, and talking Marvel Comics, Star Wars and LOTR with her oldest child, Garrett (who lives in California). She loves hiking, playing pool, and talking theology with her husband, Kevin, and playing golf with anyone willing to listen to her trash talk. 

Pastor Candice Wassell
Jenny Roberts Outdoor
Jenny Roberts, Youth Director

Jenny Roberts

As the Director of Youth Ministry, Jenny Roberts leads all youth programming from the cradle to High School and works with the Youth Faith Formation Board to set the vision and direction of the church's ministry to young people. Jenny hails from Luck, Wisconsin, the land of cheese and people who wish for snow in July. Jenny received her BA in History and Africana Studies from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She has a heart for service and has served as a missionary in Japan and Liberia. In her spare time, Jenny loves watercolor painting, crocheting, exploring museums, connecting with family and friends across the country, and snuggling with her cat, Kutsu. 

Janet Hernandez

As the Administrative Coordinator, Janet Hernandez, oversees the day-to-day operations of the church campus and its ministries. But more than that, Janet is driven by a love for meeting new people and helping them find their place in the life and ministries of Faith. Janet is a Chicagoland native (you can tell by her no-nonsense, down-to-earth personality), but has called Southern Illinois home since 1998. Janet received her BA in Computer Systems Management from Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas. She loves doing anything out of the ordinary with her three grown daughters, along with gardening, reading, crocheting and anything spicy. If you need to get connected at Faith, just connect with Janet.

Janet Hernandez, Administrative Coordinator
Nikki Casberg, Secretary

Nicky Casberg

Our Church Secretary, Nicky Casberg, is the first smiling face and welcoming voice you're likely to meet at Faith. Nicky works behind the scenes each week to ensure worship runs smoothly on Sunday. She's passionate about connecting with people and keeping the congregation informed on all that's happening. Though Nicky loves Southern Illinois, this life-long Lutheran calls Minnesota home (you'll detect just a smidge of her roots when she talks!). She received her AAS in Administration from Northland Community College. Nicky is happily married to Pete, who she enjoys sharing the outdoors with. Her children are her heart's song and she loves to do anything with them, from running with her son, Leighton, to crafting with her daughter, Avery. 

Jessica Whatley

As the Director of Children's Christian Education, Jessica Whatley organizes an educational ministry to seek the mission of the church through our youth.  Jessica is a Buckeye at heart, originally from Columbus, Ohio.  As a military family based out of Scott, AFB, she has called Belleville home for the past 3 years. 

Jess earned her BA in Education from Ohio Dominican University and has taught in various positions throughout the public school system.  Jessica has a passion for small group ministry and thrives in her fellowship with the church community. Her free time is spent with husband, Michael, and two extremely entertaining boys, Thomas (6) and David (3).

Jessica Whatley, Children's Christian Education Director
Tyler Jewell
Tyler Jewell, Interim Music Director

Tyler Jewell

Tyler has a Master’s Degree in Music Education, and currently directs concert choir, concert band, jazz ensemble, marching band, and a percussion ensemble at Central Community School District #71 in Breese, Illinois. In addition, he has directed rock bands, praise groups, musicals, and even rap groups during his time as a high school director, middle school director, and worship musician. Tyler plays the saxophone, but his first love and "go to" instrument is the guitar. He enjoys all types of music, but his current passion is the music of The Beatles.

Tyler's hobbies are composing music, reading and trying new restaurants locally and around STL with girlfriend, Courtney. She is a special Ed teacher at the Illinois Center for Autism. Courtney and Tyler have two dogs; Roscoe, a lazy Basset hound/bulldog mix, and Rhody, an  overly energetic Lab mix.

Andrew Gibb-Clark

Andrew Gibb-Clark serves Faith Lutheran as directing Handbells and Faith Singers. Among other challenges, he tries to keep the tenor section under control while encouraging good diction and teaching aging singers new tricks! Andrew is the Director of Choral Activities in the Highland School District. Holding a Masters of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Western Illinois University and a Bachelor Music Education from Greenville College, Andrew taught music for ages K-12  in the New Berlin School District outside of Springfield Illinois. While in Springfield he was a singer and board member with the Springfield Choral Society. He also served as Youth and Music Director for five years at St. Paul’s ELCA in Hillsboro, Illinois.  Andrew is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, and the Illinois Music Educators Association. He lives in Maryland Heights, MO with his wife, Maureen, and their infant son. 

Andrew Gibb-Clark, Choir & Praise Director
Wayland Schue, Organist
Wayland Schue, Organist

Wayland Schue

Organist and pianist, Wayland Schue, is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he received degrees in both organ and piano.  As a pianist, he is equally active as a soloist and as chamber musician. Wayland is passionate about organ and church music. He has always wanted to use his musical ability and talent to glorify the Lord, just as the hymn text states: "When in our music God is glorified. " Wayland has served congregations in Indiana, Missouri, and Illinois. He maintains a long time affiliation with the American Guild of Organists, active in many capacities at both the local and regional level. 

Vicar Brian Moeller

Vicar Brian attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN as part of its Distributed Learning program. He also served as needed for several years in the capacity of synodically authorized minister at churches throughout Southern Illinois.

As a “second career” minister, he brings experience gained in the healthcare field, including care for burn survivors and their families, to his calling. Some of his favorite things include Christmas candlelight services, bible studies over breakfast, and sharing the love of Jesus with everyone.

Vicar Brian Moeller
Vicar Brian Moeller
Mike Whatley
Mike Whatley, Multi-Media Coordinator

Michael Whatley

Our Multi-Media Coordinator is from Gahanna Ohio. Mike earned an Associate Degree in Music Production from Hocking College (Nelsonville, Ohio) in 2009. Mike worked live sound for various companies until 2012, when he joined the USAF as a firefighter. The Air Force moved him to Wyoming and then to Scott AFB (Lucky us!) 

Mike enjoys golf, drawing, watercolor, reading, and guitar when he is not busy fighting fires or managing the audio, video and live stream challenges at Faith Lutheran. He is married to Jess (our Children's Christian Education Director).  Mike and Jess stay busy with their little boys, Thomas and David and their chocolate Lab, Birdie. 

Preschool Staff group on playground

Programs for Young Children (PYC)

Faith's part-time preschool has been loving and serving children ages Birth-5 and their families for  20 years with faith and play-based programming. Click on the logo below for an introduction to our school and staff via our website. 

 

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