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.
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.
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
As the 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.
Rosalind (Roz) Stephens
Roz Stevens coordinates Faith’s music and provides solo and accompaniment piano for Sundays and special events. If you’d like to light Advent candles, be a cantor, or do any kind of special music, she’s the person to see. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Wayne State University in Detroit, where she worked her way through as a church musician, a lead sheet writer for Motown Records and as a radio jingle singer. After joining the U.S. Army as a pianist, she played in the band at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and then transferred to the Air Force. She served in bands at Lackland AFB, Texas, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and finally retired from Scott AFB. During her career she played with concert, jazz and rock bands as well as performed trio and solo work for protocol events. Her six-year assignment in Europe took her to 26 countries, working with cultural attaches in various embassies and consulates to represent American culture and values through music.
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).