todd berge | senior pastor
Todd serves as the Senior Pastor of the Bridge Church. He married Jeanne, his high school sweetheart, in 1986, and together they have four adult children: Amanda, Daniel, Rachel, and Emma. Jeanne works as a Registered Nurse at Good Shepherd Hospital. Todd committed his life to Jesus Christ at the age of fourteen and soon began serving in the church. After marriage, he worked in construction and he and Jeanne volunteered together in youth ministry at the Village Church of Barrington. In 2008, Todd responded to the Lord’s call on his life and began preparations to leave construction and go into ministry full time. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute in 2011 and is presently working toward a Masters of Divinity from Liberty University. In the fall of 2013 he left construction and focused on starting The Bridge Church. Todd is grateful to serve the community of Algonquin and the Bridge Church as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
mark lachel | associate pastor
Mark is honored to be serving The Bridge Church as the Associate Pastor. Mark came to know the Lord as a freshman in high school and was discipled by his youth pastor. Soon after, he felt a calling to ministry. He has over twenty years of ministry experience and has a degree in Christian Ministry and a Minor in Biblical Studies from Trinity International University. Mark has a passion for investing in people and wants to see them become disciples who make disciples. Mark and his wife, Catie, have been serving together in ministry since they met. They have been married since 2005 and enjoy playing obscure board games and rooting for the Bears, White Sox, and Bulls. Mark is excited to be part of what God is doing in Algonquin through The Bridge Church.
kelly kaufmann | Director of children’s ministry
Kelly is honored to serve the Bridge Church as Director of Children’s Ministry. Kelly is a native of California where she was blessed to grow up in a Christian family and participate in a wonderful church. She became a believer at the age of 5 and was baptized at the age of 8. She has many years’ experience as both a student and a leader in ministry. Kelly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with a teaching credential in K-12 education. She and her husband, Mike, have three adult children and a son-in-law. Kelly is passionate for children to come to know and love Jesus as their Savior. Her desire is to lead children in a kid-centered ministry where they dive into the Bible, ask questions, build friendships, and learn to share their faith. She considers it a privilege to support parents as they raise their children to walk with God. A favorite verse supporting the importance of ministry to children is Deuteronomy 7:9, “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.”
HANNAH COMER | DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP + connections
Hannah is grateful to serve at The Bridge Church as the Director of Worship. While she grew up in a strong Christian home, it wasn't until her teen years that she desired to live a life fully devoted to Jesus Christ. Her life-long love for music and seeing it used within the Church to glorify God sparked her interest in leading others in worship. She believes that through the power of the Holy Spirit corporate worship can uniquely encourage, guide, and lead the church body towards unity with each other and the Trinity. Hannah and her husband Bradley have been serving together in worship ministry since they first met, and they count it a privilege to worship, serve, and grow within The Bridge Church community.
PAM CASALI | EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Pam enjoys serving as the Executive Assistant for The Bridge Church. Pam and her husband, Tom, put their faith in Christ in their early thirties and continue to be amazed at God’s unfailing grace, love, and faithfulness as they now watch their grown children pass that faith on to the next generation. They consider it a privilege to worship and serve together within The Bridge community. Pam has a background in education, but felt the call to be at home while she was raising her children. During that time, she was involved in teaching a young moms’ Bible study and serving as an AWANA leader, Sunday School teacher, and MOPS mentor. Pam joined the staff in 2015 and can be found at The Bridge office throughout the week.
ANDY BOETTCHER | WORSHIP LEADER + digital media coordinator
Andy serves as a Worship Leader at The Bridge Church. Growing up in a Christian family, Andy attended church regularly and eventually developed a passion for worship leading through volunteering in his youth group. Since then, he has had the opportunity to worship alongside many people in different settings, from summer camps to university choirs and plenty in between. After graduating from Judson University in the spring of 2017, Andy joined The Bridge to help lead worship primarily during the Saturday Night services, and it has been a joy for him to serve there since then. Andy has a passion for encouraging people and seeing them connect with God and others in meaningful ways, and he is thankful to see how these things are embraced by the community at The Bridge.