Staff Leadership

Pastor Mark Schoenhals,, 309-397-6428

Pastor Mark came to us after completing a year of volunteer mission service in Costa Rica with his wife Emily. Mark has a passion for church growth, Biblical literacy, service and mission, youth ministry, and worship. His theme verse is Matthew 11:28 - 30: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." 

Katie Post, Director of Worship Ministries,, (309) 453-8849

Katie has a passion and love for leading worship and joining others in knowing God deeper through song! Katie leads within a contemporary musical format, while deeply appreciating the diverse history of church music and incorporates various styles into worship such as traditional hymns, gospel, folk, and spiritual songs. 

Joe Shepherd, Director of Youth Ministries,, (708) 288-1027

Joe's energy and love of Christ is infectious. He is always finding creative ways to engage our young members to help them grow and understand their walk of faith. As the oldest of three, he has the "big brother" role down pat and is an excellent role model for all our kids.  

Melanie Greseth, Communication Specialist,, 320-583-9183

Melanie has worked for over 25 years in marketing and communications. Keeping the family of Living Waters informed and "plugged-in" to the multitude of opportunities to serve our community and spread God's love is her charge. 

Lay Leadership


Elders set the overall direction of the church's ministry and keep the church responsible to its mission. 

Marty Behrends, Brenda Calmer, Ken Herz, Kim Post, Linda Ruby, and Mark Schoenhals, serve as the Elder board of Living Waters. 


Deacons oversee the ministries of Living Waters and give support to those who are serving in program and leadership roles. Each Deacon is responsible for the ministries falling under one of the 5 Purposes of the Church +1. (We add one more purpose to the standard five - Stewardship).

Worship - Ranae Barnstable

Evangelism - Linda Showers

Community - OPEN

Service - Jeanne Setterlund

Discipleship - Sherrill Morris

Stewardship - Dee Kortemeier