The authority by which the Christian leader leads is not power but love, not force but example, not coercion but reasoned persuasion. Leaders have power, but power is safe only in the hands of those who humble themselves to serve. - John Stott

Our Pastor

Reverend Laura Jennison Reed was ordained in the Christian Church (Disciple of Christ) in the Northwest Region in 2012. She joined the Christian Church of Villa Park as pastor in March 2014.


Reverend Reed has a passion for seeing others grow in faith and ministry. She works to create space for others hear God's call and respond in new ways. 


Rev. Reed is a graduate of the Divinity School of the University of Chicago and attended Mount Holyoke college.

Our Pianist and Choir Director

Eric Hays joined the Christian Church of Villa Park as an Accompanist and pianist in February 2014. He now also serves as our Choir Director. Eric plays piano for worship services, directs and accompanies the church choir and plays with our praise band.

Eric is a classical and jazz pianist who graduated from Elmhurst College in (2017?) with a double major in Music and Computer Science at Elmhurst College. He began his professional career at age 14 by playing for weddings, and was a featured soloist during high school. Additional Eric plays with his rock band Blood Red Boots, hosted by venues such as Milwaukee Summerfest, WGN-TV, and Chicago's House of Blues.