Our Staff

DeerGrove Covenant Church Staff

Left to Right: Jacob Suh, Sarah Winter, Rick Fisk, Melissa Wall, Taylor Sexton

Pastor Melissa Wall: melissa@deergrove.org

Pastor Melissa has been serving DeerGrove as lead pastor since 2005. She serves out of her giftedness of sharing the love of Jesus and bringing the Word of God to the congregation and her communities. Melissa has a passion for leading new and creative ways for people to fall in love with Jesus including her three communities: DeerGrove, Starbucks in Hoffman Estates, and her podcast community. On any given week you will find Pastor Melissa pulling up a chair to answer theological questions over coffee, living adventures with her husband Fredrik and their two sons, and serving alongside her DeerGrove team to foster a place for kids, youth, and adults to experience Jesus.

Pastor Rick Fisk: rkfisk335@gmail.com

After retiring as President of Covenant Retirement Communities in 2016, Pastor Rick joined DeerGrove’s staff in 2017 as Associate Pastor. This was the perfect opportunity for Rick to live out his desire for purpose and meaning for life in retirement. Rick and his wife, Barbara, are long term members of DeerGrove. Early in Rick’s career, he was a lead pastor with a church in Decatur, IL. Pastor Melissa and Pastor Rick bring out the best in each other!

Pastor Taylor Sexton: taylor@deergrove.org

Taylor serves and works in the community in his family owned landscaping business and serves DeerGrove as part-time Pastor of Youth Ministries. Pastor Taylor has a deep sense of love for Jesus which he brings on the field of his business and pours into our youth. Taylor teaches confirmation class and leads our Middle School (6th – 8th grade) and High School Youth Groups.

Pastor Sarah Winter: sarah@deergrove.org

Sarah was working part-time as a civil engineer and mother of three when she sensed God shifting her focus. Sarah now serves as part-time Director of Children’s Ministry for DeerGrove and attends North Park Theological Seminary. Sarah is living out her purpose to equip young children to know the love of Jesus!

Dr. Jacob Suh: jacob@deergrove.org

Dr. Jacob serves as DeerGrove’s Director of Worship Arts on a part-time basis. His musical talent and desire to help others is contagious! Outside of DeerGrove, Dr. Jacob is Director of physical medicine at Midway Medical Center and Clinic Director at Cornerstone Integrative Health in Downers Grove where he serves as a Chiropractic and Oriental medicine physician.

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
– Galatians 3:28 –

Our church staff prays for our congregation every week. It is our hope that you will find DeerGrove a place to GROW in your faith, meet new friends and to feel welcome as we seek God together.