Who We Are
We are a church that’s excited about God’s love for every person. Our vision is that all people, no matter their story, will come to know, follow and worship Jesus. Together, we seek the lost, love the hurting and make disciples. In everything we do, we want to offer a hurting world the love of Jesus Christ in ways that are relational, authentic, honoring and redemptive.
History | Over 35 years ago, a handful of young adults began reaching out on the streets and in bars in the Fox Valley to tell people about the God who loves them deeply. The street outreach led to a crisis hotline, and a growing number of people became new followers of Jesus. As they began pursuing healing and growth in Christ, many were unable to find church communities where they felt accepted. They began gathering weekly at Riverside Chapel and eventually became Christ The Rock Community Church. Our heart remains the same as it was in those first days! We hope everyone will hear about and join God’s story of love and redemption, follow Jesus with their whole hearts, and grow to share His persistent love for people who don’t yet know Him.
What Makes CTR Unique | Every church has a unique God-given purpose. In keeping with our beginnings, one of our main callings is being a warm and welcoming place for all people, no matter their story, loving people who are hurting, and helping them grow in Christ. Whether you are parents doing your best to raise kids to know and love Jesus, a single person who desires to live for Christ, someone battling an addiction, or a survivor of abuse or trauma – God knows you, sees you, and loves you. No situation is too big for God, and we want to meet you wherever you are in life.Statement of Faith
We believe in transparency and accountability in church leadership. Our Elder Board provides doctrinal guidance and annual direction. Our Senior Leadership Team leads our pastors, staff, and volunteer ministry leaders as they carry out our vision and mission, with the Elders’ guidance.
Senior Leadership Team
(left to right, front row) Lynne Paba – Support Team Leader and Micah Neely – Reach Team Leader
(left to right, back row) Pastor Kris Schneider – Transform Team Leader, Pastor Joel Zeiner – Teaching Pastor and Weekend Service Director, Pastor Deb Richards – Restore Team Leader, Pastor Curt Drexler – Lead Pastor.
In addition to our staff pastors, Christ The Rock has ordained people who have shepherded people well over time, in a variety of settings:
Transform Team - Discipleship
Children's Ministry Team
Student Ministries Team
Weekend Services Team
Lynne Paba – Support Team Leader, Staff Coach
Monica Betters – Maintenance Administrative Assistant
Gloria Fochs – Operations Director
Kathy Hansen – Bookkeeper
Nancy Leschke – Communications Coordinator
Ann Meyers – Volunteer and Membership Coordinator
Stacey Meyers – Fireside Café Manager
Julie Owens – Activity Coordinator
John Reider – Maintenance Coordinator
Jennifer Schmalz – Human Resources Coordinator, Coach
Deb Sorenson – Assistant Bookkeeper
Al Van Thiel – Building and Grounds Coordinator
Julie Wilson – Administrative Assistant to the Lead Pastor