We are committed to plurality in our church leadership, rather than having a single individual “in control”. The values of servanthood, humility, and teamwork are especially important for this church leadership team.
— Dave Prince, lead pastor

Ultimate responsibility for the church belongs to a team of church elders, who serve as overseers for God’s flock, under the direction of the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ (I Peter 5:2-4). 

The elders are responsible for commissioning ministries among the church, guarding the flock, overseeing the finances and exercising church discipline, where necessary. The church is also cared for by recognized deacons and small group leaders—capable men and women who lead ministries, equip lives, and serve in various ways.

Leadership Team

Dave and Sam Prince

Dave and Sam live in St. John, Indiana and have three children, Abby, Luke and Elisabeth.

Dave graduated from Wheaton College in 1990 with a degree in Biblical and Theological Studies and Communications.  After finishing a practical pastoral training course in England, he worked in the graphics and printing industry in Chicago for eight years.  He has been a member of Living Word Church since 1986.  After Dave and Sam had been serving as youth pastors in a volunteer capacity for five years, Dave was recognized as a church elder and was hired on staff as Youth and Children’s Pastor in 1998.  In 2001 he became the lead pastor and in 2014 he completed his MA in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College. 

Sam grew up in Yorkshire, England.  After she graduated from Bible College she was hired in 1992 as the church secretary and youth leader.  Sam served the church in a full-time capacity until the birth of their first child in 1996.

Their passion is to serve the local church and see God glorified in families and in the church community.

You can e-mail Dave at dave@livingwordchurch.cc


Todd and Pam Pals


Todd and Pam live in Crete, IL and have three grown children Brittany, Brooke and Mark.

Todd serves the church as an elder and has been an integral part of Living Word Church since it's beginning in the 1970's.  Todd oversees the legal and financial affairs of the church and is active in the care of the church and in overseeing the worship teams.  He and his wife Pam are currently leading our young adult group.  Todd works for Visible Music College.

You can e-mail Todd at toddp@livingwordchurch.cc

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Bill and Joyce have been a part of Living Word Church for many years and they live in St. John, IN.

Bill was recognized as a church elder in March of 2005.  He and Joyce are active in pastoral care of the church and the point person for assessing local community needs with a view to develop community outreach ministries. Joyce serves as co-leader of the GEMS Girls Ministry.  Bill is a co-owner of a local business and Joyce works as a part-time teacher.

Bill and Joyce's passion is to see a unified and growing church, with each person loving and serving the Lord with all their hearts.

You can e-mail Bill at billp@livingwordchurch.cc


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Andy And Michelle Smith

Andy and Michelle live in Lansing, Illinois with their two children, Autumn and Malcolm and their spiritual son, Illya.

Andy and Michelle have been an integral part of Living Word for the last several years and have helped us develop a number of new initiatives in the church including our basketball ministry. They served as youth pastors in the church for many years and they have a huge love for young people and are Licensed Foster Parents.

Andy and Michelle have a heart to reach the lost and see our church on fire for Jesus.

You can e-mail Andy at andy@livingwordchurch.cc


J. and Paige Wynsma

J. and Paige live in Lansing, Illinois and have three children, Austin, Raegan and Landon.

J. and Paige have been a part of Living Word for many years and bring a wise and pastoral heart to our leadership team. They are very involved in leading our small groups and ministering to the church.

You can e-mail J. at jr@livingwordchurch.cc