Our Wonderful Staff

Hours/Contact information:

  • Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm
  • Telephone: 630-584-6680
  • Fax: 630-584-6712

Staff:

04scMary Zajac, our senior pastor, comes to St. Charles after 22 years in the corporate world, and 10 years in ministry.  She earned her B.S. degree from University of Illinois, a Masters in Computer Science from Northwestern University, and a Masters of Divinity from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.  She has served as a Christian Education Director, Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor, and Senior Pastor prior to arriving at Baker in December 2013.  Mary’s husband Jim is a dentist with a busy practice in their home town of Downers Grove.  They have two adult sons living out of the area, and together they enjoy skiing, camping, and woodworking. Mary is passionate about helping people discover how a healthy spiritual life transforms our relationships with God, ourselves, others, and the world.

137rJeffrey Hunt directs the Chancel Choir, Chapel Choir and Baker Youth Choir in addition to overseeing the music program of the church. He received music degrees from both Taylor University and Northwestern University.  Jeff also directs the St. Charles Singers and teaches at Elgin Community College. He also maintains an active voice studio. Jeff has 4 children; Mary, Oliver, Ian and Gavin, and two stepchildren Cloe and Avery. His wife Cheri has been active in helping with Vacation Bible School and directs art programs at Living Well Cancer Resource Center. Jeff’s mother Doris, brothers Steve, Greg and David and his sister Jennifer are all members of Baker Memorial United Methodist Church.

156rMark Edwards and his wife, Karin, live in Wheaton, where Karin teaches in the music department at Wheaton College. Mark started playing the piano by ear at the age of two, copying his older sister’s piano pieces. At the age of almost four, he enrolled as a piano student at Jordan College of Music in his home city, Indianapolis. At about age eight, Mark was given a chance to run his fingers over the mighty Pilcher pipe organ at First Baptist in Indianapolis. The sound captivated him forever. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music degree from Indiana University, and completed three years of postgraduate work at Indiana University. Significant positions he has held as church organist over the years have been: Heath Memorial Methodist in Indianapolis; First Baptist Church in Bloomington. Ind.: North Shore Congregational Church in Fox Point, Wis. (11 years); and First United Methodist Church in LaGrange, Ill. Mark plays the organ, piano and harpsichord.

Jenn Gunn, Director of Administration and Communication, grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago.  Jenn and her husband, Dann, live in St. Charles and have a blended family of five children. She attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN and completed her Bachelors in Corporate Communication with a Music Business emphasis at Northern Illinois University.  She worked as the Communications & Media Assistant and Production Manager for a magazine at a Christian world mission organization for seven years and at Roselle United Methodist Church for a year and a half before coming to Baker Memorial.  Jenn enjoys singing, gardening, sunshine and a good cup of coffee!

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Judy Schlarb not only helps keep the books, but she’s also part of the heart of Baker Memorial UMC. Judy, our accounts receivable guru, is a longtime parishioner and an active member of the congregation. She serves on the Altar Guild, is a member of the Board of Trustees, and also is one of Baker’s wedding coordinators. She is active in Ruth Circle and gets involved in many of the events that pop up and take place here at Baker. She also stays busy with her children and grandchildren.

 

 

Carl KingCarl King, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries, has an extensive background in church ministry. He originates from Fort Worth, Texas where he served as youth pastor for ten years and a church planter for five years. He transferred to Saint Charles in 2010 with his wife, Milupa and their three children. Carl, in addition to serving in ministry, is an accomplished singer and author with one solo album, and two books published.

 

 

 

Shelly Stienbarger, Director of Children & Family Ministries

 

 

 

 

Lita Jimenez, Church Accountant. Lita has been a member at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church for over 20  years. Lita has served for a number of years on the finance committee, including the past six years as the Chairman.  Lita graduated from Central Missouri State University with a degree in Accounting and worked for most of her career at Garvey International, Inc. as the CFO. She is currently employed as an accountant with CK Industries, Inc., a railcar leasing company located in Lake Zurich IL.  Lita lives in St. Charles with her husband Edgar, a local realtor with Keller Williams.  Lita and Edgar have 3 children, Carly, Michael and Kerry, who currently reside in High Point, NC,  Denver, CO and St. Charles, IL.