Meet Our Staff

Kyle Haack

Pastor
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Kyle Haack is a native of Iowa who was educated in Michigan and has lived most recently in Minnesota. Pastor Kyle has served for over fifteen years in various ministry capacities, including as a youth pastor, church planter, hospital chaplain, and now solo pastor. Kyle’s wife, Wendy, is a hospital chaplain in addition to caring for their three young children: Desirae, Samuel, and Benjamin. Kyle is an avid reader, loves fly fishing, and plays a variety of musical instruments. Kyle’s passion for God and people has him excited to see what God has in store for the ministry of Wheaton CRC.

Harma Slinkman

Administrator
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Harma Slinkman emigrated from the Netherlands with her family when she was 15 months old. She grew up in the Cicero area and attended Timothy Christian School from grades 1–12. Harma and her husband, Chuck, have two children: Tracy and Christopher. Tracy lives in the area. Christopher and his wife, Melinda, have two children: Andrew and Elaina. Harma and Chuck attend Faith CRC in Elmhurst.

Janelle Buford

Organist

Janelle Buford hails from Western Washington and has served as the WCRC organist since autumn 2010, after graduating with a bachelor of music in composition from Wheaton College. Her aim is to play with artistry, sensitivity, and stylistic versatility so that WCRC’s congregants may experience transcendent, transformative worship. She loves the study of the ancient and global church’s many worship traditions. She has a heart in particular for her own generation’s budding worship traditions and her contribution to it as a young organist. She would love to hear your story of how worship has shaped your faith. If you sing or play an instrument, she would love you to join the music team! When Janelle is not practicing the organ, she is cooking, composing, reading, listening to avant-garde music, or drinking tea with friends.