CHURCH ELDERS

Most leaders of churches are called “pastors.” While we firmly believe Jesus has given some individuals to the church as pastors (Eph. 4:11), that is not the term used in the New Testament for local church leaders. They were normally called elders. Following the New Testament pattern, we refer to the leaders of our local congregations as elders.


Living Light – Cadillac, MI

Gary Bigger

Gary was born in Cincinnati, OH, and spent most of his life in Cadillac, MI. In 1988, while earning a degree at Central Michigan University and coaching high school football, Gary was born again and joined Covenant Life Church (now Living Light Christian Church) in Lake City, MI. In 2001, Gary moved to Living Light Kenosha to participate in a one-year evangelism program. There, he met his wife, Amy, and they were married upon returning to Cadillac in 2002. Gary joined the staff of Living Light Christian Church, Cadillac in 2005 and was set in as an elder in 2007. Gary and Amy have four children: Grace, Lily, Samuel, and Elliot.

Andy Whipple

Andy was raised in the Cadillac area and began serving Christ early in his life. He attended Western Michigan University, where he prepared to teach mathematics and science, and also served as a student leader in a campus-based ministry. In 1998, Andy returned to the Cadillac area with his wife, Kristin. They joined Covenant Life Church (now Living Light Christian Church), where they served in many areas including homegroup leadership. In August of 2007, Andy was appointed as an elder in Living Light Christian Church, Cadillac. Along with his eldership responsibilities, Andy teaches full-time at Cadillac Junior High School. Andy and Kristen have five children.


Living Light – Kenosha, WI

Ian Gerrard

Ian is from the Isle of Man (in the British Isles) and became a Christian as a teenager. He worked for 13 years as a lawyer in London, where he was also involved in the leadership of his local church. In 1999, he moved to Kenosha, WI to work for the church and was appointed as an elder in 2005. In 2014 he was set in as a Pastor releasing him to work along side John and Scott in serving and equipping the churches in Shepherding. He enjoys all aspects of helping people to grow in the gifting and calling of God, and he particularly likes working with (and training others to lead) small groups.

Jono Pingitore

Jono Pingitore was born and raised in Kenosha, WI where he surrendered his life to Christ in 1996. He has worked in the construction industry since he was 16 - also completing a carpenter’s apprenticeship program. He worked for a local industrial contractor for 20 years and is now self-employed. Jono is a graduate of the Christian Discipleship Training Program in St. Louis, MO. He has led the youth, played bass on worship teams, and discipled young men. Jono was appointed as an elder in in the Kenosha congregation in 2013. He and his wife, Deborah, a U.K. native, were married in 2002. They have four children - Chloe, Edan, William, and Tim.

Tim Pingitore

Tim and his wife, Carol, both raised in Kenosha, WI, were married in 1967 and became Christians during the Charismatic Renewal in the 1970s. They were part of an inter-denominational prayer group out of which Living Light Kenosha, was birthed, and have been involved in the church ever since. Tim became an elder in 1987, and after 20 years as a businessman in the construction industry, began serving the church in a full-time capacity in 1988. Tim & Carol have five married children and 15 grandchildren.

Jonathan Reynolds

Originally from the southwest of England, Jonathan submitted his life to the Lord at a young age and grew up as a part of a family that was radically passionate about God's Kingdom. In 1998, Jonathan moved to the U.S., where he met and married Teresa, a native of Kenosha, WI. Jonathan was appointed as an elder in the Living Light Kenosha congregation in 2010. Two years later, at the request of John Lalgee and the leading of God, he transitioned to the eldership team in Living Light Racine. Jonathan carries out his eldership responsibilities while continuing as a successful businessman in the recruitment consulting industry. He and Teresa have three children: Reese, Evan, and Annabelle.


Living Light – Pleasant Prairie, WI

Kal Bergendahl

Kal Bergendahl was born and raised in Kenosha, WI. He received his ‘wake-up call’ and became a Christian in 1996 after his father passed away from cancer. Kal has a Bachelors Degree in music. In 2001, along with Teresa Reynolds, he founded Living Light School of Worship, a nine-month discipleship and music program that has since trained students from all over the world. In addition to being a Co-Director of the school, Kal was appointed as an elder in Living Light Pleasant Prairie in 2010. Kal and his wife, Shanon, were married in 1999 and have four children: Judah, Arden, Avery, and Adelynn.

Don Dejno

Don and his wife, Carol, were married in 1965. They became Christians in 1972 during the Charismatic Renewal, and were involved in the birthing of Living Light Kenosha. Don served as an elder in the Kenosha congregation from 1994 to 2008, when he became an elder in the new Pleasant Prairie congregation. Don carries out his leadership responsibilities while continuing as a successful businessman in the manufacturing and trucking industries. He and Carol focus on working with married couples and helping Christians in the business world. They have five children and 18 grandchildren.

Gary Rudd

Gary was born in Portland, OR and moved to Kenosha, WI in 1992 to be a basketball coach and lecturer at a local university. After being diagnosed with life-threatening cancer, he became a Christian in 1995. He was healed and is now cancer-free! He immediately became part of Living Light Kenosha, where he met Karen, whom he married in 1998. In 2007, Gary was appointed as an elder in Living Light Kenosha. The following year, he transitioned to serve as an elder in the planting of a new congregation in Pleasant Prairie, where he continues to work. He and Karen have three children: Tobias, Gabriel and Moriah.


Living Light – Racine, WI

Jerry Bloom

Jerry Bloom, originally from Kenosha, gave his life to the Lord when he was thirty-one. Since being born again, Jerry has experienced God's hand re-shaping and restoring every area of his life. In 2004, he and his family felt the drawing of the Holy Spirit to join Living Light Kenosha. They later became part of the Racine church plant, and in 2010, Jerry was set in as an elder in Racine. Along with his eldership responsibilities, he is a successful businessman of a multi-faceted Christian book business. He and his wife, Tracey, have five children and reside in Somers, WI.

Howard Lalgee

Following a life-changing encounter with God in 1984, Howard made the decision to lay aside a career in music to pursue God’s will for him. He became deeply involved in a church in Blackpool, England, where he married Cathy and became father to two children, Joel and Rebekah. In January 1999, Howard and his family moved to Kenosha, WI via a company transfer and joined Living Light Kenosha. In 2007, Howard and Cath joined the planting of a new congregation in Racine, where he was set in as an elder in 2010. In addition to his eldership responsibilities, Howard runs a sales and marketing consultancy firm, Sales Direct LLC, which specializes in professional recruitment.


Living Light – Taunton, UK

David Entwistle

Originally from Bolton, David became a Christian when he was 17. Having spent some time in churches in Bath and Loughborough, he moved with his family to Taunton in November 2003 to help plant Living Light Taunton. He was set in as an elder in October 2006. David works full-time as a Sales Manager for a company that designs and constructs specialist glazing and frontages for commercial developments throughout England. He and his wife, Sarah, have four children: Naomi, Charis, Olivia, and Zack.

Bruce Izzett

Bruce was born in Zimbabwe and experienced the reality of God in amazing ways through the lives of his parents as they battled leprosy and worked in their local church. As Bruce grew, he increasingly felt called to ministry and began working full-time in church work as a young adult. He then relocated to England in 2005 and married Hannah. They have three children, Sophia, Aisha and Reuben. Their home is in Taunton where Bruce serves the church, teaches music and plays in local bands.


Living Light – Wellington, UK

Trefor Jones

Trefor was working as an engineer when he was radically saved at the age of twenty eight. Shortly after his conversion, Trefor took a career shift as he followed the call of God into youth work. Having completed a two-year course in youth and community work, he went on to establish Taunton Youth for Christ, where he served as director for 8 years. Trefor, his wife Jade and their two sons (Toby and Isaac) joined Living Light Taunton in 2003 and quickly became passionate about the vision and priorities of Living Light church. The family has since been joined by a little girl, Mercy who was born at the same time that Living Light Wellington was planted.

Ben Thorne

Ben became a Christian when he was twenty-two and spent much of his church life involved with traditional churches. He responded to the call of God to join Living Light Taunton in 2004, a year after the church was planted, and was appointed as an elder in October 2006. Ben has worked as an Environmental Adviser to farmers in Somerset for 17 years and was released to work part-time for the church in 2007. He still continues his farm advisory work on a part-time basis. He and his wife Angela have five children and live in Wellington.


One Church Ministries Leadership

One Church Ministries is the apostolic team that cares for the each of the Living Light congregations, providing oversight and support for its leaders.

John Lalgee

John Lalgee is originally from the northwest of England. In 1984 at the age of 19, he submitted his life to Jesus Christ, and over the following nine years served in many areas of leadership in churches in the UK. In 1993, John moved to Kenosha, WI, USA to marry Kim Pingitore, and in 1994 was set-in as an elder of Living Light Christian Church by Bryn Jones. November 2003 marked the transition for John to begin fully outworking his apostolic gift by planting a church in Taunton, England, and soon after, taking on the apostolic oversight of Covenant Life Church in Cadillac, MI. In 2007, John returned to the US and planted Living Light Christian Church, Racine, WI. In 2008, he was involved with the planting of Living Light Christian Church, Pleasant Prairie, WI. In 2012, the Lalgee family returned to the U.K. to plant Living Light Christian Church, Wellington. John is currently back in Kenosha, WI where he serves the family of churches in One Church Ministries, strategically spending his time with each congregation. John and Kim have four children: Claudia, Carmen, Jevan and Vivienne.

Scott Goodwill

Scott Goodwill was born and raised in Cadillac, MI, where he started following the Lord at a young age. At 18, Scott immediately began pursuing biblical training as well as serving in local church leadership. He received training from Rhema Bible Training Center, Covenant College, and Kuyper College. Scott worked in leadership at Covenant Community Church in Memphis, TN, founded and served as an elder at Covenant Life Church in Cadillac, MI, and served as a teacher in Ministries Without Borders. Currently, Scott resides in Kenosha, WI, and works with John Lalgee as part of One Church Ministries, serving the churches as a teacher and as the Director of the School of Leadership. He and his wife, Ronda, were married in 1993 and have three wonderful children: Aiden, Kate and Benjamin.

Ian Gerrard

Ian is from the Isle of Man (in the British Isles) and became a Christian as a teenager. He worked for 13 years as a lawyer in London, where he was also involved in the leadership of his local church. In 1999, he moved to Kenosha, WI to work for the church and was appointed as an elder in 2005. In 2014 he was set in as a Pastor releasing him to work along side John and Scott in serving and equipping the churches in Shepherding. He enjoys all aspects of helping people to grow in the gifting and calling of God, and he particularly likes working with (and training others to lead) small groups.