Lillian Mante

Office Manager

Cathy Lauke

Children's Coordinator

Cathy Lauke is the Children’s Ministry Coordinator at Skokie Valley Baptist Church. She oversees ministries in the nursery, Children’s Church, the Kidz Church program and Sunday school from preschool through 5th grade. Cathy staffs and teaches in our children’s ministry. She has been volunteering at SVBC's Children’s Ministry for 5 years until she was asked to join the staff. Cathy and her husband, Ted have one adult child. They love children, cats and dogs, and have rescued several over the past 36 years. Cathy is very hospitable and would LOVE to talk to you about our Children’s Ministry! If your children would like to be a part of it and/or if you would like to serve in it, please email her!

Lillian Mante joined the staff as the Office
Manager in the Fall of 2016. Lillian was raised in a Christian home with loving parents and seven older brothers. The family moved from the Philippines to America where Lillian continued serving the Lord in the local church’s youth group. She attended Liberty University and then served at the multi-ethnic Armitage Baptist Church in Chicago for a total of 15 years as Children’s Director and Events Director. She also worked at Moody Bible Institute early on in the Missions Department and then recently in the Event & Guest Services Department. Lillian is excited to be part of the multi-cultural SVBC community… oh, and yes she loves all kinds of ethnic cuisines!

Pat Nowak

Treasurer/Business Manager

Pat has worked at Skokie Valley Baptist since 2005, first as a part-time secretary, then as Financial Secretary, and as Business Manager since 2011. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois Chicago College of Business Administration with a degree in Accounting. She worked in the industry for 6 years before starting her family. She has been married for over 35 years to Bob, and they have 2 adult daughters, Susan and Cheryl, and 1 daughter with the Lord. She accepted Christ as a young child, and so enjoys teaching the 2s and 3s Sunday school, as well as spending time with her 2 grandsons! For fun, she loves to cook and entertain. 

worship arts – leadership team

Beth Burger



Mark Vega



Sherry Rigor



JoAnna Lee



Camille McKnight



Doug Fleener

Worship Arts



Pastor David Ekstrom, ThM

Adult Ministries Pastor

Dave oversees a dedicated team of
volunteers who head up the various ministries which serve adults here at Skokie Valley. Our mission is to help people become committed followers of Christ. Dave received a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Pastoral Counseling and a Master of Theology in Practical Theology from the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has served in various pastorates as an associate and as solo pastor, most recently as the pastor of the Grace Community Church in Marinette, WI. Dave loves teaching the Bible—almost as much as he loves the outdoors. He is married to Gayle and has one daughter.

Pastor John Lee

Youth Pastor

John Lee is the youth pastor at Skokie
Valley Baptist Church. He shepherds students (grades 6-12) and a team of adult mentors while also overseeing the children’s ministry team. He is passionate about equipping the next generation and families in our vision to become committed followers of Christ and to live as disciple-makers. John studied at Moody Bible Institute receiving a B.A. in Pastoral Ministry with an emphasis in Urban/Intercultural Studies. John and his bride JoAnna have been married since 2013 and have a delightful daughter, Liana. He loves exploring the city on fun dates with his wife, engaging with theology and youth culture, savoring ethnic foods, cycling outdoors, and building with his hands.