Pastor Taylor serves DeerGrove as bi-vocational lead pastor, including oversight of music worship. Prior to accepting DeerGrove’s call as lead pastor, Taylor served DeerGrove as youth pastor from 2017 to 2022. Taylor grew up in Springfield, IL and moved to Chicago in 2008 to attend North Park University where he received his undergraduate degree in Youth Ministry. He also holds his Masters of Divinity from North Park Theological Seminary. Pastor Taylor, his wife Kara, and their two beautiful children, Ames and Elowynn, reside in Palatine. Together they enjoy traveling, making music, taking their dogs on family walks, and trying new restaurants.
Pastor Rick joined DeerGrove’s staff in 2017 as Assistant Pastor. This was the perfect opportunity for Rick to live out his desire for purpose and meaning for life after retiring from his position as President of Covenant Retirement Communities. Pastor Rick oversees DeerGrove’s congregational care ministry. This includes life groups, visitation and hospital calls, as well as opportunities to meet with individuals over coffee or a meal to hear their life stories. Rick and his wife Barbara, are long term members of DeerGrove.