Meet Our New Worship Leader

Welcome John Raines and his family this Sunday at Rez

We’re thrilled to welcome another part-time Worship Leader to Resurrection! John Raines joined our staff team on August 1 and will be leading worship on Sundays and at special services.

John and his wife Hattie live in Chicago, and are parents to Faber Theodore. You can welcome John and Hattie to this new position this Sunday at Resurrection. Read more of John’s story below: 

I was raised in an evangelical Christian home, and while still a small a child I was baptized and began following Jesus. When I became a young adult I walked through a season of struggling with faith, and out of this time the Holy Spirit began to heal my faith and grow my love for the Church. That love for the Church moved me to pursue opportunities to serve Her. After spending two years on mission in North Africa I came to Wheaton where I volunteered among refugee communities while in grad school at Wheaton College. These days I love the spiritual nourishment of the Daily Office and Sunday Eucharist, and I often have a chant or hymn stuck in my head that you might hear me whistling or humming!

I’m married to Hattie, and we have one son, Faber Theodore (you can just call him Theo). We currently live in the Humboldt Park neighborhood in Chicago, but we’ve both had roots at Rez for a while. Hattie started attending as a youth (way back), and I started coming in 2010 when I moved to Wheaton. I’ve served in a variety of capacities at Rez and in the Chicago deanery, most recently in the city on the preaching and music teams for Logan Square Anglican and Immanuel Anglican churches over the past 3 years. Hattie and I are delighted to be coming back “home” to work alongside the gifted musicians and leaders of Church of the Resurrection. Aside from a ministry background, my professional background includes data analysis, emergency nursing, and crocodile handling. Just kidding about the crocodiles.

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