Pastoral Staff

Aaron Kuhnert
Lead Pastor
Aaron moved to Athens in July of 2011 to start Brookfield Church along with a team of 28 people from Vine Church in Carbondale, Illinois. His responsibilities include casting the overall vision of Brookfield, teaching and preaching, leader development, and overseeing pretty much everything else. Aaron and his wife Courtney were married in 2002 and have 5 amazing children: Matthew, Nathaniel, Elaina, Annelise and Judah. In his spare time Aaron enjoys all things outdoors, rooting for the Chicago Bears, and anything that has bigger tires than it should.
David Carter
Staff Pastor
David is a staff pastor who leads the Tuesday and Thursday night Discipleship Communities. He also oversees integration. He enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and traveling with his wife, Erin. David and his wife have three daughters: Gwendolyn, Sutton, and Chapel.
Nate Brown
Staff Pastor
Nate is a staff pastor who leads the Wednesday night Discipleship Community. He oversees the campus outreach team, Sunday morning operations, and assists with administrative work at the church. Nate and his wife, Dottie, have a daughter named Sophie. They enjoy reading, rooting for their beloved Buckeyes, and doing all things active.

Support Staff

Kim Vandlen
Kim serves as Brookfield Church’s bookkeeper and accountant. Her role includes overseeing the money and finances for the church. Believe it or not, Kim has a considerable passion for numbers and even sought to make it a career, getting degrees in both mechanical and industrial engineering. When she’s not at the church, she’s busy being a mom to her three great kids: Caleb, Anna, and Noah; watching sports with her husband, Jeff; or crocheting.
Alex Calvert
Worship Leader
Alex is responsible for leading the church in worship and training those with musical abilities to serve on one of our worship teams. He also leads a small group on Tuesday. Alex likes to spend his free time meeting new students, exploring the great outdoors with his family, and quoting entire movies from memory. He and his wife, Mandy, have three kids: Faith, Eleanor, and Michael.
Nate Lowry
Youth & College Leader
Nate is the youth and college leader. He oversees middle school and high school with the main goal of teaching truth and growing disciples, while at the same time giving the youth an enjoyable and fun environment. He also helps with planning for college outreach events. He enjoys playing and watching basketball, anything outdoors, and staying active through working out and running.
Sarah Luczkiw
Children's Director
As our Children's Director, Sarah is in charge of Brookfield Kids, our ministry for children from nursery age through the fifth grade. She is responsible for making sure our Sunday morning Kids Church is fun, impactful, and safe. Sarah has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Southern Illinois University. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, and traveling with her family. Sarah and her husband, Tim, have three children: Eliza, Jaxon, and Eliana.
Bethany Ungar
Operations Manager
Bethany is our operations manager. Her responsibilities include the day-to-day operations of the office, graphic design, social media, and anything else that needs a creative touch. In her free time, she likes playing guitar, hanging out with friends, and hiking.