meet our leadership team

We are a community of imperfect people, supported by directors, guided by elders and led by a Pastor. We are pursuing and experiencing a transforming relationship with Jesus together. We’re all about doing life together in community, being intentional about our growth as people and serving one another and our broader community along the way.

  • John czech

    lead Pastor

    John has been leading our church since it's inception in March 2020. His thoughtful teaching, passion for the Word and counseling experience have helped our ministry grow into the thriving community of believers we are today.  John has been a church planter and lead pastor for many years in Illinois, Washington State and Wisconsin. He has been married to his wonderful wife, Kelly for over 33 years. They have two amazing daughters and one equally amazing son-in-law. John and Kelly enjoy the 4 seasons of Wisconsin and the beauty of Hudson! To relax John loves to be with family, enjoying a cup of coffee with a good book, and spending time outside fishing or pheasant hunting!

  • Paul ashwood

    tech Director

    In addition to being the Technology Director, Paul is also a church elder, and he pays drums in the Praise Band along with his wife, Ruth. Paul manages the church building, grounds and pretty much everything in it - if in doubt, ask Paul and he'll find your answer. In his free time, Paul likes playing music, spending time with his family (especially with his grandkids) and tending his garden. 

  • june sather

    congregational CARE DIRECTOR

    Serving as the Congregational Care Director at Living Vine is both an honor and a privilege for June and additionally she is one of the church elders. Her deepest love, after God, is for her family and especially everything involved with being a Grandma to her two grandkids. During the summer, you'll find her caring for her flower beds or camping. In the winter, you'll find her with good books and puzzles of all types (usually under a warm blanket). Other hobbies include crafting, sewing, decorating and crocheting. 

  • chris ashwood

    music director "praise band"

    As Music Director of the "Praise Band" at Living Vine, Chris is an all around music man, who loves the Lord, his family and enjoys a good campfire.  Chris lives to serve in many ways, including serving those in need, through the program that he started "Starts With Socks" benefiting the homeless. Chris is also a well known private music instructor to numerous students in the Hudson area, providing keyboard, guitar & drum lessons. 


    family Ministries Director (INTERIM)

    Kelly has been married to her favorite pastor for 33 years. She has watched God interact with her family, her church family and the community each and every day. He is a good, good Father and she is happy to represent Him as Director of Family Ministry here at Living Vine Church. Kelly directed a similar ministry at a church plant in Snohomish, WA. She has been part of youth and family ministries for all the years she has been walking with Jesus - since her college days at UW-Madison.  

  • Kacie paine

    communications Director

    Kacie uses her love of Christ and her tireless energy to create a "brand" for Living Vine, ensuring consistency of what's portrayed across media platforms including the website, social media, printed materials and graphics. Kacie is inspired daily by her husband and their two kids to be the best wife, mom and child of Christ that she can be. In her free time, Kacie likes to read mystery novels, bake, and go shopping at the "mother ship" (also known as Hobby Lobby) to decorate her house and drive her husband bananas.

  • carol menke

    hospitality DIRECTOR

    As Director of Hospitality, Carol is at the church bright & early on Sunday to get the coffee started and to get the fellowship hour treats setup. She enjoys serving at Living Vine because the people make it so special. Carol loves being a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother as they are her greatest joys! She also loves photography, baking and morning walks. Carol and her husband, DuWayne, love Hudson and hope it will be their "forever home". 

  • paul norby

    adult education DIRECTOR

    Dr. Paul Norby has spent 38 years in education in various leadership and teaching positions.  He has served schools in Minnesota, Tennessee, Cameroon, and Congo.  He is a life-long learner, which positions him well to act as the director of adult education for Living Vine Church.  Dr. Norby has been married to his wife Betsy for 39 years, and has three adult daughters, and grandchildren.

  • betsy norby

    office administrator

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Pastoral Counseling

Our goal in Pastoral Counseling is to guide and help you discover Christ-centered answers to a wide range of personal, relational, financial or other challenges. Our lead pastor is a trained counselor, he facilitates a free service for individuals seeking guidance for a variety of issues including marital and family relationships, communication and intimacy, parenting, grief and loss, anger and bitterness, inner personal struggles, and spiritual discouragement. 

If you are someone who could benefit from counseling, you're not alone! We have several from our congregation who have (and still) meet with our Pastor monthly and weekly. If you would like to schedule an appointment or just have some questions answered, please reach out.