More About Illumine
PAStor | kent reeder
I grew up in the Twin Cities (Minnesota) and when I was in 3rd grade, a guy came to my school and talked to the student body about the idea of going into the ministry. That was when I first thought about it - and it never really changed. To that end, I went to high school at Luther Preparatory School in Wisconsin. While there, I began my pastoral studies and (more importantly) met my wife, Alexandra. We both attended Martin Luther College in Minnesota, where I studied Greek & Hebrew along with theology and history. I received my bachelor's degree in Biblical languages and went on to Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. While studying at the seminary, I served an internship for one year at Beautiful Savior in Summerville, SC.
I thoroughly enjoy playing guitar and piano. I am figuring out how to play banjo & mandolin. Alex and I enjoy hiking, finding new and interesting restaurants, and learning new things about the Charlotte area. We're very happy to be in South Carolina - and we pray that he will use us in whatever ways he has in mind to bless the people of this beautiful state.
WORSHIP COORDINATOR | DREW SONNENBERG
Drew has been serving churches as a Worship Coordinator since he was 16. He has served at Living Word in Waukesha, WI, St. Paul's in New Ulm, MN, and has been serving at Illumine since 2015.
Drew graduated from Martin Luther College in 2011 with a BS in Education with a major in Mathematics. While attending MLC, he met his wife Jill. They have been married since 2012 and recently welcomed their first child, Imogen.
Education coordinator | carrie Gaffney
I grew up in southern Wisconsin and was fortunate to have loving Christian parents who sent me to St. Matthew’s Lutheran School from pre-school through eighth grade. After high school, I graduated from UW-Whitewater with a Bachelors degree in Elementary & Early Childhood Education then went on to earn my masters degree in Educational Technology from Lesley University. I have been teaching elementary school since 2006. By God’s grace, I finally found my church home here in South Carolina at Illumine in 2015 and have been blessed to serve the Lord in many ways since then. I am eager to see how Christ will use me in the upcoming years to help build His kingdom.
Fellowship Coordinator | HEATHER SMITH
Heather wants to live in a world where everyone is powered by coffee, children’s laughter, kindness, and Jesus!!
As the Fellowship Coordinator (and self-proclaimed biggest cheerleader of Illumine) Heather assists in almost everything at Illumine. She is at her happiest when she can help you volunteer your time at Illumine. Whether you want to mow the lawn, serve snacks for Sunday service or be the Christmas Kickoff coordinator, Heather will be happy to help you get started. Heather also is the director of Illumine’s Morning with Mommy program.
When Heather is not at Illumine, you will find her caring for her family in Fort Mill. Heather and her husband enjoy spending time with their two daughters Ellie and McKenzie. Their family moved to the Carolinas in 2011 from WI. One of Heather’s favorite part of the bible is Proverbs 31:10-29.