Pictured (standing): Randy Tomassi, Tom Beatty (former NLC Director), Steve Wise
(seated): Phil Wood, James Lukose, Jody Cantey
James Lukose, Executive Director
Phone: 630-723-3423 / Email: email@example.com
James came aboard as a Director of Master’s Touch Ministries and Elgin Wayside Center in 1998. From 2002-2010 he served as the Associate Executive Director, overseeing all internal operations and coordinating the efforts of five of the six ministries. On January 1, 2011 James became Executive Director of Wayside Cross Ministries.
James has over 3 decades of experience in management, marketing and leadership. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics/Statistics from India, and his Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Moody Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois. He is also the recipient of the 2006 Distinguished Service Award from the Alumni Association of the Moody Bible Institute.
James, and his wife Jerusha live in the western suburbs as well as their eldest son, Jasper and his wife Karen. Jairus the youngest son, lives in Chicago.
In college James thrived on activities such as track and field and volleyball. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles. Some of his hobbies are reading books on management, leadership and theology and horseback riding.
Jody Cantey, Director, Lifespring Ministry
Phone: 630-952-1104 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jody is the new Director of Lifespring Ministry. She and her husband Mark starting volunteering at Wayside Cross 3 ½ years ago, leading different Phase groups and Biblical Counseling classes. Both would say they have been blessed greatly through the ministry and have grown to see the Staff, Volunteers and Residents of this program as precious vessels of Christs’ grace.
Jody received a BS from Texas A&M in Political Science with a minor in Accounting that served her for many years in the Banking and Mortgage industry. Volunteering in youth and women’s ministries has also been passion as she home schooled her children and served in a national competitive speech league. She is blessed by three children, Lauren, who lives in Philadelphia, Meredith, a Senior at Indiana University, and Jon, a Freshman at University of Alabama.
Phone: 630-723-3412 / Email: email@example.com
In March 2017, Steve joined Urban Youth Ministry, adding to his role as Senior Chaplain of of New Life Corrections Ministry which he’d joined in May 2016. Prior to that he had become Program Coordinator/Chaplain for Master’s Touch Ministry in July 2015 after a long history of volunteer mentoring and leading chapels.
Steve majored in Business at Indiana University and was heavily involved in Navigators both there and at Ohio State University. Following a retail management career, he became an elder and eventually the Adult Pastor at Compass Church (Naperville) and then the Group Life Pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel Naperville.
Steve is married to Becky and they have two children. He plays tennis and jogs, but his true passion is “helping the lost and the least to come to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and allow Him to transform their lives”.
Randall J. Tomassi, Director, Master’s Touch Ministry
Phone: 630-723-3422 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In October, 2002, Randy joined Wayside as Director of The Master’s Touch Ministry. Prior to joining Wayside, Randy attended Wheaton College Graduate School and in 2002 he earned his MA in Biblical Theology. In 2000, Randy was the recipient of the Merrill C. Tenney Award for Academic Excellence in New Testament Studies.
Previously, Randy was in the actuarial consulting profession for 23 years, including three years as Senior Vice President and Managing Executive of the Chicago office of Sedgwick Noble Lowndes. Randy was an Enrolled Actuary under The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and a Member of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries.
Randy and his wife, Terry, have been married for 41 years. They live in Batavia, and are members of Covenant of Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church, where Randy serves as a Ruling Elder. They have two daughters: Gracie, who went home to the Lord in 1997 at age 5, and Zoe, who lives in Aurora with her husband, Sam, and their daughter, Mariel.
Steve Wise, Manager, Hope Outreach
Phone: 630-723-3434 / Email: email@example.com
In October 2014, Steve joined Wayside as Hope Outreach Manager. Steve attended Moody Bible Institute, earning a BA in Bible/Theology, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, earning an M-DIV degree.
Prior to joining Wayside and over span of ten years, Steve was on staff with church planting teams in Vernon Hills, Colorado Springs, and Indianapolis. For 15 years he was also a Fundraising Consultant for non-profit groups, working for Nestle, USA and Great American Opportunities.
Steve and his wife Ami have been married 32 years. They have three children: Emma, who went home to the Lord in 1999, Evan, age 21 and Ryan, age 16. They attend Christ Community Church, where Steve serves on the student ministry teaching team, and leads a community group of men in their spiritual journey.
Phil Wood, Director, Elgin Wayside Center
Phone: 847-695-4405 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Phil Wood joined the staff of Elgin Wayside Center in September of 2007. Since 1991 Phil has lead the congregation of Fellowship Church of Carol Stream. Previously, he was on the pastoral staff of Bethel Baptist Church in Schaumburg, Illinois and worked on church staffs in Florida and Wyoming.
Married over 25 years, he and his wife have four children and one son-in-law. Jeremy, their youngest son is in high school: Brooke is a pre-med student at Indiana Wesleyan University; Brittany and her husband, Destry, live in Kalamazoo, Michigan and work on the staff of Gracespring Bible Church; and Josh, their oldest son, is employed at Christianity Today.
Compassion ministries, outreach and evangelism have been the major thrust of Phil’s ministry and he states he has spent more time in the DuPage Country jail than most offenders!
Phil graduated with a Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield and holds a M.A. in Counseling from Liberty University.