Meet our team

We are thankful for the gifted servants and leaders who give of themselves in ministry at The Orchard.

  • Dr. tim Beavis

    teaching pastor/elder

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  • Scott Swanson

    Pastor of Family Ministries

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  • Aaron Netsell

    worship coordinator

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  • Debra banker


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meet our pastors

  • Dr. tim Beavis

    Pastor Tim Beavis was born and raised in beautiful Cornwall in the southwest of England. He came to know Jesus as his personal Savior at the age of 14.

    After studying his Bachelors in Business and Hospitality Management in Birmingham, UK, Tim worked with Marriott Hotels in London. It was during this time that the Lord led him to the USA to serve as an Urban Youth worker in Camden, NJ.

    After a year and a half in Camden, Tim moved to Chicago to study at Moody Bible Institute Theological Seminary. While at Moody Tim met his lovely wife Lisa and they were married in May 2001.  

    Tim holds degrees from Birmingham City University (UK), Moody Theological Seminary, and a doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He also serve as a ministry leadership coach for Pastors and Church Planters throughout the Mid-West. Tim is honored to serve as a member of the Moody Theological Seminary's Advisory Board.

    Lisa grew up as a Missionary Kid in the Republic of Panama but has lived in Illinois since the end of High School. She studied Spanish at the University of Wisconsin, Parkside and earned her MDiv from Moody Graduate School. She loves working with other women and sharing with them the Good News of Jesus Christ.

    Tim and Lisa arrived at The Orchard Church in the summer of 2007 after successfully planting and leading Rogers Park Community Church on the north side of Chicago.

    Tim loves reading, kayaking, drinking coffee, and cooking up a storm - when he gets the chance (just so long as he doesn't have to do the dishes!) Lisa enjoys taking bike rides, drawing, and reading. She also speaks Spanish.

    They have four chilren, Elizabeth, Emily and Benjamin and Sophia.

    Check out Pastor Tim's blog at

  • Pastor Scott Swanson

    Pastor Scott Swanson joined the team at The Orchard in July 2009. He serves as the Pastor of Family Ministries. He has spent many years working with youth both inside and outside the church, including a long history of coaching, especially wrestling. Scott received his Master's of Divinity from Bethel Seminary. He is excited about the work that God is doing at The Orchard, and eager to help families to develop spiritually, integrating their faith into all aspects of their daily lives.

    Scott and his wife, Dorene, have been married since 1990 . They have two sons, Stuart and Spencer, and a daughter, Gina. Dorene, a graduate of Northern Illinois University, has a soft spot for babies. She is a constant support and blessing for Scott.