Our Team: Pastors and Ministry Directors
With the help of the Lord, the LoCascio family, along with a handful of faithful people, began ministering in the Wheaton area through Bible studies, children's ministry, and house church services. The Orchard was planted with a passion for God, a love for people, and a vision to plant churches.
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Rey and Erica Latigo
Rey and Erica are a dynamic duo – bringing a nurturing presence and fun wherever they go. Their passion to disciple students stems from their personal devotion to their four beautiful children. They aim to infuse children with the faith to receive illumination of the things eternal
Cameron and Ashley Lepo
Cameron and Ashley are passionate about team ministry and love getting to live that out at The Orchard since they were married in 2014. Cameron is the resident foodie and menswear expert while Ashley enjoys making her home inviting and crocheting. Their new favorite pastime is loving on and parenting their adorable redhead, Isla Elise. The Leppos strive to facilitate an environment of fellowship and worship at The Orchard. They are passionate about seeing the gifts of the Spirit in operation, dynamic worship, and life-changing moments in God's presence happen weekly at The Orchard.
Hannah BIllingsley moved from Florida to Chicago in 2011 to assist the LoCascios at The Orchard. Whether it's one-on-one in a coffee shop or in a weekly youth services, she is passionate about helping students become healthy disciples of Jesus Christ and helping them to develop their God-given gifts. Hannah believes every young person should exit youth group able to identify their calling and gifts, adept in teaching the salvation message, and lingerers in the presence of God.
Why The Orchard: Deserts Becoming OrchardsWe are followers of Jesus Christ, passionately pursuing worship, intimate communion, and relationship with God. We attempt to be genuine, authentic, open, and follow the pattern of the original apostolic church. We are unashamedly biblical. We value praise, worship, family, community, discipleship, the Word of God, prayer and believe the baptism of the Holy Spirit is for everyone. The Orchard provides a safe, healthy and loving place; we love unconditionally and desire to reflect God’s holiness. We cultivate an atmosphere for growth, providing a platform for people to discover their divine gifts and develop their unique ministry. Our love for God causes us to love others, sharing the love of Jesus with our community. We are disciples living in the overflow of God’s Spirit and governed by His Word.
Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in Me. "Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in Me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing. When you produce much fruit, you are My true disciples. This brings great glory to My Father. John 15:4-5,8
What We Believe
The Orchard is a Bible-based church. We're Bible-based in that we seek to base all of our beliefs and our lifestyle on explicit passages of the Bible or on biblical principles. Based on Scripture, we believe the following...
About the Bible
The Bible is the infallible Word of God and the authority for salvation and Christian living (2 Timothy 3:15-17).
There is one God, who has revealed Himself as our Father, in His Son Jesus Christ, and as the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is God manifested in flesh. He is both God and man (Deuteronomy 6:4; Ephesians 4:4-6; Colossians 2:9; 1 Timothy 3:16).
About Sin and Salvation
Everyone has sinned and needs salvation. Salvation comes by grace through faith based on the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Romans 3:23-25; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9).
About the Gospel
The saving gospel is the good news that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose again. We obey the gospel (2 Thessalonians 1:8; 1 Peter 4:17) by repentance (death to sin), water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ (burial), and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit (resurrection) (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 2:4, 37-39; Romans 6:3-4).
About the Future
Jesus Christ is coming again to catch away His church. In the end will be the final resurrection and the final judgment. The righteous will inherit eternal life, and the unrighteous eternal death (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 20:11 15).