Staff Directory

Staff

  •  Scott Field - Lead Pastor
  • Charles Yoon - Associate Pastor
  • Katrina Jackson - Director of Traditional Worship
  • Lisa Bischoff - Director of Children's Ministries
  • Heather Oysti - Director of Youth Ministries
  • Colby Smith - Director of Communications
 Scott Field - Lead Pastor

Scott Field

Lead Pastor

Lead Pastor, Scott Field, is a native of Blue Island, Illinois on the near south side of Chicago.

Though he had a connection to a local church through Sunday School, worship attendance, confirmation, and youth group as a child and teen, Scott became an intentional and deliberate follower of Jesus Christ while a student at Hope College in Holland, MI. He responded to God’s call to ministry while at Hope and began the pursuit of training to equip him for service to Christ, the church, and the world. The educational path has brought Pastor Scott a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA, a Master of Theology degree from The Divinity School of Duke University, a Doctor of Ministry degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY, and a Graduate Certificate in Organizational Change Management from North Central College in Naperville, IL.

Scott was appointed as the pastor of Wheatland Salem United Methodist Church in Naperville, Illinois in June of 1980. During his 33 year tenure the congregation has experienced the joys and pains of transition from a ready-to- close country church to a large, globally involved, suburban, multi-staff and multi-site congregation. From Scott’s perspective, while at Wheatland Salem he served as the pastor of at least six different churches through its growth and development.

Scott was appointed to serve as Sr. Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Crystal Lake in July, 2013. He brings a foundational conviction about the power of the Christian gospel to transform life, a palpable excitement about the ministry of First UMC, and visionary expectations about being partners together for the healing of the world in Jesus’ name.

Scott and Lynda have been married since 1976 and have three grown children: Emily (and Greg) Griffin, Nathan (on the recreation dept. staff at University of Wisconsin – Superior, and Adam ( a student at University of Kentucky Gatton School of Business).
Scott Field 236 W. Crystal Lake Ave. Crystal Lake IL 60156 815-459-0785 x17
Charles Yoon - Associate Pastor

Charles Yoon

Associate Pastor

Pastor Charles Yoon has been serving churches in Korea, New Jersey, and the Northern Illinois Conference for 22 years. He grew up in the Korean Methodist church in Seoul, Korea, attended Methodist Theological Seminary where he earned a Bachelor of Theology and Master of Theology in Church History, and went to Drew University Theological School in Madison, NJ where he earned a Master of Divinity, a Master of Philosophy, and a Doctor of Philosophy in church history. In 1989 he began his pastoral ministry by serving a small rural church. After he ordained in the Korean Methodist Church in 1992, he continued to serve churches in Seoul and New Jersey. In 2005 he was appointed to Prophetstown UMC and transferred to the Northern Illinois Conference in full connection in 2008.

Charles loves to meet people in and beyond church and work with them for God’s kingdom. As a pastor he wants to be a care giver, a teacher, an administrator, and a friend, sharing the gospel with people and making them disciples for transforming the world. He loves singing, reading books, and traveling.

Charles married Esther Jeeyeon Cheong in 1994 and they have three daughters – Kristine, Sarah, and Eunice.

Charles Yoon 236 W. Crystal Lake Ave. Crystal Lake IL 60014 815-459-0785 X16
Katrina Jackson - Director of Traditional Worship

Katrina Jackson

Director of Traditional Worship

Bringing her talent of music to the church, Katrina Jackson serves as the Director of Traditional Worship. Katrina came to Crystal Lake in 2000 and has developed the musical programs such as handbell and chime choirs for youth and adults, youth choirs, adult choir, and cantatas.
Katrina graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor's degree of music in piano performance and pedagogy in 1997. She completed her course work and written for her Master's degree in 2000. She has been involved with music since the age of 3 when she started singing in the choir. By age 11, she was accompanying the choir and became the youth choir and handbells director by the age of 21. At 24, she was named the Director of Music at the First United Methodist Church in Mattoon, Illinois. She began playing the piano at the age of 4 with her grandmother, who had a master's degree in music. She also took piano lessons from Dr. Catherine Smith and Dr. George Sanders from Eastern Illinois University starting at 12 years.
She lives in Crystal Lake with her husband, Gordon, and has two children; Graham and Elizabeth.
Katrina Jackson 236 W. Crystal Lake Ave. Crystal Lake IL 60014 815-459-0785X19
Lisa Bischoff - Director of Children's Ministries

Lisa Bischoff

Director of Children's Ministries

A member of the First United Methodist Church of Crystal Lake since 1976, Lisa Bischoff became the Director of Children's Ministry in 1999. Since that time, she has helped to mold the children's programs for newborns through 6th grade.
Lisa oversees the educational children's programs which entail the preschool (3's-kindergarten), elementary (1st-5th grade), and secondary (6th grade) on Sundays and the Bible Clubs on Wednesdays. She also organizes Vacation Bible School every year in June and assembles over 50 volunteers to educate more than 300 children. Other programs Lisa helps manage are Parent's Morning Out, Parent's Night Out, the acolyte program, the FUMC Preschool, and the God and Country program.
Prior to becoming the Director of Children's Ministry, she was at the Joy Community Church and Christian Children's Center. She also volunteered as the VBS Director for FUMC Crystal Lake for eight years and was on the Childcare Advisory Committee.
Lisa is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in English Literature. She is married to her husband, Frank, and they have two daughters; Diane and Amy.
Lisa Bischoff 236 W. Crystal Lake Ave. Crystal Lake IL 60014 815-459-0785X24
Heather Oysti - Director of Youth Ministries

Heather Oysti

Director of Youth Ministries

Heather grew up United Methodist in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and moved to Grand Rapids in 2002 to pursue a degree in Digital Media. Shortly after my move down with the trolls (sorry, it’s a Michigan joke), I had the privilege of becoming the Children’s Director at First United Methodist Church of Grand Rapids. I worked there for 2 years before taking a year off to complete my studies in audio engineering and video production. I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Grace Bible College in May of 2005 and was promptly encouraged to apply for the Junior High position at Grand Rapids First. The rest is history. During my 4 years as Director of Junior High Youth, I was given opportunity to grow, take chances and explore what it is to be a youth worker—it is my sincere belief that the freedom gifted to me was God’s way of preparing me for something big and wonderful and challenging. I am so excited it turned out to be your congregation!
As we continue in ministry, my prayer is that God will do outrageously cool things. I am looking forward to shaping programs that are relational, create laughter and cause each of us to search deeper for the God who gives abundant life. Stop by my office, catch me at church and find me on Facebook! I’ll be excited to hear from you.
Heather Oysti 236 W. Crystal Lake Ave. Crystal Lake IL 60014 815-459-0785X17
Colby Smith - Director of Communications

Colby Smith

Director of Communications

Colby grew up in Ohio. In his teens his family moved to New Mexico, but he always remained a Midwesterner at heart. After meeting his wife, Stacy, the urge to move back was so strong that he and his family moved back to Ohio in 2005. Several years ago he began feeling the urge from God to use his talents in a church environment and began volunteering his skills as a designer at his church in Ohio. God has continued to place that desire on his heart, and he now uses those skills working full-time at First United Methodist Church of Crystal Lake.

Colby has a degree in graphic design and has over 20 years in the industry. He spent 10 years as the art director of a multi-million dollar company. After leaving that company he has worked as a freelance marketing and design specialist. Over the years his clients have varied from tiny sole-proprietor businesses to the Wendy’s Restaurant Corporation. He is very excited to turn his talents as a print and electronic media designer as well as his marketing skills to serving the Lord on a full-time basis.
Colby Smith 236 W. Crystal Lake Ave. Crystal Lake IL 60014 815-459-0785X23