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Jeff and Emily Crutchfield

Jeff and I met while serving in the worship band before the church was called The Orchard. We got married at The Orchard Arlington Heights in 2010 and moved from Buffalo Grove to Vernon Hills in 2012. Due to the added distance to Arlington Heights, we began attending the Barrington Campus. Our two daughters, Charlie, 5, and Norah, 2, have grown up viewing Barrington as their church home.

At the beginning of the Thrive Campaign, we heard about the possibility of opening a location in Vernon Hills. I am an elementary school music teacher in Highland Park, and Jeff is a software engineer in Schaumburg, which made attending weeknight activities in Barrington very difficult for us. We were so excited at the possibility of having our home church close to us! This might allow us to become more involved in the church, and our kids could attend Awana! We have prayed about this location for a long time. Every time an announcement was made during Sunday services, we got excited, thinking it just might be our time! It took a while, and then a little longer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are ecstatic to be a part of launching the Vernon Hills congregation! Jeff’s parents moved to Vernon Hills, and we are thrilled to have them join us at our new church home.