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Gary Baer

Co-FOUNDER/chaplain

Gary completely surrendered his life to the Lord in 2004 after a thirty year battle with drug and alcohol addiction.  Now, with a Bachelors in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute and a Masters in Evangelism and Leadership from Wheaton College, Gary has been preaching, teaching, mentoring, and counseling men in recovery alongside his career in information technology since 2006.  As chaplain of the facility, he provides spiritual direction for the entire organization.  Gary is blessed with three adult daughters: Maggie, Laurissa, and Sara.

 
 
 
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Linda Baer

Co-FOUNDER/director of free healthcare

Linda came to a saving knowledge of Christ while reading the Bible from front to back cover at age forty.  Freed from years of workaholism, Linda went on to obtain a Masters degree in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College and has subsequently retired from a thirty-year career in physical therapy.  She has since discovered her personal ministry calling in providing free healthcare to those in need.  Today, she organizes the clinics, trains and recruits volunteers, and oversees many administrative functions for the ministry.  Married since 2005, Linda and Gary attend Harvest Bible Chapel in Aurora.      

 
 
 

Jim Owings

Board Member/assistant chaplain

Jim came to Christ after hearing the gospel in a county jail.  Caught in a revolving door of recidivism and substance abuse, his life began to change when God sent another man to disciple him in his fledgling faith.  It is in this way he learned discipleship must be intentional.  Slowly, God began to provide opportunities for him to pay it forward.  His heart is that he would always point people towards Christ.  Jim leads Refuge, the Saturday night recovery ministry.  He has two adult children.  He and his wife, Jenni, attend Christ Community Church in St. Charles.

 
 
 
 

Norma Barrera

Board member/interpreter

Norma was born in Mexico but moved to the United States in 1989.  She came to know the Lord many years ago after a bout of severe depression.  Since that time, she has found her refuge in the Lord and continues to trust Him daily.  She has a beautiful gift of prayer and evangelism and loves to read.  Her compassionate care while interpreting for our Spanish speaking patrons proves invaluable to their spiritual care.  She has been married since 1996 to her husband, Nick.  They have two children, Kevin and Wendy.  Together, they attend Luz Divina in Aurora.  

 
 
 
 

Juli Pealstrom

Board member/dental hygienist

Born and raised in Aurora, Juli responded to God's call on her life at age nineteen.  Since that time, she has found various ministry outlets including an eleven year commitment serving on the board at Crisis Pregnancy Clinic.  With a forty year career in dental hygiene, she feels volunteering at Mission Possible was an "answer to prayer" to utilize her God given gifts locally.  This experience gave her just the right training to help plant a dental clinic in Colombia.  Juli has raised and homeschooled five children and a foster child.  She attends the Vineyard in Aurora.

 
 
 
 

Larry Ulrich

advisory board member/volunteer

Once more of what he calls a "private Christian," Larry loves to play an active part in sharing the gospel at Mission Possible.  He holds a Bachelors degree in communication from Valparaiso, as well as Leadership and Management training from University of Wisconsin.  After a twenty-five year career climbing the corporate ladder in sales and marketing, Larry sensed a call to serve the church.  He was senior staff for the Northern Illinois District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and currently works as a Generosity Strategist for Generis.  His heart is for reaching immigrant populations in urban settings.  He and his wife, Brenda, attend Crossroads Community Church in Aurora.