Meet Pastor Zach Dyrda

Zach grew up in Brookfield, Illinois. Zach received his undergraduate degree at Northern Illinois University in 2011. In 2017, he graduated from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity double emphasis in Theology and Church History. Zach is an ordained minister of the American Baptist Churches U.S.A as of November 16, 2019.

Zach lost his family when he was young and was adopted by his wonderful extended family. Zach is happily married to his wife, Melissa. Melissa also graduated from NIU and currently works on the corporate side of a supplement retail store. They have four beautiful children, three sons and one daughter, who are full of energy, adventure, and love. They also have a dog named Oscar.

Zach has a passion for God's word and teaching others. He connects to his faith in the words of scripture. Zach believes there is no better way to study the Bible than being in a group with others. Hearing how God speaks to them through the scriptures is powerful and life-giving. Discipleship is essential now more than ever. The church needs to engage in our communities and create spaces to live, share life, and pass on our faith to others. Discipleship is about inviting others to live truly abundant human lives by following Jesus and sharing life with them as we mutually seek to follow the ways of Jesus.

Zach enjoys reading a good book. Most of it is theology, church history, or American history, but he also loves all things comic books. He is a giant Marvel nerd. Zach’s favorite season is the summer because, "I love going to the movies and seeing the big summer blockbusters". The Dyrda clan are also gigantic Disney fans. They love watching Disney, listening to Disney, and visiting Disney. Ultimately they are kids at heart, and Disney is a great place to be one while making great family memories.

One of his favorite Bible Verses is, "I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people." Leviticus 26:12