The leadership here at Grace Bible Fellowship is comprised of men who desire to know, feed, lead, and protect those whom God has placed under their care.  Through prayer and the ministry of the Word, they seek to sacrificially serve the body of Christ and equip the saints for the work of the ministry.  You can reach our leadership team through the church office at


Our Leadership Team

& Staff

  • Tyler Sultze  - Pastor  

    Tyler grew up in Washington state, but has spent time living in California, Texas, and Kentucky.  He has a desire to help other people study and know God's Word so it might change their lives.  He has been the pastor of Grace Bible Fellowship since July 2017.  Previously, he held pastoral positions in Texas and Kentucky.  Tyler enjoys spending time with his family which includes his wife (Alyssa) and their three children.


    BA in Biblical Studies from The Master's College (2003)

    MDiv from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (2012)   

    If you would like to contact Pastor Tyler you can do so via e-mail at

  • Eric Bjerkaas - Elder

    Eric and Andi have been members of GBF since April of 2019, and Eric began serving as an elder in January of 2021. 

    Before moving to the Illinois Valley in 2007 to teach at La Salle-Peru High School, Eric lived in Massachusetts, Virginia, the Azores, Germany, and California.

    He and Andi married in 2009, and they have four children. His hobbies are whatever his children are interested in at the moment, but he enjoys soccer and running whenever he gets the opportunity.

    Eric’s prayer for GBF is that we would be a church of increasingly Christ-like followers who lovingly speak the good news of Jesus so that others might also come to treasure and follow him.

  • Jason Lafferty - Deacon

    Jason and his wife Amanda have been attending Grace since 2019 and became members is in March of 2020.  They have been married since June of 2019 and have 6 children and 4 grandchildren (one more on the way). Jason became a Deacon in February of 2022. He looks forward to serving the church as the Lord would see fit and is thankful to call Grace Bible Fellowship his home.

    Jason grew up in Princeton and has lived in La Moille since 2002, where he and his family currently reside. Jason is currently a LaSalle County Health Inspector.  He has also served as an Assembly of God pastor and had his own chiropractic office in Ladd, IL for 15 years.

  • Jeff Schenck - Deacon

    Jeff Schenck began his role as Deacon here at Grace in February of 2023. He loves Christ more than anything else. He considers it a privilege to serve Christ and His body in any capacity He would have him to, and will do so for the joy of the sheep of His flock here at Grace, and ultimately for His glory, as he is His and he is theirs.

    He also considers himself to be the most blessed man on earth for he has been given, by God, the most incredible and beautiful wife that loves the Lord along with four children to raise up.

  • Amanda Lafferty - Administrative Assistant

    Amanda and her husband Jason live in La Moille and have been attending Grace since February of 2019.  Both she and Jason became members in March of 2020.  Amanda has been the Administrative Assistant since May of 2020.  Amanda and Jason have 6 children (3 boys - Brady, Eli, & Jaden and 3 girls - Kailee, Mickaela, & Alaina), 2 granddaughters (Ivyana and Arianna), and 2 grandsons (Waylon and Jensen) and one more grandbaby on the way. Both she and Jason desire to serve the church and grow the gospel in their personal lives, home, church, and community. You can reach Amanda in the office at