Behind the Scenes
Aimee Lilly has been involved in radio drama and recording work since 1989. Aimee has recorded audio books by many best-selling authors. She portrayed Hattie Durham in the Dramatic Audio Version of the best-selling Left Behind series, and was part of the dramatic, multi-voice recording of the New Living Translation. She has played nurses, mothers, teachers, teenagers, reporters, chambermaids, a puzzle piece, a Bitsy Smoochums doll, and even a piece of fruit - but Liz is her first reptile. Aimee and her husband Scott live in the northern suburbs of Chicago.
Kris began her radio career when her husband convinced her to take a few classes at Chicago’s Columbia College. It was a perfect fit. She did internships in news, rock ‘n roll, and recording radio documentaries for PIA, Public Interest Affiliates, and studied under Paul Sills and at Chicago’s Victory Gardens. She also hosted and produced a children’s television show, called “After School”. Currently Kris is a 4th grade teacher. She has written a children’s book that is looking for a publisher. She and her husband have two sons and they live in Oak Lawn, Illinois.
Roger began his acting career in college for a program called, “Saturday Night Alive with Ron Hutchcraft.” He played Ken Ritz in the Dramatic Audio Version of the Left Behind Series. He was the host of the “Midnight Ride” on 90.1FM, WMBI in Chicago for over 10 years. Now he lives in Ireland, working with Focus on the Family Ireland. Sharing in his ministry is his wife Carey and their two wonderful kids, Riley Grace and Cole.
Kimberly is a native of Oak Park, IL. She attended Columbia College in Chicago as a Dramatic Arts major. She also studied at the Second City School of Improvisation. As a commercial voice-over actress, Kimberly's radio work has included spots for colleges, shopping malls, jewelry stores, beauty products, and Barbie dolls. She performed with the radio troupe, "Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear," and can be heard portraying the role of "Mercy" in the Christian radio drama, "Opening Arguments." Kimberly enjoys portraying the sincere, but ever-questioning Chamy.
Bill Davis(Grandpa Anole)
Bill has been working in Christian radio for 25 years as an announcer, writer, director, and producer. He does freelance acting and announcing for radio and TV in the Chicago area. His hobbies include biking and flying stunt and power kites. He and his wife, Dee, live in Elmhurst, Illinois with their three children, Evan, Ashley, and Chad.
Pamela Klein(Narrator / Granny Gecko)
Pam has been working as an actress since graduating from Wheaton College in 1985. After a number of wonderful years in the theatre, her career shifted into television and commercials. Included among her favorite gigs, Pam lists her season with the nationally syndicated Better Homes & Gardens TV show as their interior design host. "Always the narrator, never the characters...", she is having so much fun playing Granny and others on Kids Corner. Pam and Jeff have a supporting cast of four and live in Wheaton, IL.
Ardy Iwema(Miss Wattle)
Ardy is the host of "Words For Women," a fifteen-minute devotional radio program that airs via short wave on the Voice of Life radio, as well as HCJB radio in Asia. She has done freelance voice announcing for various organizations and graduated from John Brown University with a BS in Broadcasting. She is the mother of 2 and she and her family live in Lombard, IL.
Adam Verner(Scooter / Liz's Dad)
Adam is happy to be working with Kids Corner and voicing several different characters. Adam graduated from Bradley University with a degree in Theatre Performance and received a MFA from Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Now Adam is a free-lance voice over actor. He has done ads for Starbucks, McDonalds, Gillette, Harley Davidson and many others. He also does many audio books. You can learn more at his web site, www.adamverner.com.
Tracy Johnson has been involved in voice-over for television, radio and the web since 1996. She has also voiced many animated characters for properties including: Veggie Tales, 3-2-1 Penguins! and Awana. Most recently she was "Mother Goose", "Miss Muffet," and "The Farmer's Wife" in the animated children's app, Goosed Up Rhymes, released in the Spring of 2011. Tracy is also a full-time video producer in the Chicago area and currently lives in Wheaton.
Pete graduated from Trinity Christian College with a degree in Film Studies. There, he acted in six stage productions and was a member of the college's first improv comedy group, now known as Candy in Church. Pete started voicing bit parts at Kids Corner way back in college, and produced several episodes as an intern before being asked to fill the very large shoes of Spike. Pete spends his free time with his band, These Guys These Guys, on his bike, or with his wife Rachel, who he met in theater club at Trinity. He lives in the western suburbs of Chicago.
As a classically-trained actor and singer, John has had his fingers in a number of creative pies. His career has taken him to stages in Chicago and New York, although he now spends most of his creative energy as a voice over artist, songwriter and vocal coach. He is grateful to have finally found a home for his inner Texan in the character of Cole Hoyt. Hooo-eeeee!!!!
Phil started his performing career at the tender age of five. He won numerous acting awards in high school, and studied music, screenwriting and directing in college, receiving a degree in Cinema Production from Los Angeles City College. Phil then worked with Focus on the Family, co-creating the award-winning dramatic series Adventures in Odyssey, writing more than 250 episodes of the show and directing more than 300 episodes. At Focus, Phil met Jeff Parker and Nathan Carlson, and the three of them developed the hit comedy series "Jungle Jam and Friends the Radio Show!" as well as the animated video series "Little Dogs on the Prairie." Phil also served as a writer and consultant for the Nickelodeon/Jim Henson television series, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, twice nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Series. Phil resides in California with his wife and son.
Darby Kern is a scriptwriter, actor, director, filmmaker and improvisational comedian from Green Bay, Wisconsin. Prior to writing for Kid's Corner his most notable gig was lead scriptwriter for LEFT BEHIND: THE KIDS Dramatic Audio, with GAP Digital and Tyndale House Publishers. In his spare time Darby and his wife, Bobbie Jo, like to travel and try out new exercise machines, but not for very long. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris Fabry is a writer/broadcaster living in Colorado. He's written more than 60 books, has published best-selling children's books with Jerry B. Jenkins, has written a racing series called RPM, and his first novel for adults will be published in August of 2008, titled Dogwood. Chris has worked with Moody Broadcasting, Focus on the Family, Love Worth Finding, and other ministries across the country. He has been married to his wife, Andrea, for 25 years. They have nine children.
Jim Jordan is a freelance writer, producer and photographer living in Elgin, Illinois. In high school, Jim teamed up with a friend to form a puppet ministry that ministered to children in churches near the small central Michigan town in which they lived. Jim and his family moved to the Chicago area in 1991 to pursue an opportunity to serve at a children’s ministry organization. While there, Jim oversaw curriculum production, marketing and media. In addition to a number of video productions, Jim created, wrote and produced a one minute daily radio feature called Kid Matters. Jim and his wife, Edna have been married for 31 years and have four children.
Josh DeGroot is a graduate of Columbia College in Chicago. Josh has been producing Kids Corner programs since his arrival at Back to God Ministries International in July of 2008. Josh loves writing Kids Corner episodes and using his creative mind however possible. "I hope you have fun listening to Kids Corner, because you have no idea how much fun we have recording them!" Josh lives in Alsip, IL.
Steve Wick(Music, SFX and Foley)
Steve operates Resonance Audio Media, Inc., a private recording studio in the suburbs of Chicago with an emphasis on custom music and creative audio projects. In addition to being addicted to various plug-in synthesizers and noisemakers, he is a guitarist and enjoys writing and collaborating with other artists whenever possible. He released his first solo recording, Incidents of Travel, in 2000 and his latest, A Sense of Place, in 2006. He is married to Kelli who is also a musician. Together they have three children, Chloe, Mallory, and Carter.
Mark Drenth(Director / Producer)
Mark Drenth has had an interest in media productions since his high school days. For the past two decades he has been in charge of all audio production for Back to God Ministries International, the electronic media ministry of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. He says his work on Kids Corner as producer/director has been an awesome experience, particularly because of the great talent and cooperation of the all the people involved in this production. Mark is married to Judy and together they have a daughter Kristi, and a son, Daniel.
Ron VandenBurg(Senior Producer / Writer)
Ron joined Kids Corner in 2014 as the senior producer. He plans and develops projects specifically for the spiritual formation of children. A former school teacher, Ron says, “People tell me that if I could write the perfect job description for myself, it would be Children’s Ministry Producer! Kids Corner gives me the opportunity to use my creative storytelling gifts, love of theater, and production skills to create fun, wacky stories that help children learn important faith lessons.”
A graduate of Calvin College, Ron is working on a Masters of Education Degree in Teaching, Learning and Development at Brock University, in St. Catharines, ON. In his free time he enjoys theater experiences—watching, writing, performing and directing. Ron and his wife, Rachel, have three children.
Peter Pollack has been involved with Kids Corner since its inception, and he has enjoyed watching the show grow and mature since those first auditions. Peter developed his love for radio during two years as a disk jockey at Illinois Wesleyan University. He holds a degree in audio arts and acoustics from Columbia College Chicago. In addition to Kids Corner, Peter has written, directed, produced, and performed audio theatre with a variety of companies, including Moebius Theatre (Oak Park, IL), Strawdog Theatre (Chicago), and the National Audio Theatre Festivals. He is the former technical director for Bethel Christian Reformed Church, and has run live sound for diverse artists such as The National Christian Choir, Men of A Chord, the Don Cagen Orchestra, and The Psalm Project. He currently works as a journalist for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and in his spare time plays bass guitar in a local rock band.