Kerdos is a ministry devoted to College & 20s life at Grace Church of DuPage.

Kerdos is the Greek word for “gain” in Philippians 1:21: “To me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Why on earth would Paul say that death is gain? It’s because, for Paul, death is an entryway into the physical presence of our risen Lord Jesus. Death is gain because it gets us Christ and he is the greatest of treasures, the supreme delight of the human heart. But by the Spirit whom Christ has poured out upon the church, we can know and enjoy the presence of Christ and live for his glory even in the present. Death is gain, but so also in the present life we can know great gain. 

Kerdos exists to help students and other young adults pursue such gain and live into it more and more, seeking first Christ and his kingdom, knowing the wonder of all manner of other good things being added, and earnestly longing for the day when one kind of gain will give way to another. We aim to cultivate mature Christian living among young adults at Grace Church for the purpose of deepening our enjoyment of and communion with Jesus Christ, living into our identity as his church, and joining him in his mission for the life of the world.

Because of this goal, we at Kerdos emphasize the three core values of...


because we want to keep admitting that we are still far more sinful than we are aware, and yet at the same time we can rejoice that we’re still completely loved and accepted in Christ.


because by God’s grace we’re all part of the Grace Church of DuPage family, called to love and serve each other as we’ve been loved and served by Christ.


because we want the joy of seeing God’s glory in Christ spread more and more in our neighborhoods, workplaces, and campuses.


College Students

We would love for you to find a home in the Grace Church family and our Kerdos group. If you’re a college student at Wheaton College, North Central College, College of DuPage, or another school nearby, or if you’re out of college and looking to grow in a Christ-centered environment, we invite you to join us for our church’s main corporate worship service, our Kerdos Sunday school, one of our weekly community groups, or other Kerdos events and goings on. 


Wheaton College 8:45am in Circle outside the Beamer Center

If you’re a student from another local college, please contact us and we would be glad to arrange transportation!


Sunday School

Sundays CE 10/12
9am - 10:15am

Every Sunday morning before the main service, Kerdos hosts an Adult Bible Fellowship (ABF), a time of teaching, prayer, and fellowship. Our Sunday morning ABF time is an opportunity for biblical and theological instruction and Christian catechesis, as we move through series on books of the Bible and various theological topics. 

Transportation for students is available. Sundays during the school year, a church van picks up students at Wheaton College (8:40am in the circle outside the Beamer Center). If you’re a student from another local college, please contact us ( and we would be glad to arrange transportation!

Though Kerdos seeks especially to shepherd young adults at Grace Church, we are always glad to have adults of all ages join our ABF. We welcome, and are greatly blessed by, a diversity of individuals for these times of togetherness.


Opportunities to be Discipled or Mentored


One-on-one mentoring

Contact Dan Brendsel for more info.


On-campus men's and women's student discipleship small groups & prayer/accountability groups

Contact Dan Brendsel for more info.


Small Groups


Meeting in homes throughout the week.

Yes, that involves dinner.

At Kerdos we aim to strengthen our life together as members of Christ’s body and to echo and reinforce in our daily lives the formation we receive in our Sunday morning corporate worship. Toward this end, we host various community groups and small group meetings throughout the week for young adults in the area. Many of our meetings center around a shared meal, time in the Word, and prayer and accountability. If you would like to visit one of these groups, or if you have any questions about them and other opportunities for discipleship, please contact Dan Brendsel.



We desire to cultivate togetherness and foster the building of Christ-honoring relationships.  Sponsored events throughout the year are one important means (in addition to our small groups) toward this end. We’d love to have you join us for an upcoming gathering. For more information, or if you have an idea for an event, please contact Dan Brendsel.  Members of our group are frequently gathering outside of "official" Kerdos hosted events.  Check out our Facebook Group to stay up to date on some of these more informal and spontaneous happenings.



We like to encourage involvement with church family members of all ages and stages of life.  Consider gathering with, reaching out to, or serving with our church body as a whole in the following opportunities: