Our church is led by a team of elders who work alongside a team of pastors, small group leaders, and many, many other ministry leaders. Our pastors are responsible to equip, empower, and lead the members of our church in the fulfillment of our mission – to help people become followers of Christ. Helping them to worship God, embrace people, discover their gifts, and share their lives.
Pastor Bob has been at Southwest since February of 2014. He has served as a lead pastor at two great churches in Illinois since 1997 before coming to Southwest. His wife Lori works for the State of Illinois, and they have three sons at home: Austin, Tyler, and Bryant. Pastor Bob loves preaching, teaching, and getting to know the stories of people. Education is a particular passion of Pastor Bob having completed degrees in ministry and theology from Central Bible College and Lincoln Christian Seminary, and he is currently working on a final degree in theology from Evangel University.
WORSHIP & Arts
Pastor David was born in Joliet, Illinois, and grew up in Romeoville. He graduated High School from Bible Baptist Christian Academy in 2002. Calvary church was his home church since birth, and he has served in the music ministry there since the age of 15. Pastor David was married at the age of 20 to his beautiful wife, Megan, and has been happily married for 13 years. Their daughter Tessa was born in May 2009. She is a miracle to them and they are so thankful to be her parents. David is a family man; his heart’s desire is to be a Godly husband and dad. He loves exploring new things and new places. He loves the mountains; hanging out in a cabin in the Smoky Mountains is one of his favorite places to be. Pastor David enjoys working with his hands, and all things mechanical. He enjoys getting to know people, and loves encouraging others in their own gifts and talents. David works as a Custom Sheet Metal Fabricator and Machine Operator by day, and as a Worship Pastor by His calling. His greatest passion is to lead worship and bring others into God’s presence through song. God instilled in him the desire to lead worship at a young age.
"I have no greater joy than seeing a life transformed by the power of God through His Word and through worship. I am beyond grateful, and humbled that God has called me and is allowing me to use the gifts He has given me to advance His kingdom."
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. - 2 Corinthians 5:17
Pastor John was born in Aurora, IL and grew up in Chicagoland area. After graduating in 2012 from Plainfield Central High School, he decided to pursue God's ministry calling on his life at Evangel University. He is a recent graduate of Evangel, with a Bachelor's in Biblical Studies and a minor in Communication Studies. In May 2017, he married the love of his life Mariah. She is an amazing woman of God with a heart for kids. Together they make an awesome dynamic duo! John loves people, Star Wars, outdoors, movies, music, video games, comics, TV shows, and just about anything you can think of. He loves when people invite him for dinner and feed him, *wink wink* *nudge nudge* and he loves a good conversation. His passion is people and equipping them for the Kingdom's work.
"I really just enjoy being with people. I find other people’s passions become my passions, and I want to see God work in all of them. If you want to be the best underwater basket-weaver for the Kingdom, then be the best one you can be in Christ!”
Christine joined Southwest Community Church's staff in June 2015. She grew up in Oak Forest, IL and graduated from Lewis University with degrees in Human Resource Management and Psychology. Christine has worked in management for Jewel Food Stores, in Industrial Relations for ComEd, and after staying home for a while to raise her children, she most recently left her job in Special Education at Troy Middle School to join Southwest. Christine and her husband, Mike, have been married for 30 years and have three grown children, one son-in-law, and a grandson; Haley (David & Camden Payne), Benjamin and Jillian. Mike and Christine enjoy gardening, antiquing, and have a heart for service to others.
"I am excited to see the plans God has for my husband and me as we enter the Empty Nest stage of our marriage. We are continually searching for ways to serve others as a way to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ."
-For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve others... -Matthew 20:28