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.
I have been at Southwest since February of 2014. I served as a lead pastor at two great churches in Illinois since 1997 before coming to Southwest. My wife, Lori works for the State of Illinois, and we have three sons at home: Austin, Tyler, and Bryant. I love preaching, teaching, and getting to know the stories of people. Education is a particular passion of mine, having completed degrees in ministry and theology from Central Bible College and Lincoln Christian Seminary. On top of that, I am currently working on a final doctoral degree in theology from Evangel University.
WORSHIP & Arts
I was born in Joliet, Illinois, and grew up in Romeoville. I graduated High School from Bible Baptist Christian Academy in 2002. Calvary church was my home church since birth, and served in the music ministry there since I was 15. I got married at the age of 20 to my beautiful wife, Megan, and have been happily married ever since. Our daughter Tessa was born in May 2009. She is a miracle to us and we are so thankful to be her parents. I’m definitely a family man, and my heart’s desire is to be a Godly husband and dad. I enjoy getting to know people, and love encouraging others in their own gifts and talents. I work as a Custom Sheet Metal Fabricator and Machine Operator as my day-to-day, and as a Worship Pastor by calling. My greatest passion is to lead worship and bring others into God’s presence through song.
I was born in Aurora, IL and grew up in Chicagoland area. After graduating in 2012 from Plainfield Central High School, I decided to pursue God's ministry calling on my life at Evangel University. I’m a recent graduate of Evangel, with a Bachelor's in Biblical Studies and a minor in Communication Studies. In May 2017, I married the love of my life Mariah. She is an amazing woman of God with a heart for kids. We love living life together in pursuit of Jesus. I love people, coffee, avocados, Star Wars, outdoors, movies, music, video games, comics, board games, and just about anything you can think of. I absolutely love meeting for coffee and a good conversation. My passion is people, and equipping them for the Kingdom's work.
I’m the newest member of the Southwest Staff. I currently work as the Children’s Pastor here! Me and my wife Laura have enjoyed 19 years of marriage and home school our only son, Sam, who is 17 years old. Laura has taught at Romeoville High School for 25 years in the Science department. Prior to coming on staff here at Southwest, I worked as the Community Pastor for a church in Morris, IL. I proudly graduated from Teen Challenge in 1999 and have been pursuing God’s calling on my life ever since.
I joined Southwest Community Church's staff in June 2015. I grew up in Oak Forest, IL and graduated from Lewis University with degrees in Human Resource Management and Psychology. I have worked in management for Jewel Food Stores, in Industrial Relations for ComEd, and after staying home for a while to raise my children, I most recently left my job in Special Education at Troy Middle School to join Southwest. Me and my 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 I enjoy gardening, antiquing, and have a heart for service to others.