Debbie is currently a student at GSU, pursuing her BFA in ceramics, painting and performance studies.  She's a collector of "stuff"-antiques, vintage jewelry, anything that looks interesting or can be repurposed (she promises not to store any of it in the church office).  She loves creative writing, art, and reading, and will need to live another hundred years to finish all her projects.  

    Debbie is married to Jim. They have five children.  Deb identifies herself as a gregarious introvert-loves to hang out and talk to people, because they are so interesting!  But will hide out in a room alone at home to re-energize.  



    Genie was born and raised overseas as the daughter of missionary parents. Musicians themselves, Genie’s parents instilled in her from a very early age a great love of music. They also raised her to know the importance of serving in the local church.

    Genie attended Wheaton Conservatory of Music. She served as Worship Leader at Joliet First from September 2009 - 2016. She now assists JF ministries in pastoral and administrative duties. Her greatest passions are music and missions.  Genie lives in Shorewood with her husband (Ron) and two children (Aimee & Caleb).


  • Worship LEADER

    Todd is married to Shaina and has a daughter, Skylar, and a son, Riven. He's lived in Joliet all his life. Todd holds a business degree from the University of Illinois. In addition to serving as Worship Leader, Todd teaches guitar and piano at The Music and Dance Suite in Naperville. Todd enjoys rock climbing, the outdoors, and spending as much time with his family as possible. Todd continues to pursue his lifelong goal of never running a marathon.

  • Lead pastor

    Brad is the husband of Janelle and father to Carter and Miles. He is an Ohio native and an avid supporter of THE Ohio State Buckeyes. Brad served in the military for 10 years. He holds degrees from Mount Vernon Nazarene University (BA) and Northwest Nazarene University (MA) with a focus in Missional Leadership.  He enjoys working out, playing hockey with his boys, running, and backpacking . Most influential books--Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright and A Farewell To Mars by Brian Zahnd.    Currently reading or read this year:  Multiply by Todd Wilson, The Good & Beautiful Life by James Smith, Braving The Wilderness by Brene Brown, Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, and Canoeing The Mountains by Tod Bolsinger. 



    John is the husband of Jill and father to three daughters--Sara, Melissa and Katy. John was a career firefighter/ EMS administrator in Orland Park, IL.  In 2005 John felt called to ministry.  He served as Lead Pastor at Highland First Church of the Nazarene for five years.  John now serves as the Pastor of Mission.  He and his wife have a clear call to work in the mission field, and have been answering that call through overseas missions trips and a variety of work in the local community surrounding Joliet First.  


  • Student formation

    Tara is our Teen Director and the President of Nazarene Youth International (NYI). She has a passion for loving and leading Jr. High and High School students to Christ. Under her leadership, our students have multiple opportunities for weekly spiritual development as well as fellowship activities. From Bible studies to ski trips, movie nights to serving food for those in need, she is always providing opportunities for our students to grow closer to God and each other and to be a part of our Community of Hope. Tara is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University and devotes her energy outside of church activities to her husband and two small children. 


  • children's formation

    Laura is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University, a children's librarian by day, children's director by night. She has attended Joliet First Church for over a decade. As part of this church family, she participates in all manner of shenanigans in the children's department. Laura also coaches the Children's Bible Quiz Team. Laura has three young daughters, an amazing husband, and a very fuzzy dog. The spiritual growth of the children is her greatest concern and top priority as children's director.