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Willow Chicago Staff

Amy Dolan

Amy Dolan

Family Pastor

Amy Dolan serves as Family Pastor of Willow Chicago. She leads Promiseland – Willow Chicago's children's ministry – and helps provide support, guidance and care for families. Amy believes that the city of Chicago is a unique and fantastic place to raise spiritually strong kids, and is committed to partnering with families to help this happen. Amy also works to encourage and train other children's ministry leaders and family pastors around the country through her blog (www.lemonlimekids.com). Amy and her husband, Kelly, enjoy exploring the city while drinking strong coffee.

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Austin Brown

Austin Brown

Multicultural Ministry Specialist

Austin Brown serves as the Multicultural Ministry Specialist at Willow Chicago, which encompasses leading the multicultural team, diversity trainings, and classes. She is also involved in strategic thinking around worship services. Austin is passionate about leading efforts that move the church toward racial reconciliation and socioeconomic understanding. In her spare time, she succumbs to an obsession of exploring her genealogy and is flexing her muscles in the world of blogging. Austin and her husband live in the city with their puppy, Mowgli.

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Chi Chi Okwu

Chi Chi Okwu

Associate Pastor

Chi Chi Okwu serves as the Associate Pastor at Willow Chicago, overseeing all social justice outreach initiatives (local and global) and providing directional leadership for the Community Care and Discipleship ministries. She is passionate about creating spaces for authentic community and mobilizing the church to engage in the fight against injustice.  In her spare time, Chi Chi enjoys watching Alabama football, trying new restaurants and traveling.

 

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Chris Siebold

Music Director

Chris Siebold serves as the Music Director for Willow Chicago, where he writes and arranges the music you hear on a Sunday morning. The rest of the week you can see Chris on any combination of stages throughout the city. When he isn't writing, teaching, arranging or playing – he loves to sail or spend time with his wonderful dog, Bucky.

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Eric Connor

Eric Connor

Spiritual Health Coach

Eric Connor is the Spiritual Health Coach for the Willow Chicago community. In this role, he engages people in their pursuit of emotional healing and spiritual maturity. Eric develops and teaches workshops around shame, codependency and how these areas might block us from seeing ourselves the way God views us. He is a licensed therapist and sees clients at a private practice in the city. Eric loves spending time with his wife, Rachel, and sons Colin and Chase.

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Jeremy Chia

Jeremy Chia

Community Care Pastor

Jeremy Chia is the Community Care Pastor of Willow Chicago. He oversees the various care ministries that connect with people navigating spiritual, emotional, relational, and financial distress. His passion is to embody a radically inclusive Gospel that communicates care, dignity, and hope. Jeremy was raised in Toronto, Canada, where an appreciation of hockey and curling was birthed. When not working, the Chia family (Karen and Brooklyn) is likely checking out another local coffee shop.

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Pastor Jon Klinepeter

Jon Klinepeter

Pastor

Jon Klinepeter is the Pastor of Willow Chicago, the urban campus of Willow Creek Community Church. He is driven by a core belief that God has created all people with inherent worth and value, and our human systems need to reflect that truth. This is expressed through his efforts to reconcile racial inequality, give voice to the marginalized and show the radical love and grace of Jesus to all people. When not working to that end, Jon loves spending time with his talented, artistic wife Christina and their two sons, Gabe and Will.

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Jordan Dowell

Jordan Dowell

Next Generation Pastor

Jordan Dowell serves as the Next Generation Pastor. What's that you ask? Well, he oversees the ministries for our Jr. High, High School, College and Young Adults. Jordan says its a unique and exciting opportunity to come alongside students and young adults and see them onward in their spiritual journey whatever age they are - potentially all the way from Jr. High to Adulthood! Jordan grew up in Michigan before moving to Chicago, and now he calls these bustling streets and distinctive neighborhoods home. However, that's not to overlook the fact he still seizes every opportunity to pitch a tent alongside a Michigan stream.

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Josi Martinez

Josi Martinez

Compassion and Justice Coordinator

Josi Martinez serves as the Compassion and Justice Coordinator at Willow Chicago. She is a strong advocate for people and social justice issues. She considers it a privilege to be a part of Willow and to use her social work background to represent God's grace and love to the city. Josi spends her free time enjoying music, museums and architecture. Her favorite hangout is the beach at Northerly Island, regardless of the season. She has one son, who attends Columbia College. Originally from Michigan, Josi now considers Chicago her home. 

 

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Melissa Mullins

Melissa Mullins

Creative Director

Melissa Mullins serves as the Creative Director at Willow Chicago, where she has the privilege of collaborating with artists to create environments that allow people to experience God in meaningful ways. She also has the opportunity to share the ways that God is moving in the community through her oversight of the communications ministry. Melissa believes art brings truth and hope into the world, providing encouragement and restoration for the soul. Melissa and her husband, Mark, originally from Minneapolis, enjoy any chance to take a walk - to explore new restaurants and neighborhoods.

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Melissa Porter

Melissa Dowell

Promiseland Creative Director

Melissa Dowell serves as Promiseland's Creative Director, where she oversees the storytelling, worship, and production teams for our children's ministry. She is also responsible for the colorful décor and stage designs in the Ministry Center on Sunday mornings. Hailing from the great state of Georgia, Melissa knows the best spots in Chicago to get cheese grits and peach cobbler. When Melissa is not working, you can find her performing improv around the city.

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Nate Carey

Nate Carey

Communications Coordinator

Nate Carey is the Communications Coordinator at Willow Chicago. He handles the day-to-day communications, and also manages the Willow Chicago website and blog. Nate and his wife, Jill, like running together, while Nate also plays basketball. A native of Wisconsin, Nate enjoys watching the Packers, Badgers, and Brewers.

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Rick Wood

Rick Wood

Discipleship Pastor

Rick Wood is the Discipleship Pastor at Willow Chicago. He is a total people person and this position allows him to talk to people all day long about the Bible and taking their next step on their faith journey. What can beat that?! When Rick is not working, you can find him – still with people, of course – only on the basketball court. A recent resident of Chicago, Rick still proudly cheers on the IU Hoosiers from his roots in Indiana. And over the last few years his two adults daughters and their husbands have moved to Chicago area as well – so he and Karen, his wife, have their whole family, including Buddy, their beagle, in the city.

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Shawn Christopher

Shawn Christopher

Worship Leader

Shawn Christopher is a worship leader at Willow Chicago. Many of you may know Shawn from her incredible music career, which started in 1982. She has recorded No. 1 Billboard hits, such as “Don’t Lose the Magic” and “Sweet Freedom,” and has toured the world with the likes Chaka Khan. In 2006, Shawn began leading worship at Willow Creek in South Barrington, before joining the Willow Chicago staff in 2014. Shawn is passionate about issues within the compassion and justice ministry, specifically human trafficking, which her foundation We Need Your Light works to end. 

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Stephen Kelly

Stephen Kelly

Worship Leader

Stephen Kelly is a worship leader at Willow Chicago. He is passionate about being a part of the restorative process of bringing the Kingdom of God on Earth as it is in heaven, and reconciling us back to God and to each other. Stephen is also on the faculty at North Park University, where he teaches worship and directs the Gospel Choir. He, his wife, Trina, and their son, Stephen, live in Albany Park.

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Tammy Campbell

Tammy Campbell

Executive Assistant

Tammy Campbell serves as the Executive Assistant. She loves meeting people and hearing their stories, which probably comes from moving around a lot in her upbringing as a Navy kid. Tammy also has a love for the arts and an enthusiasm for any Chicago events. She and her family, Rob, her husband and 3 adult children also recently had their television debut on Family Feud.

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Tim Jones

Operations Director

Tim Jones serves as the Operations Director at Willow Chicago. He was born and raised in the city of Chicago and believes it is the best place to develop as a leader. Tim is responsible for creating and maintaining the operational processes and relationships that drive Willow Chicago in the areas of budgeting, facilities, and city policy compliance. Tim loves what he does because it involves bringing people together to accomplish something greater than themselves. Tim and his wife, Carla, have two daughters, Caygan and Cambridge, that they cherish and adore. He also runs a blog helping married couples change society's view of marriage in popular culture. 

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