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Willow Chicago Staff

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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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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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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

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. 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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Nate Carey

Operations Coordinator

Nate Carey is the Operations Coordinator at Willow Chicago. He handles the day-to-day maintenance and upkeep of all Willow Chicago facilities. 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 is Discipleship Pastor at Willow Chicago. He is a total people person who loves connecting with people and helping them find authentic community. These passions fit perfectly with his roles leading the Connections process and overseeing all Willow Chicago community groups. A proud native of the Hoosier state, he is still a gym rat and huge basketball fan. He and his wife, Karen, are still relatively new to the city and love the close proximity to both their married daughters!

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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 Lightworks to end.

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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 Campell

Executive Assistant

Tammy Campbell serves as the Executive Assistant. She loves meeting people and hearing their stories, which probably stems from moving around a lot in her upbringing as a Navy kid. In her role at Willow Chicago, she is able to effectively use her administrative skills to keep Willow life running smoothly and efficiently and utilizes her gift of encouragement to build into the lives of friends and strangers alike. Tammy also has a love for the arts and an enthusiasm for any (and nearly all) Chicago events. She and her husband, Rob, have 3 adult children and they love spending time with family and friends.

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Tim Jones

Next Generation Pastor

Tim Jones serves as the Next Generation Lead 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 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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