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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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anders01 3873 copyCrystal Givens

Promiseland Operations and Production Coordinator

Crystal Givens serves as the Operations and Production Coordinator for Willow Chicago's children's ministry, Promiseland. She focuses on building volunteer relationships, managing the daily operational functions and creatively builds and designs environments in hope of making the children's ministry a great experience for kids and volunteers. Crystal has a passion for helping kids all over the city of Chicago using art as a means of therapy. She loves fashion design, marketing, volunteering throughout the city and educating herself through visiting museums.

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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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Erika Sotelo



Erika Sotelo
Promiseland Volunteer Coordinator

Erika Sotelo serves as the Volunteer Coordinator of Willow Chicago's children's ministry, Promiseland, where she helps with scheduling and preparation during the week. As a children's ministry major at Moody Bible Institute, she is passionate about equipping others to teach children (and everyone!) about the beauty and necessity of the Gospel. It brings her great joy to be a part of the Willow community and share the love of Christ with the city. As an Arizona native, Erika loves being outside, laying in patches of sunlight and eating delicious Mexican food.

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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

Lead 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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Josi Martinez

Josi Martinez

Administrative Assistant

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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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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Sarah BeniboSarah Benibo

Worship Leader

Sarah serves as a Worship Leader at Willow Chicago. Since receiving her B.A. in Music from Spelman College (Atlanta, Georgia) her primary focus has been to usher other into the tangible presence of the Lord. Her passion is to convey God's accessibility and His desire to dwell in us. When not at Willow Chicago, Sarah is one third of a gospel group called God's Chosen. She and her husband, Bio, live in the West Loop.

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Sarah BensonSarah Benson

Compassion and Justice Coordinator

Sarah serves as the Global Serving Coordinator. She has the opportunity to help people connect with, as well as learn about, Willow Chicago's global partners. Sarah is driven by the reminder that true partnership is reciprocal. After studying racial reconciliation and working in a children's home in South Africa, Sarah experienced deep joy amidst suffering. Her travels have taught her that God is very much present in all corners of the world, which has left her wanting others to experience our infinitely diverse God. Sarah is passionate about connecting the globally minded to local partners as well as women in the leadership in the church. A native to Illinois, Sarah can often be found running in Chicago or eating gingersnap cookies.

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Stephen KellyStephen Kelly

Worship Pastor

Stephen Kelly serves as a Worship Leader at Willow Chicago. He is passionate about being part of the restorative process of bringing the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven and reconciling us back 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 son, Stephen, live in Albany Park.

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Tammy CampbellTammy Campbell

Executive Assistant

Tammy Campbell serves as the Executive Assistant. She loves meeting people and hearing their stories, which probably stems from her 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 three adult children and they love spending time with family and friends.

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Tim JonesTim Jones
Millennial Pastor

Tim Jones serves as the Millennial Pastor. 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 more than themselves. He and his wife, Carla, have two girls, Caygan and Cambridge, that they adore and cherish.

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