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An Appeal Letter to Governor Pritzker from Illinois Faith Leaders and Churches

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An Appeal Letter to Governor Pritzker from Illinois Faith Leaders and Churches
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May 27, 2020

Dear Governor Pritzker,

On behalf of clergy and religious congregations across the State of Illinois, we the undersigned wish to express our deep gratitude for your thoughtful and energetic leadership during the crisis in which our State is currently immersed. The need for your strong leadership is unusually apparent to us, as our congregations have been greatly impacted by this crisis. Some of us have been personally present at the burial of victims of the novel coronavirus and all of us minister daily to vast numbers of people affected by the social and economic dislocations of this era.

Because we are at the helm of churches that shape the opinions and behaviors of hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans, we are very eager to be an asset to you and the health of our State in this significant time. We feel this acutely now in light of the rising unrest increasingly surfacing among our constituencies. We want to work with you to counter this so that our communities do not become further conflicted and law enforcement is not required to deal with circumstances harmful to everyone.

The growing resistance we are meeting emerges from a sense that the concerns of religious communities are not being taken into account with the seriousness with which the state is approaching other segments of the society. As pastors, we can assure you that the safety of our congregants and our surrounding communities are of the utmost concern to us. The current guidelines create an untenable position for us as churches, especially as we are eager to serve the spiritual and material needs of our communities.

You have carefully consulted with medical health experts, business leaders, and civic authorities to craft a coordinated response to present dangers. We respectfully request that you devise a similar mechanism for consulting with religious leaders who can provide further intelligence and support in the next phases of your efforts to Restore Illinois. We believe we can work with you and your staff to create a plan that follows the science, protects the people we love, and give churches a greater hope through participation in the planning.

If any of us can assist with that, we stand at the ready to serve.

With gratitude and hope,

Drafting committee:

James Meeks, Salem Baptist Church (Chicago)

Wilfredo de Jesus, New Life Church (Chicago)

Dan Meyer, Christ Church Oak Brook (Oak Brook)

Stewart Ruch, III Anglican Cathedral Church of the Resurrection (Wheaton)

Kelly Brady, Glen Ellyn Bible Church (Glen Ellyn)

Beth Cossin, Heritage Church (Moline)

Ed Stetzer, Wheaton College Billy Graham Center (Wheaton)

Illinois state / regional denominational leaders:

Chris Conrad, Regional Superintendent, Great Lakes Region, The Wesleyan Church

Phillip Schneider, Superintendent, Illinois Assemblies of God

Nate Adams. Executive Director, Illinois Baptist State Association

Rick Whitter, State Administrative Bishop, Illinois Church of God

Daniel Mundt, Heartland District Supervisor, The Foursquare Church

Scott Sherwood, Superintendent, Northwestern Illinois District Church of the Nazarene

Gary Rohrmayer, President of Converge MidAmerica

Terry Armstrong, Illinois District Superintendent, The Nazarene Church

Rick Thompson, Superintendent, Great Lakes District of the Evangelical Free Church

Allan Buss, President, Northern Illinois District, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

Co-signing Pastors:

Charlie Dates, Senior Pastor, Progressive Baptist Church, Chicago

Horace Smith, Bishop, Apostolic Faith Church, Chicago

Marty Sloan, Pastor, Calvary Church, Naperville

Colin Smith, Pastor, The Orchard Church, Arlington Heights

Ron Zappia, Pastor, Highpoint Church, Naperville

Dennis Laughlin, Pastor, Bethalto Church of God, Bethalto

Jacob Skelton, Pastor, Kincaid Church of God, Kincaid

Daniel Maples, Pastor, Park Avenue Church of God, Herrin

Shawn Cossin, Pastor, Heritage Church, Moline

Mark Jobe, Pastor, New Life Church, Chicago

Josh Moody, Pastor, College Church, Wheaton

Tom Hufty, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Maryville, Maryville

Joseph Holda, Co-led Pastor, The Vineyard Church DeKalb, DeKalb

Farrel Stauffer, Pastor, Ashton Bible Church, Ashton

Charles Travis Watkins, Pastor, Rivers of Life Community Church, Granite City

Kirt Wiggins, Lead Pastor, Pathway Community Church, Elmhurst

Joseph Horn, Senior Pastor, Chillicothe Bible Church EFCA, Chillicothe

Tom Aubrey, Senior Pastor, First Evangelical Free Church, Moline

Jim Augustine, Pastor, Grace Evangelical Free Church, Aledo

Paul J. Jorden, Pastor, Bethel Community Church, Chicago

Stephen Nyberg, Pastor, Herod Springs Baptist Church, Herod

Manny Rocha, Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Church, Glenview

Sammy Simmons, Lead Pastor, Immanuel Baptist Church, Benton

Tim Harlow, Senior Pastor, Parkview Christian Church, Orland Park

Andrew Post, Lead Pastor, Crosspointe Church, Oswego

Nathan Carter, Pastor, Immanuel Baptist Church, Chicago

Wes Henson, Pastor, The Ridge Church, Carbondale

Timothy Gibson, Pastor, Winstanley Baptist Church, Fairview Heights

Kevin Donoho, Lead Pastor, Crossbridge Community Church, Ottawa

Phil Wood, Pastor, Fellowship Church, Carol Stream

Sam Eapen, Pastor, Jubilee Bible Church, Medinah

Adrian Neiconi, Senior Pastor, Romanian Baptist Church, Des Plaines

Darren Morrow, Pastor, Summit Avenue Baptist Church, Decatur

Geoff Ziegler, Pastor, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Hinsdale

Paul Vroom, Lead Pastor, Missio Dei Church, Manhattan

Rob Cleeton, Pastor, Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Medora

James Schulker, Pastor, The Crossroads Ministries, Sauk Village

Mark Frazee, Lead Pastor, Homewood Evangelical Free Church, Moline

Lars Stromberg, Lead Pastor, Hinsdale Covenant Church, Hinsdale

Ben Foxworth, Pastor, Bethel Baptist Church, Vandalia

John Dunkin, Senior Pastor, Elgin Evangelical Free Church, Elgin

Justin Barnes, Pastor, Heritage Church, Rock Island

Michael Kirchmeyer, Lead Pastor, Good News Church, Woodstock

Doug Morrow, Co-Pastor, Together Church of Springfield, Springfield

Jamie Page, Pastor, The Church in DeKalb, DeKalb

Jason Woolever, Directing Pastor, Crossroads United Methodist Church, Washington

Cliff Woodman, Pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Carlinville

Joel Newton, Pastor, Woodland Baptist Church, Peoria

John Nordstrom, Pastor, Christ Community Church of Ottawa, Ottawa

Todd Boswell, Family Life Pastor, Heritage Church, Rock Island

David Brown, Pastor, Southern Baptist Church, Dow

Jeff Brewer, Pastor, Hope Fellowship, Lombard

Steve Williamson, Senior Executive Pastor, Church of the Resurrection, Wheaton

Dan Weyerhaeuser, Pastor, Lakeland Church, Gurnee

Eric Rivera, Lead Pastor, The Brook, Chicago

Jon Pennington, Coordinating Pastor, Chicagoland Community Church, Chicago

Ron May, Senior Pastor, Ethos Presbyterian Church, Chicago

Matt Marron, Worship Pastor, Glen Ellyn Bible Church, Glen Ellyn

Eric Coulter, Pastor, First Wesleyan Church, Urbana

Dave Izenbart, Senior Pastor, Living Springs Community Church, Glenwood

John Huizinga, Pastor, Lombard Christian Reformed Church, Lombard

Jay Klein, Pastor, Zion Lutheran Church, Hinsdale

Daniel Svendson, Pastor, First Christian Reformed Church, South Holland

Alex Wilgus, Father/Pastor, Cornerstone Anglical Church in Portage Park, Chicago

Grant Armstrong, Pastor, Glen Ellyn Bible Church, Glen Ellyn

Valerie McIntyre, Pastor of Pastoral Care, Church of the Resurrection, Wheaton

Kevin Miller, Pastor, Church of the Savior, Wheaton

Odis Weaver, Pastor, Friendship Baptist Church, Plainfield

Kyle Edwards, Pastor, Holy Trinity Church North Side, Chicago

Larry Tieman, Pastor, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Crystal Lake

Scott Ellison, Lead Pastor, Morning Star Church, Rockford

Brad Sloan, Senior Pastor, Dahlgren Baptist Church, Dahlgren

Adam Penn, Pastor, Armstrong United Methodist Church, Marshall

Kyle Isabelli, Pastor, Christian Church of Clarendon Hills, Clarendeon Hills

David Sunday, Lead Pastor, New Covenant Bible Church, Saint Charles

Joel Badal, Pastor, River Valley Evangelical Free Church, Ottawa

Bob Williams, Pastor, Mt. Olive Church, Chicago

Davy Chu, Associate Pastor, Naperville Presbyterian Church, Naperville

Michael Mayberry, Pastor, Granite City Church of God, Granite City

Ashley Herr, Lead Pastor, Redemption Bible Church, Mount Prospect

Jonathan Davis, Lead Pastor, Delta Church, Springfield

Heather Tibbetts, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Machesney Park

Hue Doan, Pastor, Restoration Church, Chicago

Jared French, Pastor, Bartonville Baptist Church, Bartonville

Gerald Hiestand, Senior Pastor, Calvary Memorial Church, Oak Park

Brent Cloyd, Association Strategist, Greater Wabash Baptist Association, Fairfield

Jeff Schneider, Pastor, Boulevard Presbyterian Church, Oak Park

Adam Hafenbridle, Pastor, The Refinery, Robinson

Cheryl Baird, Pastor of Formation, Wellspring Alliance Church, Wheaton

Mark Carpenter, Pastor, Bethel Baptist Church, Danville

James Lennon, Pastor, West Suburban Community Church, Elmhurst

Aaron Damiani, Pastor, Immanuel Anglican Church, Chicago

Trevor McMaken, Pastor, City of Light Church, Aurora

Jerry Hays, Senior Pastor, St. Peter Lutheran Church, Schaumburg

Edwin Harris, Pastor, St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, Harvey

Chad Magnuson, Church Planting Pastor, Church of the Resurrection, Wheaton

Joel Sisson, Family Pastor, Western Springs Baptist Church, Western Springs

Josh Fenska, Pastor, Redeemder Community Church, Aurora

Jeff Moore, Lead Pastor, First Presbysterian Church, Aurora

Gary Kirst, Senior Pastor, Galena Bible Church, Galena

Eric Redmond, Associate Pastor, Calvary Memorial Church, Oak Park

Will Chester, Youth Pastor, Church of the Resurrection, Wheaton

Kyle Oesch, Pastor, Cornerstone Anglical Church in Portage Park, Chicago

Stephen Lake, Priest, Anglican Cathedral of the Resurrection, Wheaton

Kevin Sheehan, Children's Pastor, Church of the Resurrection, Wheaton

Jim Nicodem, Senior Pastor, Christ Community Church, St. Charles

Mark Byars, Pastor, First Baptist Church, McLeansboro

Steve Sudworth, Pastor, Anthem Church, Chicago

Marcus Johnson, Pastor, Lake Region Bible Church, Round Lake

Ted Powers, Missions Pastor, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Hinsdale

Shawn Clarke, Pastor of Worship, Bethel Community Church, Chicago

Kevin Sampson, Pastor, Renewal Church, West Chicago

Jeff Logsdon, Pastor, Island City Baptist Church, Wilmington

Wayne Kriemelmeyer, Senior Pastor, International Evangelical Free, Lombard

Ryan Hall, Senior Pastor, Anchor Church, Palos

Stephen Freels, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Mount Carmel

Ron McGowin, Rector, Holy Cross Anglical Church, Lake Villa

Todd Lockwood, Pastor, Galatia First Baptist Church, Galatia

Will Pareja, Pastor, Addison Street Community Church, Chicago

Jeff Nelson, Pastor, Cherry Hills Church, Springfield

Dexter Gardner, Pastor, Second Baptist Church, Palatine

Scott Kircher, Pastor, Hickory Creek Church, Frankfort

Lanny Faulkner, Pastor-Teacher, First Baptist Church, Atwood

Linda Richardson, Assisting Priest, Church of the Savior, Wheaton

Jeremy Falk, Pastor, Uptown Church, Chicago

Matt Wright, Pastor, Cornerstone Christian Church, Glen Ellyn

Jim Behrens, Pastor, Morning Star Community Church, Aurora

Bill Weaver, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Altamont

Adam Reardon, Pastor, Redemption Church, Belvidere

Jay L. Greener, Rector, Church of the Redeemer, Highwood

Jon Morrissette, Pastor, Lakeside Christian Church, Springfield

Russell Brewer, Pastor, Emmanuel Church of the Nazarene, Belleville

Dave Horn, Lead Pastor, Bridgeport Wesleyan Church, Bridgeport

Gary Ricci, Pastor, New Hope Christian Community, Round Lake Heights

Jason Foreman, Associate Pastor, Pathway Community Church, Elmhurst

Dan Mundt, District Supervisor, The Foursquare Church, Moline

Andrew Unger, Pastor for Youth, All Souls Anglican Church, Wheaton

Dan Bentz, Pastor, Northside Baptist Church, Dixon

Stephen Erickson, Pastor, Meadowland Church, Johnsburg

Bill Longmore, Campus Pastor, Crossroads Community Church, Galena

John Dirkse, Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel, Rockford

Mark Shoemaker, Student Pastor, Bethel Community Church, Chicago

Dan Haifley, Pastor, Maranatha Baptist Church, Mattoon

Keith Duff, Executive Pastor, Village Bible Church, Sugar Grove

Tim Badal, Pastor, Village Bible Church, Sugar Grove

Joe Thorn, Lead Pastor, Redeemer Fellowship, St. Charles

Dan Rak, Pastor, Trinity Vineyard Christian Fellowship, St. Charles

Paul Cooper, Pastor, Marshall Baptist Church, Marshall

William Mills, Pastor, Bethel Assembly of God, Sycamore

Brad Belcher, Senior Pastor, Bethel Community Church, Chicago

Jay Childs, Senior Pastor, EFC of Crystal Lake, Crystal Lake

Jean Valdemar, Pastor, Bethel Evangelical Free Church, Des Plaines

Osvaldo Silveira, Pastor, EFC. Cristo Es La Roca, Wauconda

Jonathon McDonald, Pastor, First Baptist Church - Casey, Casey

Michael Le Buhn, Interim Pastor, Wayne City Church of God, Wayne City

Tim Gioia, Pastor, Christian Fellowship Free Church, Chicago

Derrick Puckett, Lead Pastor, Renewal Church of Chicago, Chicago

Kent Lunstrum, Pastor, Treasure Seekers Church of God, Grayslake

Cabot Ashwill, Pastor, LifeSpring Community Church, Spring Grove

Daryle Worley, Pastor, Grace Church of DuPage, Warrenville

Scott Reed, Pastor, Willow Creek Wheaton Campus, Wheaton

Brian Barrett, Senior Pastor, Eldorado Church of God, Eldorardo

Olivia Johnson, Pastor, Generational Blessings Worship Center, Chicago Heights

Randy Davis, Pastor, New Hope Baptist church, Worden

Sherman Smith, Pastor, Pleasant Ridge Baptist church, Collinsville

Ruben Raquel, Pastor, First Baptist Church of McHenry, McHenry

Randy Hafner, Pastor, LightHouse Fellowship, Frankfort

Joshua York, Senior Pastor, Second Baptist Church, Mount Vernon

Ronnie Tabor, Lead Pastor, Temple Baptist, Centralia

Mark Howell, Pastor, Fairmont Baptist Church, Fairmont City

Mark Balmer, Pastor, Park Hills Evangelical Free Church of Freeport, Freeport

Clint Nale, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Ullin

David Smith, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Grayville

Lawrence Haskin Sr., Pastor, Household of Faith Christian Assembly, Markham

Brian Prewitt, Pastor, Cardinal Drive Church of Christ, Rolling Meadows

Jeremy Byrd, Senior Pastor, Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church, Jacksonville

David Routien Jr., Lead Pastor, Bridgeview Church of God, Bridgeview

Roberto Cambrany, Hispanic Pastor, CrossLife EFC, Libertyville

Dennis Aubey, Pastor Emeritus, Christ our Savior Lutheran, Winfield

Brian From, Pastor, Four Corners Community Church, Darien

David Siere, Pastor, First Baptist Church in Brookport, Brookport

Scott Swanson, Pastor, The Orchard Church, McHenry

Ken Holt, Pastor, Indian Trail Church of God, Aurora

Bob Boerman, Senior Pastor, Life Bridge Community Church, Wauconda

Terry Hall, Lead Pastor, Turning Point Church, McLeansboro

Bruce Fox, Pastor, All Nations Church, Marion

Peggy Winters, Pastor, Equality Church of God, Equality

Rick Fowler, Pastor, Logan Church of God, Logan

George Kacena, Pastor, The Church of the Great Shepherd, Wheaton

Tim Cushman, Administrative Bishop, Great Lakes Region, Church of God, Elburn

Donley King, Pastor, New Beginnings Church, Palos Hills

Chris Smithey, Pastor, Curtis Road Church of God, Champaign

Matthew Spangler, Lead Pastor, Evangelical Free Church of Canton, Canton

Mike Rucker, Lead Pastor, Beulah UMC, Sumner

Jerry Darden, Pastor, New Life Baptist Church, Waverly

Delbert Denny, Jr., Senior Pastor, South Suburban Evangelical, Homewood

Jesse Meekins, Pastor, Kishwaukee Bible Church, Sycamore

Susan Raedeke, Pastor, Immanuel Anglican Church, Chicago

Margie Fawcett, Pastor, Church of the Resurrection, Wheaton

Casey Solgos, Pastor, City of Light Church, Aurora

Jon Hokema, Pastor, Horizon Community Church, Downers Grove

Jason Abbott, Senior Pastor, First Evangelical Free Church, Chicago

Jamie Allen, Senior Pastor, Central Christian Church, Mount Vernon

Ben Williams, Pastor, Cornerstone Anglican Church, Evanston

Kent Atkinson, Senior Pastor, Christian Fellowship Church, Crystal Lake

Alex Culpepper, Lead Pastor, Alliance Bible Church, Bartlett

Shane Allen, Lead Pastor, First Christian Church, Jacksonville

Jason Draper, Pastor, Bethany Road Bible Church, DeKalb

Mike Campbell, Pastor, Mt. Vernon Church of God, Mt. Vernon

Steve Matthewson, Pastor, CrossLife Evangelical Free Church, Libertyville

James Erb, Senior Pastor, Evangelical Free Church of Lena, Lena

Cory Swinderman, Lead Pastor, Chrisman First Church of the Nazarene, Chrisman

Daniel Roads, Pastor, New Hope Church, Lansing

Daniel Martinson, Lead Pastor, Hobson Road Community Church, Downers Grove

Gregg DeMey, Pastor, Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, Elmhurst

Glen McCarthy, Pastor, Reconciliation Church, South Holland

Gary Williamson, Pastor, 1st Church of the Nazarene, Paris

Brian Lee, Pastor, St. John's Lutheran, Algonquin

Trenton Ice, Pastor, Salem Grace Nazarene, Salem

Norlyn Crandall, Pastor, Fountain of Life Church of the Nazarene, Fairfield

Jason Webb, Pastor, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Mt. Vernon

Jonathan Kindberg, Pastor, Iglesia de la Resurreccion, Wheaton

Jon Kelly, Lead Pastor, Chicago West Bible Church, Chicago

Michael Axmark, Pastor, Shepherd Evangelical Free Church, Byron

Walter Pierce, Pastor, Lakeview Church of Christ, Chicago

David Wolfe, Pastor, Bensenville Bible Church, Bensenville

Andrew Bee, Pastor, Meadows Christian Fellowship, Rolling Meadows

Scott Slone, Pastor, Elkville First Baptist Church, Elkville

David Jones, Pastor, Village Church of Barrington, Barrington

Joel Bradshaw, Pastor, The Bridge Community Church, Des Plaines

Brian Bill, Pastor, Edgewood Baptist Church, Rock Island

Ron Citlau, Pastor, Calvary Church, Orland Park

Dan Painter, Pastor, Grace Point Church, Plainfield

Damian McCrink, Pastor, River City Church, St. Charles

Mont Mitchell, Lead Pastor, Westbrook Christian Church, Bolingbrook

Jeff Frazier, Lead Pastor, Chapelstreet Church, Geneva

Jeremy DeWeerdt, Senior Pastor, City First Church, Rockford

Jeff DeLaughter, Pastor, Clinton Church of God, Clinton

Junior Ziegler, Pastor, The Bridge Church, Prospect Heights

Brian Nelson, Executive Pastor, The Bridge Community Church, Des Plaines

Steve Spangenberg, Lead Pastor, Trinity Church of the Nazarene, Naperville

Tod Parchman, Pastor, Southpoint Church of God, West Frankfort

Keith Hartsell, Pastor, Cornerstone Anglican Church, Chicago

Gregory Hintz, Pastor, St. Peter Lutheran Church, Schaumburg

Rick George, Pastor, Bethany Baptist Church, Harwood Heights

Amy Patton, Pastor, Church of the Resurrection, Wheaton

Greg Schuringa, Senior Pastor, Faith Christian Reformed Church, Elmhurst

Jason Borton, Pastor, Harvest Time Bible Church, Rock Falls

J. Scott Howington, Pastor, Pleasanat Hill Community Church, Wheaton

Scott Ziegler, Lead Pastor, The Bridge Community Church, Chicago

Skyler Goodman, Senior Pastor, Heritage Church, Lake Zurich

Juan Martinez, Spanish Pastor, The Bridge en Español, Prospect Heights

John Vandervelde, Executive Pastor, Glen Ellyn Bible Church, Glen Ellyn

Aaron Stine, Pastor, New Beginnings Church of God, Bloomington

Barbara Alexander, Pastor, River of Life Kingdom Ministries, Hazel Crest

Josh Monda, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Washington

Lloyd Whittaker, Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, West Frankfort

Dwayne Sovdi, Pastor, Chauncey Church of God, Sumner

Timothy Mengler, Pastor, Vineyard Christian Church of Crystal Lake, Crystal Lake

Kyle Gennicks, Pastor, Mission Church, Montgomery

Jayson York, Senior Pastor, West Chicago Bible Church, West Chicago

Mark Jones, Pastor, Uptown Baptist Church, Chicago

Tom Rains, Pastor, First Southern Baptist Church, Quincy

Rob Windes, Pastor, Freedom Baptist Church, Noble

David Horn, Lead Pastor, Bridgeport Wesleyan Church, Bridgeport

Jay Lowder, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Pinckneyville, Pinckneyville

Bob Grysen, Pastor, Cornerstone Church, Bourbonnais

Ben Anderson, Lead Pastor, New Life Lutheran Church, Sterling

Jeremiah Vaught, Pastor, Agapé Chicago, Chicago

Matthew Smith, Pastor, New Beginnings Church of God, Waterloo

Mitch Kim, Pastor, Wellspring Alliance Church, Wheaton

Pedro Aviles, Pastor, Ebenezer CRC, Berwyn

Mark Eddy, Pastor, Evangelical Zion Lutheran Church, Taylor Ridge

Gary Houdek, Pastor, Golf Road Baptist Church, Des Plaines

Zandra Anderson, Pastor, Bradbury Free Methodist, Toledo

Ken Crawford, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Chrisman

Brian Vickers, Lead Pastor, Rock River Christian Center, Rock Falls

Dean Monkemeier, Senior Pastor, Western Springs Baptist Church, Western Springs

Brandon Arneson, Lead Pastor, Glad Tidings Assembly of God, DeKalb

Mark Albrecht, Senior Pastor, NorthBridge Church, Antioch

Matthew Lanswer, Pastor, Faith Christian Reformed Church, Elmhurst

Robin Reid, Pastor, Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Pulaski

Gary Hollinger, Pastor, Central Bible Church, Aurora

Bob Thomas, Pastor, Assembly of God, Dixon

Rick Hill, Pastor, LightHouse Church of God, Pekin

Joel Cristman, Pastor, Bethel Christian Church, Chicago

Bruce Henne, Pastor, Russell Community Evangelical Free, Russell

John Foss, Associate Pastor, Osco Community Church, Osco

Chad DeJong, Pastor, Westchester Bible Church, Westchester

Nate Ferguson, Lead Pastor, The Village Christian Church, Minooka

Howard Hoekstra, Pastor, Downers Grove Community Church, Downers Grove

Greg Bradshaw, Lead Ministry Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel, Rolling Meadows

Aron Utecht, Lead Pastor, Christ Church, Sterling

Joel Brown, Pastor, Cornerstone Anglican Church-- Edgewater, Chicago

Timothy Sisk, Pastor, Faith Fellowship Church, Oak Brook

Jonathan Rekash, Associate Pastor, Calvary Assembly, Galesburg

Kent Umbarger, Pastor, St. John's Lutheran Church, East Moline

Mark Moore, Pastor, Belmont Bible Church, Downers Grove

Tony Chuang, Pastor of Outreach, Hope Community Bible Church, Park Ridge

Brad Swartout, Lead Pastor, New Life Fellowship Church, Moline

Daren Snow, Pastor, Crossroads Community Church, Aurora

Chris Castaldo, Lead Pastor, New Covenant Church, Naperville

Marshall Brown, Senior Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Winnetka

Cameron Davis, Lead Pastor, East Side Church of the Nazarene, Mattoon

Scott Porter, Pastor, Abiding Word Church, Sterling

Jim Scudder Jr., Pastor, Quentin Road Baptist Church, Lake Zurich

Rand York, Pastor, Christ Our Light Anglican Church, Big Rock

Brett Crull, Pastor of Discipleship, Church of the Resurrection, Wheaton

George Byron Koch, Pastor, New Jerusalem House of Prayer, West Chicago

Todd Shaw, Pastor, Beltline Church, Alton

J.D. Branson, Pastor, First Missionary Baptist of Flat Rock, Flat Rock

James Beam, Pastor, Zif Missionary Baptist Church, Clay City

Craig Coady, Pastor, Christ Community Church, Champaign-Urbana

Gary Kniseley, Lead Pastor, Maywood Evangelical Free Church, Rockford

Christopher Dodd, Pastor, New Community Church, Dolton

Chip Block, Senior Pastor, Oak Brook Community Church, Oak Brook

Phil Landin, Pastor, Cornerstone Anglican Church, Evanston

Stephen Puett, Pastor, CrossWinds Church, Chicago

Jonathan Masters, Executive Pastor, Park Community Church, Chicago

Jeremiah Stingl, Lead Pastor, Living Water Community Church, Bolingbrook

Paul Henschel, Pastor, Osco Community Church, Osco

Steve Ohl, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Greenview

Stephen Barack, Senior Pastor, Lisle Bible Church, Lisle

Charles Tate, Pastor, Brookport Church of God, Brookport

Don Hannel, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Pleasant Hill

Stephen Descalzo, Pastor, Hope Wesleyan Church, Galesburg

Harold Parsley, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Tinley Park

Jay Smith, Pastor, Bethel Baptist Church, St. Charles

Scott Wilson, Pastor, Bethel Baptist Church, Galesburg

Sergio Villanueva, Pastor, Iglesia del Pueblo, West Chicago

Ryan Mustered, Pastor, Trinity Church, Watseka, Ashkum

Laura Descalzo, Pastor, Hope Wesleyan Church, Galesburg

Randy Schoof, Pastor, Warehouse Church, Aurora

Adam Waters, Pastor, Grace Bible Church, Elmhurst

Lucas Rivera, Pastor, Midwest Bible Church, Chicago

Joshua Timlick, Pastor, Evangelical Free Church of McHenry, McHenry

Adam Fix, Pastor, Our Savior Church, Wheeling

John Knautz, Pastor, Bridge Community Church, Chicago

Marcus Johnson, Associate Rector, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Geneva

Thom Cody, Pastor, Hi-Way Church of God, Lawrenceville

Jonathan Eckberg, Lead Pastor, Erie Evangelical Free Church, Erie

Dewayne Taylor, Senior Pastor, Dorrisville Baptist Church, Harrisburg

Mohan Zachariah, Lead Pastor, CityLine Bible Church, Niles

Daniel Haas, Pastor, Aurora Community Church, Aurora

Robbie de Margigny, Pastor, The Branch Community Church, Chicago

Jeff Ross, Pastor, Cottonwood Family Church, Glen Carbon

Kevin McGinnis, Pastor, Wabash Presbyterian Church, Allendale

Timothy Bowman, Interim Senior Pastor, Living Grace Community Church, Cary

Paul Glyman, Pastor, West Hills Community Church, Westmont

J. Rhett Austin, Pastor, Faith Community Church, West Chicago

Stephen McGough, Pastor, Encounter Church, Kewanee

Larry Perez, Pastor, Uturn Covenant Church, Northlake

Jonathan Pierson, Pastor, Iglesia Filadelfia, Franklin Park

Michael Donoho, Pastor, Dixon Assembly of God, Dixon

Roger Handyside, Pastor, Cornerstone Community Church, Wadsworth

Jared Bouton, Lead Pastor, Shelby Naz Church, Shelbyville

Marco David, Pastor, Midwest Bible Church, Chicago

William Beasley, Pastor, Cornerstone Church, Chicago

Don MacDonald, Pastor, Danforth Reformed Church, Danforth

John Lane, Pastor, Wabash Conf of the Free Methodist, Wabash

Brad Punty, Pastor, One Line Church, Wheaton

Jason Helveston, Pastor, Church in the Square, Chicago

Dave Dummitt, Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington

Brandon Cooper, Senior Pastor, Cityview Community Church, Elmhurst

Al Toledo, Lead Pastor, Chicago Tabernacle, Chicago

Clint Cook, Executive Director, General Association of General Baptists, Springfield

Brian Mills, Lead Pastor, Hope Church, Springfield

Cary Gephart, pastor, Cottage Grove Christian Reformed Church, South Holland

Shan Smith, Pastor, Marshall Baptist Church, Marshall

Cres Rios, Pastor, Living Word Church of God, La Salle

Chris Vandergraph, Pastor, Fairfield Church of God, Fairfield

John Walker, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Ottawa

Bob Jordan, Pastor, Northminster Presbyterian Church, Peoria

Steve Van Denend, Pastor, The Edge Church, Aurora

Scott Eaton, Senior Pastor, Calvary Community Church, Schaumburg

Jess Scholten, Pastor, River Glen Presbyterian Church, Naperville

Julian Spencer, Pastor, Main Baptist Church, Aurora

Will Pavone, Senior Pastor, Community Fellowship, West Chicago

William Torgeson, Lead Pastor, Village Church of Oak Park, Oak Park

John Wenrich, President, Evangelical Covenant Church, Chicago

John Prohl, Pastor, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Chicago

Abram Delgado, Casa de Oracion of Lake County, Round Lake

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