If you are a middle school, high school or college student looking for a place to connect with your peers, grow in your faith and have a lot of fun at the same time, then you're in the right place. Each of our environments (Genesis for middle school, Mosaic for high school and Crave for college age) is unique and has been created with you in mind. But there are a few things that you'll find in each of our ministries; adult volunteers who love God and young people, relevant Bible teaching, small groups and community groups where you can ask honest questions and find real answers - and a lot of fun. To find out more about each unique environment click on links to the left and explore all that is happening here in the Christ Community Student Ministry.
St. Charles - Student Ministries
I grew up in West Dundee, Illinois. I received my BA in Education at the University of Iowa. My husband, Steve, our three children, and I, began attending Christ Community Church in 2003. I have enjoyed being involved with women's and student ministries over the years. After many years of serving my family at home, I am looking forward to serving the middle and high school students at the Hub Cafe. After all, candy has always been my favorite food group! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading a good book, and gardening.
Bobby Jackson is the student ministry's "utility infielder." He loves Jesus' promise to give believers "life, and have it abundantly." Six years ago, he launched the Hub outreach program; three years ago he helped launch a Care Night program for students struggling with pain and addiction. He loves to both mentor and be mentored. He is one of the pastors over the high school ministry (along with Bex Rowland) while simultaneously overseeing the Hub ministry. Bobby and his wife, Elizabeth, have a fun bunch of kids and live in Elgin.
Bobby is a former combat medic in the Army, Moody Bible Institute Graduate, and a student completing his AM at the University of Chicago in Social Service Administration. Bobby is hoping to learn more effective ways to reach young people who are hurting and marginalized. Bobby keeps his family on their toes with each new adventure that a life in ministry brings, so they are actively accepting offers for dinner or free babysitting.
Jess began attending Christ Community in 2008 as a high school student and has been involved in student ministries in some shape or form ever since. She joined the staff in her current position in 2017. She lives in South Elgin with her husband, Kyle, and their two kids, Carter and Audrey, who you will usually find running around the Hub on Sundays. Some of her hobbies include reading, biking with her family, attempting to water ski, and kayaking
Marcilyn is a recent Judson University graduate with a degree in ministry. She has been attending Christ Community for the last three years. She has a passion to connect with girls and help them understand who Jesus is. Marcilyn has been serving within youth ministry for the last 6 years. Marcilyn's hobbies include playing tennis, baking, spending time outdoors, and reading.
Bex grew up in Liverpool, England, before moving across the pond to attend Moody Bible Institute where she received her BA in Biblical Exposition. It was during her time at Moody that she realized her passion for student ministry and her desire to introduce students to Jesus and disciple them as they pursue a relationship with him.
Before coming to Christ Community, Bex lived for three years on the Northshore of Boston where she gained her Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and worked with middle and high school students. Bex enjoys all things British, brunch, kittens, tacos, and coffee, and is excited to be back in the Midwest and serving as the College Pastor of Christ Community Church.
Pete grew up in Batavia and attended Christ Community as a high school student in the early days of the church. It was here that Pete developed a personal relationship with Jesus and began to discover gifts and callings toward full time ministry.
In 2007, Pete joined our staff as the Middle School Pastor and God used his gifts: his love of young people and his passion for helping others fall in love with them to build a fruitful middle school ministry. Today, Pete serves as our Student Ministry Lead Pastor where he is able to equip the team, teach in a variety of environments, resource volunteers and parents, and help students become full participants in the life of our church.
Pete is married to Jocelyn (whom he met while attending high school ministry at Christ Community) and they have seven children. They share a passion for kids and strive to see their family and home as a ministry through foster care and adoption.