Staff

Pastor Michael Downs

Lead Pastor

 

We welcomed Pastor Michael and his family--Jenn and their three children--on August 25, 2019.

 

In ministry for nearly thirty years, Pastor Michael's passion is to preach the Word of God while creating avenues that prompt and encourage the body of Christ to actively walk out their faith in Jesus as disciples in every area of life. He desires to know people’s stories, see lives transformed, and help people find their place and purposes in God’s bigger picture.

 

Pastor Michael loves hiking, canoeing, ping pong, and spending time with family and friends. Originally from the Midwest, he's a fan of Kansas University basketball, Kansas City Royals, and Kansas City Chiefs. 

 

His favorite passages are John 10:10, Proverbs 3:5-6, Romans 8:1-2, Romans 12, and 2 Corinthians 5:11-21. 

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Pastor Gabe Wickstrum

Executive and Worship Ministries Pastor

 

We welcomed Pastor Gabe and his family--Jen and their three children--on August 25, 2019.


Gabe shares: "Psalm 30:11-12 says, 'You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!'

"God has truly redeemed me and I can't help but shout His praises. I hope to help others see what God has done, is doing, and what He will do in our lives, and give Him praise!"

Gabe graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University with a degree in Business Administration and served as a staff worship leader of a church plant for fourteen years. Then, in 2017, God called Him to pursue ordination. Gabe is currently taking courses toward that call. Throughout his journey, Gabe has witnessed all around him God’s faithfulness in loving people, redeeming, and empowering—and Gabe desires to continue to be a part of that work.


Gabe is married to Jen and they have three kids: Silas, Emery, and Elijah. Gabe enjoys encountering God through nature and loves hiking, sunsets on the river, fires at the beach, and grilling for family and friends.


Pastor Linsy Stockham

Pekin Campus Pastor, Family Ministries Pastor, Merge Youth Pastor 


Pastor Linsy Stockham has felt the call to ministry since she was a little girl. "God has consistently been faithful in the rescue, redemption, and restoration of my life; Jesus saved me physically and spiritually. I live every day in hope that I'm mirroring Christ to others, both at home and to the world." 

 

A miracle took place in 2003 when God restored Linsy's broken family. One year after their divorce from each other, Linsy and Wes Stockham reunited in marriage. They have three teenagers: Ethan, Trinity, and Gabe.

 

Surrendered to Christ, Linsy chooses to be willing, available, and led by God's Spirit. She has participated in the ministries of dance, prison, women, youth, children, outreach, and worship. Linsy is author of the children's book, Tiny Giants (2008), all profits benefiting efforts to stop human trafficking. Working for the Bloomington YMCA for seven years gave Linsy amazing opportunities to share Jesus with hundreds of children and with college-age students. As a nine-year paraprofessional for Olympia West, Linsy gained invaluable experience in special needs, classrooms, and family relations within community.

 

Again saying “yes” to God, Linsy accepted the position of BridgeWay Pekin Campus Pastor in 2018. She also continues to serve as BridgeWay's Family Ministries Pastor (2016), and Merge Youth Pastor (2014). Linsy earned her district pastor licensing in 2017 and pursues further MPP coursework through Nazarene Bible College.


Curt Evans

Marquette Heights Campus Pastor  

 

Pastor Curt first felt the call of God on his life at about age of eleven. He grew up in a Catholic family and felt that becoming a Catholic priest was the direction he should go. After High School, he spent eighteen months at Cardinal Glennon Seminary in St. Louis Mo. "Through the years of seminary and learning more about Jesus from a Catholic perspective, I realized I didn't have a true relationship with my Creator. I asked Jesus to be the Holy Author of my life in the spring of 2006 and have been on an amazing faith journey ever since!"

 

In the summer of 2010, God rekindled the call of ministry in Curt's heart. "I love worship music so I thought that was the direction I was to go with ministry, but God, as always, was working and redirecting me in the service of His kingdom. It became apparent that He was calling me to the harvest and to be a church planter." Curt joined the Church Plant Residency Program at BridgeWay Community Church in Pekin in the spring of 2018. The plan was to develop a Mobile Music Outreach Church in Raleigh N.C. as part of the Arrow Church plant that the Sapp family was embarking on that summer. "Then the worst thing happened; our Marquette Heights pastor, Chris Seis, suddenly lost his life. God redirected me once again and placed my gaze and back on our Marquette Heights community." 

 

Since Pastor Chris’s passing, Curt has been serving as Campus Pastor for BridgeWay Community Church Marquette Heights. "I love that community! God is good, He is faithful and always at work!"

 

Curt and Brittany have been married for twelve years and have three children, Lilly, Jack, and a baby girl soon coming, Leah! They are very excited to serve the Marquette Heights community. 


Charlotte More

Connections Pastor 

Assistant to

Pastors 

Jill McGee

Administrative Director & Celebrate Recovery Director  

Shirley Clark

Financial Director  


Ministry Teams

Jodi Knox-Holub

Worship Director  Pekin Campus 

Aaron Cody

Worship Director Marquette Heights  

Stacy Coon

Production Director Pekin Campus ​​​​​​​

Angie Goudie

Celebrate Reccovery Children's Director  

Adrienne Arnold

Food Pantry Director  

Immediate needs, contact Church Office


Rebecca Schillinger

Cafe Director Pekin Campus 

Amanda Cavitt Johnson

Cafe Director Marquette Heights 

 

Wendy K. Kelley

Greeters Director

Pekin Campus ​​​​​​​


Pastor Corey Crawford

Campuses Security Director;  

Greeters Director

Marquettte Heights  

 

Dave Schillinger

Ushers Director and Facility & Grounds Director

Pekin Campus  

 

Bradley Barnes

Ushers Directors and

Facility & Grounds Director

Marquette Heights  


Jen Miller

Social Media Director  

Pastor Kevin Grose

European Church Plant Resident  

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