Russ Shearer, Lead Pastor/Church Planter
Well…here are the cliff notes. I grew up in a small town in west-central Illinois. I had a life altering encounter with Christ during my early college years. It’s hard to put into words…but I came to life for the 1st time and God has had me on quite an adventure ever since. He’s amazing! Anyway, I’m currently the Lead (& Founding) Pastor of Ignite Church (the 2nd church that we've started & a role that I love) and am passionate about seeing others come to life as they discover and follow Jesus. I've been married to my wife (Tina) for 17+ years and I love being a dad to 3 awesome kids. Want to know more? Give me a shout, and I'd love to buy you a cup of coffee and connect.
Paul Seidl, Campus Pastor - Sunnyland
I did not grow up having a relationship with Jesus, but surrendered my life to Him at a new church in Minneapolis, MN during college. After serving in the church in various endeavors, my wife Stephanie and I felt convinced that we were not doing enough to bring the hope of Jesus to people who are far from God. We asked ourselves, “What are we going to do about it? Do we want to continue to be part of a generation that lets the church die, or is God calling us to make a difference?” We received a call from a friend (thanks Russ) who was planting a church in Peoria, IL. He asked us if we would be interested in planting a movement of churches to reach Peoria and beyond – and we said yes. So here we are. Stephanie and I have been married for more than 11 years and we have three wondeful kids. Want to know more...just let me know.