OUR STAFF

BRIAN & PATRICE KAMSTRA

Our Pastor and His Wife

In 1975, Brian picked up a hitchhiker who happened to be a member of Spirit of God Fellowship. As a result of that encounter, he was radically saved in 1976. Brian and his wife Patrice have been members of Spirit of God Fellowship for 43 years. Together, Brian and Patrice raised three kids, and now their grandson, in the church. Patrice leads the women's Bible study here at Spirit of God, and has been a long-time volunteer at Restoration Ministries. Today, she is a member of the advisory board for Tabitha House, RMI's rehabilitation program for women. Brian and Patrice are faithful servants, walking alongside many of us, praying with us, and now shepherding our church as it continues to grow.

 

God has placed Brian on this journey to pastor the church and carry on a wonderful legacy that was left by our church’s founder, John Sullivan. It is a legacy of love, of friendship, and of service to the kingdom of God. Brian is honored to be a part of God’s plan for the church and knows that, just as God was faithful to the church for the last 50 years, He will continue to be faithful and do mighty things in the years to come.

"Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ."

1 Corinthians 12:12

JOANNE ADAMS

Audio Systems Manager

Joanne has always been interested in mechanical and technical equipment, and combined with her love for music, she says she “fell into running sound” at Spirit of God Fellowship, and it became a big part of her life. She has attended Spirit of God Fellowship for over 40 years, and she feels blessed to be able to contribute.

 

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time in nature. “I've always been a huge nature lover, even before it became fashionable. I see God in so much of it and marvel at His incredibly magnificent design."

 

JOHNNY ARRINGTON, JR.

Youth Leader

Johnny loves the down-to-earth teaching and application to the Word of God, and the hands-on faith through serving and loving others approach. A fun fact about Johnny is that he once competed in an amateur body building competition. He enjoys writing songs and playing the guitar in his spare time - He picked it up over the pandemic!

 

Johnny also leads the Harvey Boxing Club at Restoration Ministries. He and his wife TaSonia have a daughter, TaSelah.

 

PAM BANKS

Youth Leader

Pam has been a member of Spirit of God for about over 30 years. She is the co-leader of the youth group (LIT) with Johnny Arrington. Pam is the fourth oldest of six siblings, and they all enjoy game nights and traveling together. She is passionate about working with youth and loves seeing them thrive in their gifts.

 

JEN FITZGERALD

Director of Children’s Ministries

Jen has a heart for service, and her master’s degree in education make her a great fit to lead our children’s program. She and her husband Mike are co-founders of Filling The Gap NFP, a restorative organization dedicated to providing dignified and transformational housing to people in need, where she also serves as Director of Operations.

 

She and her husband have two kids, Josh and Gracie, and two dogs. Jen is a people person who loves spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys working out, reading, and spending time in the Word.

 

MARY JAMES

Church Administrator

Mary has been a member of SoGF for over 30 years and has served in many capacities, including house church, premarital counseling, mentoring, Sunday School, and senior ministries. She also helped start Tabitha House at Restoration Ministries.

 

Mary loves all four pillars of SoGF: outreach, worship, diversity, and community. In her spare time, she loves traveling and spending time with her family, including her three children and five grandchildren.

 

MATHEW JAMES

Head Elder

In 1989, Mathew and his wife Mary became members of Spirit of God Fellowship. He then began mentoring Harvey House men, and at the same time taught junior high and served as Assistant Principal and Principal at Calvary Academy. Today he serves as head elder and serves as our Sunday speaker monthly, while also offering pre-marital counseling with his wife Mary.

 

He currently serves as Director, Resident Spiritual Life, at Restoration Ministries. He and his wife have three adult children and five grandchildren.

 

JOSE & PAULA LOPEZ

Pastores de Espiritu de Dios Comunidad Cristiana

Meet Jose and Paula Lopez! Together, Jose and Paula have served Spirit of God Fellowship since 1983, faithfully pastoring Espíritu de Dios Comunidad Cristiana, as well as serving in multiple capacities at Spirit of God Fellowship. We are so blessed to have this powerful couple in our community!

 

If you would like to hear more about Espiritu de Dios Comunidad Cristiana, you can reach Pastor Jose by phone at (708) 439-1220, or through email at J.Lopez2499@att.net.

 

NICOLE MCPHERSON

Administrative Assistant

Nicole is a long-time member of SoGF who has been a great help to all of our ministries here, helping organize special events and lending a hand in more ways than any of us will ever know. Her office is next door at Calvary Academy, and she has a special gift for serving children and their families. She and her husband Mark love spending time with their 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

 

TIM NOVOTNY

Head Deacon

Tim has been a member at SoGF since he was a child, and he even met his wife Diane here in the youth group! You will always find Tim as the usher, helping people find their seats and feel welcome. He is active in many ways at SoGF and loves spending time with his wife, four kids, and eight grandkids.

 

 

 

BLAKE RISPENS

Youth Pastor

Blake Rispens graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Ministry in 2014. He’s been a member of SoGF since 2020 and is also a proud graduate of Restoration Ministries’ Harvey House.

 

Blake is the author of the book “Boastfully Broken: A Christian Drug Addict’s Fight for Freedom.” His personal experience of God’s unrelenting love for sinners has driven him to help others know and understand God’s love for people who are still and always will be “works in progress.” Blake is a devoted dad to three incredible children: Lena, Selah, and Blake, Jr.

ALEXANDRA SHLOSS

Director of Outreach

Alex is passionate about people and loves meeting newcomers to the church. She has worked as a high school English teacher, mental health counselor, journalist, and speaker, and this experience helps her as she serves in the church. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her parents, 10 siblings, 20 nieces and nephews, and volunteering in animal rescue. She also loves reading, writing, and acting, and is excited to use her gifts and experience to further the kingdom of God.

ISAAC TARVER

Minister of Music

Isaac Tarver is a worshipper to his heart. His pursuit of the presence of God is a reflection of his heart’s desire for God's people to encounter Him more and more. Isaac is a dedicated husband to Teresa and father to Issachar, Uriah, Levi, and Judah. His life mission is to see worshippers encounter God purely and fully understand what it means to live a lifestyle of worship before the Lord Jesus.

 

PAUL WOODSON

Production Manager

Paul Woodson has been a part of Spirit of God Fellowship since 1989.  He coordinates the production team, meeting the technical needs for Sunday services and events. Paul is a lover of music, a trumpet player, and a retired teacher and band director.  He and his wife, Marge, live right here in South Holland, and he works part-time with the band next door at Calvary.

 

Pictured: Mathew James

LEADERSHIP BOARD

Ray Banks

Paul Boros

Jeff Courtney

Phillip Fornett

Mathew James

Paul Lesczynski

Joe Lopez, Jr.

Mark McPherson

Kevin Novotny

Tim Novotny

Greg Robinson

John Russell

Paul Woodson

WHAT WE BELIEVE 

WHAT WE BELIEVE