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

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.

 

DAN & ASHLEY WHITEMAN

Worship Leaders

“We met on a worship team over 20 years ago and have been leading worship together ever since. We have 3 children who are completely awesome, creative, fun and exhausting. We are an Autism family and desire to see the Autism community treasured and valued for the gifts that they are. We enjoy friends, naps, coffee, hiking, sunshine, all-the-foods, and not going to the E.R.  When times get tough we search up 'screaming goat' videos on YouTube and have a laugh. Do it. You’re welcome.”

 

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 and is a band director, trumpet player, and music teacher in Orland Park, IL.  He and his wife, Marge, live right here in South Holland.

 

JOANNE ADAMS

Audio Engineer

"Since I was always interested in mechanical and technical equpiment (combined with my life for music), I fell into running sound at Spirit of God Fellowship, and it became a big part of my life. I have attended Spirit of God Fellowship for over 40 years, and I am blessed to be able to contribute.

 

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

"I have been at Spirit of God for about 4 years now. I am the co-youth director for our Youth group (Leaders In Training) along with Pam Banks. I love 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 me is I once competed in an amateur body building competition. I enjoy writing songs and playing the guitar in my spare time - I picked it up over quarantine!"

 

 

 

PAM BANKS

Youth Leader

“I have been a member of Spirit of God for about for almost 30 years. I am the fourth oldest of my six siblings, and we all enjoy game nights and traveling together. I’m also a youth leader for Leaders In Training here at SoGF. I am passionate about the youth; it’s enjoyable to see them thrive in their gifts.”

 

ARELI SAUCEDO

Children's Ministry Director

“I am the youngest of two children in my family. I grew up in California and later on moved to Illinois. I grew up in the church, but recently became a member of Spirit of God Fellowship. I love to sing and teach. I was given the opportunity to work with the children’s ministry and absolutely love it. I enjoy being able to work with the children and find new ways to teach and encourage them.”

 

ALEXANDRA SHLOSS

Director of Outreach

“Finding my church home at Spirit of God Fellowship has been life-changing for me. I want everyone to know that SoGF is an amazing place to grow and learn and experience God’s love.”

 

Alex has worked as a high school English teacher, mental health counselor, journalist, and speaker. She lives in Highland, Indiana, and enjoys spending time with her parents, 10 siblings, 20 nieces and nephews, and her many pets. She also loves reading, writing, and acting, and is excited to use her gifts and experience to further the kingdom of God.

 

LEADERSHIP BOARD

Ray Banks

Lenny Camapgna

Mike Cavaretta

Jeff Courtney

Joe Crowley

Mathew James

Paul Lesczynski

Mark McPherson

Tom Novotny

Tim Novotny

Greg Robinson

John Russell

Paul Woodson

Pictured: Mathew James

WHAT WE BELIEVE 

WHAT WE BELIEVE