Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Matt felt God leading him into ministry as a High School student. After graduating from College, he served a church in St. Louis County and eventually landed in Chicagoland in 1990 serving two different churches in the South Suburbs. He has been at Springbrook since 2004. Matt and Rachel have been married 35 years and Rachel is a third-grade teacher. They have two married sons, Caleb, and Zach, both of whom live in Texas. He and Rachel recently became grandparents. When they aren’t working, they love to travel and have visited 49 of the 50 states.
Arts, Operations & Communications Pastor
Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, John served churches in Florida, Texas, and Oklahoma before moving to Illinois. He’s been on staff at Springbrook since 2005 and has a heart for using his gifts to make a difference in the administrative, digital, and worship arts at SCC and in the community. He loves meeting new people and is passionate about connecting with others and building relational bridges to encourage them in their next step in faith. When he isn’t planning and organizing, he loves attending live theater, movies, marching arts, and going on cruises with his wife of 34 years, Leigh. John and Leigh have three adult children, Todd, Katie and Scott.
Julie grew up in the Chicagoland area and likes to joke that she has been at Springbrook “for a million years”. Not only did she find Jesus here, but she also found her husband of 35 years, John, here as well! With a background in education, children’s ministry was an easy fit, and, after many years of volunteering, Julie came on board full time in 2005. Julie also loves connecting with people, which makes her new position as Adult Connections Director a natural role for her. She has 2 married sons, Jeremy, and Jordan. Julie is loving her new role as Grandma to Cooper.
Next Gen Pastor
Chris is a pastor, professional comedian, and author. Raised in Ohio, and resided in Arizona the last 6 years, Chris has spent the last decade combining entertainment and preaching to reach others all across the country for the sake of the gospel. He loves next generation ministries, and His favorite city has always been Chicago. After living in Pheonix for the last 6 years, Chris and his family decided move to the greater Chicagoland area. Chris has a wife Micah, 3 year old son named Johnathan, and two mischievous dogs, Chicago and Dutchess.
Student Ministries Director
Becky grew up in an Army family, and so spent her childhood years moving all over the U.S. and overseas. Despite having grown up most everywhere except the Midwest, she has been in the Chicagoland area over 20 years. She became the Interim Student Ministry Leader in 2020, after spending many years in the student area as a small group leader. Becky has a heart for students to have a life-changing encounter with Christ and be supported along the journey of faith. When she isn’t reading or listening to podcasts, she loves movie nights and travel with her husband of 23 years, Jeff, and their two boys, Jacob and Owen.