Chip & Cyndi Block
Chip and Cyndi have been married and in ministry together for 22 years. Prior to marriage, Chip spent 8 years in College Ministry. They have been part of the Pastoral Teams at First Assembly of God in Kenosha, Wisconsin and Calvary Church in Naperville, Illinois. They spent 12 years as Missionaries in Kenya, where they were actively involved in Student Ministry, Bible School Leadership, and Pastoral Work. Chip & Cyndi served as the Lead Pastors of International Christian Center in Nairobi, Kenya prior to coming to Oak Brook.
Chip has earned an Undergraduate Degree in Bible and Business Administration from Oral Roberts University, a Masters of Divinity Degree from Trinity International University, and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He is passionate about raising up a generation of leaders. His personal mission statement is to build B.I.G. (Best In God) people.
Cyndi attended UW La Crosse where she majored in Clinical Psychology. She has a heart to see people transformed and healed as they encounter Jesus in a personal way. One of her greatest passions is to see prayer revived in the heart of every believer. Cyndi is also zealous to see people equipped for works of service.
Chip and Cyndi have two children; Benjamin & Cassidy. Benjamin now lives in San Marcos, Texas serving as a leader on a church planting team. Cassidy is finishing her degree at Southeastern University and will graduate this year, looking forward to playing basketball this upcoming season.
Community and Family Life Pastor
Isaac (I.J.) has been a part of Oak Brook Community Church since he was child. He went to school at the Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg and earned his degree in Visual Communications, working in the field of graphic design and advertising his entire professional career. Although being raised in a Christian home, he became born again at the age of 21. Through various seasons, he served in youth, college-age, and worship ministries. In 2011, he heard the call of the Lord to pursue vocational ministry. After becoming a licensed minister through the Assemblies of God, and serving as the Director of Admissions at Northern Seminary, he now serves on staff as the Community and Family Life Pastor at OBCC.
I.J. loves Jesus and loves people. His desire is to build God’s kingdom through meaningful relationships with people, encouraging them to become devoted followers of Christ. His life verse has come from John 3:30, "He must become greater; I must become less."
He met his wife, Renee, at OBCC through a college/career ministry and they have been married since December 2009. They have two children, James and Jada. Their passion is Jesus and their mission, as a family, is to live the great commandment of Loving God and Loving Others.
Pastors of Spanish Ministry
Elmer Saravia was born in Guatemala. He studied at the Romulo Gellegos Institute in Guatemala City and graduated as an accountant. He then went on to study law at the University of San Carlos de Guatemala (USCAC). Elmer also studied at the Central American Theological Seminary (SETECA).
Previously, Elmer worked as a teacher's aid for Illinois School District 300 (D-300). He was qualified to work with 3-5 year olds. He also completed the FAST workshop at D-300, which allowed him to work with the students’ families. Currently, Pastor Elmer is studying at Global University, a university endorsed by the Assemblies of God. Elmer is married to Adelina Saravia. They have three children and four grandchildren.
Kelli has been a part of the OBCC family since 2014. At a young age, she felt drawn to overseas missions and education. Since Kelli enjoys teaching and mentoring young people, she spent her high school years tutoring underprivileged students and leading a middle school youth group. After graduating high school, she attended Harvest School of Missions in Mozambique led by Heidi and Rolland Baker. Kelli has taught piano lessons for many years, and she is currently earning a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Aurora University.
Kelli has a passion to see people from all walks of life encounter the love of Jesus and walk by faith in the power of the Spirit. One of her favorite verses is John 17:3: “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” She is convinced that God longs to speak to everyone and is thrilled to encourage the body of Christ to cultivate intimacy with God. In her spare time, you can find Kelli enjoying her family and friends, running outdoors, learning new recipes, or exploring new places.
•Attended several semesters of the Bethel School of Supernatural.
•Served as Infants & Toddlers Director at Living Water Community Church.
•Wants to adopt.
•Loves to bake for other people.
•Can’t handle frustrating technology.
•Will sit and talk to you for hours.
•Enjoys reorganizing and downsizing closet spaces.
•Will go to extreme lengths to make birthdays special.
•Will cry during children’s Disney movies.
Little Tom & Jenna Jackson
Pastors of OBC Deaf Church
Little Tom serves as the Lead Pastor of Oak Brook Community Deaf Church. Little attended Loyola University and majored in Psychology and Theatre. He served many years, giving direct service to students in the Chicago Public Schools. In 1995, Little transitioned from working with students to working with teachers. He began training teachers on how to use his methods of teaching. He currently trains about 25-30 teachers during the summer months. He follows these teachers throughout the school year as mentor and classroom coach.
In 2002, God directed Little to return to school for American Sign Language. Although he has no deaf relatives, it was God’s plan that he attend school and learn about deaf culture and signing. Little became involved with the deaf ministry at Oak Brook Community Church, and poured himself into that church, working as unto the Lord. In 2011, Little inherited that very same deaf church and is now the Senior Pastor. He is presently in the Living Word School of Ministry where he is learning to use the gifts and talents he has used these many years in ministry to the deaf.
Jenna Ford Jackson is a communications coach and seasoned orator having worked as a professional actress, singer, model, and voice over artist for more than 20 years. She is a graduate of Roosevelt University and the Joseph School of Business (Valedictorian). Formerly, she served as Director of Dance Ministry and as a teacher for Foundations of Faith. She is the Co-Founder of Made In His Image Ministries, Inc. and is a sought-after public speaker.
Little and his wife, Jenna Ford Jackson reside in the La Grange area with their two incredibly talented children; Brandon, age 16 and Lauren, age 12.
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Angelica has been part of OBCC family since December 2015. She came here with her family from Venezuela after God miraculously opened doors for them. Since a little child, she was driven to “make the world a fairer place for everyone”. She came to Christ in 2007 and that radically changed her perspective about life, people and societal transformation through the power of the gospel.
She graduated top of her class in the Central University of Venezuela with a BA in International Relations and has an Associate Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies from the International School of Ministry. Having worked for more than two years as Project Manager in distinguished Venezuelan non-profit organizations like, “Somos Posible” and “Venezuela Sin Limites,” she developed her own social venture at the age of 18. Angelica is convinced that only the power of the gospel can truly transform our society and generate development, because “there is a need for a new heart in every person, before attempting to build a new, fairer society”. Also she had been a volunteer in her local church in Venezuela for more than 8 years. Before coming to Chicago, she was leading the communications team and the college group, and has experience serving in street evangelism, community outreaches and a new believers follow-up.
Currently, she is pursuing a double MA in Intercultural Studies and International Leadership at Trinity International University. Her heart is in community outreach, global missions, and social development. She enjoys outdoors activities, following trends in Social Media, learning through MOOCs, engaging in conversation about her home country, and sharing coffee with people from different cultures.