Phil is a 1978 graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Both Phil and his wife, Lisa, graduated from Wheaton College with their undergraduate degrees. Phil was the first pastor of Christ Evangelical Free Church in eastern Pennsylvania, serving there for 17 years. They arrived in St. Joseph in 1995 to begin ministry here at The Chapel. He and Lisa have two children. Dan is a 2001 graduate of Taylor University in Upland, Indiana and a 2004 graduate of Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Indiana. Rachel is a 2006 graduate of Taylor University.
Associate Lead Pastor
Corey joined the staff at The Chapel in October 2010. He graduated from Butler University with a bachelor’s degree and from Phoenix Seminary with a Master of Divinity in Biblical communication degree. Corey’s previous ministry experience includes serving as an intern with Athletes in Action at Butler University, and as a high school and college pastor in Arizona. Corey is married to Kasey and they have five children, Micah, Adelyn, Avery, Kellen, and Cade.
Bill joined The Chapel staff in October of 2022. Bill has been in full-time ministry since 1999 and has served churches in Texas as Singles and Recreation Ministers. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and received a Masters of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2011. Bill and his wife Jill have been married since 1995 and have one son.
Pastor of Discipleship
Luke joined the staff at The Chapel in June 2022. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree and from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with a Master of Divinity. Luke served as a pastoral intern at The Orchard EFC and married Lea in October 2020.
Pastor of Worship
Kent is a 1990 graduate of Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois, where he earned a bachelor's degree in music education. Prior to entering full-time music ministry, Kent taught middle school and high school band and choir in three different public school systems in Illinois. He served as Associate Director of Worship and Fine Arts at Parma Heights Baptist Church in suburban Cleveland, Ohio for four years before being called to The Chapel in July 2002. Kent's wife, Susan, recently retired from teaching middle and high school English after 32 years. The Wades have two grown children, Andrew and Michaela (married to Michael) along with one grandchild, Myles.
Pastor of Student Ministries
Jacob Baker joined The Chapel in 2021 after having served for 10 years as a Youth Pastor in Iowa. He has a pastoral studies degree from Calvary Bible College and is pursuing a Masters of Divinity from Moody Theological Seminary. Jacob is married to his wife, Katie, and they have five kids.
Associate Worship & Tech Director
Evan was born and raised in St. Peters, Missouri. 2020 was a big year for him because, amid that one thing that started then, he graduated from Taylor University in Indiana with a B.S. in Church Music Ministries and married his wife Rylie. Evan joined the staff at The Chapel in the fall of 2022 after completing a two year worship residency at Greenford Christian Church in northeast Ohio.
Jeff and his wife, Sue, have been attending The Chapel since moving to the St. Joseph area in 1987. He has been involved in different aspects of ministry at The Chapel over the years, but after retiring from a corporate career in 2012 he completed his Master of Ministry degree at Bethel College and joined the staff as part-time Missions Director. Jeff and Sue have two adult children and five grandchildren.
Children's Ministry Director
Lyn graduated from Indiana State University with a degree in music education. She has taught private piano lessons for more than 20 years and before coming to The Chapel, she was a property manager for a small real estate company. She has been involved with Bible Study Fellowship for 14 years and serving as the Children's Supervisor for seven years. She has a passion for young moms and children and looks forward to serving at The Chapel.
Women's Ministry Director
Born and raised in Iowa, Jana graduated from Central College in Pella, Iowa with a degree in business management and a minor in communications. She and her husband, Kirk, have 3 grown children and a bonus son-in-law. They moved to Arkansas in 2005 and to Michigan in 2006 and have been attending The Chapel since then. Jana has been involved in the Women’s Ministry Leadership team since 2010. Jana joined the staff in June of 2016 as a part-time Student Ministries Assistant and moved to the role of Women’s Ministry Director in September 2022.
Before becoming our Facilities Director in 2022, Steven held various positions in the computer and information technology industry and lived in Texas, California, and Arizona. After moving to southwestern Michigan in 2008, he began attending The Chapel in 2016 and became involved in church facilities maintenance as a volunteer.
Design and Communications
Larissa grew up in Iowa. She was a director of communications for a small ministry in Brown County, Indiana for four years. She moved to Benton Harbor in October of 2018.
Lori grew up in Kalamazoo and moved to St. Joseph more than 27 years ago when she married her husband, Mark. They have three grown sons and have been attending The Chapel since 2007. Lori joined the staff in October 2010 as a part-time Administrative Assistant of Student Ministries. Then in 2016, Lori moved to the front office where she currently works part-time.
Jennifer been married for more than 17 years and has three boys. After graduating college, she became a medical assistant and worked for a dermatologist for seven years. After her third son was born, she became a stay-at-home mom for nine years. Before coming to The Chapel, she was a preschool teacher assistant for a childcare center. She have been active in children's ministry since she was a teenager helping in VBS, Awana, and Sunday School. "God has given me a heart for children and I am blessed to be working in Children's Ministries at The Chapel," said Jennifer.
Student Ministries Assistant
My name is Samantha Bare and I am the Student Ministries Assistant. I have attended The Chapel since 2005. I have a degree in Early Childhood Development and until now have been working as a Childcare Program Director. I played both volleyball and softball at Lake Michigan College and still enjoy being involved in sports whether it's watching or coaching and occasionally playing again. I have been married to my husband, Brandon for 9 years. We have 2 boys, Ethan and Jackson along with our 3 furbabies, Sparky, Rudy and Rosie. I'm so thankful and blessed to be a part of The Chapel family.