Our Elders

Joe Thorn

Joe Thorn
Lead Pastor

Joe was raised in Geneva, IL, and came to know Christ after graduating from high school. He is married to Jen and together they have four kids (Katherine, Elias, Madeline and Kilian). Joe is the author of several books, and has degrees from Moody Bible Inst. in Chicago (B.A.) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville (M. Div.). Joe is one of the founding pastors of Redeemer Fellowship.

Interested in having Pastor Joe speak at your event? Please complete his Speaking Request Form here.

Pat Aldridge

Pat Aldridge
Community Life Pastor

Pat received the gift of salvation at the age of 15. He has a degree in Christian Ministry from Multnomah Bible College (now Multnomah University). Married Cheryl in May of 1994, and the twins, Katelyn and Thomas, were born July 2004. Pat enjoys spending time with family and geeking about most things sci-fi (comics, books, movies, etc). Pat is one of the founding pastors at Redeemer Fellowship, having served as an elder since 2007.

Jimmy Fowler

Executive Pastor

Growing up in St. Charles, Jimmy came to know Christ his sophomore year in high school. Jimmy is married to Michelle and they have three kids (Cohen, Elias, and Arianna). Jimmy completed his B.A. at Judson University.

Jeff Willey

Jeff Willey

Jeff was raised in Glendale Heights, IL. Christ changed his life as an adult at the age of 32. Jeff and his wife DeAnn have three grown children, Kacy, Jacob and Alyssa. God has blessed them with the privilege of owning a landscape company which has opened up a wonderful mission field for Christ. Jeff sees that God has grown him through many different areas of service to the church, but truly enjoys serving the children’s ministries. Jeff enjoys fishing, travel, and spending time with his family. Jeff is one of the founding pastors at Redeemer Fellowship, having served as an elder at Redeemer since 2007.

Brian Malcolm

Brian Malcolm

Brian was raised in a Christian home in central Illinois and came to know Christ in his youth. He moved to the Chicago suburbs in 1999 for college, and to the Fox Valley in 2007. Brian works as a graphic designer, and lives in Elburn with his wife, Heidi, and their son, Tisetso.


Elder Candidates

Kevin McDunn

Chris Santa Maria

Rob Warford



Our Staff

Deb Gabrels

Ministry Assistant

Deb grew up in South Carolina and received Christ as her Savior in her early teens. She moved to Illinois with her husband Greg, and two sons, Taylor and Bryson, in 1994. She has been the ministry assistant for Redeemer since 2007. She enjoys spending time with family, reading, and al fresco dining.

Jacob Schmanke
Youth Ministry Assistant

Jacob was born and raised in St. Charles and graduated from St. Charles North High School. He is married to Stephanie and they live in the Elgin area. He has been blessed with the opportunity to work and live in Las Vegas and Cancun, Mexico in his early adult years, and came to know the Lord in 2011. As a “prodigal child,” he has experienced a lot of valuable life lessons in which he feels God has lead him to share these experiences with the youth at Redeemer and in the Fox Valley area. You may find Stephanie and Jacob at a local disc golf course or biking on the trails along the Fox River. They also enjoy woodworking and D.I.Y. projects of all shapes and sizes.

Jeremy Nicoski
Worship Assistant

Jeremy was raised in a Christian home in St. Charles, Illinois, and came to know Christ as a teenager. Around that same time, he was given his first acoustic guitar and began serving in the music ministry at First Baptist Church of St. Charles and slowly transitioned into a ministry leader. He was married in 2008 to Maria, and they had our son, Lucas, in 2014. They currently live a few miles east of St. Charles in West Chicago and Jeremy has been serving as a worship leader at Redeemer Fellowship since 2007.



Our Deacons

Greg Gabrels

Dan Tsouloufis

Rob Warford

DeAnn Willey

To have a deacon contact you regarding care, benevolence, or any mercy ministry need, please contact the church office at 630 584-8750 or info@redeemerfellowship.org.