Pastor Mike Fender
Rev. Michael W. Fender is a native of Odell, Illinois. He graduated from MacMurray College in 1983 with a major in philosophy and religion and the equivalent of a minor in social work. He went on to attend Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and graduated with a Masters of Divinity in 1986.
Pastor Mike has served churches in The Illinois Great Rivers Conference, The North Alabama Conference and The North Georgia Conference. He has been very active in the communities that he served. Pastor Mike was a volunteer firefighter/emt for twelve years and is a certified fire chaplain. He has spent the past 20 years working in the area of transformational ministries and is a trained facilitator in Healthy Congregations and in church mediation and conflict management.
He did his senior social work internship at the International Council of Social Welfare in Tokyo Japan, served as a short term missionary in Honduras, Nicaragua, Appalachia, and Mississippi.
Pastor Mike was an avid motorcyclist and traveled across the U.S. and Canada twice. He enjoys fishing, trap shooting, cooking and a strong cup of coffee and great conversation with friends (and sometimes strangers).
Mike and his wife Beth will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary the 26th of May. They have three children Micah, 21, a student at Southwestern Illinois College, Jonah, 18, a senior at Jacksonville High School and Anna, 16, a sophomore at Jacksonville High School.
Rev. Stan Evans
Stanley K. Evans is the oldest of nine children born to Marsh and Jessie Evans of Wynne, Arkansas. After graduating from high school in May 1973, he entered into the United States Army and served his country for 3 years. Upon completing his tour of service, he worked for Job Corps as a Recruiter. Desiring to get a college degree, he enrolled and began this journey in 1982 at Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama and graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. Pastor Stan continued his pursuit of education and entered the Master's of Divinity at the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia and completed in his studies in May 1989 with honors. Stan earned this degree in 2 years instead of the 3 years required.
Pastor Stan is married to the love of his life, Karen Shackelford-Evans and they are the proud parents of two, Racquese Lenai Evans a graduate of Brown Mackie College, with a degree in Business Administration and Kiana Rochelle Evans, a graduate of Miles College with a degree in English. They have 3 grandchildren, Jarai, Alexia and Destiney.
Pastor Stan is very proud that of his 5 brothers, 4 of them are Pastors and his sisters are Evangelist and Psalmist. His call to ministry came at the age of 9 or 10 and actually began with his grandfather, Joseph who he loved and admired. Pastor Stan has been in ministry for over 38 years and loves God's people. His life has been devoted to serving people in the various programs that he has managed and his teaching at Seattle Vocational College in Seattle.
Pastor Evans considers himself to be a people person with a corny sense of humor. He believes that you meet and accept people where they are and accept them just like Jesus accepted you.
Life's Motto: WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE