Raised in southern California, Pastor Brian Sandifer has spent the last 32 years making northern Virginia his home. As a young man Brian became a Christian when God called him out of a life of selfishness and pride to repent and serve Jesus as Lord. Eventually Brian left a career in information technology to pursue ministry as a vocation. Now he and his family of seven are excited to begin serving our community, joining all God’s servants who labor in our Monroe County region. Brian has been a pastor for more than ten years, works hard to present sermons that are true to God’s Word and practical, strives to be a humble servant-leader, and is a down-to-earth guy who shares his God-given spiritual gifts with the church. He loves Jesus, family and friends, being active outdoors, reading, writing, and baseball. His life goal is to prioritize all those in the right order!
Shepherding Ministries Coordinator
Tom Jones has fifty-seven years of pastoral experience. Tom has served churches in Illinois, Tennessee, and Missouri–thirteen of those years as a church planter in southern Illinois. He worked for twenty-five years as a director for Fresh Start Seminars, an international divorce recovery ministry, and served sixteen years as a pastoral counselor at a church in St. Louis. Tom has taught speech and homiletics at the college and seminary levels. He is an author and an amateur songwriter and singer. Tom and his wife, Reidun, live in Columbia, Illinois. They have nine children, fourteen grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. They are tired.
Education and Outreach Coordinator
Ron Jones grew up in the Waterloo area. He attended Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Sociology. His work experience includes camping ministry, music ministry, teaching, and retail. He has served as a deacon at Northwest Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Ohio and as an elder at Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo, Illinois. He loves the Lord and looks forward to witnessing and participating in what the Lord has planned for Concord and the community. He enjoys playing the piano, singing praises, and spending time with his wife, Sue, and children Erin, Josh, Sara, Geroid, and grandchildren Caden, Owen, Jackson, Kristian, De’Ana, and Leila.
Beth Bicklein grew up in southern Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Jim, and is the mother of three adult children and a son-in-law–and is a doting grandmother. She likes to spend her free time swimming, raising chickens, gardening, studying Bible history and archaeology, and having a lot of fun with family and friends. Her prayer is that God’s kingdom will grow and bless many people at Concord and throughout the wider community.
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Youth Ministry Intern
grew up on a small cattle ranch in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area. He attended Covenant College where he graduated with a degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. He is currently a student at Covenant Seminary in Saint Louis where is working toward a Master’s of Divinity degree. He is married to Jéssika, who is currently a Phd student in chemistry at Washington University in Saint Louis. Zach enjoys spending his free time playing hockey, skiing, rock climbing, cooking, eating, and reading.