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Cherry Hills Staff

Pastoral Staff

To reach a one of our staff members, please email chbc@cherryhillsfamily.org or call 217-546-4818.

Office & Administration

Worship Arts

Children & Youth Staff

Jeff Nelsen

Jeff NelsenLead Pastor

Pastor Jeff joined our staff in 1995, having previously served as our Youth Pastor from 1984-1988. He is the primary teacher on weekends, and God has given him the gift of encouragement which shapes all he does in our church family. Pastor Jeff’s ability to express the truths of the Bible in a practical way has been a help to people in their spiritual growth. He and his wife, Patricia, have three children and two grandchildren.

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Steve Patzia

Steve PatziaTeaching Pastor

Pastor Steve serves as a Teaching Pastor, and he also serves on the Senior Leadership Team as well as our Elder Team. Steve’s desire is to help people see Jesus did indeed come to give us “life to the full” (John 10:10) and following Him wholeheartedly is the path to that abundant life. Steve and his wife Peggy are the parents of two children.

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Brian Schwarberg

Brian SchwarbergFamily & Mission Pastor

Pastor Brian joined the Cherry Hills staff in 2006. He oversees the Children’s Ministry from birth-5th grade, and has a passion to help parents become the primary disciple-makers in their children’s lives. In addition, Brian oversees the Missions Team working with missionaries and organizations locally and around the world. He and his wife have three boys.

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Brian Wilmarth

Brian WilmarthCongregational Care Pastor

Pastor Brian joined us in November, 2012. He oversees all of our care ministries and Life Groups. Essentially he helps us with the second part of our mission – Love One Another. Brian is passionate about helping people to grow deep in their relationship with the Lord by sharing life together in authentic community that challenges and cares for each other. Brian and his wife, Jessica, are parents of one child.

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Lee Willis Jr.

Lee Willis Jr.Discipleship Pastor

Discipleship Pastor, joined our staff in 2009.  He oversees First Impressions and connecting people in our church. His heart is to help each individual know their next step in their faith journey.  This can be seen as he oversees Baptism, First Step Class (for those newer to Cherry Hills), Membership and Network.  Lee loves seeing people feel welcome and strives to keep a hospitable atmosphere. Lee and his wife Kristi have one child.

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Zac Stringham

Zac StringhamYouth Pastor

Youth Pastor, joined our staff in August, 2016. He leads our High School and Middle School Ministries.  Zac loves investing in students and investing in teams of adults who invest in students. He’s a big believer that parents are the primary spiritual caregivers for their kids and wants to do whatever he can to help parents lean into that during the teenage years.  Zac loves youth ministry because he gets to help students figure out how God made them and what He put them on the earth to do.

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Jim Fay

Jim FayChurch Administrator

Jim serves as our Church Administrator, responsible for staff, financial, building and grounds, and administrative issues. He has been a member of Cherry Hills since 1986 and enjoyed a 26-year career with the state police before spending a year in Iraq as an army advisor. Jim has a heart for mission work and regularly participates in supporting the efforts of the Amigos en Cristo group in Juarez, Mexico and other local mission projects. Jim lives in rural Petersburg and has two kids.

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Tammy Manheim

Tammy ManheimOffice Assistant

Tammy joined our church staff as our Receptionist/Office Assistant in 2009. She and her husband Phil have been a part of the Cherry Hills Family since 1990 along with their 3 college age children. Her interests include reading, sewing, gardening and music.

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Sue Cooper

Sue BlankenshipMinistry Assistant

Sue joined the Cherry Hills office staff in 2000. As one of our Ministry Assistants, Sue oversees our weekly publications, the web site, and other communication projects. She also works closely with the Worship Arts Teams, serving on the Creative Planning Team and helping coordinate our services.

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Susan Jamison

Susan JamisonMinistry Assistant

Susan has been part of the Cherry Hills office staff since 1998 and continues to provide administrative support and encouragement to our growing staff. In addition to assisting the various ministry teams, she also helps with our Care Ministries and getting people connected at Cherry Hills. Susan and her husband Bob first came to Cherry Hills in 1995. They are the parents of a son in college. Susan enjoys music (Fernando Ortega, worship & country) and sports (Red Sox).

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Chuck Bosworth

Chuck BosworthWorship Arts Director

Chuck joined our staff in July, 2010. He leads the planning of our worship services and oversees all Worship Arts Ministries. Chuck believes that we exist to magnify the name of Jesus Christ through art, and has a passion for learning how to move from preference (of music styles) to praise (remember Who we are worshipping). Chuck and his wife Lisa have three children.

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Brad Warren

Brad WarrenWorship Choir Director

Brad serves as the director of the choirs at Cherry Hills (the Worship Choir, the SummerBreeze Chorus, and the Men’s Chorus). Brad and his wife, Amy, were married in 1994, and they have three sons, Isaac, Philip, and Gabriel. Brad and his family enjoy traveling and Dilbert comic strips.

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Glenn McCrae

Glenn McCraeTechnical Arts Team Leader

Glenn joined the Cherry Hills staff in July, 2014. His gifting and skills are the ideal fit for our Worship Arts team. Glenn oversees everything related to sound and video for our church. He also plays several instruments and sings with the praise team when possible. Glenn and his wife, Leah, have one child.

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Jessica Wilmarth

Jessica WilmarthWorship Arts Assistant

Jessica started as a volunteer in Worship Arts and came on staff in 2013. She assists Chuck Bosworth with administrative tasks, but is also the main leader of our drama ministry. She is married to Pastor Brian Wilmarth, and they have one child.

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Courtney Sullivan

Courtney SullivanPreschool Director

Courtney serves as the Preschool Director for our weekday Preschool and on Sunday mornings. She coordinates anything pertaining to the Preschool Ministry, including volunteers for Sunday School and special events. She and her husband Brian have two children. Courtney is also the church liaison for Beerlahai Roi where she volunteers.

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Coming Soon!

Senior High Youth Director

Cherry Hills is currently seeking a Senior High Youth Director. More information regarding this position will be available soon.

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Sheila Bartlett

Sheila BartlettSunday Morning Preschool Assistant

Sheila joined the Cherry Hills office staff in 2011. As our Preschool Assistant on Sunday mornings, Sheila coordinates the volunteers and ensures that they have all the resources they need for teaching and assisting in the preschool rooms. Sheila and her husband James have one child.

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Bethany Russell

Bethany RussellGirls Ministry Director

Bethany oversees the Jr High and Sr. High school girls ministry. She has attended Cherry Hills for 10 years, and also works as a high school math teacher at Williamsville High School. She and her husband, Billy married in 2014.

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Heather Cremeens

Heather CremeensYouth Assistant & Nursery Coordinator

Heather officially came on staff in 2014 after doing temp work for the office staff from time to time. She offers administrative support to Pastor Lee, Chris and Bethany. She and her husband Matt have 4 children.

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Cherry Hills Preschool - Springfield, IL

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Cherry Hills Preschool is a ministry of Cherry Hills Baptist Church established more than 45 years ago that provides 3 year old and 4 year old programming, as well as programming for those who are 5 years old and are not yet ready for the academic and/or emotional climate of kindergarten.

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