Illinois church pastor


Pastor Derek Buikema is the Lead Pastor at Orland Park Church, and he has been at OPCRC since August of 2013. Derek and his wonderful wife Aubrey have one daughter and one baby on the way, who fill them with joy. Derek grew up in Brookfield, WI and attended Wheaton College, Westminster Seminary, and Calvin Seminary. Each of those institutions was used by God to deepen Derek's love for Christ, His Word, and the church.

Derek’s sermons have been featured on several AM 1160 (WYLL Chicago) programs, and he is a regular conference speaker. When he can find the time, he enjoys playing basketball with friends from the church, Ultimate Frisbee, and improvisational comedy. He particularly loves getting to know new people, conversation with good friends, Christ-centered expositional preaching, and the Heidelberg Catechism.

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Hillcrest Baptist Church pastor

PASTOR ADRON ROBINSON – Hillcrest Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Adron Robinson serves as the first ever African American Senior Pastor in the 50-year history of Hillcrest Baptist Church located in Country Club Hills, Illinois. He is committed to serving the Hillcrest family and surrounding communities with compassion and integrity to the glory of God. He and Veronica, his lovely bride of 17 years, are committed to glorifying God in their marriage and ministry.

Pastor Adron currently holds a B.A. from DePaul University, a certificate in Urban Ministry from the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (S.C.U.P.E.), a Master of Divinity from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention and as President of the Illinois Baptist State Association.

Pastor Adron is passionate about Men’s Ministry; therefore, he established the Men’s Fraternity at Hillcrest Baptist Church. He believes that every man needs a man to help him understand and embrace manhood. Because of this belief, Pastor Adron has spent the last eight years cultivating men to embrace and engage biblical manhood and to join the church in fulfilling the Mission of God.

Baptist church pastor


Rev. Romell Williams, a native of Chicago, is the first-born son of Rev. and Mrs. Romell Williams. Sr. Rev. Williams represents the third generation of men in his family to preach the Word of God. He accepted his call to ministry and was licensed at 17. He was later ordained at the age of 19. Rev. Williams was educated at the historical Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. He is a graduate of Trinity International University.

The reverend accepted his call to be the shepherd of Lilydale Progressive M.B. Church in September 2004 and has committed himself to the spiritual health and growth of the members of Lilydale and the Roseland community. Under his leadership, Lilydale has experienced physical, spiritual, and administrative growth.

He is a sought-after speaker on a local and national level, both within and beyond denominational boundaries. He is also a recognized expositor of God’s word with experience in conferences, revivals, lecture series’, and other parachurch endeavors. Currently, he serves as the associate director for preaching workshops with the Simeon Trust.

God has favored Rev. Williams and given him a helpmate. He is married to the lovely Mrs. LaTisha DeBre’ Williams of Rockford, IL, and they are the proud parents of two sons: Caleb Jefferson Williams and Joshua Romell Williams.

West Chicago Bible Church pastor
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Pastor Jayson York – West Chicago Bible Church

Pastor Jayson grew up in Granite City, IL, just across the river from St. Louis, MO. He is married to Lindsay, whom he met and dated while attending college when both of them were All-Americans in soccer. They were married in 1999, and they have three children: Noah, Amanda, and Jacob.

Jayson's call to ministry didn't come immediately as it does for some. After a successful 10-year career in orthopedic sales, Pastor Jayson and his family moved to the Dominican Republic in 2010, where he served as a ministry coordinator and staff pastor and preached regularly in a local church. After returning to the U.S. in 2013, Jayson was called by WEBC to become the Senior Pastor.

Pastor Jayson believes that the most important ministry he has is the preaching of God’s word and its truth, week after week, to see the congregation grow in the knowledge of the Word of God. In the model of the great preachers of the past and present, Pastor Jayson desires to see the church edified each week through the faithful exposition of scripture, following books of the Bible one verse at a time.

When he isn't studying for Sunday or Wednesday messages, Pastor Jayson loves meeting with people and getting to know them personally. Stop by the church, and you will likely find him sitting across the table from someone, working through issues of understanding and applying the gospel in everyday life. He is a gifted leader and communicator, which can be seen in his desire to walk alongside others as they grow in their knowledge of the scriptures and seek to apply them personally.

In addition to his ministry at WEBC, Pastor Jayson also serves as a Pastoral Adoption Consultant for the Evangelical Child and Family Agency, as the Baseball Chaplain for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes IMPACT Baseball program, and as a midweek chapel speaker at Wayside Cross Ministries in Aurora, IL. Jayson has been a featured guest and speaker on WYLL AM 1160, and he has preached to churches and events in Asia, Europe, Central America, and the Caribbean.

If you don't find Pastor Jayson in his office, he is probably with his wife and kids, standing alongside a river or lake with a fishing pole in his hand.

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Progressive Baptist Church pastor

Pastor Charlie Dates – Progressive Baptist Church

In 2011, at age 30, Dr. Charlie Edward Dates became the youngest Senior Pastor in Progressive’s rich 99-year history.

Pastor Charlie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and Rhetoric at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and both a Master of Divinity Degree and Ph.D. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He successfully defended his dissertation for the Ph.D. in Historical Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His original research focuses on the burden of black preaching in late 20th Century Chicago.

Before coming to Progressive, Pastor Charlie served at The New Zion Baptist Church in Rockford and at The Salem Baptist Church of Chicago.

In addition to his pastoral duties, Pastor Charlie is a Contributing Editor for Preaching Magazine, an affiliate professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and an Adjunct Professor at the Moody Bible Institute. Dr. Dates also serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Chicago Fire Department. He is a contributor to the 2014 book, “Letters to a Birmingham Jail.”

Pastor Charlie is married to Kirstie Dates and is the proud father of their children: Charlie Edward Dates II and Claire Elisabeth Dates. He is also widely invited to preach at churches, conferences, and universities throughout the United States.

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Pastor Scott Nichols – Crossroads Community Church

Scott Nichols loves serving as Pastor of Crossroads Community Church, located west of Chicago in Carol Stream. Scott and his wife Victoria launched Crossroads in 2001. Today, Crossroads is a thriving congregation with three weekend services, a site in DeKalb, and a daughter church in Palos Hills, IL.

Scott and Vicki have three grown children, two daughters-in-law, one granddaughter, and a Labrador Retriever. Scott holds a BA in Theology from Southwest Baptist University and an MA in Ministry from Moody Theological Seminary, and he is working toward a Doctor of Ministry from Southern Seminary in Louisville. His goal is to honor God with all he is and does.

Scott loves expository preaching, developing young leaders, and evangelism. He regularly meets with local pastors for coaching and encouragement. Scott has written small group studies, magazine articles, and training guides for publication. He speaks at conferences and local churches in the Midwest and trains pastors in Accra, Ghana, and Kwoi, NG.

Biblical teaching pastor

Pastor Doug O'Donnell – Westminster Presbyterian Church

Doug was called to Westminster as the Senior Pastor in 2017. He is the primary preaching pastor, providing a vision for the church, and along with the session, shepherding God’s people. Doug was born and raised in Addison, IL. Recently, he served as the senior lecturer in Biblical Studies and Practical Theology at Queensland Theological College in Brisbane, AU. Pastor O’Donnell has authored, edited, and contributed to a number of books, including two children’s books, six commentaries on the Bible, and The Pastor’s Book with R. Kent Hughes. Doug is also an instructor for Charles Simeon Trust.

Doug was converted to Christ in his late teens and has served in pastoral ministry for the past 20-plus years. He is married to Emily, and they have five children. Doug enjoys good coffee, long walks, reading poetry, cheering for the Big Ten, watching the NBA, and beating his family in Knock-Out.

Academic Background

  • BA, Wheaton College
  • MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • MA, Wheaton College
  • Ph.D. Candidate, University of Aberdeen


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