Tom has served as Senior Pastor since November 2004. He and Sue Ann married in 1980, they are the grateful parents of a married daughter and a college-age son, and they have partnered together in pastoral ministry since 1984. Tom received his Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary and enjoys reading, running, board games, and a good movie.
John has served as Assistant Pastor since August 2016. He previously served as Youth Pastor from April 2007-August 2016. He has been happily married to Patricia for over 20 years. They have a son in middle school. John and Patricia served for three years as missionaries in South America. John has his Master of Arts in Christian Education degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and enjoys travelling and serving as chaplain for our local police department.
Worship & Student Ministry Director
Nathan (or Nate to most) started his position at Journey Church in June 2017. Nathan and his wife Christine have been married since September 2016 and have two beautiful little girls, Rebekah and Ellie. Nate completed the School of Worship program from the Quad Cities Prayer Center in 2008. Nate plays many different instruments, and desires to use his gifting for the glory of God through music and teaching. His favorite pastimes include reading, cooking, watching a good movie, and many rounds of Settlers of Catan.
Children's Ministry Director
Joy and her family moved to the Clinton area in June 2017 and began attending Journey Church at that time. Previously she had directed the children’s ministry for a mid-week moms’ group and taught Sunday School at her former church in St. Louis, Missouri. Joy is married to Jason and they have six children ranging in age from 3 to 13. She loves reading, being outdoors with her family, and caring for their collection of animals.
Administrative Assistant & Facility Coordinator
Corrine became a Christian at four years old and rededicated her life to Jesus at thirteen. Corrine grew up in an Evangelical Free church in Rockford, IL, First Free Rockford, and served in their children’s ministry and communications department for over 9 years and 3 years respectively. Corrine and her husband, Samuel, have been a part of Journey Church for over five years and enjoy serving on the Audio-Visual Team together (Samuel is a sound/audio technician while Corrine is a visual technician). Corrine has a Bachelor of Art Degree in Visual Art and a Bachelor of Art Degree in Computer Graphic Communications, both from Ashford University. Corrine enjoys using her creative gifts in the arts to bring glory and praise to God.
Laura Jorgensen is a lifelong resident of Clinton and has attended Clinton EFC for almost 30 years. She has a BA in Accounting from St Ambrose University and has practiced accounting at the Super Wash corporate office since January of 1996. She has served as the church’s bookkeeper since 2013. Through the years, she’s volunteered in Awana, the Deaconess Board, Music Team, Nursery, and Children’s Church. She has 3 adult sons: Ben (Kim), Andy, and Michael (Shea). She has enjoyed being a grandma since February 2019. She enjoys music, reading, nature, and spending time with friends and family. She is grateful for a supportive church family and for God’s faithfulness through the years.
Jon was born and raised in Fulton Illinois, the son of John H. and Katherine Balk. He accepted Christ as his Savior at an early age and spent his childhood heavily bathed in the teaching of God’s Word. He currently lives near Erie, Illinois. Jon married his wife Lisa in 1981, and they have 3 grown children, Justin, Amy, and Sara. Jon and Lisa currently have 7 grandchildren. Jon retired from Exelon Nuclear at Quad Cities Nuclear Plant after spending 34 years in Maintenance. He loves the Lord and counts this church and this church family as one of his greatest blessings.
Chris is a born-again child of God. He began publicly professing his faith in Christ at a young age. He is the husband of Becky since 2001, father of Faith, Lilleigh, Calvin, and niece Serene. Chris values family, marriage, and absolute Truth. He and his family came to Journey Church in 2008 after moving here from the south suburbs of Chicago. He served 5 years on the Trustee Board and six years as a lead usher before joining the Elder Board. His career is also a ministry; Chris is the principal and spiritual head of Unity Christian School under Christ.
Scott is married to Tracy, and has two daughters, Audrey and Sidney. Scott grew up in Indiana, and graduated from Purdue University. He moved to Houston after graduating to start his career in chemical engineering. His family then moved to Clinton in 2008, where Scott works for Lyondell Basell. Scott was born again when he was 8 years old, and has been a Christ follower ever since.