Jason McKinnies


Originally from South Bend, Indiana, Pastor Jason was born again at the age of eight. He left a successful career as an executive to follow a calling to preach. He pursues this calling prayerfully and passionately. Powerfully anointed, Pastor Jason preaches the undiluted, uncompromising truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is a visionary leader who teaches the Word unadorned and with clarity.

Melissa McKinnies


Originally from Portland, Indiana, Pastor Melissa was born again at the age of seven. Pastor Melissa attended Indiana Bible College, where she pursued a degree in Theology. She began singing at the age of three and is now a published recording artist. Pastor Melissa's albums include ``Grace Amazing`` and ``Beyond``. She leads praise and worship with the belief that “praise added to worship reveals His Glory”.

Evan Milby


Evan was influenced by music at a young age, thanks largely to his parents Doug and Cindy Milby who served as worship pastors for 19 years. Evan was encouraged by his dad to pick up the guitar at the age of ten and began leading worship for his youth group by the age of 13. His hard work and calling led to Evan meeting successful Christian recording artist, Natalie Grant, and her husband/producer Bernie Herms at church as part of the youth choir led by Geron Davis and Shelton Lovern. This opened many doors that allowed him the opportunity to tour and write with many artists such as Lauren Alaina, Natalie Grant, Britt Nicole, ZoeGirl, and Matthew West. With his continued heart for the church, and a calling put on his life to be a worship leader, Evan came with his beautiful bride, Alanna Milby, to become worship pastor in 2013.

PJ Robinson


Born and raised in southern Illinois, Pastor PJ worked in church construction throughout most of the Midwest. This enabled him to work closely with many churches. He also served in many areas of the church, including ministry (elementary and youth), clerical, administration, and worship. Pastor PJ’s passion for music and multifaceted experience aid him as he directs audio/visual and technology operations.

Kerry Cox

Family Pastor

Pastor Kerry gave his life to the Lord at an early age and has since celebrated his 50th spiritual birthday! In that time, he has had the opportunity to teach every age group from 4 and 5 year olds to adults (4 and 5 year olds were the best)! Having a construction business for 28 years paid the bills, but his heart was always desiring to be in ministry full time. That became a reality when he came on staff at the Worship Center as Family Pastor. Looking back, he can see how God had been preparing him for this time and this ministry. Pastor Kerry feels it is very exciting to be a part of a `` church on purpose``, and can't wait to see what the future holds!

Christina Ewell


Christina was born in southern Illinois. She spent her early years listening to her grandmother pastor and evangelize. Her grandmother's influence helped her decide to attend Southern Illinois University to receive a degree in Elementary Education and later a Master's Degree as a Reading Specialist. At the age of 28 she accepted the call as a children's pastor. She and her family began attending Southern Illinois Worship Center in April of 2014 where they found a loving congregation. Christina began working in WCKids and stepped in as Children's Pastor in 2015.

Michael DuPriest

Family Pastor

Originally from Warner Robins, Georgia, Pastor Michael felt the call to ministry at a young age. Pastor Michael attended Lee University, where he graduated with a degree in Pastoral Ministries. He has been in ministry since graduating, and has served in Georgia and southern Illinois.Pastor Michael is excited to be a part of what God is doing at Southern Illinois Worship Center. Along with his wife Mika and three children, he came to be Family Pastor in 2018.

Ben & Cassie Puckett

Youth Pastors

Ben and Cassie originally met in southern Illinois when Cassie was 15 and Ben was 21. Ten years later, God had their paths cross again in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where they began dating. After 15 years of marriage and three children, they have learned to lean on God and trust Him through it all. Ben and Cassie have a heart to see revival break out in the youth of southern Illinois. They approach this through real life experience and everyday relationships with the students they lead. Ben and Cassie are honored to be serving at Southern Illinois Worship Center, a church on purpose!

Aaron Dixon

Facilities Director

Aaron was born and raised in southern Illinois, where he has been heavily involved with all aspects of church life. He grew up attending a small family church, where his grandfather and mentor pastored. Along with his lovely wife and two children, Aaron has been attending Southern Illinois Worship Center since 2011 and is proud to call SIWC their church home. In addition to attending SIWC, Aaron serves on staff. He uses his experience and education in construction and business management to assist SIWC to his greatest ability. Aaron strongly believes that when you put God first above everything else, He will take care of you.

Adam Congiardo

Director of Video Production

Adam was raised in southern Illinois and is married to his beautiful wife Angie. Together, they have two wonderful daughters, Sydne and Mia. Adam grew up in church but didn't fully connect until later in life, when God called him to ministry. He found his passion for spreading the love of God through technology and now works full time reaching the lost through video production.

Donna Robinson


Donna was born and raised in southern Illinois. She has been involved in ministry since the age of 15, when she fully devoted her life to Christ, and His work. She married PJ Robinson in 1995 and joined him in Columbus, Ohio, where the two resided for 13 years. There, they started a family with son, Corley, born in 1999 and son, Dallon, born in 2006. Upon re-locating back to southern Illinois in 2008, they welcomed a third son, Brandt, in 2009. Donna, along with PJ and their sons, has been involved in many different aspects of ministry thru the years. They became members of Southern Illinois Worship Center in 2013. Donna has been an administrative assistant since the age of 17. She is excited to combine her 25 years of experience as an administrative assistant with her love of Christ, the church and His work.