Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Jason Perry

Lead Pastor

Jason is an experienced minister, author and teacher. For 30 years he has served the church and kingdom of God in a wide variety of capacities including youth pastor, Sunday School teacher, deacon, elder, campus youth leader with Youth For Christ, interim pastor, youth pastor, associate pastor, and church planter. He has served in several national-level leadership roles addressing issues surrounding youth, mentoring and leadership development. Pastor Perry possesses extensive experience both nationally and internationally as a conference and retreat speaker. 

Wanzette Ann Bilbrew

Head Pastor (Riverdale Campus)

Wanzette Ann is an experienced ordained minister, community activist, mentor, and teacher. For 20 years she has served the church, local community,  and kingdom of God in a wide variety of capacities including development and implementation of the Circle Ministry, seminarian mentoring, women's ministry leader, interim pastor, associate pastor, and church planter. She is active with the NCNW (National Council of Negro Women), NAACP, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.,  while addressing issues surrounding domestic violence, elder abuse, human trafficking, mental health, homelessness,  youth, mentoring and leadership development.   Her life motto is, “If my sweet Jesus could forgive everyone, then who can I not forgive? Forgiveness is for the spiritual health of the soul. God is good.”  

Robyn Jackson

Pastor of Pastoral Care

Robyn is a woman who loves the Lord above all else, and she loves spending time with people who want to learn more about Him. She brings that love to people who are home-bound, hospitalized, or ill, offering spiritual encouragement and prayer. She loves outdoor activities and travel. Robyn relies on the promise found in Zechariah 4:6b: “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord.” She is a Hofstra University graduate—where she met her husband Jim—and a Charis Bible College graduate. She and Jim have been married for 28 years and have 4 children—George, Kaila, Damaris, and Isabella. 
 

suzanne bush

Executive Director of Ministries and Administration

Suzanne has a genuine, loving relationship with Jesus and has been active at Living Springs since she was 16 years old. Progressively, she become more woven into ministries and outreach at LSCC. Outside of Living Springs, Suzanne has many years of experience serving the community, especially youth, in a social work and therapeutic context. She has supervised staff and volunteer teams, written curriculum for outreach programs, developed consistent volunteer groups, designed digital marketing and media tools, and led therapeutic and education policy trainings.  Additionally, Suzanne founded a non-profit, Made in the Image, aimed at ending homelessness in Chicago.
 

Keith Piepenbrink

Manager of Buildings and Properties 

Using  skills developed throughout his careers as a project manager, estimator, artist, and printing supervisor, Keith uses his experiences to ensure that the right resources are in the right place at the right time. When he is not at the building on Halsted, Keith and his wife Geri are probably cheering on their favorite Chicago teams or decorating their house, yard, and car for Halloween, their favorite holiday. 

Rich Albrecht

Director of Youth and Prayer Ministries

Called to cultivate a personal love and affection for Jesus that rivals every other desire and increases daily throughout his entire life, Rich shares that passion with high school and junior high students, creating an environment where they can be released into a “sold out” love for Jesus that impacts the world.  Rich lives in Thornton and enjoys relaxing in his pool or spending time with friends. 

Loni Elmore

Director of Living Springs Preschool

Loni has grown to love Living Springs Preschool as a parent, a teacher, and now Director. She is committed to helping children begin school on a faith-based foundation that is both solid and wide-ranging, and she works with a team of gifted teachers to accomplish that.  

Cristin Verver

Director of Springs Kids

Cristin has the spiritual gifts of service, helps, and leadership. Having grown up in church, with parents who set an example of service, Cristin has used her gifts in ministries such as PADS, nursery, Sunday school, and providing meals for families of newborns. She feels blessed now to be serving as Director of Springs Kids. Cristin and her husband Ryan have been attending Living Springs since they were dating, when the church was called Homewood Reformed. They love being able to raise their three children in a loving church that is committed to empowering the next generation. 

Diana Gomez

Administrative Assistant
Diana is thrilled to be part of Living Springs where she can use her administrative gifts to make sure that vision becomes reality. 

Jim "Buffalo" Tufford

Bookkeeper
Numbers Man Jim Tufford has served as Living Springs’ bookkeeper since 2008. When he’s not tracking expenses and balancing budgets, he is busy on the Living Springs website, adding the weekly updates that so many of our members rely on. Jim does this all with a corny sense of humor that makes fellow staff members groan, smile, and shake their heads.