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Our Pastoral Staff

“And he gave… the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11-12)

jeff_sJeff Smith, Minister of Member Care

Jeff and his wife Cara have been members at Willow Creek Church for more than twenty years and he has been on our staff since 2005. Jeff is one of our ruling elders, clerk of our session and a Stephens ministry leader. He works with our church family to build and equip teams that offer care in areas such as hospital visitations, home visits, grief care, memorial services, financial assistance and employment opportunities.

Contact Jeff Smith by email.

kent_bioKent Suits, Assistant Pastor of Youth Ministries

Kent is our newest Assistant Pastor. He is a graduate of Columbia International University (BS, 2008) and Erskine Theological Seminary (MDiv, 2013). He was ordained in 2014.

Kent grew up in South Carolina and he married his high school sweetheart, Kaitlin, in 2009. They have 2 girls; Caris, 2-years-old and Liza, born January 2015.

Kent is a big sinner with a bigger Savior and he is passionate about communicating this truth to students. He began working in youth ministry after his freshmen year of college in 2006. In South Carolina, He interned for 3 years and was a Youth Director for 5 years. He and his family moved to Florida to begin working at Willow Creek Church in January 2014 and he loves working here. Kent loves sports, music, his family, church, students and Jesus. His hope is that every student he encounters, despite their background, gets to know Jesus as the Savior for sinners.

Contact Pastor Kent by email.