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OUR STAFF

Brad Ferris 
Lead Pastor

Brad served for 12 years at First Christian Church in Newburgh Indiana, where he was an Adult Minister, a Preaching Associate and Executive Pastor. Brad graduated from Lincoln Christian College with a Bachelor's degree in Christian Ministries. Brad and his wife Mary Ann have five children: Neil, Madeline, Sarah, Samuel and Andrew. Brad is a sports fan and loves watching the St. Louis Cardinals and the Fighting Illini.

You can keep in touch with what Brad has going on by following him on Facebook.






Shawn Smith 
Adult Discipleship Pastor

Shawn has been on staff at Rochester since March of 2017. He grew up in Rio Rancho, New Mexico but graduated from Illinois State University (B.S.) and Lincoln Christian University (B.S. and MDiv.) He married the love of his life, Wendy, in 2005 and they have three daughters Avery, Campbell and Reagan and one son, Tucker. He is a family man but when he has a few hours to spare you will find him riding his bike on a country road, sipping a dark roast at Starbucks, catching an occasional movie or at Buffalo Wild Wings cheering on the Atlanta Braves, Indianapolis Colts, Ohio State Buckeyes or St. Louis Blues!

"I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace."- Acts 20:24



Ethan Tapscott

Worship and Creative Arts Pastor

Tappy, as he's known by most, just returned to Illinois after serving three years as Worship Arts Pastor in Troy, Ohio. He graduated from Lincoln Christian University with a Bachelor's Degree in Worship Studies and is currently enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at Lincoln Christian Seminary. Tappy's hobbies include playing music, reading, acting and watching a good movie. He and his wife, Emilie, enjoy living life together and making new   and exciting memories. A few of their favorite things to do are water ski, snow ski, and   swing dance!






Curtis Batchelder

Children's Pastor

Curtis is a proud graduate of Vacaville Christian Academy Preschool where he discovered that if you add a packet of sugar to a glob of glue it makes candy!  He went into Children's Ministry mainly because he's just a big kid who loves our great God (and they wouldn't let him sing from the stage with a mic).  Curtis is married (who knew) to a beautiful young lady whom he met in college way back in 1989. Jennifer and Curtis have been in ministry ever since. And they are proud parents of six great kids: Katie, Elijah, Noah, Kaileb, Kendyl, and Kaiden.  Using life experiences and a passion to see kids fall in love with Jesus, the RCC KidZone is a place where kids can experience Christ through prayer, praise, and the study of God's Word. Plus its a ton of fun too (we've got lots of paste and packets of sugar!).

One of our favorite things is to put our faith into action, we call it Love Does- giving kids an opportunity to serve others through local service projects. We've done everything from raking leaves, to sorting clothes for a local foster care agency, to playing bingo at the local assisted living center. RCC KidZone is a great place for kids!

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Matt O'Dell 
Student Pastor

Matt just moved from sunny Florida. You may be wondering why. Well, God apparently likes the Winter season and wants Matt and his family to shiver every once in a while. Matt and his wife, Cheyenne, are high school sweethearts originally from Sullivan, MO, and were married June 12, 2010. He has been serving in Student Ministry since 2012, and is a graduate of St. Louis Christian College with a degree in Biblical Studies and Student Ministry. He has 2 young boys, Landon and Luke, who are full of energy and make him laugh on a regular basis. Matt also hopes that in writing this in the third person, you will think he is cool enough to have someone write his biography. But he isn't.

Matt is a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos, Dr. Pepper, and ping pong. He plays fantasy sports because for some reason no one wants to recruit a 5'10" 250lb out of shape youth minister to play actual sports. His DVR contains every episode of The Walking Dead because he is too attached to delete them, and his wife wonders why he can recite the career statistical line of Albert Pujols but somehow forgets to take out the trash or do the dishes when she asks him to; but loves him anyway.

Matt's two favorite Bible verses are 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 because he knows he's not that good but God uses him anyway, and Job 38 because he knows God IS that good.




Heidi Wareham
Missions Director

Heidi joined the staff on April 1, 2009 and was assured it wasn't an April Fool's prank.  Before Heidi became the Mission's Director, she had served for many years in the volunteer position of National Missions Coordinator.  Heidi loves experiencing the daily adventure of knowing and being known by her God.  No one makes Heidi laugh as hard and as often as her husband Ross does.  She and Ross adopted their infectiously-happy daughter Emily from China in 2007.







Angie Beier 
Preschool/Early Childhood Director

Angie Beier has been Director of This Little Light Preschool since the idea of conception in 2015. She moved from her hometown of Sullivan, MO where she started and ran a preschool in her home church, Sullivan Christian Church, for 10 years. Angie oversees the daily workings of the preschool and considers her spiritual gift to be working with children, their families, and guiding the teachers who work with her. She considers herself lucky to be working for God and planting seeds of faith in your children! Angie has been married to Dave for 20 years and has two children, Kristin and Callie. She loves spending time with her family, friends, and enjoys cheering on the Cardinals and vacationing at any beach once a year if possible!




April Vinyard
Business Manager

April began serving part-time in the business office in 2004 and became full-time in 2006. As Business Manager, April oversees the financial aspects of the church as well as the scheduling and use of our church facility. Believe it or not, she does enjoy more than just numbers. April and her husband, Tyler, have two children, Payton and Sage. She loves spending time with her family, scrapbooking and is a big sports fan: Go Bears, Go Cards! (In fact, Tyler proposed at a Cards game with the help of Fred Bird!)






Laura Welch
Office Manager

Laura has been our Office Manager since 2000, and is essentially the chief zookeeper of the animals on staff. She feeds and cares for them and tries to keep them on schedule. Raised in Rochester, she was baptized in 1974 at church camp (Lake Springfield Christian Assembly). She has two grown children. Nicole lives in Springfield and attends RCC. Joshua and his wife, Amber, live in Bloomington, IL. Laura loves being a grandma to her four grandchildren Bailey, Ethan, Gavin and Karli and looks forward to many, many more. She is very proud of her church family and says “my job is not a ‘job,’ it’s a family heirloom that has been handed down to me and I am honored to serve my church family until the day that I hand it down to the next generation.”