Rochester Christian Church

Our Team

Brad Ferris

Lead pastor

I am passionate about preaching the Word of God in a way that is practical and applicable for changed lives.  I enjoy being with people and celebrating with them in the good times, and walking with them in the difficult times.”

Brad graduated from Lincoln Christian University with a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministries. After twelve years of faithful ministry, Brad answered the call to join RCC as Lead Pastor in June 2012. His spiritual gifts are LeadershipTeaching, and Administration.

He and his wife, Mary Ann, have six children: Neil, Madeline, Sarah, Samuel, Andrew, and Abigail. Brad loves to spend time with his family and bass fish.

Shawn Smith

Adult Discipleship Pastor

“I have a passion to become more like Jesus and help others do the same.”

Shawn graduated from Illinois State University (B.S. in History Education) and Lincoln Christian University (B.S. in Theology and Masters of Divinity).  Shawn has loved serving the Lord through a variety of ministries including small groups; children, student, and worship ministries; preaching, and teaching.  Since March of 2017, Shawn now serves as our Discipleship Pastor at RCC.  Shawn’s spiritual gifts are EncouragementTeaching, and Discernment.

He and his wife, Wendy, have three daughters: Avery, Campbell, and Reagan; and one son: Tucker.  Shawn is a family man and enjoys bike rides through the country, movies, and sports

Ethan Tapscott

Worship and Creative Arts Pastor

My passion is for each individual to encounter the Lord in such a way that their lives become testimonies to Christ’s love throughout the week.”

Ethan graduated from Lincoln Christian University with a Bachelor’s degree in Worship Studies. Ethan oversees all music and creative arts elements that go into a Sunday Morning, as well as helping other ministries with lighting, sound, visuals, and graphic design. Since graduating college, Ethan has served in a variety of worship ministries and has been faithfully serving at RCC since January 2016. His spiritual gifts are Leadership, Serving, and Knowledge.

He and his wife, Emilie, enjoy swing dancing, water & snow skiing, rollerblading, and going on adventures. Ethan also loves all things music.

Matt O’Dell

Student Pastor

“One of the most impactful things we as Christians can do for the Kingdom is exemplify the love of Christ to the next generation. I get the opportunity to do that every day, and it’s the most rewarding aspect of my faith!”

 

Matt O’Dell attended and graduated from St. Louis Christian College with a Bachelor’s degree in Student Ministry. Since April of 2016, Matt has been leading our Jr. & Sr. High School ministry at RCC. Matt’s spiritual gifts are teachingexhortation, and faith.

 

Matt married his highschool sweetheart, Cheyenne and have three boys: Landon, Luke, and Jordan. Matt loves sports; The St. Louis Cardinals, the Denver Broncos, and the St. Louis Blues to be exact.

Heidi Wareham

Missions Director

“My passion is to equip the body at RCC to undertake our part in the fulfillment of Revelation 7:9-10…”After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”” 

Heidi Wareham graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has attended RCC since she moved to Rochester in 2001. Heidi joined the staff as Missions Director in April 2009. Her top spiritual gifts are mercy and faith.

She and her husband, Ross, have one daughter: Emily. Heidi loves gardening, traveling, and taking naps in her hammock.

Lisa Moore

Early Childhood Director

“My passion is to assist families in leading their children to know Jesus. I deeply desire to see these children (and their families) grow in their faith, commitment, and service to our Lord. I also hope to provide a safe and exciting learning environment for our littlest attenders so they will desire to come to church, learn the Bible, and to love the Lord with all their heart, strength, soul, and mind.”

Lisa Moore graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Science in Elementary Education. Lisa has served in a variety of ministries since attending RCC in 2005 including Greeter, 2nd grade Sunday School teacher, the benevolence ministry, and the Early Childhood Ministry. She now serves as our Early Childhood Director with her spiritual gifts of Teaching, and Helper.

Lisa and her husband, Roger, have 6 children: Seth, Grace, Aaron, Rebekah, Ruth, and Josiah; two dogs, and one grandbaby. Lisa loves spending time with her family, playing games, reading, and cooking/baking for others.

Emilie Tapscott

Social Media Director

“My desire is to live life with passion, inspire others, and be a confident witness of God’s greatness. I love to be used by God to communicate His truths in powerful and effective ways.”

Emilie graduated from Lincoln Christian University and University of Illinois Springfield with a degree in both Bible and Communications. Emilie has attended RCC since 2016 when her husband was called to their Worship Ministry Department. Emilie enjoys organizing special events, facilitating women’s fellowship, and supporting her husband’s ministry. Emilie now serves as our Social Media Director, utilizing her Spiritual Gifts of: CommunicationTeaching, & Leadership.

Emilie and her husband, Ethan, are also passionate about marriage and serve as Pre-Marital Counselors. Emilie loves art, reading, and doing pilates. She especially loves going on adventures with her husband and experiencing God’s creation.

Laura Welch

Office Manager

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.”

Laura has been a faithful member of RCC since 1972, and has served as our Church Secretary since March of 2000. Laura has also volunteered in our student ministry, and is actively serving on the Worship Tech Team. We are blessed by Laura’s spiritual gifts of EvangelismFaith, & Pastoral Service.

Laura and her husband, Mike, have two kids: Cole & Josh. Laura loves spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren Bailey, Ethan, Gavin, and Karli.

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!)

Julie Hart

TLL Preschool director

“I am passionate about educating children in the love of Jesus and preparing them academically for school.”

Julie studied Elementary Education and graduated with her Bachelors degree from Eastern Illinois University. Julie has attended RCC since 2013, and was hired on as our Preschool Director in 2018. You can also find Julie volunteering on the Worship & Praise Team with her daughter, Kate. Julie serves with her top Spiritual gifts of Shepherding, Encouragement, and Leadership.

Julie and her husband, Matt, have three children: Jack, Jane, and Kate. Julie loves to read books, watch movies with her family, and exercise.

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