Jayson Bennett – Creative Arts Pastor
Jay works to provide direction and oversight to our creative, production and communication ministries at LifePoint. Those ministries include worship, tech and media. Jay especially enjoys leading people to encounter God through music during our Sunday services. Jay has a B.A. in Communication Studies from California Baptist University (CBU) and over 15 years of ministry experience as a Worship Arts Pastor prior to joining LifePoint in 2015.
As a Southern California resident for most of his life, Jay spent many of his early years traveling the United States with his military family. Jay and Danielle were married in 2008 and have since added JJ, Maddie, Nolan and Austin to their family. Jay loves working hard, but he loves to play even harder. He enjoys adventures with the kids, hanging out, building projects (aka – playing with power tools), card games, or finding a really good restaurant with Danielle.
Garris Brown – Technical Arts Director
Garris is our Technical Arts Director. You’ll find Garris powering up all our tech on Sunday mornings, running some of the AVL (Audio, Visual, Lights) equipment in the tech booth, and being our go to person for trouble-shooting on Sunday mornings. Garris and his wife Bethany are both from Quincy and they have three children.
Eric Fournier – Student Ministries Pastor
Eric is passionate about working with the youth of LifePoint. He oversees Student Ministry which includes our Jr High and High School students. He received his B.A. in Youth Ministry from Lincoln Christian University in 2010 and has been working with students ever since.
He loves spending time with people and hearing their stories. He enjoys playing disc golf, going to the movies, playing board games with friends, and basically anything that is social. Eric finds great pleasure in coffee, with lots of creamer, so he doesn’t actually taste the coffee. The irony is not lost on him. He also tends to overindulge in fruit snacks or gummy bears.
Holly Gallagher – Connect Coordinator
Holly is a follower of Jesus and is passionate about sharing His love with people. She was part of the founding team at LifePoint in 2007 and is AMAZED at God’s incredible faithfulness and provision for His church. She has served in a wide variety of ministry positions at several churches, including children and youth ministry and women’s discipleship. She thoroughly enjoys connecting with people of all ages. At LifePoint, Holly is excited to be serving as our volunteer LifePoint Connect Coordinator and helps to oversee LifeGroups.
Holly is married to Lynn and is excited to see what he gets her for their 35th anniversary this year! (She also is counting on everyone reading this bio to remind him). She is mom to Jenny and her husband Jordan, Jeff and Jon, and she is “Grammy” to Lucy Bee and Elsie Rae. In her free time Holly loves to spend time with family and friends, travel, walk and drink hot chocolate.
Lynn Gallagher – Executive Pastor of Operations (Elder)
Lynn oversees all operational things here at LifePoint. He is responsible for all building maintenance and upkeep, inside and out. Lynn coordinates building usage for such things as weddings and events and he leads our Fireside Chat with his wife Holly. He also helps to oversee LifeGroups. Lynn is one of the founding elders of LifePoint and was ordained into pastoral ministry here in 2009. Lynn and his wife Holly have been married since 1984 and they have 3 grown children (Jenny, Jeff, and Jon) and 2 granddaughters (Lucy and Elsie). He is originally from Mason City, Iowa and is retired from managing the Broadway Hy-Vee for 16 years.
Taylor Hockman – IT Administrator
Taylor serves as the volunteer IT Administrator for LifePoint, supporting the church ministries and missions through technology and digital media. He enjoys taking photos and serves as one of the churches event photographers.
Taylor and his wife Katy first attended LifePoint in 2014 and are now joined by their two daughters, Ella and Sadie. Taylor first served LifePoint as a youth ministry volunteer and as a member of the creative arts team.
Lauren Holt – Nursery & Childcare Coordinator
Lauren oversees our childcare workers and ensures that the nursery age children of LifePoint are well cared for in a safe and loving environment. She is excited to have the opportunity to partner alongside parents in helping raise the next generation to become followers of Christ.
Lauren has served within many areas of early childhood ministries, teaching and volunteering for several years. She is passionate about instilling spiritual values, planting seeds and molding little hearts for God’s love for us.
Lauren enjoys serving alongside her husband Jeremy and leading people into a growing relationship with Christ. They have two daughters, Emmalea and Ellaina. As a family they enjoy being outdoors, swimming, baking and spending time with family and friends.
Wendy Koontz – Impact Coordinator
Wendy is our volunteer Impact Coordinator. She coordinates the impact of LifePoint’s communication, creativity, and design. She makes sure that each ministry is consistently weaving together our LifePoint story. Wendy is married to Tim and they have two grown daughters, Megan and her husband Jack, and Madelyn. She loves family time with her children, travel, and walking. Wendy serves on the Connect Team, is involved in Women’s Ministry and LifeGroups. She and her husband Tim are one of the four founding families of LifePoint.
Rachel Plattner – LifePoint Kid’s Director
Rachel is passionate about families and empowering them to live out their faith in all places and spaces. She loves telling His Story and inviting kids into that story so they may know, love, and follow Jesus. She graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with BA’s in Youth Ministry and Christian Education and Wesley Seminary with a Masters in Children’s, Youth, and Family Ministry. She has worked as a Director of Children’s Ministry at a church in Texas and as a Children’s Pastor in Springfield, Illinois.
She and her husband Justin enjoy the outdoors: hiking, camping, and fishing together. They have a goldendoodle named Oliver (Ollie) who they are convinced is a muppet. They also enjoy spending time with family, going on trips, playing an occasional video game, going to the movies, attending sporting events, and appreciate a good cup of coffee.
Danette Rabe – Office Administrator
Danette is the first point of contact for LifePoint’s communication and she plays a role in everything from Connect Ministries, event planning and making sure everything is ready to go for Sunday mornings. She enjoys serving, greeting and meeting people’s needs.
Danette and her husband, Eric, live on his family’s farm in Mendon. They have two wonderful daughters, Shannon and Claire. As a family, they enjoy playing ping pong, card games, and going on summer vacations. Danette also enjoys running, walking, playing piano, and baking cookies.
Brady White – Lead Pastor (Elder)
Brady is a follower of Jesus. He has been called by God to teach the extravagant beauties of the freedom found in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. He graduated from Baylor University and attended Dallas Theological Seminary. Over the last 8.5 years he planted and pastored a church community for Walt Disney World cast members in Orlando, Florida. He believes with all his being that God has good news of exceeding joy for all people no matter their age, race, gender, or any other category this world uses to define us.
He is married to Jennafer who thinks he needs more personal information in his bio and less “Christian-speak”. So, here we go… Brady is an amateur ping pong player and a former musician—which is how he tricked Jennafer into marrying him. He is the reluctant owner of a ten pound yorkie-poo who he secretly loves more than he’d like to admit. Although he is a pastor and a speaker he most often feels completely and utterly inadequate. So, he clings to the truth that the Spirit of the God who spoke the universe into being resides inside him and is able to do immeasurably more than he could ask or even imagine.
Chris Woodard – Executive Pastor of Ministries & Missions (Elder)
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Joe has been attending LifePoint since 2009. He is a newly elected elder as of the summer of 2017, and he also is part of the worship team. Joe is originally from and still residing in the small village of Liberty, IL. After graduation, Joe enlisted and served in the Marine Corps. He spent most of his service in Kaneohe Bay, HI. After returning to Liberty from the service, Joe attended JWCC for a short time and then became employed in the rural water business. Joe is currently the manager of the Clayton-Camp Point Water Commission. Joe and his wife Stacey have been married for 16 years and are the parents of Jude, Leila, and one waiting in heaven for us, Cooper J.
Justin has been part of the LifePoint family for 5 years. Justin grew up in Carthage, Illinois, and after high school attended Culver-Stockton College, where he earned his B.S. in Biology. After college, he worked as a research assistant at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for a year before moving to Quincy to pursue a career in the fire service. Justin has been a firefighter/paramedic for the Quincy Fire Dept. for 13 years. He and his wife, Deanna have been married for nearly 15 years, and have four children: Lily, Caleigh, Abigail, and Isaac.
Mark Vander Ley
Mark and his family have been attending LifePoint since they moved to Quincy in January of 2011. He is involved with LifePoint Kids as a Steward, serves on the hospitality team, and is an apprentice life group leader. Mark has worked as a direct care staff in a residential treatment center, a director of Youth Ministry, and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. In 2017, he opened his own private practice providing individual, family, and couples counseling. He is also an adjunct faculty teaching Master’s level counseling courses at Adams State University. Mark and his wife Alison have four children Hutson, Harrison, Isaac, and Anna.
Steve has been attending LifePoint Church since 2008 and became an elder in 2016. Steve was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where after graduating from high school joined the United States Army where he served for nine years. He married his wife Amy in 1994 shortly after completing his last tour of duty and went on to Philadelphia University where he received a degree in Health Science and Physician Assistant Studies. He has been a practicing Physician Assistant since 1999 and has been practicing in Quincy in the Department of Urology at Quincy Medical Group since 2004. Steve and Amy have five children, Joshua, Hannah, Harrison, Fiker, and Biruk.
Tim is one of the founders of LifePoint, and is currently serving a second tenure as an elder. Tim and his wife Wendy also assist in leading a LifeGroup. Tim is a Quincy, IL native. After high school, he attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, earning a degree in Business Administration. After a six-year career with General Electric, Tim returned to Quincy to join his father in the family business. Presently, Tim is the President of Dale Koontz – Builder, an entity he owns along with his brother Scott Koontz. He is also one of the owners of Koontz Properties, a rental property owner and management company. Tim and Wendy have two daughters, Megan, who works for Pwc in Chicago, and Madelyn, a student at Taylor University.