Staff Stories

Chapel staff members share their stories on their paths to God and how God has transformed their lives.

Stacia Gibson – Associate Campus Pastor

God has been teaching me so much recently through a season of brokenness and depression. The last year of my life has been one of the hardest of my entire life. It has been a season of sadness, of fear, and of pain. But God has been gracious with me through it all.

Like so many others, I tried to keep it all hidden so I could help others think that I “had it all together”.  My closest friends and family knew that things were not right, and literally have given me the ability to be real and seek God even when it was really hard. The community that I built in the really good times were the people that kept me going when I didn’t know what each day would bring – and they brought me to God over and over again. I have seen God be so gentle with me when I have questioned him. I have seen God give me people at just the right time when I didn’t think that anyone would want to know what was really going on.  I have seen God gently lift my arms and carry my burdens right alongside of me.

Through God’s presence and his amazing people, I have experienced God in this season as a gentle Father.  Early in this journey, this was prayed over me and I cling to these verses as every day as I choose either fear and sadness or joy and hope!

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me an heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.” Psalm 40:1-3


Alycia Mantooth

Worship Integration and Community Support

Mark Nelson

Libertyville Campus Student Pastor

Joe Walters

Senior Graphic Designer

Jeremiah Carlson

Young Adults Pastor

Kristen Del Valle

Associate Children's Director