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Pastors

Rusty Railey

Lead Pastor

Rusty Railey

Lead Pastor

Rusty Railey is a ministry veteran of 20 years most noted for his innovative approach to ministry. Rusty is known for his unique ability to bring the Word of God to life in ways that challenge and inspire the heart of a believer. His relevance and genuine love for others as well as his driving passion to see all experience a relationship with God appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds.

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Victoria_Railey

Women's Pastor & Director of Kids Connection Preschool

Victoria_Railey

Women's Pastor & Director of Kids Connection Preschool

Victoria’s heart is not only to be an inspiring mother and encouraging wife, but to also communicate God’s Word with warmth and laughter, inspiring other ladies to pursue a more intimate relationship with Him. Her passion is to see herself, her family and others embrace the joys of walking with Christ in everyday experiences. Victoria has been a teacher specializing in reading and kids with disabilities for 10 years before being full time in ministry with her husband, Rusty. She enjoys drinking coffee, nutrition, fitness and creating memories with Rusty, Ruthie and Vera.

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Sid Casillas

Spanish Ministry Pastor

Sid Casillas

Spanish Ministry Pastor

Pastor Sid and his wife, Frances, began the Spanish ministry 5 years ago knowing and believing that God spoke to them saying, "Begin this ministry and you will see that I will do great things". This journey has allowed them to see God save, heal and transform many lives. Together they both enjoy riding bikes, walking, reading, and visiting with their grandchildren.

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Aaron Pino

Associate/Worship Pastor

Aaron Pino

Associate/Worship Pastor

Aaron & Ashlee are graduates of Christ For The Nations where they met and fell in love in Dallas, Texas. Together, they’ve had the privilege of preaching the gospel to thousands of people all over the world. They have ministered for over a decade in a variety of capacities including: Worship Pastors, Youth Pastors, and conference speakers. They bring a prophetic worship experience that will take you in to new realms of God, as well as carry a message that is powerful, relevant and inspiring. Their passion is to see people’s lives changed through the power of God in worship and the declaration of God’s Word. They have been married since September 2008 and are blessed with two children, Max and Bella. They love exploring new places and cultures, playing games, and hanging out with family and friends.

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Louis Wimbley

Family & Community Life Pastor

Louis Wimbley

Family & Community Life Pastor

Louis Wimbley was born and raised in the city of Chicago, IL. It was there where he began to discover his love for God, music and people. He is the grandson of a Pentecostal Pastor, whom he served as the church’s organist, youth pastor and associate pastor. His faithful service to the body of Christ throughout Chicagoland has deemed him a credible leader. His extensive service to the body of Christ has allowed him to travel and minister throughout America inspiring, influencing, and igniting generations. He attended Grace Theological Seminary where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies. He is a devoted loving husband to Shanea' Wimbley and father to Nathan Louis Wimbley. He is remarked as a proven leader, unveiling the best within people for the Glory of God. He believes together we can change the world that is to come.

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Pablo Russi

NextGen Pastor

Pablo Russi

NextGen Pastor

Pablo and Sarah Russi are committed to showing Christ’s love to all people. Pablo and Sarah grew up in the Chicagoland area and they have served as student pastors since 1998. Their passion is to see people fall madly in love with Jesus and help discover their purpose in life. Pablo and Sarah enjoy an active life raising their five children and spending time with friends.

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Anita Jaegar

60+ PrimeTimers Ministry

Anita Jaegar

60+ PrimeTimers Ministry

Anita coordinates and runs the 60+ PrimeTimers Ministry here at Joliet First Assembly. Anita holds her Ministerial License through the AG. She encourages folks over the age of 60 to participate in group activities, spiritual growth, evangelistic outreach, and fellowship events. She is a retired Chef Instructor with over 25 years of teaching experience. She was heavily involved in the food industry until she answered the call to ministry.

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Steve Caraker

Prayer & Outreach Ministry

Steve Caraker

Prayer & Outreach Ministry

Steve graduated from Christian Life College and Global University with a B.A in Pastoral Ministries. During these years he married the love of his life, Shannon, and they currently have three boys. Shannon is passionate in women ministries, singing and her photography business. Steve’s entrepreneurial passion led him to start up a business while attaining his ordination with the Assemblies of God in 2012. Soon after, Steve joined JFA as our Prayer/Altar Pastor. Steve’s passion is families and just recently moved into working with the men of the church. He wants to see men rise up as godly leaders. Steve’s happy place is hanging out with his family; whether that means enjoying the great outdoors camping, watching a movie or wrestling with his 3 boys.

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Church Staff

Cindy Hollenstein

Connections Director

Cindy Hollenstein

Connections Director

Cindy is a graduate from Rockford Master’s Commission where she passionately pursued the Lord for 2 years through discipleship, missions and studying the word. During these years, she had the opportunity to travel serving in missions to over 7 countries, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.   Graduating in 1997 with a certificate in ministry with the Assembly of God, Cindy met her husband while on staff at Rockford First and married in 2001.  Cindy and Joe have two beautiful children, Lydia and Henry and really enjoy spending family time together.  The Hollenstein’s recently moved to Joliet area after living in Sarasota, Florida for 10 years working as entrepreneurs, and come here with an excitement to be part of all that the Lord is doing at JFA!

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Joy Ure

Office of the Pastor & Church Operations

Joy Ure

Office of the Pastor & Church Operations

Joy moved to Chicago to come on staff as the Executive Assistant to the Lead Pastor, Rusty Railey. She graduated from Central Bible College in 2004 with a bachelor degree in Church Administration and has been engaged in many different aspects of church ministry her entire life. She believes that seeing people fulfilled in life and meeting the needs around her is never considered work. Joy is passionate about serving the Lord and serving people. She is excited about doing life together with the JFA Family. Joy enjoys spending time with her family, hanging out with friends, playing and watching sports, going out to eat and shopping.

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Bonnie Ure

Finance Administrator

Bonnie Ure

Finance Administrator

Bonnie joined the team to serve as the Financial Administrator. She is excited to mix her passion for accounting with her heart to serve the local church. Bonnie has over 25 years of accounting experience in both private and corporate firms. Bonnie with her husband Steve, enjoy serving in ministry, making new friends and helping people feel at home at JFA.

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Katie Maciel

Kids First! Elementary Director

Katie Maciel

Kids First! Elementary Director

Growing up in the home of a Pastor, Katie has been privileged to be part of ministry her entire life and is beyond excited to share her passion for the children, Bible, discipleship, volunteers, and parents. Katie has been working in the public schools for 15 years as a teacher, Bilingual Instructional Specialist, and an Instructional Literacy Coach. She has a heart for the spiritual formation of the kids and parents of JFA and to not only be "hearers" but "doers" of the word. Katie has been married for 11 years to Milo, and they have three amazing kids - Luciana, Luke, and Levi. We anticipate the great move of God has in store for our entire church - and especially our kids!

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Emily Casper

Kids First! Preschool/Kindergarten Director

Emily Casper

Kids First! Preschool/Kindergarten Director

The Casper's have been serving together in youth ministry for about 15 years. Emily started as an administrative assistant to the children's pastor at Crossroads in Freeport, IL. At that time, the children's ministry was transitioning from a Sunday school format into a children's worship experience in preschool and elementary. Emily's gifting is in teaching and administration. She thrives on order and loves to organize. Her personality type is structured fun, meaning she likes to have fun as long as there's a purpose and boundaries. She strives to look for team members who can bring that element of fun because sometimes she is too serious. Emily's calling is helping people, kids or otherwise, discover their God- given purpose through helping them identify their core values as well as their spiritual gifts and connecting those to their life experiences. Brian, Emily, Kendell and Clayton serve together in ministry. Family togetherness is important to them and is a main focus in God's call on their life.

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Lauri Greene

Receptionist & NextGen Admin

Lauri Greene

Receptionist & NextGen Admin

Lauri along with her husband Scott moved to Illinois in 2016 to pursue ministry opportunities in the Chicagoland area. Lauri attended both Butler County Community College and Wichita State University to pursue a degree in Business Administration. In 2013, Lauri went on to receive her Preschool Directorship for a 99 children facility after attending Johnson County Community College for Early Childhood Education in Kansas. Lauri has a passion for children and has been involved in children’s ministry since 2004, with leadership roles in the following areas: Missionettes, Impact Club, VBS, Nursery, and Kids Church. Lauri co-directed Little Lambs, a preschool/daycare facility serving children ages 12 months to 12 years, including a before and after school program. Lauri is excited to step into her new role to lock arms with leaders and share the love of Jesus with those around her!

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Joni Bishop

Production & Media Director

Joni Bishop

Production & Media Director

Joni has served on church staff in various capacities such as ministries coordinator, youth ministry, and worship leading. She received a Certificate of Ministry from the Indiana School of Ministry and has been a Certified Minister with the Assemblies of God since 2012. Joni enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, traveling, trying new recipes, and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation in nature. Her goal is to reflect Jesus, share the Gospel, and help others deepen their faith and relationship with the Lord.

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Nick Fetty

Media Director

Nick Fetty

Media Director

Nick Fetty has a passion to share the love of Christ through digital media. He believes that in our ever changing digital world, using media to share the Good News is essential to helping bring people closer to Jesus. Having grown up in the church, Nick has spent most of his life serving in many different ministries from the worship team, youth ministry, kids ministry and media production. Eating good food, spending time with his wife and children, and enjoying a movie are a few of things you can find Nick doing when not serving at JFA.

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Jeff Nestor

Jeff Nestor

Building maintenance - since January 2016.

Active member at Joliet First Assembly for over 30 years. Currently serving on the worship team and an adult leader in our youth ministry. It is an honor to be a part of this church body and I'm excited to see what God is doing here and in this community. 

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