About Us

Who we are, what we do, and where we're headed as a church family

Who we are

We are the Chain of Lakes Community Bible Church, or CLCBC for short. The name was chosen because we wanted to be an influence for the Gospel in our local community, which is the chain-of-lakes region in northern Illinois. We are also a Bible-believing Christian church. We were founded in 1985. At that time, we met at Camp MOYOCA (short for Moody Youth Camp). When we outgrew that space, we moved into the Antioch VFW Hall. We have been at our current location since 1991 after buying the land in 1989 and constructing the building in 1990.

What we do

Our mission is to help people follow Jesus. We want all the people at CLCBC to be devoted to gathering with God's people, growing in Christ, generous living, and gospel proclamation.

Where we're headed

We're on a discipleship journey together working towards doing, being, and becoming more like Jesus Christ our Savior. We do this by gathering for worship, instruction, fellowship and prayer; growing through engagement in small groups, spiritual disciplines and personal relationships; living generously through service, support, hospitality, and personal resources; and proclaiming the good news through how we live, praying for the lost, caring for our neighbors and friends, and sharing God's good news of salvation with people.

What does this mean for you? Most importantly, you're always welcome at CLCBC. Wherever you're at in your journey, we'll always be ready to help you take your next step with Jesus.

Beyond that, if you're ready to plan your first visit, click here. Or if you'd simply like to get in touch with a person on our staff team directly, click the button below.

What We Believe

We believe in:

The only true God, the almighty Creator of all things; existing eternally in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – full of love and glory.

The unique divine inspiration, entire trustworthiness and authority of the Bible.

The value and dignity of all people: created in God’s image to live in love and holiness, but alienated from God and each other because of our sin and guilt, and justly subject to God’s wrath.

Jesus Christ, fully human and fully divine, who lived as a perfect example, who assumed the judgment due sinners by dying in our place, and who was bodily raised from the dead and ascended as Savior and Lord.

Justification by God's grace to all who repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.

The indwelling presence and transforming power of the Holy Spirit, who gives to all believers a new life and a new calling to obedient service.

The unity of all believers in Jesus Christ, manifest in worshiping and witnessing churches making disciples throughout the world.

The victorious reign and future personal return of Jesus Christ, who will judge all people with justice and mercy, giving over the unrepentant to eternal condemnation but receiving the redeemed into eternal life.

To read our full doctrinal statement and church constitution, please click here.

Meet the Staff of CLCBC

The staff of Chain of Lakes Community Bible Church loves Jesus, His word, His church, and our community. We desire to help people follow Jesus by serving in the role to which He has called us. Here's a little more about who we are as individuals and the role we serve in.

Pastors / Directors

Tom Aubrey

Senior Pastor

Tom joined the CLCBC staff in December 2021. He serves as the primary teaching pastor and leader for the fulfillment of the mission and vision of the church.

Tom graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a diploma in Bible/Theology, from Trinity College (Deerfield, IL) with a B.A. degree in Psychology, from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with a Master of Divinity, and has completed doctoral course work in Leadership at Bethel Seminary (St. Paul, MN).

Tom’s previous ministry experience includes serving as Solo or Senior Pastor of three Evangelical Free churches in Colorado, Minnesota, and Illinois. Tom is married to Carol and together they have four children and ten grandchildren.

Tom is passionate about helping people take the next step in following Jesus. He finds great satisfaction in helping seekers become convinced of Christ, believers become confident in Christ, and followers become committed to Christ.

John Engberg

Associate Pastor | Men's Ministry Coordinator

John joined the staff of CLCBC on October 1st, 2007. He serves as the associate pastor overseeing the disciple-making process, men’s ministry team and serves on the high school ministry team.   

John graduated from Trinity International University with a Masters in Faith and Culture and a Masters of Divinity. His previous ministry experience includes twelve years on staff with CRU, discipling faculty and students at Purdue University, Trinity International University and St. Cloud State MN. John is married to Connie and they have three children.  

John is passionate about creating a growing culture of real, accountable, and reproducing disciple-making relationships. 

Tony West

Associate Pastor of Family Life & Student Ministries

Tony has served as a Family Life & Student Ministries Pastor for 15 years at First Ev. Free Church in Chicago and similarly at Long Grove Community Church as Community Life & Spiritual Formation Pastor for 11 years. He has taught, and continues to teach, character-based education in public & private schools, training educators and parents across the country for over 20 years with various organizations such as CareNet, Abstinence & Marriage Resources and Healthy Choices. 

Tony’s passion is communicating biblical truth in a creative, life-changing manner so students and families can make healthy choices and live life to the fullest in Christ.

Tony holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Trinity International University and a B.A. from Moody Bible Institute. He and his wife, Debbie, grew up in Chicago. They are the proud parents of three young adult children. Tony and Debbie love connecting with people from different cultures and enjoying ethnic foods. They both enjoy doing Evangelism & Alpha Ministries together as well as teaching the Word of God. Tony has a passion for missions and has led mission trips to Dominican Republic, Mexico, Guatemala and Haiti. He also enjoys basketball, softball (most sports) and enjoys being active outdoors and in nature.  

His life verse is Galatians 2:20  "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."

Paul Rogers

Worship Director

Paul joined the CLCBC staff in August 2018. He serves as the Worship Director and assists in planning, rehearsing, and leading all aspects of the music and worship ministry in the weekly worship services.

Paul graduated from Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL) with both Bachelor and Master degrees in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. He also holds a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Studies from Moody Theological Seminary (Chicago, IL) and a Doctor of Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies (Jacksonville, FL).

Prior to serving at CLCBC, Paul served as a Worship Pastor at Crossview Evangelical Free Church in DeKalb, Illinois. Paul is married to Hayeon, a native Korean, and they have three grown sons.

Paul is passionate about helping people grow in their love and devotion to Jesus through wholehearted worship, prayer, and in the offering of themselves to his redemptive mission and service.

Robin Gwinn

Children's Ministry & Connections Coordinator

Robin has been on staff at CLCBC for 12 years. Robin currently serves full time as the Coordinator of Church Connections and Children’s Ministry Coordinator. Robin also volunteers as the lead for the Women’s Ministry Team. She initially worked part time as a Ministry Admin during her first 6 years on staff.

Robin attended Moody Bible Institute for Christian Education. Prior to her employment at CLCBC, she worked as an Executive Admin at a Health Care Corporation. Robin coached Cheerleading for over 20 years at the local high school. She has been a member of CLCBC since 1985 and has served in many different areas. One of her passions is to motivate others to volunteer and serve.

Robin is married to Tim, and they have 3 adult children who are married and have given them 6 grandchildren. Robin received Christ as a young child, but it was at the age of 12 she made Christ the Lord of her life. Robin’s parents modeled serving in the church well, so she was involved in serving with Children’s Ministry, AWANA, and Youth Group during her youth years.

Robin’s life verse as a graduated grandparent is 3 John 1:4, “I have no greater JOY than to hear our children are walking in the truth.” As we teach our families to follow Christ. Robin’s prayer for our families is that our children will know and love Christ, serve and share His love to all those that He brings into their lives. God has no greater JOY than to see His children walking in the truth.

Coordinators / Administrators

Rhonda Doran

Administrative Assistant - Staff

Rhonda joined the CLCBC staff in 2016 as an Administrative Assistant Support. 

Rhonda graduated from Bossier Parish Community College with an associate degree in Business Administration. 

Rhonda’s previous and current ministry experience includes serving as a Sunday school Teacher, Bible Study Fellowship Children’s Leader, Bible Study Fellowship Children’s Supervisor, Parish Education Committee, Sunday School Superintendent and church welcome team. 

Rhonda is married to Jerry and they have two sons. 

Rhonda seeks to show the love of Christ in the way she meets and greets the people she encounters each day at CLCBC.

Kathy Schick

Administrative Assistant - Events | Social Media Coordinator

Kathy has been on staff since 2021. She takes care of room reservations, the church calendar, keys, background checks, events and social media.

Kathy is married to Nathan Schick and they have two children, both currently attending Cedarville University, Karenna and Brady.

Some things that help Kathy follow Jesus are: Kathy once heard the term "No Bible, no breakfast", and it stuck with her- because she knows she truly needs Jesus more than anything else in her day. She prays for God to reveal himself through reading a passage of Scripture and takes time in prayer not only to talk, but to listen with the intention drawing near to God. She loves using the OliveTree Bible app for her morning study time, because it really helps her to understand a passage when she learns a bit more about the person or place the passage is talking about.

Mike Desmond

Communications & Design Coordinator

Mike joined the CLCBC staff in 2018 as the Communications and Design Coordinator.

Mike graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2004 with a degree in Communications with a print media emphasis.  

Mike’s past and present ministry experience includes serving as an Elder at CLCBC, a Deacon, a small group leader, and a Junior High Sunday school teacher.

Mike is married to Anna and they have one adopted son, at present.

Mike loves helping people take their next step in following Jesus by teaching the Bible and teaching people how to study the Bible on their own. He wants to help CLCBC become a transformational environment as seen in Ephesians 4:14-16 that helps people do, be, and become more like Jesus.

Mary St. John

Business Manager

Mary joined the CLCBC staff in November 2017 as interim Coordinator of Worship, and has been serving as the CLCBC Business Manager and Bookkeeper since September 2018.

Mary graduated from Trinity International University (Deerfield, IL) with a B.A. in Music/Vocal Performance and Business/Accounting. 

She is married to Josh and they have five children, including two that God blessed them with through foster care adoption. They also have 20-ish chickens, a number of outdoor cats and a large organic vegetable garden. Mary has a passion for numbers and for music, and loves to help others follow Jesus by leading worship. 

Mark Stewart

Building & Grounds Administrator