Pastor Neely is grateful for what Christ is doing in and through Judson Baptist Church. Pastor Neely has served as a missionary in Senegal, West Africa, and as a pastor and church planter of a number of Chicagoland churches. Pastor Neely holds a B.A. from Trinity College, M.A. from Wheaton College Graduate School, D.Min. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Old Testament. 

Pastor Neely is a professor of hermeneutics, preaching, and pastoral studies at Moody Bible Institute and authored the book, How to Overcome Worry: Experiencing the Peace of God in Every Situation. Pastor Neely speaks, preaches, conducts workshops and training events at universities, churches, and conferences both in the United States and around the world.

He and his wife Stephne have been happily married for over 40 years are the proud parents of four children and grandparents of nine grandchildren.

Johnathon Miller, Operations and Youth Pastor

Johnathon serves as Operations and Youth Pastor at Judson Baptist Church. In his role, Johnathon oversees Judson’s day-to-day operations as well as running Judson’s youth ministry. Johnathon’s favorite thing about his role at Judson is being able to open his home and disciple students throughout Jr. High and High School.

Johnathon was born and raised in northern Indiana. He then fell in love with the city after He graduated from Moody Bible Institute ('18) with a B.A. in Youth Ministry. Johnathon met his wife Hannah at Moody and married in 2018. Johnathon loves all things outdoors and will always take you up on an offer to play a round of disc golf.


Pastor Smith is the Assistant Pastor of Congregational Care at Judson Baptist Church. Called by God and equipped by a host of earthly saints, Adam shepherds the individuals and families who make up Judson by walking together with them through the ups and downs of life.

Adam is married to Stephanie, and together they have three children- Adelyn, Elizabeth, and Aaron. They live on North Austin Boulevard and thrilled to minister with, and to, their neighbors.

Adam loves learning and has four MA’s- Biblical Studies (Piedmont Baptist Graduate School), Biblical Languages (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary), MDiv(Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary), and Comparative Semitics (University of Chicago). In all of his studies, God has shown Adam that humility is the beginning of wisdom and worship.

Ivellise Miller, Director of Music Ministry

Ivellise Miller is the Director of Music Ministry here at JBC and has been serving since 2013. She leads our congregation in times of worship and is responsible for overseeing both vocalists and musicians.

Ivellise was born in Chicago, IL but currently resides in Brookfield, IL. She graduated from Moody Bible Institute ('07) with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. During her time at Moody, she sang in their gospel choir as well as lead worship for the Puente club. She has four beautiful children with her husband Corey, and has been attending Judson Baptist Church since 2009. 

Ivellise considers it a privilege to serve in this ministry. It gives her joy to be able to lead God's people in song, giving glory to God for who He is, what He has done, and what He will do. 

Dwyn Killingsworth, Church Operations Manager

Dwyn grew up in a ministry family with her father serving as the Minister of Music at a few churches.

She came to Judson Baptist Church in June 2003 and served in the Judson Office from October 2004 to January 2010. Dwyn is married to Elder Maurice Killingsworth and they have one daughter, Naomi.

She is thankful to be able to serve the Lord and His body at Judson and prays that her service will be pleasing to Him and benefit the people at Judson.

Tammy Schulz, Children’s Ministry Director

Tammy Schulz has enjoyed her role of Children’s Director at JBC for the past four years. Her responsibilities include overseeing the weekly programs of Sunday School, children’s Church, nursery, and kids Sunday night programs. The highlights of each year include a week of Bible club in the summer and the annual children’s Christmas program.

At the age of 18, Tammy’s passion for children’s ministry was born at Inner City Impact in Chicago as a summer missionary. She then completed a BA in Christian Education at Wheaton College and returned full time to serve at ICI after graduation. During those years she met her husband, John, who joined her in urban missions when they married in 1993. Having always hoped to adopt, they are thrilled to be the parents of AJ, Rebecca, Alyssa, and Caleb, ages 14-21 now. They have resided in Oak Park for 17 years with most of those years spent as members of Judson. 

McKayla Bane, Digital Media Director

McKayla Bane is the Digital Media Coordinator here at Judson Baptist Church and has been serving since late summer of 2020. McKayla is originally from Southern California but moved to New England in high school, where her family still currently resides. She has been living in Chicago since 2017 and currently attends Moody Bible Institute, where she is set to graduate 2021. As a Communications major, she finds her passion in visual storytelling and documentary photography. What inspires her in art is seeing the beauty in individuals and culture. This is where she finds her excitement in working at Judson Baptist Church—the opportunity to capture and share with others all the unique and familial aspects of this church community.