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4475 Wolf Road, Western Springs, Il 60558

Our Senior Pastor

Dean Monkemeier

Dean Monkemeier


Dean became our pastor in June of 2007. He has been in pastoral ministry since 1984. He served for 12 years as the pastor of Hinsdale Baptist Church (now known as Oak Community Church) in Hinsdale, Illinois. He was called to WSBC after ministering from 1996 to 2007 as the senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Lompoc, California.
Pastor Dean is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and the University of Illinois Chicago (BA History). He received his master’s of divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.
Dean has been married to Sherilyn since 1977 and they have three grown children: Matthew, married to Tia, Stephen and Ellen.

Our Youth Pastor

Ben Cole

Ben Cole

Minister of Youth

Ben Cole, a recent graduate of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, was led to WSBC over his time as a college intern. As a student studying Youth Ministry, he had many chances to learn and grow, not the least of which was as a part of our own local church body. After traveling the globe following God’s leading, he has served since August 2015 as the WSBC youth ministry leader taking the reins from his mentor who was called to the mission field. Ben carries a love and an excitement for God and His Word, and is passionate about students experiencing the power that lies within a relationship with God.
Ben is single and lives happily at home with his life-companion Eli, a 12-year old black lab :).

Our Family Pastor

Joel Sisson

Joel Sisson

Pastor of Family Ministries

My hope and prayer is that God will use me to stimulate and encourage WSBC/The Village Church to engage our community with the gospel in relevant ways and grow fully devoted mature followers of Jesus Christ.

At the heart of his ministry, Joel knows God has called him to faithfully model and teach people of all ages to know and grow in the gospel of Jesus Christ in order to become fully devoted mature followers of Jesus. He is excited to see how Christ will grow our love for each other as his church and for this community in order to reach the families of Western Springs and surrounding area with the gospel. Prior to Joel joining our staff and church family, he served at Community Fellowship in West Chicago and Pleasant Hill Community Church in Wheaton. Joel is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL.

Here are a few things that Joel loves ... My wife, Rhonda, and kids, Josie, Benji, and Drew; Michigan football; Cubs baseball; Sunday afternoon naps; coaching my boys’ baseball teams; planning adventures and traveling with my family; my dogs (lab mixes: Sophie and Mac); sharing a great meal with family and friends; family huddles and hugs; making my aware-winning chili and sausage grave, grilling, and creating something out of nothing in the fridge.

Our Worship Pastor

Steve Wolf

Steve Wolf

Minister of Worship and Music

Steve joined the staff in August 2016 as our new Minister of Worship and Music. Prior to coming to WSBC, he had served as the Worship Pastor at Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Woodbridge, CT for 23 years. Steve and his wife, Lisa, are originally from Pennsylvania where they met each other at Messiah College and both graduated in 1991. They have 2 sons: Elijah who is in the Army and Ben who is a student at Lyons Township High School.

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