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4475 Wolf Road, Western Springs, Il 60558
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 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 freshman at Lyons Township High School.
Our 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 :).