LEADERSHIP

Ashburn - Orland Park

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Dr. Tommy Thompson | Lead Pastor

Tommy is a native of Tampa, Florida with a passion for discipleship, expository preaching, and church revitalization.  Tommy earned a Bachelor of Biblical Studies (BBS) and a Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Carolina University, and a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in Church Revitalization through Liberty University. Tommy has been married to his wife Vicki for 29 years and has two daughters, Alexis and Hannah.  Tommy loves good coffee and running marathons.

Tommy is a member of the Idea Network, and leads coaching sessions, roundtables, and provides mentorship to ministry leaders. Tommy is also a certified coach with Corpus Vitae, which offers consultation to churches striving to revitalize their churches. In 2021 Dr. Thompson launched Hope For The Church, to offer coaching, consulting, and other training resources to ministry leaders striving to lead their churches to renewed spiritual health through church revitalization.

Email: tommy.thompson@ashburnbaptist.com

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Wael Dawahir | Arabic Pastor

Dedicated professional with over 40 years in ministry, and more than 20 years experience as an ordained pastor. Committed to missionary work and shepherding individuals and churches to Christ. Motivational and collaborative leader with strong communication and interpersonal skills along with hard-working nature bent on accomplishing church goals and serving the community.

Email: wael.dawahir@ashburnbaptist.com

Jericho Taetz | Worship Pastor

Jericho is originally from British Columbia, Canada, and has a B.M. from California Baptist University in Music Education and two minors in Worship Arts and Christian Studies. Currently, he is working on his Master in Worship Arts from California Baptist University. He is passionate about pursuing dynamic multigenerational worship as well as building up and training other leaders. Jericho believe in authenticity and excellence both on and off the platform while striving to point others to Jesus Christ. Jericho has been married to his wife, Jessie, for two years.

Email: jericho.taetz@ashburnbaptist.com

Kyle Bailey | NextGen Pastor

Kyle Bailey is originally from Indianapolis Indiana, where he received his undergraduate degree from Indiana Baptist College. He is now working on his Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Liberty University. Kyle joined our staff as NextGen Pastor in August of 2021, leading ELEVATE Student Ministry for kids 6-12th grade. He has been married to his lovely wife, Andrea, for a little over a year. Kyle loves coffee, podcasts, and anything sports.

Email: kyle.bailey@ashburnbaptist.com

Ashburn - Chicago

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Joshua Burks | Pastor

Josh and Cara joined the ministry staff of Ashburn in 2016. They have been married since 2014 and have a son named Briggs. Josh served as the Student Pastor of Elevate Student Ministries at Ashburn Baptist Church until June 2020, when he took on his new role as Chicago Campus Pastor. Josh and Cara have always had a heart for the city of Chicago and are excited to watch God continue His work.

Email: joshua.burks@ashburnbaptist.com

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Milton Alcendra | Spanish Pastor

Milton arrived with his family to the Ashburn Baptist Church in June 2018 to lead the Hispanic ministry at our Chicago campus.

Email: milton.alcendra@ashburnbaptist.com