• Dennis  Papp | lead pastor

    Dennis is responsible for the overall leadership, vision, and direction of SouthField. He grew up in western New York and earned degrees from Cedarville College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His teaching style is practical, challenging us to take our next step toward lasting life-change. Dennis has been married to his best friend, Kim, since 1985. They share three children - Brian, Shellie and Nate.


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  • Brian Papp | student director

    Brian coordinates all ministries for 6th-12th grade students. He brings creativity, passion, and energy to everything he does. While it's rumored he has a doctorate in FUN, Brian actually has his master's in education. He's an avid thrill-seeker with a love for competition. He married his college sweetheart, Reilly, in 2016. 


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  • Dana Aubry | creativity director

    Dana designs worship sets, creates and maintains building decor, leads children’s music programs, and serves as a consultant for all SouthField creative teams. While her degree is in music, God has chosen to use her gifts to bring beauty to our lives in more ways than we can list! Dana married her high school sweetheart, Jason, and has three children - Kylah, Jaxon and Kennedy.


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  • Jaren Wojewoda | Grade School Director

    Jaren leads all ministries related to grade school kids and their families. In her newly expanded role she will work to initiate family-oriented discipleship and parenting initiatives. Her experience as a grade school teacher, junior high small group leader, and adult Journey Group leader uniquely equips her to minister to children and parents. Jaren and her husband/ministry teammate, Patrick, have two girls - Lorelei and Lila.


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  • jessie majerus | pre-K/Kindergarten coordinator

    Jessie coordinates ministries for children birth-kindergarten. Watch Jessie in action for just a few minutes and you'll understand why we call her the kid whisperer! Her experience as a preschool director, involvement in the foster care system, and exceptional way with kids makes her unmatched in this role. She and her husband, Kamron, are raising nine kids - Harry, Sergio, Georgie, Ellie, Isabel, Cooper, Sophie, Chase, and Josephine.


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  • Shellie Papp | worship coordinator

    Shellie assists our Lead Pastor planning, coordinating, and leading Sunday morning worship experiences. She also performs the administrative tasks necessary for worship and tech teams to be equipped to serve each week. While her full-time job is teaching math at Romeoville High School, her love for Jesus, understanding of music, and skills in video production uniquely qualify her to tackle this volunteer leadership role.


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  • Susan Bieker | first impressions coordinator

    Susan recruits, trains, and leads volunteers who serve on our First Impressions Teams. These teams encompass all things related to greeting, seating, offering, coffee, and communion. Susan brings her problem solving skills as an engineer at Caterpillar to this important volunteer leadership role. She shares life and ministry with her husband, John, and four children - Rachel, Adam, Jared, and Jessica.


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  • Kim Papp | operations director

    Kim oversees all of the operational needs at SouthField to ensure that our staff, programs, volunteers, and facilities function successfully. She thrives on tackling new projects, creating new ministries, and finding new ways to help people take their next step toward full devotion to Christ. She met her best friend, Dennis, at Cedarville College and is the proud mom of Brian, Shellie, and Nate.


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  • tara laken | finance coordinator

    Tara tracks budgets, processes payments, and makes financial recommendations that enable our Overseers to make good decisions. Her credentials as a CPA and full-time accounting professor at Joliet Junior College provide the expertise she needs to serve effectively in this important volunteer leadership role. Tara and her husband, Mike, have four children - Bryson, Jenna, Aubrey, and Megan.


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  • John bieker | Financial Counseling Coordinator

    John leads SouthField's efforts to come alongside individuals who are experiencing financial difficulties. His team provides financial counseling and distributes financial assistance to SouthFielders in need. While John works for Xilinx as a technology engineer, God has uniquely equipped him to serve in this vital leadership role. Together with his wife Susan, John has four children - Rachel, Adam, Jared, and Jessica.


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