about our staff

  • Lead pastor, bart bentley

    Pastor Bart grew up in the foothills of Los Angeles County. After attending Bible College in Eugene, Oregon, he was a Youth Pastor in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for seventeen years. He came to Journey Church in 2013 and lives in Loves Park with his wife Erin and their three children.


  • Associate pastor, trevor Seeburger

    Born and raised in Riga, MI, Pastor Trevor felt called into ministry at the age of sixteen.  After high school, he attended Master's Commission in Spokane, WA.  He was married in 2008 and two years later, moved to Eugene, OR to finish his BA degree in Pastoral Studies.  They moved back to the Spokane area and served there for three years as Youth and Worship Pastor.  He and his wife, Erin have two young children. In April 2016, He and his family moved to Illinois to serve Journey as Associate Pastor.


  • Children's pastor,  jassiel perez

    Born & raised in Chiapas, Mexico, Pastor Jassiel grew up in a pastoral family. Since the day he accepted his calling to Christian ministry at age 17, he was involved in worship, youth ministry, outreach and children’s ministry. In his youth, he moved to Guatemala to serve God by doing missional work, including working with children and families living in very vulnerable conditions. While in Guatemala, he finished his Bachelor’s degree with a pastoral emphasis. He also met his wife while in Bible College. He and his wife have two beautiful children. In 2017 the Perez family moved to Illinois and have been part of Journey Church since 2019.   Jassiel is a credentialed pastor with our denomination. He and his wife are committed to seeing Jesus' shining his light on the hearts of the younger generations. 


  • secretary, pastor Patty Meyer

    Patty is native to the Loves Park Machesney Park area and  was Youth Pastor at Journey for 10 years before becoming secretary in 2016.  She attended Christian Life College in Mount Prospect, IL, and has been involved in most every aspect of church ministry since then.  She and her husband, Tim live in Caledonia, IL.  They have three grown children, two of which are married and have two precious grandsons.



    Erin grew up on a farm in northern Iowa and has been active in various aspects of church ministry pretty much all of her life.  She attended Eugene Bible College for Office Administration and another year of community college to get her Medical Secretary training.  She was bookkeeper for a Christian preschool in Iowa for ten years prior to serving as Bookkeeper here at Journey Church.  She is married to Pastor Bart and homeschools their three children.  She loves teaching/discipling, playing piano, and the perusing the office supplies section of any store.