And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.
— Ephesians 4:11-12




My name is Jared Sparks. I grew up in Christian home in Southern Illinois. In 2002 moved to Tennessee for college and then back to Southern Illinois in 2008. I met my wife Jordan shortly after and we got married July 2010. We have two sons, Ransom who was born in 2014 and Valor, who was born in 2018. I am so thankful that God saved me, let me marry Jordan and become a father. It is now my joy to be one of the pastors of Christ Church.

Twitter / @JaredSparks
Blog / The Gospel Post

Andy Claud

My name is Andy Claud. Both my wife Kathy and I were raised in the mountains near Asheville, NC, and we enjoy hiking, reading, making music, southern cooking, and playing with our son, Asaph, and our daughters, Elisabeth, Charlotte, and Clara. God, in towering grace, saved me and made me alive together with Christ when I was 14 years old, and it has been my joy to serve Him ever since. We are proud to call Southern Illinois home,      and I am thrilled to be one of the pastors of Christ Church and to lead The Church Consort.

Twitter / @AndrewClaud


Hank Fulk

My name is Hank Fulk. I grew up right here in Southern Illinois in Duquoin, IL. God granted me grace and repentance in April 2010. I met my beautiful wife Marie three months after that, and we got married in June 2011. Since then we have been given three wonderful kids: Millie, Johnny, and Athalie. We enjoy playing music, softball and baseball, and playing with cameras. I currently work as a maintenance technician at JCHA, and was ordained by Christ Church in October 2018. I love seeing God change lives through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and it’s been a joy to serve with Christ Church Carbondale.




brandon & Becki McNeely

Brandon and Becki have been married since 2016. They have two children; Haven Grace, who is already with Jesus and Jack Samuel, who was born in November 2018. Becki has been teaching 4th grade at Carruthers Elementary School in Murphysboro, IL since 2015. Brandon has been the serving as the SIUC BCM Director since 2016. Both are passionate about equipping parents to raise their children into faithful Jesus followers.

Children Ministry Directors