John Stillman Teaching Pastor
Pastor John Stillman
I grew up in Indianapolis, but have lived in the Plainfield area for the last 20 years. I have great neighbors where I live (I hope you do, too!) and don't imagine myself living anywhere else. I'm married to a wonderful woman named Caryn (also from Indy) and we have four children. Our oldest, Josh, and youngest, Jeremiah, are our artists. Our middle son, Sam, is a musician, and our daughter Hannah loves soccer and socializing.
When I was a kid, the church we went to was a great place for me to learn about God, but I was still pretty confused about what it meant to be a Christian. I thought that believing in God and asking Him to forgive me whenever I sinned was enough. But I had no confidence I would go to heaven, and worried a lot that I might miss it because I wasn't good enough. When I was 26 I came to understand that when Jesus died on the cross, He accepted God's judgment for all of my sins - past, present, and future. I trusted him as my savior and I now have an incredible peace and confidence in my relationship with God. As I've discovered more about what the Bible says about God and the Christian faith, and spent time with other Christians, I've been amazed at how incredible and powerful God's love and His ways are for bringing peace into people's lives.
About 7 years ago I started sensing that God was calling me to be a pastor and start a new church in Plainfield. This is a bit of a switch for me, because for more than 20 years I've also been working at Argonne National Lab as a nuclear engineer. No I do both jobs as a "bi-vocational" pastor and engineer.
I enjoy helping people, learning, and thinking of creative ways to communicate God's truth. A big part of what we feel Crosswinds should be about is helping other people discover what the Bible has to say about God, the Christian faith, and life. We want others to have peace in their relationship with God, just like we've found. If discovering God or uncovering life's purposes is important to you, then I hope you'll come spend some time with us.