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Jordan Bird

Lead Pastor

Why are you at The Journey?
I was drawn to the Journey because of the commitment to be on mission without compromising the truths of Scripture.

What do you love about Southern Illinois?
Southern Illinois is home for my wife and me; we love the small towns surrounded by beautiful countryside. We were gone for a while, but we are glad to be home.


Aaron R. Smith

Worship Leader

Why are you at The Journey?
In 2011, my wife and I felt clearly called to reach the people of southern Illinois through a new church. When the launch team for The Journey-SI began to come together, we knew it was exactly what we were supposed to be a part of. Southern Illinois is our home, and our desire is to be a part of a church that changes peoples' lives right here in Marion.

What do you love about Southern Illinois?
I played music in these venues, and football on these fields. I married a girl from Marion, and went to SIU Carbondale. I graduated from Trico, and got my first "real" job in Harrisburg. Southern Illinois is my home and contains the keys to my greatest memories. No other place on earth can say that.


Cindy Pool

Church Administrator and Volunteer Coordinator

Why are you at The Journey?
My family and I were excited to be involved in The Journey Southern Illinois. We saw this as a great opportunity to reach the people in SO IL in a new way. We look forward to the mission God has called us to! It is a privilege to serve with The Journey.

What do you love about Southern Illinois?
I have lived here all my life and am now raising my family here. It's a great area for families. The joke is that I'm related to many people so you better be careful what you say! Besides it is the prettiest part of the state.


Darrick Borum

Student Ministry Coordinator

Why Journey?
The Journey’s vision of what a church should be draws me. My desire is to be a part of a body of believers that longs to see lives transformed by the gospel. For God to have called me to such an amazing church is very humbling to me.

What do you love about Southern Illinois?
I’m from Southern Illinois and I have a great appreciation for that. I love the state parks, hiking, and adventure, but the people of Southern Illinois are what will always bring me back.


Sharon Walters

Journey Kids Coordinator

Why are you at The Journey?
God called our family to help start this church. We have been very blessed by the way God has used the people at The Journey SI to further His kingdom.

What do you love about Southern Illinois?
I am from Southern Illinois and my heart will always be here. It is my home. I love the people and the family values. Southern Illinois is an awesome place to be!


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