Leadership Team

Michael Shepherd - Pastor

Pastor Mike and his wife, Susan, have been married for over 28 years and are thankful to be serving together in ministry. Mike is a bi-vocational pastor who works to make a living and lives to work for God. Sue is a stay-at-home mom who loves to share her faith and encourage the people around her. They have been blessed with four sons, Joseph, Wesley, Matthew and Christian and one daughter, Brooke.

Mike and Sue have been used by God to plant two churches, Standing Stones Church (2000) in Tinley Park, IL and Jackson Creek Fellowship Church (2012) in Manhattan, IL. They feel burdened to win souls and develop devoted disciples of our Lord. Mike truly loves connecting the truth of scripture through the preaching and teaching of God’s Word.

Together, Mike and Sue are excited about what God is doing in this ministry and how He is impacting people’s lives in their community. They believe that God will build His church. They are excited about what the future holds as they faithfully follow and trust God’s leading.

John Young - Pastor

Pastor John was born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago. In 2008, John graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. After graduation he followed in his family’s footsteps and began working for a mechanical contracting company, and still remains in the field today. John is a bi-vocational pastor - working full time and being involved in full time ministry. 

In college John developed a calling to help minister to God’s people through worship and discipleship while working in the world we’re called to reach. The Lord has provided many learning opportunities to John in various ministries, such as junior high boys group, teaching bible studies, serving as a deacon, attending various missionary trips, and being involved with worship teams. John was ordained as a pastor in 2009.

Currently, John serves as a pastor at Jackson Creek Fellowship Church, with an emphasis on worship. He’s been married to his wife Jenna for 13 years, and they have two sons: Drake and Zachary.

Clint Ifland - Pastor

Clint met his wife Autumn while the two were attending Maranatha University.  Clint graduated with a degree focusing on Youth Ministries, and Autumn received her degree in Marketing Management. They were married in 2009, and now have 4 children, Lily, Greyson, Easton and Colette.

Clint and Autumn have been members of Jackson Creek Fellowship since 2013, serving in many areas of the church including the worship team, nursery, teaching Children’s Sunday School and Kid’s Ministry Volunteers.  Clint was a deacon for several years and joined the full-time staff at Jackson Creek in 2018.  In 2021 he became an ordained pastor and leads the Student, Children, and Growth Group ministries. Autumn assists Clint with leading the students and also serves in the music ministry.