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Gary Barbee

Administrative Minister

I was born and raised in Louisville, IL and attended Red Brush during my “growing up” years. I attended I.T.T. Tech in pursuit of my Associates in Electronic Technology but shortly after graduation God began growing this desire within me to serve Him. I began serving as a youth coach here at Red Brush with the high school youth. That desire to serve God grew incredibly during that time, to the point that I abandoned my plans and I enrolled at SLCC to pursue a degree in youth ministry. After graduating SLCC I served as youth minister in the Belleville, IL area for 14 years and then unexpectedly a position at Red Brush opened up. In 2007, God allowed my family to move back to Louisville and become the youth minister. I served for 5 1/2 years as the youth minister and then moved into my current position of Administrative Minister. My wife Katie and I are very happy to be serving in a church that has a passion for the lost and a desire to serve God with all their hearts. We have two amazing kids who keep life interesting and full of excitement. I enjoy great cups of coffee, good books, and any time I can spare to be on the golf course.

Becky Payne

Pastoral Ministry

I was born and raised in Clay County and grew up in a preacher's family. I graduated from Lincoln Christian College & Seminary (now Lincoln Christian University) with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education focusing on Church and Family Life as well as a Master of Arts in Counseling Ministries. Over the years, I have served in several ministry capacities in Central/Southern Illinois from church secretary, to youth/children's minister, to working with the homeless, doing hospital chaplaincy as well as working in Christian Counseling Centers as a Professional Counselor. In addition I am an adjunct professor at both Lincoln Christian University and St. Louis Christian College. My passion is counseling and teaching. I really love to work with people and to help them through the difficult times in life. I look forward to working with RBCC and seeing where God will lead in the ministry of Pastoral Care.

Jonathan Goodman

Worship Minister

I was raised in Louisville, Illinois, and graduated high school in 2008. I graduated from St. Louis Christian College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Worship Ministry. My involvement with worship began in 2004. In 2008, I started leading worship for Red Brush Youth, “Hydration,” while also taking on a part-time internship under Gary Barbee. Since then, I have been leading worship at different events, including through SLCC’s traveling ensemble. In the summer of 2010 I began leading worship for the “Common Ground” service at Red Brush and eventually took on the worship for all services. Music has always been a passion, and there is nothing I enjoy more than using it to lead God’s people in the worship of our Lord and Savior.

Ashley Czyzewski

Part-Time Preschool Minister

As a teenager, I was part of the youth group here at Red Brush led by my uncle and aunt Bennie & Kay Johnson. While here I met my husband Greg and we were married in 2002. Soon after being married, Greg and I returned to my home church in Mason, IL where we led and helped in many of the youth programs. We worked with kids from 2 yrs. old through high school. In the time we were there God gave us three amazing kids; Kennedy, Alayna, and Hunter. (We have since been blessed with a 4th! Reed is a wonderful addition to our family!) That led us in the decision to join a church that our children's peers were attending. After much prayer we felt God's lead to return to Red Brush in 2010. Since then we have been serving and helping with the youth in many ways. When God presented the opportunity to pursue becoming the Children's Minister, Greg and I spent many months in prayer asking God to lead our decision. Believing God has a plan for everyone, we have to sometimes sit back and let God take control. Jeremiah 29:11 says that God has plans to prosper us and not harm us. Holding to that, I stepped out in faith and pursued the position of Children's Minister here at Red Brush. Greg and I are thrilled to have come full circle and now be serving here where God brought us together.

Penny Arnold

Part-Time Elementary Children's Minister

As a small child I was often asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My responses always included a singer, teacher, architect or veterinarian. Amazingly enough, my life’s journey has involved these occupations. I learned to sing and perform when I attended Lincoln Christian College and traveled during semesters and summers for the college. After graduating, I became a children’s minister in Southern Illinois. God strengthened my desire to work with youth, so I entered the education program at Greenville College to become a teacher. I returned home to Louisville to teach and coach for several years before pursuing a Master’s in Education. As a principal of three public schools and a private, Christian school for the past fifteen years, my dream of being an architect has been met through the building and maintaining of the schools. And, oh yes, I have a Christmas tree farm full of farm animals, which fulfills my desire to be a vet. While I am still teaching and administering at a school, I am so grateful God has brought me back to part time children’s ministry at Red Brush. My circle feels complete.

Courtney Davis

Church Secretary

The pathway to my position as secretary at Red Brush actually began when I got married in August of 2003. It was then that I married my childhood church camp crush, Tim Davis. Tim is a Music Minister, so marrying him meant changing my membership to the church where he was serving. That was very difficult for me. Red Brush had been my home for my entire life and most of my family attends RBCC. My mom and I were both in tears the Sunday I transferred my membership. Well, God has an amazing way of working all things for the good, and that's what He did. Shortly after our marriage, the position of secretary at Red Brush became available. I was ecstatic! I just knew God could use this position as a way to keep me plugged in at Red Brush. So I applied and I was thrilled when I started the job in March of 2004. I love how being the secretary allows me to stay connected with my Red Brush family while still attending church with my husband and helping him lead worship. Our little family has changed several times through the years as we have journeyed through foster parenting. The biggest change was the HUGE blessing of being able to adopt our son when he was born in June of 2012. During the ups and downs of fostering, adopting and changes in ministry, one constant has always remained: We are so thankful that God has kept us connected with our loving church family at Red Brush.

Katie Barbee

Part-time Secretary

I grew up in Indiana in an area similar to Louisville, but then chose to go to college in the "big city" of St. Louis. I married my best friend, Gary Barbee, in 1993 while attending St. Louis Christian College (SLCC). We both graduated in 1995. After graduation, I worked as the assistant bookstore manager at SLCC for 3 years and have filled a secretarial position ever since then. I started working at Red Brush in the Fall of 2009. I love having a job that I enjoy, and that supports my husband and his ministry. It has also been a true blessing to be able to work part-time while our children are still in school. Our children are amazing gifts from God. Gary and I are continually being taught and stretched by God through them. God is so good, and I can't imagine life any other way than serving Him.

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