TCC Leadership team

The staff and elder team here at TCC are comprised of people who want to help you get closer to Jesus.  If you want to talk to any of our staff members you can read more about them and contact them at their emails below.  You can also contact the church office and talk to any of our staff members whenever you would like.

  • James Jones

    Lead Pastor

    Originally from Marietta, Georgia, James came on staff at TCC in February 2014 when he and his wife, LeAnn, and their daughters moved from Florida. James can't imagine doing anything else because he loves preaching and teaching from Scripture. He enjoys baking, drinking a cup of coffee with family on the front porch of their home, and reading a good book. His claim to fame is that he won a worldwide contest (really just an Instagram post) held by the St. Louis Science Center to name their giant pumpkin. His entry, Gourdzilla, was deemed the best. James holds B.A. from Milligan College (1994); M.A. in New Testament Studies (2003) from Johnson University; and a D.Min. (2011) from Londen Institute of Evangelism.  James also serves on the boards of Hippo Valley Christian Mission and Central Africa Christian College where he teaches as an adjunct lecturer.


  • Leann jones

    Kids Minister
    LeAnn began serving in kids' ministry in high school and has always felt passionate about pouring into children's lives. She earned a B.A. in Music Education from Toccoa Falls College in 1992. LeAnn served as the Children's Minister at Crossroads Christian Church (Florida), where she was ordained, and served as the kindergarten teacher at VisionWay Christian School before coming on the TCC staff. When she was little, she declared she wanted to be motorcycle-riding nurse! LeAnn loves spending time with family, which includes TCC's Lead Minister James Jones and daughters Lauren and Lillie. 
  • Neil Ferris

    Student Minister

    Neil grew up in Evansville, Indiana before moving to Rochester, Illinois the winter of his Freshman year.  He grew up the son of a pastor who still serves as the Lead Pastor at Rochester Christian Church.  Neil is married to his wonderful wife Mary and they have a 1 year old daughter, Anastasia, and are expecting their second child in June of 2024.  Neil joined the staff at TCC in August of 2023.  Neil has a passion for the next generation and helping them build strong relationships with Christ.  Neil also loves basketball and serves as the Girls Varsity Basketball Coach at Pana High School in Pana, Illinois.  In his free time Neil loves to tournament bass fish, hunt, be outside, play his guitar, and hang out with family and friends.  Fun fact about Neil: He can wiggle his ears!


  • Steve basham

    Ministry Assistant

    Steve serves as TCC's treasurer as well as Ministry Assistant. Steve helps TCC run smoothly and efficiently. He is retired from GSI in Assumption (where he once won a large gingerbread house for winning a table game at the Christmas party). Three words that describe Steve well are caring, generous, and self-conscious. When he was younger, he wanted to become an airline pilot, and he is now content to ride his bike and travel. 


  • Janet zerfowski

    Administrative Secretary

    Janet joined TCC's staff in January 2019 after many years working in the marketplace. Janet welcomes people in person and by phone to the church office, handles the print publications, and keeps our office running smoothly.  Janet is a volunteer in our Kids and Student Ministry programs as well.  She lives in Taylorville with her husband Darryl.


  • taylor dexheimer

    Graphic Artist

    Taylor graduated from Hannibal LaGrange University in late 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in graphic design. She loves cooking, quilting, sewing, crafting, and talking to people. She says the thing she loves most about her job is "getting to make art that points people to Jesus." She lives in Taylorville with her husband John and two boys, Henry & Charles.


  • Sue Boyd


    Sue's mom used to say, "Cleanliness is next to godliness." Even though Sue knows that's not in the Bible, she contributes her love for keeping things clean and tidy to her mom's words! When she was little, she wanted to become a nun. Now, in addition to keeping everything at TCC clean, Sue is a massage therapist and nail technician. She enjoys dark chocolate and a "good cup of joe." Sue is married to Don, and she spends as much time as possible with her children and grandchildren.

  • Monica wamsley

    Ministry Intern

Back Row (L-R): Craig Beckmier, Craig Bauman, Matt Corso

TCC Elders


Tim Ervin, Chairman

Mike Bell, Vice Chairman

Craig Bauman, Secretary

Craig Beckmier

Matt Corso

Randy Frye

Jeremy Piatt

Back Row (L-R): Craig Beckmier, Craig Bauman, Matt Corso

Front Row (L-R): Mike Bell, Randy Frye, Tim Ervin

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