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Meet Our Staff

Justin Ahlgrim
Senior Pastor

Ordained in the Christian & Missionary Alliance, Justin Ahlgrim graduated from Bethel College, Indiana with a B.A. in Biblical Studies. Justin has served in vocational ministry for the past 14 years: as Associate Pastor for Lombard Bible Church for 4 years, and Senior Pastor the past 4 years. Justin has a passion for pointing people to the love of Jesus & loving Him and others. Justin is married to Deb Ahlgrim and together they have four children: Amelia, Logan, Graham, and Peter. 

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Rob Gallagher
Teaching Pastor

Ordained in CRC Churches International (Australia) and C&MA (USA), Dr. Rob Gallagher served at Wheaton College Graduate School for 22 years as Chair & Professor Emeritus of Intercultural Studies. Rob has pastored churches in Wollongong, NSW, Australia, and Wheaton. Rob has been married to his wife Jayna for 17 years. They have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. Rob’s hope is that spiritually searching people will find the living Jesus as their Savior & Lord and he is excited about cooperating with the Spirit of Jesus in encouraging believers towards biblical maturity in word & deed. 

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Kelly Reese
Church Administrator

My name is Kelly Reese,  I have been attending Lombard Bible Church for the past 3 years. My husband Michael and I have been married 13 years and we have 3 children: Clive, Adeline and Penny. I was a stay at home mom for the past year, and worked at World Relief as the Early Childhood Education Coordinator previous to that. My academic studies and varied work history point to my desire to connect with people of all kinds. I particularly love people, sports and finding opportunities for those interest to intersect. In stepping into this new role, I'm most excited about helping people find a home in our faith community. 

Pam Knepper
Worship Leader

Pam studied music and communications at Greenville College and Olivet Nazarene University. She has attended Lombard Bible church with her parents, sisters and grandparents for her entire life. Pam has been involved in many ministries at LBC, currently she serves as a deaconess, as a leader of Experience Young Adults, and as an assistant worship leader. She is passionate about building community and equipping the church to walk with God, specifically via music, learning and serving.

Greg Greene
Worship Leader

Greg graduated from College of DuPage with an Associates Degree in Music. Has been attending Lombard Bible Church since 1979 and has been actively involved in the music ministries of the church most of those years. Married to his wife Cathy 33 years and has 4 children. The oldest is married and involved in ministry in California and the other 3 attend Hope International University.

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Marilyn Oquendo
Family Minister

Marilyn Oquendo gave her life to the Lord when she was a teenager. Marilyn has a Masters Degree in Divinity. She ministered in Puerto Rico for 14 years, in part, as a Senior Pastor.  Since 2017, she resides in the state of Illinois with her husband Omar and her 2 children Jeriel and Abdel.  In 2019 she served as an Interim Pastor in Chicago.  She is currently a member of Lombard Bible Church where she leads a Bible Study for Spanish speakers and she is also the LBC Family Minister

Dr. Gene Smillie
Adult Education 

Gene coordinates the adult classes that meet at 9am on Sunday mornings. From a new or old testament book study to a women’s class or a Spanish-speaking class, topics may vary. Gene & his wife Susan first became members at LBC in 1985.  They served as theological educators both with the C & M A overseas in Europe and in Africa, and in several Chicago-land universities. They also pastored several Alliance churches through the years, and have been back at Lombard Bible Church again since 2008.   They have three grown sons.

Julia Grosser

After receiving her BSN degree, Julia served for 16 years as a missionary in Ecuador with the CMA doing both church planting and seminary teaching. During that time she completed a MPS degree from Alliance Theological Seminary. She has worked in medical, specialized and seminary libraries. She believes that an individual who reads will be a person who thinks, reflects, and understands life more fully.

Randy Ahlgrim
Senior Connections 

Randy Ahlgrim is a long time resident of Lombard since 1961. He is a retired firefighter/paramedic with Addison Fire Dist. He and his wife Barbara have been members of the church for nearly 40 years. He and his wife were married at LBC in 1978 and raised their 4 children here. Randy has served in many capacities at the church including Jr. High Youth Group leader, Sr. High Youth Group leader, Kid's Club leader, Deacon, Elder, and Sound Technician. Recently, he has also been leading the Senior's Connection each month. 

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John Byrd
Young Adult Leader

John graduated from University of Illinois studying history and education. He is a Middle School teacher and enjoys volunteering his time to help others. Growing up in the church, John's faith has brought him to Lombard Bible Church in 2016. He is currently a leader of the Experience Young Adults and a Tech Team member.  In his free time, John loves to play club sports, video games and going out to eat. He has the passion and drive to serving in and out of the church, and assisting others to overcome their personal struggles. 

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