OUR PASTORS

Jordan and Melissa Gash

Pastors of Oswego Family Church

Jordan and Melissa live in Yorkville, IL with their four children, Hannah, Hallie, Isaac & Haven. As pastors, they’re passionate about people discovering the reality of God’s love and grace and the good plan that He has for their lives. They are the founders of Oswego Family Church and have pastored there for over 13 years.

Jordan and Melissa have been married for 15 years. They grew up in Canton, Ohio where they met during high school and it wasn’t long before they became best friends and high-school sweethearts. They each believed in Jesus at an early age, but it wasn’t until they were in college that they made decisions to truly follow Christ and to seek His plan for their lives. Jordan spent 4 years in college studying as a biology major with the intention of pursuing a career in the medical field. However, his pursuits changed during his senior year in college after he began to recognize a calling of God upon his life to the ministry. During that time, Melissa, after graduating college with a dietetics degree, also recognized the call of God upon her life to the ministry and they set out to pursue the plan of God for their lives together.

Jordan and Melissa were married shortly after college and then moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where they both attended Rhema Bible College and studied with an emphasis in pastoral ministry. During that time, they were actively involved at the Prayer and Healing Center on campus, where they volunteered and ministered in various capacities. After their graduation from Rhema, they were ordained and separated into the ministry by their pastors, Michael and Barbara Cameneti of Faith Family Church in Canton, Ohio. Jordan is also an officially licensed minister and a current member of the Rhema Ministerial Association International. In addition to working with her husband at the church, Melissa also worked as a clinical dietitian for over 10 years. In 2012, she left her full-time position as the Clinical Dietitian Manager at Presence Mercy Medical Center in Aurora to work for the church full time.

Jordan and Melissa love being parents and ministering to their church family. They’re both gifted teachers and ministers and they approach life and ministry as a team. The grace of God upon their lives is evident. They are passionate encouragers and their excitement, joy and love for God’s Word is inspiring and contagious!

Our Commitment to You

We want to share with everyone who becomes a part of Oswego Family Church what we are committed to as your Pastors.  Listed below are 2 guiding principles that we have taken very seriously over the years. They are a major part of who we are and of who we will continue to be as ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;”

– 2 Timothy 4:1-3

First, we are committed to preaching God’s Word

We are committed to preaching and teaching the Word of God uncompromisingly, not our own ideas or opinions.  The traditions and opinions of men are not what set people free.  In fact, Jesus said that the traditions of men can actually make God’s Word of no effect.  He taught us that the truth, revealed by the Word of God, contains power to set men forever free!  It’s for this reason that we base every teaching upon the Scriptures and not on the views and opinions of others.  We feel that it is also important to note that we only follow others (even those we usually agree with) as they follow Christ and His teachings.  We prayerfully prepare for every service, seeking God’s direction and His will for the people we speak to.  Our sincere desire is to have “a word in due season” that would minister grace and life to those who hear it.  The number one job of a pastor, as seen throughout the Bible, is to “feed the flock of God” the Word of God.  This is our highest priority as pastors.

“Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers

in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”

– 1 Timothy 4:12

Second, we are committed to living a life of integrity

We are committed to living a life of integrity publicly and privately.  We do not take lightly the calling of God to be ministers and like Daniel in the Old Testament, we have purposed in our hearts to live a life that honors God.  Prior to our ever being involved in the ministry, we made decisions together to live a pure life, separated unto God, to His calling and to His will.  We are committed, now more than ever, to living a life of integrity and purity.  We have resolved to be examples of Christ not only as ministers, but also as individuals, in our marriage and as parents. These two guiding principles greatly influence us, and all we do as a local church

OUR STORY

In the summer of 2004, Jordan and Melissa moved to Oswego, Illinois with a dream in their hearts to start a new church that would one day become a place where people would hear and experience the life-changing message of Jesus. They didn’t know anyone in the area at the time, but after much prayer, they were convinced that pioneering a new church was what they were supposed to do.

In November of that year, they started meeting every Sunday morning, holding services with a small group in a rented school facility. In the fall of 2006, the church began holding services at their current location on route 34 in Oswego. Since that time, they have seen God’s faithfulness and grace and have continued moving forward, step by step, into the plan of God as a local church.

In the fall of 2012, the church more than doubled in weekly attendance and the lower level of their current building was converted into additional children’s church space. Then, in the fall of 2013, the church acquired the building next to them, transforming it into additional classrooms and ministry space. Following the renovation, in the spring of 2014 the church began holding multiple Sunday morning services in order to accommodate their continued growth. In August of 2017, the church purchased 34 acres of land in Yorkville, IL and introduced the Beyond Boundaries Project, a land purchase and building project. For more information, you can visit www.beyondboundariesproject.com.

The dream that God put in Jordan and Melissa’s hearts just over thirteen years ago has been coming to pass by the grace of God. Since that time, their vision has grown bigger and their desire to spread the good news of God’s love and grace has only grown stronger. They’re grateful to God for all of the good things that have taken place since the church began and they truly believe that what they have seen so far is only the beginning of what God has in store!

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