Our Staff

Rev. Jon Nielson
Senior Pastor

pastorjon2Pastor Jon accepted the call to be Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA)'s Senior Pastor in 2017. Pastor Jon earned a BA in English literature at Wheaton College in 2005 and received his Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) in 2010 and his Doctor of Ministry from TEDS in 2017. He was ordained in the PCA (Chicago Metro Presbytery) in 2010.

From 2015 to 2017, Pastor Jon was the student ministry director at Princeton University for Christian Union. Before that, he was high school and college pastor at College Church in Wheaton for six years. From 2005 to 2009, he trained and served at Holy Trinity Church in Chicago, where he assisted Pastor Oscar Leiva in planting a congregation on Chicago’s West side.

Jon and his wife, Jeanne, both grew up in the Chicago suburbs with Jon’s parents still living in Wheaton, and Jeanne’s parents still living in Arlington Heights. Jon and Jeanne have four daughters, Adelyn, Averie, Emilie, and Lucy.

Pablo Herrera
Associate Pastor

pablo1Pablo has been a member of Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA) since 2007 and an elder since 2009. When he came to an understanding of the Reformed Faith, he searched for a church that shared those beliefs and found CPC on the internet. He and his wife Angela stayed at CPC because of the sense of community and emphasis on expository preaching. Pablo joined CPC’s full-time ministry staff in June, 2021, and is now an Associate Pastor in the Chicago Metro Presbytery.

Pablo is from River Grove (a Chicago suburb). He and Angela were married in 2006, and have three children, Isabel, Stephen and Olivia. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry from Trinity International University in 2007, and was licensed to preach in July of 2017 by the Chicago Metro Presbytery. He is currently pursing his Master’s degree through Reformed Theological Seminary. In his free time, Pablo enjoys weight training, martial arts, reading all sorts of genres, listening to good old thrash metal, movies, apologetics, and spending time with his wife and kids. He also loves food and cooking, especially Mexican food, pizza, and steak.

Contact Pablo at pablo.herrera@christprespca.org.

Caleb Odell

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Caleb has been a member of Christ Pres. since the summer of 2018 soon after graduating from Wheaton College. He is now serving as a pastoral resident in charge of the Youth and College Ministries while attending Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in the North Chicago suburbs.

Caleb grew up in Lincoln, NE, the son of PCA pastor, as one of five kids. He moved out to the Chicagoland area to attend Wheaton College where he got his B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies and Business/Economics while also competing on the Wheaton Wrestling team. 

He now lives in Glen Ellyn, IL with his wife Elise where he enjoys reading, talking with people, and playing sports.

Emily Plach
Office Coordinator

emily1Emily has been a member of Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA) since 1985, and joined our staff as Office Coordinator in 1995, after volunteering to help in the office in 1994. She is a constant presence in the office during the week, responsible for most of the administrative aspects of the church office. She says, “My job should be to free up the pastors to focus on leading CPC.” Her favorite aspect of her job is working with the people of CPC!

Emily came to CPC looking for a church where her children could learn about God. She continues to worship and work at CPC because of the preaching of the Gospel, and because of the desire to further Christ’s kingdom through this church.

Emily was raised in Bellwood (another Chicago suburb), and has been married to her husband, Ken, since 1981. They have three sons – Adam, Corey, and Colin – and two grandsons – Dylan and Hunter. Emily is privileged to be one of three generations of her family to worship at CPC; her son, and his family all worship with us. Praise God!

When she’s not working, Emily enjoys organic gardening in her backyard (including eating the “fruits” of her labors!), knitting, and sewing. She enjoys snowshoeing in the winters, and traveling, especially when she gets to fly to get there. Her very favorite activity is playing with her grandchildren – “they are so much fun!"

"My hope for CPC is that it will continue to be a grace centered, gospel preaching church for centuries to come. To God Be the Glory!"

Beth Heiliger

beth1Beth has been attending Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA) since 1997. She currently serves as the choir pianist and also has enjoyed sharing piano responsibilities for Sunday worship since 2002. She graduated from Wheaton College in 1995 with a degree in Music and Christian Education. Beth was originally drawn to CPC by it's commitment to Scripture and warm welcome across age groups. She was looking for a church home where she could become involved and found it in CPC. She embraces the blending hymns and contemporary worship in a variety of styles.

Beth is a native of the Chicago Suburbs and currently resides in Saint Charles with her 3 children. She enjoys worshiping the Lord and through music and her desire is to enable others to focus on Christ and draw them in to a deeper place in worship as well.

Jesse Dunn
  Music Director - Roselle Campus 

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Jesse Dunn is a dual craftsman in both music composition and piano performance. While studying at the Wheaton College Conservatory, Jesse earned recognition for his solo piano piece, “The Life of an Intel Processor” by taking bronze in the Hal Leonard Piano Composition Competition. He competed twice in the Wheaton College Keyboard Concerto Competition, eventually taking second place with Samuel Barber’s Piano Concerto Op. 38, 3rd mvmt. In 2020 Jesse completed his masters degree studying under Winston Choi  at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts. As a graduate student Jesse served as TA for non major piano classes, presented lectures to pre-college classes,  and maintained private piano students. Recent performances include Music at Grace, Northern Lights Music Festival, CCPA Chamber Showcase, and a Degree Recital for violin. Jesse has been on staff since August 2021 and currently pursues piano pedagogy and chamber music.