Pastor Zack Mapes
Having grown up in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), I have always felt a connection to this region and denomination. My initial aspirations as a young man were to be a doctor and make lots of money so that I could do many things. After having a not so great first year of college at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, I realized this may not be the path I was meant to be on. Therefore, I took some time to do some "soul searching" which to me was an analysis of when I've been the most happy in my life. All of the times I could think of related back to the Church. Whether it was remembering Church Camp at Walter Scott, or VBS at FCC Springfield IL, or the many mission trips I was able to be a part of with FCC Springfield IL. No matter what it was, the Church is where I was the most happy. So, I decided to come back home and finish my pre-requisite work at LLCC in Springfield and then move on from there. I transferred then to Benedictine University at Springfield where I obtained a Bachelors in Theology with a minor in Psychology. I excelled in my studies at Benedictine which reinforced this feeling within me that I was meant to be in ministry. Following my graduating from Benedictine, I attended Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis IN where I obtained my MDIV in 2018. In July of 2018 I accepted my first call to be the Pastor of FCC Sterling and on December 1st of that same year I was officially Ordained to the Christian Church Disciples of Christ. Now, over a year after accepting my call to FCC Sterling, things are going great! I could not be happier and I hope that anyone who is reading this can see that I am just a regular guy who had a call from God to do God's work. I hope that you will take the time to try to get to know me, and that through our shared ministry together, we can praise God, and spread God's love to ALL of God's people!
Peace and Blessings,
Pastor Zachary Mapes
(Church Administrator & Minister of Music)
Tim has been part of FCC Sterling for over 50 years.