Our Pastors

  • Jon Kelly   |   Lead Pastor

    Pastor Jon was born in Chicago and raised in Philadelphia Pa. Growing up, he spent most of his teens in and out of juvenile detention centers and tried not to get killed in the streets. At the age of 19 he landed in prison for his role in a shooting that left a young man dead. It was in his prison cell that he received a copy of God's Word and began reading. After reading from Matthew to Hebrews, Jon's eyes were opened. He was immediately gripped by his sin and his need for salvation in Christ. He gave his life to Christ in his prison cell. 


    Expecting to spend the rest of his life in prison, Jon was shown mercy and received a 6-20 year sentence. After serving 6 years, Jon was released and began attending Christian Stronghold Baptist Church in West Philadelphia. It was there that he met his wife and best friend, Danielle, while serving in youth ministry. In 2011 Jon moved to Chicago to attend Moody Bible Institute where he studied Systematic Theology. He served as a Family Pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel in downtown Chicago prior to becoming the Lead Pastor of Chicago West Bible Church. Currently, Pastor Jon is earning his Masters Degree in Biblical Studies at Wheaton Grad School. He loves spending time with his wife Danielle and his two sons, Benjamin and Judah. 


    Email: jkelly@chiwestbiblechurch.org | Facebook  |  Twitter |  Instagram


  • Kent Steiner   |   ASSISTANT Pastor

    Kent grew a love for the city and the people of Chicago at 18 years of age when he came to be trained at Moody Bible Institute in Biblical Studies and Ministry. He met his wife Deanna while serving together as MBI students in Cabrini-Green housing. He then served at Breakthrough Urban Ministries in Chicago for 9 years. God gave Kent a clear call to pastoral ministry through a local church. In 2001, he joined Harvest Bible Chapel as the Pastor of Compassion Ministry. In 2016 Pastor Kent joined Pastor Jon Kelly in planting Chicago West Bible Church.


    Kent and his wife Deanna are privileged to come alongside of Pastor Jon and Danielle in serving the body at  Chicago West! Kent and Deanna have three children, Riley, Rayna, and Roslyn. Kent enjoys exploring cities, ethnic restaurants, firing up a good barbecue, and participating in almost any outdoor activity and sport!


    Email: ksteiner@chiwestbiblechurch.org |  Facebook