Illini Life has a team of dedicated, full-time staff. Each member of our staff has raised a support team through Reliant Mission. Reliant's mission is to help fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ by mobilizing and resourcing missionaries in their local churches for the purpose of evangelism, discipleship and church planting. Reliant makes the work of I-Life happen.

We firmly believe the work of the Church is the responsibility of each believer; the staff simply facilitate the ministry we all do as a part of Illini Life. If you'd like to give to Reliant on behalf of one of our staff, please click their individual photo in the list below.

  • Nick used to work as a network engineer for the University before joining the staff team. He's been on the staff for a while now, and on campus even longer. His roles include pastoring, Fellowship captaining, IT management, and Small Group coaching.

    Nick loves to run, bike, and swim – usually all in a row, for insane amounts of time.

  • Russ, like most of our staff, is a proud alumni of the University of Illinois. His roles include worship directing, graphic design, and he preaches semi-regularly. He also has a passion for helping young men and women grow up to be more like Jesus.

    He loves McDonald’s, sailing, Coca-Cola, the Cubs, the Bears (Bear Down!) and his wife, Megan.

  • Alan has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the U of I, worked in industry for a while, and has been on staff since 2010. He is our Small Group Director, a Fellowship Captain, and has a variety of roles both locally and nationally. 

    He’s married to Ashley and together they have Ava and Aaron. He loves to talk about photography, sports (Go Pack Go!), and what makes people tick.

  • Ashley graduated from U of I and taught middle school English for 7 years. She is married to Alan, a new mama, and has been a longtime leader in Illini Life. She is passionate about mentoring and discipling student leaders, women's ministry, and energizing groups. 

    Ashley enjoys home decor and organization, and quoting The Office


    Suzie has a degree in human nutrition from University of Illinois. On staff she coordinates our special events and helps students lead events. She also coordinates our Sunday Service, and leading women's ministry events.

    Suzie enjoys Matt Miller, hanging out with friends, listening to music, and eating anything sweet.