Jon Magnuson has served as Beacon’s lead pastor since June of 2014. He’s earned a Bachelors in Preaching from Saint Louis Christian College and a Masters of Divinity from Lincoln Christian University. Jon is passionate about community development and reaching people right where they are with the love of Christ. In his off time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Caitlin and their daughter Cabot, running (more so the idea than actual running), and fishing.
JoAnna Gasperson is Administrative Assistant at Beacon Church. Having grown up in Litchfield her heart is community development and service. Serving currently many community organizations such as President of the Litchfield Rotary Club International, The Litchfield Food Pantry and The Hearts United Advisory board Joanna has learned that the best way to serve the Lord is to serve and reach others in his name.
Karen Cress is the children’s minister at Beacon Church. She has taught Sunday school for nearly 20 years and has led this ministry since Beacon began while also serving as the counselor at a local high school. She is married to our worship leader Shane, and they have four kids together. Karen is passionate about children learning biblical literacy while they begin a relationship with Jesus Christ, and her heart is to see families, not just children, transformed through children’s ministry.
Caitlin has worked with youth since before she was no longer considered one. For the last decade she has spent her Wednesday nights with teenagers laughing, teaching and worshipping. She loves being able to connect teens with the heart of God and help them and their parents navigate the ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ of the middle school and high school years. She loves working at Beacon and being able to connect with the body of Christ through worship and service. Her favorite way to serve in the church is through teaching and preaching, when you meet her you’ll understand. She has lots of words to use! She also is also an avid runner (long distance is her favorite), a mom and a pastors wife.
Shane Cress has been involved in worship teams in some capacity for the last 19 years. He teaches English at LHS and has been married to our children's minister, Karen, for almost 15 years, and they have four kids together. Shane enjoys running, biking, reading, and playing and listening to music. His favorite band is Rush (which sadly, you won't hear on Sunday mornings (unless some "subconsciously" sneaks into communion music)).
Meghan Skinner is a senior at Lincoln Christian University; she majors in Spiritual Formation and is passionate about Jesus, discipleship, and His Church. Meghan is also a wife to her husband Sabastian, and mother to her step daughter Kynlee and dog Goliath. They enjoy music, riding four wheelers, and eating ice cream together. Meghan will be interning with us and would love to get to know you!
Lexi is currently a Sophmore at Lincoln Christian University where she studies Youth and Family Ministry. As a shadow intern, she will be leading a middle school small group and learning from the staff here at Beacon. Lexi has a heart for pouring into the lives of students and working alongside them as they journey in their relationship with The Lord. She is known to be sitting in coffee shops reading a book or spending time with friends. If you ever need to find her just listen for loud laughter.