Rev. Thomas Cellilli has faithfully served this congregation as our lead pastor since August 2021. He is originally from Omaha, NE, and then spent 7 years in the Chicagoland area where he went to college (North Park University) and seminary (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School).
Thomas has been married to his wife Shelby since 2017, and together they have two daughters: Nora and Audrey. He enjoys spending time with them running around in their backyard with their dog, Rizzo. In his free time, Thomas enjoys disc golfing at Altmaier Park, going to coffeeshops with a good novel, playing an over-complicated board game, or re-watching his favorite sci-fi/fantasy movies (mostly likely something related to Star Wars or Harry Potter). Thomas also serves as the Committee Chair for the newly formed Young Life program in Coralville/North Liberty, seeking to reach students who might never set foot into a church with the gospel.
Pastor Thomas wants to see our church mobilized in our community to make a difference in our city for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ! We want to get "out of the seats and into the streets" to seek the shalom (the good, the wholeness, and betterment) of the city where God has planted us (Jer. 29:7). Thomas regularly meets with, connects, and partners with other local churches, pastors, and campus ministries to reach and serve as many people as we can in the Iowa City metropolitan area.