About Us

The Red Brick Church is a conservative, evangelical church located in Stillman Valley, Illinois.

Although we're non-denominational, our church is similar to an evangelical free church.

We're only 10 minutes from the Rockford airport and 4 miles from Byron. People attend our church from Ogle, Winnebago, and Boone counties. Some of the communities represented in our church include Rockford, Cherry Valley, Oregon, Byron, Davis Junction, Winnebago, and the Rochelle area.

Though our church was founded in 1858, we continue to be as passionate as ever about the centrality of Christ and the sufficiency of His Word. Our purpose is to glorify God and maximize our joy by growing an extended family of fully-devoted followers of Christ. To that end, we want to be a local church where the truth comes into lively intersection with life — That means that on the one hand we will be true to the Word, but on the other we will consider what it means for how we live.

Even though our church is over 150 years old, in recent years, we have enjoyed exciting growth, especially with young families. At the same time, we continue to have a very active ministry for seniors.

The focus of our church is on our Sunday morning worship service where our pastor preaches biblical sermons that are relevant for life. But there are many other opportunities to participate in our active youth and children’s ministries, Bible studies, and other church events.

Doctrinal Statement

While our church is not formally affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA), we have adopted the EFCA doctrinal statement as our statement of faith.

Our Pastors

Chris Brauns

Chris Brauns has been the pastor at the The Red Brick Church since January of 2005.

Chris is the author of Unpacking Forgiveness: Biblical Answers for Complex Questions and Deep Wounds, published by Crossway (2008) (Endorsements), When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search: Biblical Principles and Practices to Guide Your Search, published by Moody (2011) (Endorsements) and Bound Together: How We are Tied to Others, in Good and Bad Choices, published by Zondervan (2013) (Review 1, Review 2).

Chris has written numerous articles including “Packing Unforgiveness,” and “Be Visibly Devoted to Be Pastorally Placed.”Chris frequently speaks and preaches in a wide variety of settings. He led a panel discussion at the 2011 Gospel Coalition national conference, is an Interviewee for a series of questions on Christianity.com, and was a keynote speaker for a national Peacemaker conference.

Chris and his wife Jamie have four children: Allison, Christopher, Benjamin, and Mary Beth. You can read more about Chris's background on his website.

Tim Michalek

Tim joined Red Brick in 2014 as the Associate Pastor of Youth and Worship. He and his wife Amy have three children: Sophie, Moses, and Amos. Tim studied church music in college and Bible in graduate school. He was ordained as a minister of the gospel by Red Brick in August 2016 and completed his Masters in Education in 2018. Before coming to Red Brick, Tim and Amy had their own small business. They had spent two years teaching at a Bible college in the Caribbean then moved back to the states and began sewing baby clothes to sell on Etsy. Tim quit his job and began sewing full-time. He has a passion for foreign missions and hopes to someday be a part of bringing the gospel to an unreached people group. 

Our Staff

Cara Roberts – Director of Children’s Ministry

Cara lives in Byron with her husband, Ryan, and their children, Hanna and Patrick. She has her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and her Master's degree in Teaching and Learning with an endorsement in special education. She taught for eight years in various elementary roles before becoming a stay-at-home mom nine years ago. She has been attending the Red Brick Church since 2011 and joined our staff in 2018. She has participated in Moms and More Bible study, taught Sunday school and VBS, and helped with AWANA. Cara gives vision, direction, is a resource to, and coordinates several areas of our ministry: Sunday School, Children's Church, Vacation Bible School, Nursery, and AWANA.


We offer intensive pastoral internships for young men considering pastoral ministry. We have housing available right next to the church office that is big enough for a small family. Our interns have had opportunities serving with our youth group, children's program, music, and technology.  Apply here.