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. Come visit!

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.

Interns

We offer personal 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.

Missions

We actively support the following mission efforts.

Trans World Radio/TWR - Shawn and Laura Boyd

Shawn and Laura live in Vienna, Austria where Shawn is the Director of Fund Development for Europe and CAMENA. Their desire is to bridge the gap between international and local ministries to see people reconciled to God, churches planted, disciples grow, leaders develop, and Christ glorified as they encourage people to partner together for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Laura is focusing her attention on caring for Savannah, Donovan, and Brooklyn as our family transitions into a whole new world of experiences.

EMU Church Planting to the Unreached Lao – Jeremy and Bonnie Ruth Farmer

The Farmers have been working in Cambodia since 2011. They live in the StungTreng Province and are learning to speak Lao with the goal to plant churches among the ten’s of thousands of unreached Laotians living in Cambodia. Jeremy also teaches at the Ratanakiri Pastor’s Institute in Khmer (the national language of Cambodia) with the team from Evangelical Mission to the Unreached (EMU). http://solidjoys.org/

Training Leaders International - Brian and Kami McKanna

Brian travels for Training Leaders International. TLI exists to establish and strengthen local churches and their leaders around the world. The growing gap in theological education leaves the global church susceptible to false teaching, decay, and collapse. They offer solid training that is culturally appropriate, effective, and reproducible.

Mission Aviation Fellowship – John and Nancy Hook

Mission Aviation Fellowship serves people who deal with challenges due to isolation in regions such as Africa, Asia, Eurasia, and Latin America by providing aviation, communications, and learning technology services. John and Nancy Hook are MAF missionaries. John was a pilot in Indonesia for years and now recruits pilots and airplane mechanics for MAF. John and Nancy live in Nampa, Idaho. Please visit their website at: www.maf.org/hook

Campus Crusade for Christ/CRU – Karl and Megan Glendenning

CRU, formally Campus Crusade for Christ International is a College campus ministry. They have been on campuses for over 60 years, helping students come to know Jesus, grow in their faith and then go to their families, their communities and all over the world to tell others about God’s love. Karl and Meg serve with CRU at their global headquarters in Orlando, Florida on the training and development team.

If you are interested in supporting them financially or through prayer, go to https://give.cru.org/0588151

College students and parents can learn more at http://www.cru.org

Good Ground Communications – Eric Walker

Good Ground Communications is a not-for-profit Operating Project of the Joy to the World Foundation. The vision of GGC is to help spread of the love and message of Jesus Christ all around the world. This includes building up believers both nationally and internationally through the practical teaching of God’s Word. In addition, GGC is passionately involved in sharing the love and message of Jesus Christ with those who have not heard, specifically to those who live in the countries of the 10/40 Window. In recent years GGC has sponsored outreaches in Africa, Turkey and China. I am returning to China for 6 weeks this summer to teach English. I will be sharing the love and message of Jesus in Anshan, China, about 150 miles from the border of North Korea.

Rockford Rescue Mission

Rockford Rescue Mission shares hope and help in Jesus' name to move people from homelessness and despair toward personal and spiritual wholeness. www.rockfordrescuemission.org

Bread of Life at Valley Covenant Church in Stillman Valley

Bread of Life Ministry was started in 1999 by members of Valley Covenant Church who were grateful for God’s blessings in the lives of their families and chose to share these blessings with their community. The purpose of Bread of Life is to offer care and concern for those in need in our region by giving help to all who come to our distributions on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. We provide hot meals; groceries, canned and boxed foods, frozen foods and meats, and personal care items; and books and reading material. We provide a welcoming atmosphere to all who come through our doors and distribute food to anyone in need. We encourage those we serve toward faith in Jesus Christ through gentle conversation, but we do not require a faith commitment of those we serve.