We are neighbors learning to love unconditionally by doing what Jesus says.


Our Story

In October 2010, a few neighbors and friends began meeting in southeast Waukegan each week for a Bible study and prayer meeting. Over the next few months, God grew this fellowship into a multi-ethnic church community. Since celebrating our formal launch service on January 8, 2012, we have dedicated ourselves to following Jesus together.

Our core values are:

  • Dependent on grace - We boldly rely on God’s grace for salvation. We also count on His grace and intentionally reflect it in the process of sanctification.
  • United in love - We are a reconciling fellowship reflecting unity in Jesus Christ while cherishing the uniqueness of each individual person and culture.
  • Serving with hope - At all times, we intentionally seek to embody the hope of Jesus by sharing the gospel and reflecting it with sacrificial deeds of love.

Our Team


Luke McFadden
Pastor and Elder
Preaching, pastoral care, worship planning and local missions.

Luke lives in south Waukegan with his wife, Meghan, and two energetic sons, Caden and Colin. He is passionate about his family, friends, discipleship, art, and community development ministry.  Luke received his B.A. from Wheaton College and his M.Div from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  He loves to reflect on what God is doing in Waukegan as an artist.  His artwork can be viewed at www.revaluedart.com.

Laurie Matthias
Communication, educational ministries, and overseas missions

Laurie lives in Waukegan with her husband Larry. Together they have three adult children and one grandson. Laurie is an education professor at Trinity International University where she enjoys preparing her students to become teachers. She cares deeply about spiritual formation, multi-cultural education, and the CNC community.

Kim Jones
Administrative Assistant

Kim Jones has served as the Administrative Assistant for the past year and a half after retiring from a non-profit organization. She is passionate about bringing others into the presence of God through praise and worship and teaching the Word of God in adult Sunday school. She has 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild and loves spending time with them.
Mike Goolsby
Facility, organizational development, event planning, and production

Mike has been serving at CNC for the last three years with his wife Jennifer, son Harrison and daughter Bailey. He currently serves as Ministry Director, as well as Chair of the elder board helping to build up the volunteer team to serve with excellence for the Lord. Mike is most passionate about what the Lord is doing in the lives of people at CNC and the fellowship that ensues. When Mike is not serving alongside the people of CNC, he is working as a marketer for a local pharmaceutical company where he has worked for 10 years. 
  Jennifer Goolsby

Jennifer has served as Treasurer at Christian Neighbors Church for one and a half years. Her many years of being a professionally trained dancer keeps her active and looking for ways to worship God with her talents. She is very passionate about creating memories with her family and helping others to reach their financial goals one “baby step” at a time. Jennifer is a native of Memphis, TN but currently resides in Waukegan, IL with her husband, Mike, and two athletic kids, Harrison and Bailey.