Our Pastors

Pastor Jack Gilbert

St. John's Lutheran Church & School Pastor Jack GilbertPastor Gilbert has been serving here at St. John's since June of 2013. He graduated from Concordia Seminary in May of 2009 and served for almost four years as an assistant pastor at Carmel Lutheran Church in Carmel, Indiana. He and his wife Jenny have been blessed with four daughters and are thankful that they are a part of this church and school.

Personal Profile: 

Name – Jack Gilbert
Hometown – Yorkville, IL
Hobbies/Personal Interests – Spending time with family, reading, watching movies, cheering for the Cubs and the Bears, and playing cards. 
Bible Verse – [Jesus said] “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”(John 14:6)

Professional Profile:

  • Years of Service - 13 
  • B.A. - Communications - Northern Illinois University (2005)
  • M.Div. - Concordia Seminary; St. Louis, MO (2009)


“God has always followed the custom of giving a visible sign, a person, place, or spot where He could certainly be found. For if we are not bound and held by a physical, external sign, every one of us will seek God wherever he pleases.”  - Martin Luther


Pastor Joshua K. DeYoung

Pastor DeYoung has been serving St. John’s as the Associate Pastor since November, 2021. He graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in May of 2018 following which he received a Divine Call to serve St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Kaitlyn have four children and are happy to be part of St. John’s Lutheran Church and School!

​Personal Profile:

Name – Joshua K. DeYoung
Hometown – Irvine, CA
Hobbies/Personal Interests – Theology, Music, Technology & Business, Philosophy, Aesthetics/Art, & Coffee Roasting.
Bible Verse – “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)

Professional Profile:

  • Years of Service – 4
  • B.A. – History & Political Thought - Concordia University Irvine (2014)
  • M. Div. – Concordia Theological Seminary; Fort Wayne, IN (2018)


“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree." - Martin Luther