Meet our staff

John Bell
Lead Pastor
After working on discipleship and leadership with Grace Bible Church for six months, John became the church’s Lead Pastor on June 1, 2015. The dynamics that God used to bring together “Grace” and John are truly amazing. Truly, God is faithful.

In his first fifteen years of ministry, John Bell worked with Chosen People Ministries as a church planter, evangelist, Regional Director and Executive Vice President. In 1989, he became the Senior Pastor of Grace Pointe Church, with campuses in Naperville and Plainfield, Illinois where he served for 25 years. He also served as Transformational Director for Pinnacle Forum in the Greater Chicago area for 5 years. John has worked with churches, companies and individuals to mentor leadership development and victorious living.

John has been married to Linda for 43 years. They have four grown children, a daughter-in-law, son-in-law and five grandchildren.
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Mark Dattoli
Executive Director
Mark came to GBC in 2000 and has served in many capacities including deacon and adult education/discipleship coordinator. He has facilitated the ‘What Do I Believe’ and ‘The Truth Project’ series, and numerous other classes.

Prior to serving as Executive Director, Mark worked in large businesses for 40 years, most of the past 15 years as a senior management consultant. He has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science, and completed the coursework for his MBA, at Northern Illinois University. He also attended Moody Seminary.

He and his wife of 23 years, Cathy, work in the church office 2 days a week. They have a daughter in college and one at York High School.
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Adam Waters
Director of Discipleship & Small Groups
Adam and his wife Elaine have been married for 3 years and serve together in ministry helping others to become more like Jesus.

Adam leads a discipleship/recovery group that lends support and hope to people who have struggled with various addictions and life struggles.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Theological Studies from Moody Bible Institute. He currently attends Moody Theological Seminary and is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree.

Adam enjoys playing classical guitar in his spare time.

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Ben Whittington
Family Pastor / Community Impact Coordinator
Ben came to GBC in 2017 from Liberty University where he served as the Coordinator and Graduate Assistant for the Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement. Ben is passionate about helping young married couples and families get connected to the church. He also has a emphasis on helping the church engage culture in more effective ways.

Ben has several years of experience in ministry. He has previously served in five internships at churches ranging from a traditional baptist church to a contemporary multi-racial nondenominational church. He has also has multiple years of college ministry experience from Liberty University. Ben graduated with his Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies in 2014 and finished his Masters degree in Philosophical Studies in 2016 from Liberty University. Some of Ben's heroes are C.S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Ravi Zacharias.

Ben has been married to Emily for over two years and they have a wonderful 10-month old daughter named Hadassah "Haddie" Joy.
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Roxanne Evans
Director of Children's Ministries
Roxanne considers it a merciful blessing to have believed and walked with God from a very young age. Learning the Word of God and church have been at the center of her life, since growing up in a small New Hampshire town.

After graduating from college in Chicago she married Robert in 1991 and then focused on the family, raising and homeschooling their son and two daughters. The two oldest are in college and the youngest is being homeschooled for high school.

Before attending Grace Bible Church in 2011 she participated in, served in or led in some capacity all the children's ministries she is overseeing now along with youth and college groups and many women's Bible studies. Roxanne loves encouraging and teaching families to love and serve Jesus and each other as well as just hanging out, spending time with them.

Roxanne finds great joy in laughing with her family at the dinner table, long conversations with her kids, helping others, spending time with friends, reading, being in and photographing God's creation and cheering on her Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.

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Torin Schonta
Youth Ministries Intern
Torin grew up in Grace Bible Church where he was an active part of the youth group. Since graduating high school he has remained involved in Grace's youth ministry as an adult leader.

He holds a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies from Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA) and a M. Div. in Theology from Liberty Divinity School. During his time at Liberty he worked as a Resident Assistant leading and discipling the hall leadership team. He also worked as a Professor's Assistant for New Testament Survey.

As a fervent Cubs fan, he enjoys watching baseball in his spare time. He also is an avid reader, particularly of classics, fiction and theology. When not doing these activities he may be found watching movies, playing board games or delving into trivia.
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Cathy Dattoli
Executive Assistant
Cathy grew up on a farm in small-town Iowa and graduated from Northwestern College, in Iowa, with a degree in Business/Accounting. She has worked in non-profit organizations, including serving as the Director of Accounting for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Cathy has attended GBC since 2000. She served as Director of VBS 2005-17. From 2015-17 she was part-time Secretary.

Cathy enjoys working with her husband, Mark, at GBC and is grateful to God for their 2 daughters and a soon-to-be son-in-law.
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Shannon Pitzer
Church Secretary
Shannon has over 15 years of experience working as an administrative assistant with various ministry organizations, recently serving as Regional Administrator for Young Life Military International. She and her husband Jim moved to the Chicago area in the summer of 2016 after serving for nine years in Europe with Military Community Youth Ministries/Club Beyond. They came to GBC soon after the move and are so thankful to be a part of the community of believers here.

Shannon and Jim have two daughters, two sons-in-law and five grandchildren, all living within 10 minutes of them. They feel very blessed to have so much time with family after being away for so long.
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Nate Klinger
Worship Producer
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Michael Hapner
Praise Team Leader
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Phone: 630-832-8416 | Email: | Office hours: Mon-Thur 10-3, Fri 10-1 | Location: Berkley & Eggleston in Elmhurst, IL 60126 (one-half mile south of York High School)     Facebook