Staff

Jeremy Ashworth – Pastor

Jeremy is our pastor, and he lives to help people grow.  He loves good food, great conversations, hiking, rock-stacking, travel, and meeting people.  He is married to the incredible Mary Ashworth, and they have two pretty awesome sons, Gavin and Zane.

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Juliana Pitruzzello – Office Manager

Juliana is our Office Manager at Circle of Peace. She earned a BA in Communications at American University in Washington, D.C., worked at multiple organizations in office manager positions prior to Circle, and has been with us at Circle since 2008. Juliana is married, has a daughter, and lives in Peoria.

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Jaime Howard – Children’s Ministry Director

Jaime has a degree in Family Studies and Human Development, and has been a children’s pastor for over a decade. She knows firsthand the impact that God’s love can have on a little life, and it is her heart’s desire for children to understand that they are deeply loved by a faithful God. She has a loving husband and three beautiful kiddos, and loves all things crafty. And good coffee. And chocolate.

Jason Powell – Worship & Music Leader

Jason is a member of Circle, holds a Master of Arts in Theology degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, and has a strong background in music education, worship ministry, pastoral ministry, and AV technology.

Makenzie Nelson – Nursery Lead 

Makenzie is a recent graduate of McPherson college and enjoys working with kids.

Makenzie and Breanna are available to care for kids from infants to age 4, every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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Breanna Downs – Nursery Care Assistant

Breanna Downs is our nursery care assistant. Breanna loves kids, swimming, and is an honor student.

Makenzie and Breanna are available to care for kids from infants to age 4, every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Kristie Corbin – Childcare 

Kristie loves working with kids, is married and has two children.

Kristie is a great addition to our childcare staff for our mid-week and extra events.

Here are just a few of Jeremy’s favorite quotes:

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.Jesus, Luke 10:27

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.Jesus, Matthew 28:19-20

The most common sound you’ll hear in our church is laughter. It’s not that we don’t take God seriously, it’s that we don’t take ourselves too seriously.Pastor from California

Everybody has a strategy until they get punched in the face.Mike Tyson
 
What I do is me.Gerard Manley Hopkins

Christian love means a profound concern for the welfare of another, without any desire to control them, to be thanked by them, or to enjoy the process.Alban Institute writer