Our Leadership Structure
In Scripture, we find two distinct groups of people who exercise leadership in the church under the Lordship of Jesus Christ:
Our Pastors & Elders
These men are appointed to the spiritual oversight in the church. Some of our elders are working full time for the church. Our teaching pastor focuses on rightly dividing the Word and being a teacher of teachers; our associate and our youth and family pastors serve the congregation in focused ministries.
All of our elders meet the biblical qualifications for this office as laid out in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-16.
Kevin Mahon - Senior (Preaching) Pastor
Kevin Mahon has been the preaching pastor at Peoples Church for 20 years. Previously, he served at Arnstein Baptist Church for 8 years. Kevin was converted to Christ while at University, along with his wife Charlene. He received his M.Div. from Central Baptist Seminary, first attending because he wanted to learn quickly, but soon realizing that he was to make his living from the Gospel.
Kevin loves to develop elders and minister together as a shepherding team. His passion is to study God’s Word and teach and preach it. He has five adult children, with four married, and six grandchildren with the expectation of many more.
Mark Ottaway - Associate Pastor
Mark Ottaway has been at Peoples Church since 2010. Mark is a graduate from Moody Bible Institute and is scheduled to graduate with an M.Div. in theology from Liberty University in 2021. He began serving as a pastor after working in the building industry and kitchen sales for much of his life. Mark has also led youth ministry in a lay-position for many years in Chatham.
Mark is married to Anne and they have four sons, now four daughters, 13 grandchildren, and a collie named Ted. Mark enjoys rose gardening, playing hockey, birding, and is a big Chicago Blackhawk fan. Mark’s ministry involves young couples, families, and older folks; encouraging and challenging each one to deepen their relationship with Christ. He considers it such a blessing to be part of the ministry.
Nick Baetz - Youth & Family Ministries Pastor
Nick Baetz has been at Peoples Church since 2016. He is a graduate of Heritage College and Seminary with his BRE-P in Youth and Family ministries. Nick began serving in youth ministry in 2010 as a volunteer, and felt God calling him to pursue youth ministry vocationally after graduating from Bible College.
Nick is married to Cassandra; they have one son and a baby on the way. Nick enjoys playing and watching sports (especially soccer), going on hikes with his family, and playing mini sticks with his son. Nick loves teaching and studying God’s Word and loves ministering to teens and families. He desires to see teens come to know Christ as Lord and Saviour and to grow in their walk with Him.
These men serve our congregation in hands-on, practical ways. Our ministers of mercy, they assist the elders by facilitating ministry with the material and physical needs of the people.
These two groups work in concert with the congregation to encourage and foster a vibrant Body Life that reflects Christ's intended desire for His people at Peoples Church.