Neopolis Board Members

 
  Jon Dennis   Jon Dennis serves as the chairman, co-founder, and Lead for Vision for Neopolis, and lives in Chicago. Jon is a founding pastor and the Senior Pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Chicago, a multi-ethnic church with congregations in Pilsen, Hyde Park, Downtown and the North Side. He currently serves on the Executive Team of Redeemer City to City for North America as well as on several boards including The Charles Simeon Trust (which he helped to found) and Crossway Books. He lives in Hyde Park with his wife, Amy, and has five children.

Jon Dennis

Jon Dennis serves as the chairman, co-founder, and Lead for Vision for Neopolis, and lives in Chicago. Jon is a founding pastor and the Senior Pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Chicago, a multi-ethnic church with congregations in Pilsen, Hyde Park, Downtown and the North Side. He currently serves on the Executive Team of Redeemer City to City for North America as well as on several boards including The Charles Simeon Trust (which he helped to found) and Crossway Books. He lives in Hyde Park with his wife, Amy, and has five children.

  Arthur Jackson   Arthur Jackson serves as International Director and co-founder for Neopolis. He lives in Kansas City. He also serves as the Midwest Region Urban Director for PastorServe, a ministry that serves pastors, churches and church leaders across America and in Haiti. He holds degrees from Penn Valley Community College (AA), Park University (BA in management) and Dallas Theological Seminary (Th. M, pastoral ministries). After serving 3 churches in the Chicago area, he and his wife (Shirley) of over 49 years relocated to the Kansas City area. They are the parents of 5 children and grandparents to 5 grandsons. 

Arthur Jackson

Arthur Jackson serves as International Director and co-founder for Neopolis. He lives in Kansas City. He also serves as the Midwest Region Urban Director for PastorServe, a ministry that serves pastors, churches and church leaders across America and in Haiti. He holds degrees from Penn Valley Community College (AA), Park University (BA in management) and Dallas Theological Seminary (Th. M, pastoral ministries). After serving 3 churches in the Chicago area, he and his wife (Shirley) of over 49 years relocated to the Kansas City area. They are the parents of 5 children and grandparents to 5 grandsons. 

  Oscar Leiva    Oscar Leiva is the  Global Residency Director for Neopolis and lives in Chicago. He is currently working with two international residents hoping to plant in Pretoria and Kampala. He was born in El Salvador and raised in an economically challenged neighborhood in Chicagoland.   Oscar received his undergraduate degree and Masters of Divinity from Moody Bible Institute. He and his wife have lived in Chicago for over 18 years as they’ve served as active members at Holy Trinity Church. Today, God has called Oscar, Megan and their three adopted children Obed, Ezra and Judah to build a multi-ethnic congregation in Pilsen with Holy Trinity Church.

Oscar Leiva

Oscar Leiva is the  Global Residency Director for Neopolis and lives in Chicago. He is currently working with two international residents hoping to plant in Pretoria and Kampala. He was born in El Salvador and raised in an economically challenged neighborhood in Chicagoland. 

Oscar received his undergraduate degree and Masters of Divinity from Moody Bible Institute. He and his wife have lived in Chicago for over 18 years as they’ve served as active members at Holy Trinity Church. Today, God has called Oscar, Megan and their three adopted children Obed, Ezra and Judah to build a multi-ethnic congregation in Pilsen with Holy Trinity Church.

  Jon Nielson    Jon Nielson serves as senior pastor of Spring Valley Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Roselle, IL. Before that, he served as Director of Undergraduate Ministry for Christian Union at Princeton University, and as pastor for both college and high school ministry at College Church in Wheaton, IL. Jon has authored 5 books, and is a graduate of Wheaton College (B.A.) and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.Div, D.Min). He is married to Jeanne, and they have three young children.

Jon Nielson

Jon Nielson serves as senior pastor of Spring Valley Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Roselle, IL. Before that, he served as Director of Undergraduate Ministry for Christian Union at Princeton University, and as pastor for both college and high school ministry at College Church in Wheaton, IL. Jon has authored 5 books, and is a graduate of Wheaton College (B.A.) and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.Div, D.Min). He is married to Jeanne, and they have three young children.

  Jay Thomas    Jay Thomas was born in Bangalore India, raised in Northern California, and now resides in North Carolina where he pastors the Chapel Hill Bible Church. He attended Wheaton College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is married to Rebecca and they have one daughter and three sons. He enjoys reading, good humor, food, and friendship.

Jay Thomas

Jay Thomas was born in Bangalore India, raised in Northern California, and now resides in North Carolina where he pastors the Chapel Hill Bible Church. He attended Wheaton College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is married to Rebecca and they have one daughter and three sons. He enjoys reading, good humor, food, and friendship.

 
 

Staff

 
  Felipe Chamy   Felipe is our Latin American Director and lives in Santiago, Chile. He is married to Bernardita (Berni for short) and together they have five children (Benji, Mati, Andy, Sophie and Agustín). Felipe is Chilean and served as a Neopolis Resident in HTC Chicago. He is an ordained minister in the Anglican Church of Chile and has an MA in New Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Having served as Senior and Associate Pastor in a few churches in Chile, he now teaches Biblical Theology, biblical studies, and Greek at CEP (Center for Pastoral Studies), and serves also as the Associate Pastor of Iglesia Peñalolén in Santiago, Chile. Felipe is involved in a leadership training, church planting foundation (Fundación Generación) as well as a board member for a reformed studies masters degree institution (CLER).

Felipe Chamy

Felipe is our Latin American Director and lives in Santiago, Chile. He is married to Bernardita (Berni for short) and together they have five children (Benji, Mati, Andy, Sophie and Agustín). Felipe is Chilean and served as a Neopolis Resident in HTC Chicago. He is an ordained minister in the Anglican Church of Chile and has an MA in New Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Having served as Senior and Associate Pastor in a few churches in Chile, he now teaches Biblical Theology, biblical studies, and Greek at CEP (Center for Pastoral Studies), and serves also as the Associate Pastor of Iglesia Peñalolén in Santiago, Chile. Felipe is involved in a leadership training, church planting foundation (Fundación Generación) as well as a board member for a reformed studies masters degree institution (CLER).

  Laura Curtin    Laura Curtin works in Special Projects for Neopolis and lives in Chicago. She has enjoyed facilitating in building relationships all over the globe with Neopolis partners. She also works for Holy Trinity Church Chicago as Jon Dennis’ assistant, and with the Chicago Partnership as an Administrative Assistant. She holds degrees from Olivet Nazarene University (BA in Biology) Indiana Wesleyan University (MBA). Laura has been living in Chicago since 2015 and is married to Sully Curtin, a Ministry Director for Holy Trinity Church Northside and Downtown.

Laura Curtin

Laura Curtin works in Special Projects for Neopolis and lives in Chicago. She has enjoyed facilitating in building relationships all over the globe with Neopolis partners. She also works for Holy Trinity Church Chicago as Jon Dennis’ assistant, and with the Chicago Partnership as an Administrative Assistant. She holds degrees from Olivet Nazarene University (BA in Biology) Indiana Wesleyan University (MBA). Laura has been living in Chicago since 2015 and is married to Sully Curtin, a Ministry Director for Holy Trinity Church Northside and Downtown.

  John Jusu   Dr. John Jusu recently joined the Neopolis team and works to evaluate and train church planters in Nairobi. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Trinity International University in Deerfield. He currently is the Regional Director for Africa at the Overseas Council International (OCI). He previously served as Dean of the School of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, where he developed the curriculum and teaches in the Educational Studies Department at Africa International University (AIU) in Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Jusu has facilitated learning mainly in the social sciences and is very passionate about faith, learning and life integration as it ought to happen in emerging Christian Universities in Africa.  He is also involved in curriculum consulting and faculty development for many educational initiatives in Africa. John’s native home is in Sierra Leone and he is married to Tity. They have three children.  

John Jusu

Dr. John Jusu recently joined the Neopolis team and works to evaluate and train church planters in Nairobi. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Trinity International University in Deerfield. He currently is the Regional Director for Africa at the Overseas Council International (OCI). He previously served as Dean of the School of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, where he developed the curriculum and teaches in the Educational Studies Department at Africa International University (AIU) in Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Jusu has facilitated learning mainly in the social sciences and is very passionate about faith, learning and life integration as it ought to happen in emerging Christian Universities in Africa.

He is also involved in curriculum consulting and faculty development for many educational initiatives in Africa. John’s native home is in Sierra Leone and he is married to Tity. They have three children.  

  Flo Kamau    Flo Kamau serves as an administrative assistant to John Jusu in Nairobi. She is also the Executive Administrator for the Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA). She worked for Africa International University as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor where she was actively involved in the Award to AIU of the Charter by the Kenyan Government and in editing and launching of the University Policies. Flo is a graduate of Kenya Methodist University with a BBA in Entrepreneurship, as well as Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) with a Diploma in Business Management. She is currently waiting to graduate with a Master of Business Administration at Africa Nazarene University in Nairobi, with a double major in Project Management and Conflict Ethics and Governance.  She is married to Edward and together they have been blessed with two children, Giovanni (8 years) and Gianna (6 years).

Flo Kamau

Flo Kamau serves as an administrative assistant to John Jusu in Nairobi. She is also the Executive Administrator for the Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA). She worked for Africa International University as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor where she was actively involved in the Award to AIU of the Charter by the Kenyan Government and in editing and launching of the University Policies. Flo is a graduate of Kenya Methodist University with a BBA in Entrepreneurship, as well as Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) with a Diploma in Business Management. She is currently waiting to graduate with a Master of Business Administration at Africa Nazarene University in Nairobi, with a double major in Project Management and Conflict Ethics and Governance.  She is married to Edward and together they have been blessed with two children, Giovanni (8 years) and Gianna (6 years).

  Tommy Lee   Tommy is the Senior Project Manager for Neopolis and lives in Chicago. He launched CreatePossible LLC and Resource Global in 2010. Tommy earned a Master’s degree from Moody Theology Seminary and a Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Tommy has worked on a variety of ministry projects with the Lausanne Congress, the Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers, Living on the Edge with Chip Ingram, the Willow Creek Association (WCA) and the Global Leadership Summit (GLS), Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Urbana Missions Conference, Ravi Zacharias Ministries, TogetherLA with Tim Keller, Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC), Billy Graham Center, World Relief, Redeemer City to City, Barnabas Group, and the National Religious Broadcasters.  Tommy is married to Charlene and they have one daughter, Samantha.  They attend Park Community Church.

Tommy Lee

Tommy is the Senior Project Manager for Neopolis and lives in Chicago. He launched CreatePossible LLC and Resource Global in 2010. Tommy earned a Master’s degree from Moody Theology Seminary and a Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Tommy has worked on a variety of ministry projects with the Lausanne Congress, the Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers, Living on the Edge with Chip Ingram, the Willow Creek Association (WCA) and the Global Leadership Summit (GLS), Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Urbana Missions Conference, Ravi Zacharias Ministries, TogetherLA with Tim Keller, Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC), Billy Graham Center, World Relief, Redeemer City to City, Barnabas Group, and the National Religious Broadcasters.  Tommy is married to Charlene and they have one daughter, Samantha.  They attend Park Community Church.

 
 

Global residents

 
  Rhynhardt   de Bruin   Rhynhardt de Bruin grew up in Nelspruit, South-Africa. He moved to Pretoria in 2006 to study. This is also where he met his wife, Janine. In 2011 he joined a new church plant called LIG.punt, planted by Johan Verster and Tobie Meyer. In 2014 he took on the roll as Associate Pastor, focusing on students and Leadership development. Working with students, Rhynhardt has developed a passion to reach the ‘lost generation’ of Pretoria – people between the ages of 20 – 34 who were familiar with Mainline Traditional churches, but have become disillusioned/indifferent to the church. Rhynhardt would like to plant a church in Pretoria in 2019 that will partner with other churches in the city to preach the Gospel, reach the lost and continue to plant churches. He is praying about planting a church in Pretoria and is currently in Chicago for a Global Residency through Neopolis.

Rhynhardt de Bruin

Rhynhardt de Bruin grew up in Nelspruit, South-Africa. He moved to Pretoria in 2006 to study. This is also where he met his wife, Janine. In 2011 he joined a new church plant called LIG.punt, planted by Johan Verster and Tobie Meyer. In 2014 he took on the roll as Associate Pastor, focusing on students and Leadership development. Working with students, Rhynhardt has developed a passion to reach the ‘lost generation’ of Pretoria – people between the ages of 20 – 34 who were familiar with Mainline Traditional churches, but have become disillusioned/indifferent to the church. Rhynhardt would like to plant a church in Pretoria in 2019 that will partner with other churches in the city to preach the Gospel, reach the lost and continue to plant churches. He is praying about planting a church in Pretoria and is currently in Chicago for a Global Residency through Neopolis.

  Derrick Sekamalira    Derrick Sekamalira was born and raised in Kampala, Uganda in the home of a Muslim mother and a nominally Christian father. He heard about Jesus growing up through Christian rallies and was converted when he was about 12 years.  By the grace of God he intends to see a gospel centered and expository preaching church planted in Kampala, Uganda and through it he hopes to plant several other churches. He wants to help set up training programs centered on scripture in churches where mature disciples are made and godly servant leaders are raised.  Derrick is married to Rae and currently in Chicago as a Global Resident through Neopolis. 

Derrick Sekamalira

Derrick Sekamalira was born and raised in Kampala, Uganda in the home of a Muslim mother and a nominally Christian father. He heard about Jesus growing up through Christian rallies and was converted when he was about 12 years.

By the grace of God he intends to see a gospel centered and expository preaching church planted in Kampala, Uganda and through it he hopes to plant several other churches. He wants to help set up training programs centered on scripture in churches where mature disciples are made and godly servant leaders are raised.  Derrick is married to Rae and currently in Chicago as a Global Resident through Neopolis.