Staff

Jerry Shaffer: Vision/Lead Pastor

Jerry Shaffer: Vision/Lead Pastor Image

Jerry and Carrie, along with their four children (Isaiah, Elijah, Taylor, and Destiny) planted a church in the Fox Valley in 2001. With a few friends, they launched The Well in 2004. Jerry is crazy about the outdoors. He’s never jumped off a waterfall, but if Bear Grylls were a really awesome pastor and wore a lot more plaid, he’d be Jerry. In his spare time, Jerry enjoys kayaking the Fox River, bow hunting, and forcing his wife to be outdoorsy. Carrie, on the other hand, really likes shopping (especially Goodwill and garage sales), running, singing, and chauffeuring her kids around town.

John Gilmore: Administrative Pastor

John Gilmore: Administrative Pastor Image

The Gilmores moved to Aurora in July of 2009 after spending a few years in Charlotte, North Carolina where John grew up. They moved back to the Fox Valley Area to be closer to Sarah’s family. John & Sarah have two boys, Micah and Joel. John loves spreadsheets, numbers, statistics and anything administrative so it was a fit for him to become the Administrative Pastor of The Well. John graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a major in Pastoral Ministries and a minor in Biblical Languages (he made it through somehow!) Sarah is a nurse with a family practice office in Wheaton. John and Sarah both enjoy good music, good movies and good food (ok, John enjoys all food).

Dave Terrell: Media & Communications Pastor

Dave Terrell: Media & Communications Pastor Image

David and Sharon Terrell moved to Geneva, Illinois, in the summer of 2007 with the express intent to serve the community at The Well and further the vision to reach the Fox Valley. They are blessed with two girls, Charlotte and Beatrix, and a son, Noble. Utilizing his love for creativity and graphics, David spends his time thinking of ways to best connect people to God using technology, social media, and innovative design. In his spare time, David enjoys reading comic books and listening to music you’ve probably never heard of. Sharon serves in the children’s ministry and on the worship team, and attempts to avoid technology at all costs.

Tony Dahlin: Youth Pastor

Tony Dahlin: Youth Pastor Image

Tony and Lisette, along with their three children Madison, Payton, and Gavin, began attending The Well in 2007. They have served in many places at The Well, including the children’s Ministry, worship, the tech team, and hospitality. Born and raised in Chicago, the Dahlins love all things Chicago including pizza the lakefront, and, of course, Da Bears. Tony enjoys watching movies, playing practical jokes, and having fun whenever possible. Lisette loves being a mom, hosting parties, and being a pretty fabulous cook.

Michael Larson: Small Groups Director

Michael Larson: Small Groups Director Image

After a couple of years in Minnesota and a short stint of traveling abroad, Michael and Whitney Larson settled into St. Charles, Illinois in early 2009. A year later, their family grew with the addition of their daughter, Ellery, and in 2013 the three became a family of five with the birth of their twins, Isla and Knox. Throughout their time at The Well, the couple has grown to have a heart for connecting people into community through small groups. Michael loves to dabble in the world of craft beer and plan for the next family trip. Whitney’s role as a clothing company stylist blends her interest in fashion with her passion for women.

Shannon Hansen: Children's Ministry Director

Shannon Hansen: Children's Ministry Director Image

Shannon Hansen is new to Illinois, deep dish pizza, and negative temperatures, but she’s here and more than ready to serve at The Well as the Children’s Ministry Director. Originally from the great state of PA, Shannon moved slightly south to attend The American University in Washington, DC. It was there that she met the Lord at the start of her sophomore year and quickly got involved in a campus ministry and a local church. After graduation she entered the exciting world of children’s ministry with that church in Northern Virginia. Three years later, here she is! Her interests include musicals, America, tupperware, singing loudly, watching movies and crocheting scarves.

Shari McCord: Worship Director

Shari McCord: Worship Director Image

Michael and Shari McCord moved to Geneva, Illinois in December of 2012 from Grand Rapids, Michigan when Michael was offered an exciting job opportunity. They have two energetic boys Jaxton and Elijah. Both Michael and Shari are passionate about worship, and met while in college when they were both on the same worship team. They have both been leading worship since they were teens and especially love leading together. Shari also loves taking care of people and works as an Emergency Room and Urgent Care Registered Nurse. Michael enjoys watching movies and watching the Redwings beat the Blackhawks.