Shane has a passion for God and people! He is convinced that the church needs to create environments that make it easy for people to come into a relationship with Jesus Christ.  A place that accepts and loves people without judgment!  A place that helps people become all that God desires for them.  As a result, Shane and his wife of 26 years, Jennifer, a Decatur native, decided to plant Passion Community Church, in his hometown, Mt. Zion, in Sept. 2011.  

Shane has been in the ministry for 21 years, serving as a Youth Pastor at two different churches and Campus Pastor of TrueNorth Church Decatur.  Shane graduated from Mt. Zion High School, 1988, and continued his education at Olivet Nazarene University, in Kankakee, IL.  At Olivet, Shane earned his Bachelor's Degree while playing four years of baseball and basketball.  He then became the Graduate Assistant for the Men's Basketball team and earned his Masters in Teaching.  Sensing God's call into full-time Christian ministry, Shane and Jennifer moved to Louisville, Kentucky, to attend The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In Louisville, he also became a teacher and coach at Evangel Christian School before eventually becoming a Youth Pastor in Marion, Illinois. in 2002, he became the youth pastor at tabernacle baptist church, Decatur, IL.

Shane and Jennifer have three children, Drew (22), Alli (20), and Sage (17). Drew works as a lighting engineer for cannon design, in Chicago, and Alli attends Olivet Nazarene University. Sage attends Mt. Zion High School! Jennifer works at Dell's Popcorn Shop. Shane enjoys spending time with his wife, playing golf, is passionate about the "Fighting" Illini and Cardinal Baseball. he is also entering his 6th season as the Mt. Zion High School Girls Basketball Coach.

Zach schaeffer - Student pastor

Zach joined the passion staff in august, 2017, and is no stranger to the mt. zion community. he is the Executive Director of Camp Warren (in long creek).  Zach and his wife, Megan, have 2 children: Mackenzie (7) & William (3).  Zach graduated with a Ministries Degree from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. He was a student pastor for seven years at cross pointe church of god, bloomington, IL. He is a gifted speaker, leader and visionary. He is a sport's enthusiast - former college basketball player - and a huge St Louis Cardinal's Fan. Zach is also currently the 7th grade girls basketball coach at mtz.



Penny joined the passion staff in 2014. she graduated from Mt. Zion High School, 1983, and went on to Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, IL where she received her B.S. in Business Management in 1987.   After working at ADM for a few years, God placed a call on her heart to enter the ministry and she continued her education receiving her Masters in Christian Education (emphasis in Children's Ministry) at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY in 1993. She has served on 2 church staffs full-time...the last one for 15 years as Children's Minister and Church Administrator.  Penny is currently working as a secretary at the Mt. Zion Intermediate School.


brandon durbin - worship leader

Brandon joined the passion staff in the april, 2019.


GREG BRADLEY (Wife - Vicki)


Darin buttz (wife - kristin)

Jerry Cox (wife - suzie)

KEN VON QUALEN (Wife - Kathy)