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 is a senior at 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 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 (8) & William (4).  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.


jenny Joined the passion staff august, 2019. Since a young age, Jenny been passionate about children and education. she graduated from SIU with a degree in Early Childhood Education and has a master's degree in Early Reading and Literacy. For 20 years she taught (mostly Pre-K) in southern IL, California, Missouri and most recently in Mt. Zion. husband, Curt, and jenny now live in Cerro Gordo, where she was born and raised. When their first daughter, Elsie, was born in February 2016, she left teaching to stay home with her. they now have a second daughter, Lynnlee, and she is teaching English to Chinese students online early in the morning before the girls wake up! they have enjoyed being members of Passion Community Church for several years. jenny is very excited to oversee Passion Kidz! her mission for our children is to provide a fun and safe environment where they will know Christ, understand His word, grow in their own spiritual walk, and be able to share the love of Christ with others.


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 business Administrator.  Penny is currently working as a secretary at the Mt. Zion Intermediate School.


brandon durbin - worship leader

joined the passion staff april, 2019.


(Not pictured Jay & Kathy Mccord)

GREG BRADLEY (Wife - Vicki)


Jerry Cox (wife - suzie)

KEN VON QUALEN (Wife - Kathy)