Leadership Team

Jayson Workman - Pastor

Pastor Jayson is a native of Florida that graduated from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri with a degree in Missions. He finished his Masters in Church Ministry in 2004 at Baptist Bible Graduate School and Seminary. While at BBC Jayson met April and they were married in July of 2000. They have two daughters, L.E. and Briana.

Jayson began his ministry in the Chicagoland area in 2002. After five years serving under his father-in-law at Sauk Trail Baptist Temple, Jayson and April accepted the opportunity to plant a new church in the growing area of Green Garden. In 2007, he and 70 people began Green Garden Baptist Church. After severing in this ministry for 10 years, God allowed him to cross paths with the pastors of Jackson Creek Fellowship Church.

Michael Shepherd - Pastor

Pastor Mike and his wife, Susan, have been married for over 28 years and are thankful to be serving together in ministry. Mike is a bi-vocational pastor who works to make a living and lives to work for God. Sue is a stay-at-home mom who loves to share her faith and encourage the people around her. They have been blessed with four sons, Joseph, Wesley, Matthew and Christian and one daughter, Brooke.

Mike and Sue have been used by God to plant two churches, Standing Stones Church (2000) in Tinley Park, IL and Jackson Creek Fellowship Church (2012) in Manhattan, IL. They feel burdened to win souls and develop devoted disciples of our Lord. Mike truly loves connecting the truth of scripture through the preaching and teaching of God’s Word.

Together, Mike and Sue are excited about what God is doing in this ministry and how He is impacting people’s lives in their community. They believe that God will build His church. They are excited about what the future holds as they faithfully follow and trust God’s leading.

John Young - Pastor

Pastor John was born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago. In 2008, John graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. After graduation he followed in his family’s footsteps and began working for a mechanical contracting company, and still remains in the field today. John is a bi-vocational pastor - working full time and being involved in full time ministry. 

In college John developed a calling to help minister to God’s people through worship and discipleship while working in the world we’re called to reach. The Lord has provided many learning opportunities to John in various ministries, such as junior high boys group, teaching bible studies, serving as a deacon, attending various missionary trips, and being involved with worship teams. John was ordained as a pastor in 2009.

Currently John serves as a pastor at Jackson Creek Fellowship Church, with an emphasis on worship.  He’s been married to his wife Jenna for 10 years, and they have a 2 year-old son named Drake.

Ben Seyden - Pastor

Ben Seyden was born and raised in Southern California. Saved at an early age, he clearly felt the call of God on his life. Following this call, he attended Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO, where he met and married his wife, Jessica, and obtained a Missions and Bible Bachelors degree. After serving in churches in Texas and Oregon, he returned to Missouri and completed his Master’s Degree in Biblical Counseling, while serving on the staff of the Berean Baptist Church in Bolivar, MO. He was ordained into ministry by Berean in May, 2007.

Ben has been active in several ministries at Faith, now Jackson Creek, including teaching, worship team, growth group, and counseling ministries.  In 2019, Ben joined the staff at Jackson Creek as a lay pastor.  With their three children, Andrew, Bethany, and Joshua, Ben and Jessica are excited about what the Lord is doing in their lives, and in the ministry at Jackson Creek Fellowship Church.

Clint Ifland - Youth Director


Clint met his wife Autumn while the two were attending Maranatha University.  Clint graduated with a degree focusing on Youth Ministries, and Autumn received her degree in Marketing Management. They were married in 2009, and now have 4 children, Lily, Greyson, Easton and Colette.

Clint and Autumn have been members of Jackson Creek Fellowship since 2013, serving in many areas of the church including the worship team, nursery, teaching Children’s Sunday School and Kid’s Ministry Volunteers.  Clint was a deacon for several years and joined the full-time staff at Jackson Creek in 2018.  He leads the Student, Children, and Growth Group ministries. Autumn assists Clint with leading the students and also serves in the music ministry.  

Their desire is to see lives changed by the gospel and to equip them to go out and do the same.