Our Pastors
Brandon & Bethany Arneson

Brandon and Bethany came to DeKalb in 2015 to join the GT Church family. They are passionate about Jesus and leading people in experiencing His love. They love communicating the Word of God and helping people from all walks of life to know God, find freedom, discover purpose, and make a difference. Before they were married Brandon pastored in Salem, Oregon & Peoria, Illinois and Bethany served in Kathmandu, Nepal. After getting married in 2005, they ministered together in Kathmandu, Nepal, for 10 years.

They have six children: Josiah, Mikayla, Hannah, Noah, Judah & Olivia. They are also proud to be foster parents. Both Brandon and Bethany are ordained ministers with the Assemblies of God. They enjoy long road trips, good movies, family games, and Nepali/Indian food.

Message from Pastor Brandon

Welcome! No matter your church background or where you find yourself, I hope that you feel like coming to GT Church feels like coming home. So, welcome home! GT Church is a place where you can encounter the life-giving message of Jesus Christ. His message of forgiveness, restoration, and love changes everything in our lives! Jesus brings hope and joy into every life that welcomes Him. Here at GT Church, our purpose as a church is to: Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Purpose, and Make a Difference. I personally want to invite you to join us as we follow Jesus in everything that we do.

Eric & Kristin Massey
executive PASTOR

Eric and Kristin Massey have been in vocational ministry together since 2010. They met and began their romance while volunteering as youth sponsors at GT Church. In fact, they were married at GT Church in 2001. Pastor Eric oversees the details, supports the lead pastor, and does a lot of behind-the-scenes work at GT Church. He started his ministry journey as a youth sponsor and through schooling, time, and God’s grace became the youth and associate pastor at GT Church in 2010. After ministry stops in Roscoe/Rockford, Illinois, and Elburn, Illinois, the Masseys returned to DeKalb in 2016. Kristin has been a high school math teacher since 2000. They have two wonderful children Gideon and Isabella. They also have 2 cats, Maynard & Violet, and a dog, Freya. The Masseys love to watch films, play board games, and go on adventures as a family. They are also die-hard Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs fans.

Patrick & Mallory Thies

Patrick, aka Pastor Andy, was called into ministry as a student in Teen Challenge. After graduating Teen Challenge, Pastor Andy began serving as the worship pastor at First Assembly of God in Pekin Illinois where he completed his ISOM classes. Mallory attended Southwestern Assembly of God University and served at Whiteriver Assembly of God School of Missions on the Fort Apache Reservation for multiple years. Pastor Andy and Mallory were married in 2011 and have 3 amazing children. They began serving at GTChurch in January, 2016. They enjoy music, ministering together, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Emily & Derek Montgomery

Emily, GTChurch’s KidMin pastor, was born and raised in Pekin, IL. She attended North Parkway Assembly of God, where she met Derek Montgomery in 2003, they were married in 2011. Emily has always had a heart for kids and has served many roles together, with Derek ever since they met. Derek runs the tech opstations of GT Kids and also serves as a deacon after being elected to the role in 2018. The Montgomery’s have one son (Isaac).

Cristal & Tim Martinez

Cristal and Tim were raised in the Chicago suburbs.  They were married in 2021 and love being newlyweds. Cristal has a strong call to ministry to teens, and loves spending time in God’s Word. Tim is a talented musician who plays piano, drums, bass, but his favorite instrument is guitar. He serves on our main worship team. They enjoy outdoor activities, music, and spending time with their cats, Tiger and Ash. Cristal has served in Amplify! Youth since 2019.


Pastor Keven & Leigh have been married since 2008. They have a grown daughter Emily. They have attended Glad Tidings since 2008 and have served in almost every ministry at GT Church. They love traveling, sharing a good meal with friends, and Pastor Keven loves loud, metal music. In fact he is a huge Stryper fan! RevKev has been credentialed with the Illinois District since 2013.