Destination is a non-denominational church that loves and follows the Jesus we see in the New Testament. We believe in the final authority of the Bible, the trinity, Jesus' divinity, the person and work of the Holy Spirit, the reality and severity of sin, and salvation by grace alone through faith. More.
Matt SweetmanFounding Pastor
Matt was born 1979 and grew up in Brighton, England. He moved to the U.S. in 2004. He is married to Heather and they have four children: Jones, Macrae, Paisley, and Finley. After pursuing a marketing career and simultaneously completing Trilogy (three-year biblical studies), he felt called to start a church. They moved to St. Louis for a year of Church Planting Training, and then in April 2009 planted Destination Church.
Andy Tommelleo hails from Steelers country (Western PA), a childhood devout Catholic who never wanted to become a priest. After encountering Jesus in his 20's, he now finds it slightly ironic to have become a pastor. A former camera guy & editor, he manages a video company by day, writes and makes music by morning and night, and loves photographing the city at all times.
Kyle Van SomerenPastor
Kyle Van Someren joined Destination Church in 2009. He and his wife, Alissa, welcomed their son, Zander, in May of 2016. Kyle works in the financial industry and enjoys running and being outdoors. He grew up attending a traditional church and the gospel of grace transformed his life at an early age. He and Alissa have served internationally through various missions organizations and both have a passion for the gospel to reach all nations.
Evan HarrisPastor in Training
Evan works in the tech security industry. He currently serves Destination as the Prayer Team and Security Force Coordinator, as a Champion of Leaders, and is a part of the core leadership team.
Thomas HendersonPastor in Training
Thomas is completing a year of Pastoral Training. He is a part of the core leadership team and helps with preaching, connecting people, and coordinating special gatherings.
Chris EngelmannPastoral Resident
Chris grew up just north of Minneapolis, MN and came to Chicago (by way of Madison, WI) four years ago for seminary at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Having a variety of work experiences at churches and in other professions, he enjoys striking up conversations and meeting new people, running, and playing basketball (when time and legs permit).
Ilyce RyniakCelebration Gatherings Coordinator
Katie KnottsCommunications Admin
Rachel PetersonMembership Coordinator
Michelle LockeChampion for Kids Ministry
Mandi SelveyHospitality Coordinator
Allison JarrettUshering Coordinator
Ebony HarrisBenevolence Coordinator
Katie KnottsFacilitator Coordinator
Joel PopescuAudio & Visual Tech Coordinator
Haley GibertGreeting Team Coordinator
Jonathan YardeSetup Crew Coordinator
Vinita AndrewsArt Director
Alex LockeSocial Media Coordinator
Nina PeschProgram Admin
Abby PeachyKids Coordinator
Audrey JohnstonVideo Testimony Coordinator
Merrick RobisonInterim Director of Worship
Ali BrownWorship Leader
Tesia Jean-BaptisteWorship Leader
Rebecca HayesWorship Leader
Although we are a non-denominational church, we are neither isolated nor independent.
Destination Church is part of an expanding global family of churches called Newfrontiers, with 1200+ churches in over 60 nations. We desire to revive, establish, and reproduce the kind of churches we read about in the New Testament.