Leadership Team

ChristLife functions because every member has a role to play: not just the pastors! From custodians to nursery stewards and everyone in between— we’re so thankful for the opportunities God’s given each of us to serve Him! To read more about some of our church’s various ministries, click here. Below, meet our pastors.
Pastor Jeff Warix

Jeff Warix

Senior Pastor

Jeff worked in the business world for many years before answering God’s call to the ministry. In 1992, he sold his home in Delhi, quit his job, and pulled out all the stops. God ended up sending Jeff, his wife Debbie, and their 9 children to Utah to work for 10 years as Missionary Church Planters before calling them back to Illinois. Jeff began at ChristLife in 2010.
Jeff is anxious to equip each Christian with the spiritual tools they need as well as to see them use those tools for God!
You can email Pastor Jeff at or call the church office at 618-585-4544, if you would like to set up a time to meet!

Noah Branum

Assistant/Youth Pastor

Born and raised in Minnesota, Noah enjoyed outdoor activities like baseball and duck hunting. In high school, he wanted to pursue meteorology/storm chasing after he graduated, but at that time God was laying it on his heart to pursue pastoral ministry. In 2019, Noah graduated with a B. A. in Pastoral Studies from Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa.
In November of 2022, Noah joined the ChristLife staff as the assistant/youth pastor. He is thankful for God’s leading in his life to this ministry and is looking forward to the work God will do through him.

Gary Thomae

Assistant Pastor

Gary has been a part of the ministry at ChristLife for over 25 years, serving as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher, and Youth Leader.
At God’s leading, Gary joined the staff as an Assistant Pastor in November of 2023. Gary and his wife, Deanna, have five children.

Pastors pray with a couple about to be married