Pastor Jarad has served in full-time ministry since 2006. In 2017 God called the Corzine family to live on mission in Granite City. After they intentionally moved into Granite City, Unity called Jarad to come on staff as an Associate Pastor. In January 2019, Jarad was called to be Unity’s Lead Pastor. He is most passionate about shepherding others to follow Jesus in the rhythms of faith in their lives, helping others make room in their lives to guide those who are younger in their faith, and loving the people in our midst whom the world has overlooked. God is glorified when we faithfully carry our crosses and entrust ourselves to Him who restores all things. Jarad and his wife Sarah have three children: Reed, Blane, and Emery.
Jason hails from Lawrence, KS originally, but spent a few years growing up in central Florida and NE Montana. Years spent in a variety of Christian denominations has given him an appreciation for the richness of expression one can find in God’s Kingdom. He is a graduate of Hesston College (KS), Greenville College (IL), and is pursuing further education at the Institute for Worship Studies (FL). He is so thankful to be a part of the Unity family where he has been serving since June of 2019, and is passionate to see the Church practice transformative worship and life in the Spirit as its mission. He married Hannah in 2005 and they have three children: Drian, Teya, and Simon.
Director of Missions
After retiring from teaching Jane had the opportunity to work with missions. She finds this field challenging and filled with blessing. God has given her a variety of people and places with which to work. She has served with Illinois Woman Missionary Union with trips to Kazakhstan and Washington D.C. Jane has served with North American Mission Board and then finally making her way to Unity Baptist where she ministers to those in need physically and spiritually. During her time in missions her greatest blessing has been the special people God has brought into her life. She delights waking each day to find the plans God has for her, knowing He will provide the strength and wisdom needed.
Barb Burns has been the Ministry Assistant since 2010. In 2015 Barb was instrumental in the merging of two Baptist churches and has continued ministering with Unity Baptist. Barb is well versed in ministering to the members of Unity and the Community alike. While being responsible for running all aspects of the church office Barb is well known for her great sense of humor! When Barb is not in the office she is busy raising her family: Skylar, Sophie, and Danny (her miniature dachshund).