"This group were amazing help as counselors at New Camp! The quote 'Fun was had by all' surely applies here!"


I've been on staff at Whittington since May of 2002, but my wife Candy and I started attending over 20 years ago, before we even married. I remember telling her that "I know of this church that we could start attending, and I think you will like it and I think I can tolerate it." That was in 1995 and I guess I've been tolerating it ever since!

I grew up in the Whittington area and graduated from Benton High School. I later earned two bachelors degrees from SIU-Carbondale. Before joining the staff at Whittington, I was a farm manager for a company that managed extremely large hog farms in Southern Illinois. I am also the Head Football Coach at Benton High School and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes sponsor there as well. I serve on several local leadership boards including the Benton Grade School District 47 school board and the Southern Illinois Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership board. Candy and I have two sons, Ben & Blane...and a daughter, Cali.

I am the Discipleship & Teaching Pastor at Whittington. My areas of focus include Sunday Morning Adult Connect Groups, youth ministries, college ministry, overall discipleship of the church body, individual counseling and corporate preaching/teaching on select Sunday mornings.

I hope you'll decide to hang out with us on Tuesday nights at The Mix, Wednesday nights for Junior High Youth or on Sunday mornings. 

Becky Jones, 

Children's Ministry Director

"I was normal, and had hair, when I started this job!"


I joined the Whittington Church staff in June 2008 after having taught 4th grade for seven years in Carbondale. I have my Bachelors and Masters from SIU in Curriculum and Instruction in Education. She also has an EdS (Education Specialist) degree in teacher leadership.

In 2015, I joined the staff at Ewing Grade School as the Science Teacher for 5th - 8th grades and Social Studies Teacher for 5th - 6th grades. I enjoy taking Women’s Self Defense and learning Jiu Jitsu and am a Wellness Advocate for doTerra Essential Oils.

I married Kevin in May 1999 and have two boys: Kaden and Kolten, and a stepson, Andrew.

"I run on a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus!"


Youth Groups

Our High School Youth Group (The Mix) meets on Tuesday nights at 7:00pm. Jr High Youth Group and 412 Youth Group (for grades 1st - 6th) meet on Wednesday at 7:00pm.


We always need volunteers! If you feel God prompting you to work with the youth at our church, please contact Pastor Bob Pankey.

Bob Pankey,

Discipleship & Teaching Pastor

"I believe in surrounding myself with young people who can mentor the next generation! At Whittington, we have the BEST Children's Church Workers!"


Sunday Morning

We have classes and activities for youth of all ages on Sunday Mornings. Click here for more details.