Judson Church is a non-denominational congregation serving the city of Joliet and surrounding communities. Committed to the Scriptures as our highest authority (Sola Scriptura), we teach a person is saved by God’s grace alone (Sola Gratia), through faith alone (Sola Fide) in Jesus Christ alone (Sola Cristo), to the glory of God alone (Soli Deo Gloria). Intentionally a church for the city, Judson Church equips its members to love and serve their neighbors and partner with organizations to seek the good of our communities.


A typical Sunday morning service lasts about one hour. We sing a mixture of contemporary and rich traditional songs led by our music team. Twice per month, we celebrate communion together before the preaching of God’s Word. Our nursery is available during the whole service while children (preschool-age — 5th grade ) are dismissed after the singing. Wear whatever makes you feel comfortable; jeans are just as acceptable as a suit and tie. After the service, we encourage you to connect in conversation with other attendees.


Jesus is the head of the Church, and through the Holy Spirit, He guides our decisions, processes, and practices. Our leaders (staff and volunteers) serve our congregation in our vision to see “lives and communities transformed through the gospel”.

The Team Structure At Judson Church

Judson Church is led by the Shepherd Leadership Team, equipped by the staff, cared for by the Deacon Team, and served by the Resource Team.

Our Staff & Ministry Leaders

The staff and volunteers implement the ministries to fulfill our vision.

graham rogers

Graham Rogers

Senior Pastor

jodi rogers

Jodi Rogers

Director of Ministries

Sara witthouse

Sara Witthouse

Director of Children’s Ministries

markie dively

Markie Dively


Donna Jercha

Donna Jercha


Shepherd Leadership Team

The Shepherd Leadership Team oversees the vision, teaching, and mission of Judson Church. The Shepherd Leadership Team consists of the Lead Pastor and five volunteer members.

Bob Gorbold

Bob Gorbold

Creig Zook

Creig Zook

Bob Polletta

Bob Polletta

Chris Ackerman

Chris Ackerman

John Miskimen

John Miskimen

Serving Team Leaders

Matt Nolan

Matt Nolan

Resource Team Leader

Judson Church Vision & Mission Statements

At Judson, we want to see lives and communities being transformed through the gospel. How do we realize this vision? With your help! Our vision is to see “lives and communities being transformed through the gospel” is accomplished through four important areas:

Modeling transforming lives

We want to practice godly words, attitudes, and actions in our daily lives so that others will know the hope we have in Jesus Christ.

Multiplying transforming disciples

We want to help others know the hope they can have in Jesus Christ through intentional teaching, leading, mentoring, and biblical counseling.

Mentoring transforming leaders

We want to help others discover their giftings, develop character and skills, and deploy them to serve within the church and out in the community.

Mobilizing transforming movements

We want to be a part of God’s work within Joliet, the surrounding communities, and the world. So we partner with leaders and organizations to seek the glory of God and the good of others.

What Judson Church Believes

At Judson Church, we believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word of God. The supreme and final authority for believers, God reveals His will for us through the Bible. Below are foundational doctrines, or teachings, of Judson Church.

WE BELIEVE the scripture, composed of the Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God, inerrant in the original writing, and the final authority of our life and faith. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 24:35

WE BELIEVE in one Creator God, eternally existing as Father, Son (Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit. Genesis 1:1; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Deuteronomy 6:4

WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. Matthew 1:18, 23-25; Luke 1:29-35; Philippians 2:6-8

WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ died as a sacrifice for our sins, and that all who believe in Him have a restored relationship with God because of Jesus’ shed blood. Romans 3:23-26, Galatians 2:16; Romans 5:1, 9; 1 Corinthians 15:3

WE BELIEVE in the physical resurrection of Jesus from death, and that He is currently at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest and Advocate. Matthew 28:6-7; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 John 2:1

WE BELIEVE that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned, incurring not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all humans are born with a sinful nature, and sin in thought, word, and deed. Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8; Psalm 51:5

WE BELIEVE that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God. John 3:3-5; Ephesians 2:1-10; Titus 3:5-7; John 1:12-13

WE BELIEVE in the practice of Believer’s Baptism by immersion and the celebration of the Lord’s Supper as symbols of the works of God through Jesus Christ. Acts 22:16; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Acts 2:38

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit is given to those who believe in Jesus Christ, giving gifts for ministry and maturing our faith. Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; Galatians 5:22-25

WE BELIEVE that the church is made up of all who have received Jesus as Savior, and that the local church is established for mutual encouragement, discipleship, and witness. Ephesians 2:19-22; Colossians 1:24; Acts 16:5; John 17:20-21

WE BELIEVE Jesus is coming again, that there will be a final judgment, and that those who have believed in Jesus will spend eternity in God’s presence, while those who do not will spend eternity in punishment, away from the presence of God. 1 Corinthians 15:21-34; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:11-15