Board of Elders

Pastor Robert Louis Stevenson

Elder Billy Russell

Billy has been a member of Rock Church since 2004. He is the only Elder that is also a Deacon. He is a certified Fork Lift Operator and has experience as a Receiving Clerk, a Punch Press Operator, an Order Filler, A Porter, and a Spray Painter. After coming to Rock Church from the Transformation Crusade ministry, Billy has served as a salvation counselor, small group leader, Co-Chair of the Deacon Board, and speaker in the Prison Ministry.
He still works with the Deacons and oversees the Visitation ministry.

Elder Gerald Nordgren

While still in law school, Gerry worked in Austin in Legal Aid. After graduation, he worked for a firm in Austin until he joined the legal ministry at Circle Community Center in 1981. When the Austin Circle Law Center moved to 118 N Central in 1985 as part of Circle Urban Ministries, Gerry moved with them and worked there for a couple of years. After some time at the DePaul University Legal Clinic where he mentored students who helped those who could not afford an attorney, he began working for the Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc., who served the working poor in the South Chicago neighborhood. When the Austin Christian Law Center merged with the Chicago Legal Clinic (becoming the Austin Circle Law Center) he returned to 118 N Central. Since he was laid off in 2009, he has his own law firm, Nordgren Law Offices, in downtown Chicago.
In January 2013 Gerry and his wife, Nancy, started attending Rock Church. In the spring of 2014, they moved into the Austin neighborhood, which was a home-coming for Gerry, since his first home was an apartment at Washington Blvd and Lavergne.

Elder (Pastor) Ed Johnson

Pastor Ed was in the U.S. Air Force for 23 years as an aircraft mechanic and production supervisor. During that time he volunteered as a youth director in Tampa, FL and Las Vegas, NV. Seeing himself in the kids at their age as their eyes opened to a new world and while seeing their emotional and spiritual growth develop had a dramatic impact on Ed. “I could have been a By The Hand kid, but there was no By The Hand to help me.” He served from 1989-2009 as Youth Pastor at Rock Church and Chaplain for Circle Urban Ministries. He currently works with By The Hand in Englewood as Spiritual Development Specialist.
He oversees the Youth Ministry on Wednesday nights at Rock.
He and his wife DeMurma Johnson (Rock Church’s Office Administrator) live in the Austin neighborhood. They have been married for 50 years and have 4 adult children and 2 teenage grandchildren.

Elder (Pastor) Willie Morris Jr.

Pastor Willie went to grade school, high school, and college in Chicago. He worked as a Chaplain for Circle Rock Prep School/Circle Urban Ministries and as Pastor at Greater Union Baptist Church. Upon retirement, he returned to Rock Church where he currently serves as Chairman of the Elder Board and right-hand-man for Pastor Stevenson.
He and his wife, Linda, live in the Austin neighborhood.

Elder Reggie Harris

Reggie Harris has been a Rock Church a long time. For many years he oversaw weekly set-up of the gym for worship. He and his wife, Sarita, also lead a Care-About Group. He is currently part of the Praise Team.
They and some of their children live in the Austin neighborhood.