Meet Our Pastors
Pastor Al and Chrissy Toledo were both born and raised in New York City. Pastor Al, born of Cuban parents, was headed for a promising career as a professional baseball player when the Lord revealed Himself to him at the age of seventeen on a baseball field. After being drafted by a major league baseball team and playing college baseball, Pastor Al began attending the Brooklyn Tabernacle and soon felt God calling him to the ministry. In 1990, he attended Bible college and soon thereafter began serving in full-time ministry.
Chrissy, the daughter of Pastor Jim and Carol Cymbala, founding pastors of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, always had a love for music, like her mother. Although she loved the Lord since she was a child, Chrissy strayed from the Lord during her teenage years. Her testimony has encouraged many as it is found in her book, Girl in the Song, as well as her father’s book, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire. God called Chrissy into full-time ministry at the age of twenty, directing music at a Bible college in New England.
In 2002, Pastor Al, Chrissy, and their three children – Susie, Annie, and Tommy, moved to Chicago when they felt God leading them to pioneer a church on the North Side of the city, leading to the birth of the Chicago Tabernacle. Pastor Al and Chrissy have a heart to serve others into greatness and to see them become all that God has called them to be.
Pastor Matt and Mandy Reneau met at Moody Bible Institute, where they graduated and were married in 2006. They have a daughter, Anna, and a son, Justice. Pastor Matt grew up in a godly home and as a teenager, surrendered his life to God at a summer camp in Wisconsin. During his time at the Moody Bible Institute, he became an intern at the Chicago Tabernacle, and after graduating, came on staff full-time. He has served as Pastor Toledo’s Assistant, Youth Pastor, and taken part in many other ministries at the church.
His passion is to train and disciple people in their personal lives as well as in their spheres of leadership. Mandy also grew up with godly parents and has served the Lord from a very young age. She has served as the children’s ministry leader, worked with her husband in the youth ministry, as well as serving the women of the church. They both love God passionately and are committed to serving God’s people and seeing the lost come to Jesus.
Pastor David is the son of a military chaplain, and grew up all over the world. Similarly, Susie was raised in Bosnia in a missionary family.
Pastor David was saved as a young boy, and felt a call to ministry in high school. While attending Moody Bible Institute, his brother invited him to the Chicago Tabernacle, where he began to serve and continue to grow in leadership. During this season of his life, Pastor David encountered God’s presence in a powerful way. Pastor David has a desire for all people to encounter God in this way, so they can see the supernatural power of God in their everyday lives. Susie also felt a call to ministry at a young age and now leads the Early Childhood Ministry. She has a passion to see every child in Chicago be reached with the gospel and to see them become godly, powerful leaders in God’s Kingdom. Pastor David and Susie have three little ones of their own; Owen, Eden and Elliot. Both David and Susie have a heart to evangelize and their prayer is to see revival come to Chicago.
Pastor Jose Figueroa grew up in Chicago. After following a self-destructive path in his early 20’s, he dedicated his life to Christ in 1999. Pastor Jose’s mission is to inspire others to love Jesus and live out the Gospel. Pastor Jose holds a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree from Moody Theological Seminary. Darcy committed her life to Christ when she was a young girl. She was drawn towards a life of cross-cultural Christian service since her early teens and pursued training towards that end by graduating from Baptist Bible College of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. Darcy enjoys utilizing her professional and ministry training to serve women and families at CT.
Pastor Jose and Darcy met at the Chicago Tabernacle when the church first opened its doors in 2002, and they were married at CT in 2004. After completing his seminary studies, Pastor Jose and Darcy moved to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where Pastor Jose co-pastored a church for the urban poor. They returned to Chicago in 2013, and Pastor Jose joined CT’s pastoral team in 2015. They have been blessed with two young children, Isabel and Gabriel.
Pastor Jake Sparlin was born and raised in Chicago. After attending Chicago Tabernacle in Spring 2007, he encountered God through The Story of Love and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Pastor Jake’s journey into the ministry began soon thereafter.
After earning a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University, Pastor Jake came on staff full-time in early 2008. He continued to serve in a variety of ways for the next several years, including Assistant to Pastor Toledo, Children’s Ministry Director, and Youth Pastor. Now Pastor Jake serves the church as Associate Pastor.