to see lives and communities transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ and
empowered to participate in the kingdom of God.


calling all people to live and love like Jesus Christ.  

core values

Rooted in Community. holistically generous. united to serve.

Mario Paul Flores Lead Pastor

Hello there! I am from Southern California but have only surfed twice. I’m literally always in the mood for legitimate Mexican food. Praise be to God, Kankakee County does not lack legitimate Mexican restaurants. I am the youngest of four in a family of six. I enjoy conversations with just about anyone. Since 2017, I joined the “Happily Married” club, and my wife and I have a son! When I was around fourteen, I seriously committed my life to Jesus Christ. Since then, I have realized that living for Jesus is the greatest life anyone can live.

Makenzie Flores Associate Pastor

I identify as an 8 wing 9 on the Enneagram and have since given that identity over to the Lord, asking Him to make me the most Christ-like 8 wing 9 possible. I am married to the love of my life and have been since 2017. I am a mama; not only to my biological son, but to any child that has or will live in our home. I am called to be the first to serve, to advocate, and stand toe to toe with darkness and the injustices in my community. I have, both, a Pastoral undergrad degree and a Social Work grad degree; the combination is an amazing tool as I serve in this capacity. I am not the most outgoing of our staff, but my sincere prayer is that when we meet, you feel loved, seen, know that you matter and you belong.

Jacob Gouge Associate Pastor

I am husband to Megan and dad to Naomi and any other children the Lord places in our home. Megan and I are called to equip individuals and families to adore, partner with, and long for Jesus! Our life mission is to love and disciple the Church unto wholehearted love for God and preparation for Jesus’ Return. I enjoy reading, drinking coffee, hanging out with my bros, skateboarding and playing basketball. One of my favorite pastimes is dropping mentos in Diet Coke and watching it explode. No I do not do this often, but when I do I enjoy it.

Susan Morrill Worship Arts Director

Hi, I’m Susan! I am a lover of Jesus, people, laughter, three-part harmonies and chai lattes. Serving as Community Cup’s Worship Arts Director, since we began in 2017, has been a great blessing in my life. I love leading musical worship, shepherding others and challenging persons’ understanding of worship. Whoever you are, reading this bio, know that you are known and loved by God!

Adam Keller Intern

Hello! I am a Christ follower and Coffee fanatic. I am from Normal Illinois, but got to Olivet Nazarene University from which I will graduate in 2022 with a degree in Pastoral Ministry. I believe that God has called me to be His love, and Gospel made visible, wherever I am. I always enjoy learning about Coffee and food. In my spare time I enjoy making and experimenting with coffee in as many ways as I can.

Tsakani Chambo Intern

Hello! I am a Junior at Olivet Nazarene University, pursuing a degree in Pastoral Ministry with a minor in Music. I love God, people, and lavender vanilla cappuccinos. I am firm believer that when Christ told us that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand, He meant that there is beauty to be seen now and beauty to come. My calling is to join in God’s mission to help people see the beauty that is, and to work for the beauty that is to come.