Our staff are all people that are experiencing a life of victorious Christianity, and eager to teach you how you may also live this victorious life. These men and women have helped many find a dynamic love relationship with Jesus Christ through preaching, teaching, mentoring, and fellowship.
Dr. Paul Kingsbury – Pastor of North Love Baptist Church and Co-Founder/Chairman Reformers Unanimous
Dr. Paul Kingsbury was raised in a Christian home and came to know the Lord Jesus as his personal Savior at five years of age. At sixteen he surrendered to serve Christ with his life under the preaching ministry of Dr. Jack Hyles of Hammond, Indiana. He began preaching in jails, nursing homes and rescue missions. He attended Maranatha Baptist Bible College and graduated from Hyles-Anderson College in 1976.
While in Bible College training for the ministry, Dr. Kingsbury was introduced to the ministries of North Love Baptist Church in Rockford Illinois, near the city of Chicago. Becoming a member of North Love in 1972, Brother Kingsbury served and was mentored under the ministry of Dr. James Alley. Dr. Kingsbury has been the senior pastor of North Love since 1982, with a congregation that has grown to nine hundred regular attending members. In 1996 Dr. Kingsbury founded Reformers Unanimous along with Steve Curington, and has served as Chairman of the board since it’s inception.
Dr. Kingsbury has been privileged to preach across the United States and in more than two dozen foreign countries in his thirty- six years of ministry. He and his wife Dianne have twelve children, all of whom are serving Christ with their lives, as well as four grandchildren.
He is an active part in the Schools of Discipleship, his warm, Bible preaching, tender heart and balanced approach to the Christian life have a major impact on students. Pastor Kingsbury has a great heart for those with addictions his teaching and preaching can be of great benefit to your flight to freedom.
Steve Curington – Founder
Steve was the founder of Reformers Unanimous addiction program, and the RU Schools of Discipleship. He died suddenly of a heart attack on October 30, 2010. His unexpected death has cast a vibrant ripple effect across the Reformers Unanimous nation of students, directors, leaders, disciples, and well-wishers. Mr. Curington was a powerful force. Steve, a husband and father of five children, was so young to die. He was only 45, but he accomplished more in 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We mourn the loss of Steve Curington along with the thousands of individuals who have been impacted by his ministry. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.
Brother Curington’s teachings are still a key element to our students’ spiritual growth, and development. These are not warmed over truths culled from a book, but these are truths that God gave Steve, these truths are still taught through our curriculum, chapels, and at various times in Friday night class.
Donnie Barnes – Dean of Men
Donnie Barnes came to the ministries of Reformers Unanimous in the beginning of 2007 with a crippling addiction to crack-cocaine. After graduating the Men’s Discipleship home, Donnie continued his spiritual growth in the Graduate Program, under the mentoring and leadership of Ben Burks. Since that time, Donnie has worked in various positions throughout the ministries of RUI, all of which have equipped him to successfully take on his current position as Dean of Men.
Donnie is presently in his fourth year at North Love Baptist Bible College, where he is studying Pastoral Theology. He is also our Local Reformers Unanimous Teens-in-Transition Director, and has been serving the teens for the past 5 years.
Donnie married his wife Hannah in 2008, and they have been serving the Lord in the Reformers Unanimous housing ministry ever since. It is Donnie’s prayer that through his testimony, many people would be reached through Christ.
Revelation 12:11, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
James Chatman – Men’s Head Steward
James grew up in Rockford, IL. He came to Reformers Unanimous in 2007, after suffering from an addiction to crack cocaine and other crippling sins. James graduated our Men’s School of Discipleship in December 2008, and continued to grow in the Lord through our Graduate Program under the influence and guidance of Joel Sharp. James has worked in many areas of the RU Ministry. He currently holds the Head Steward position at the Men’s School of Discipleship. James is also, an active part of the Bus Ministry and Teen program at RU on Friday nights. God is using him in a mighty way.
James married his wife, Kim, in December 2010. They both serve the Lord faithfully together here at Reformers Unanimous and they pray that their testimonies will help the hopeless find Christ and receive the same Victory that they have found in Jesus.
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Dale Akin – Student Mentor
Hannah Barnes – Dean of Women
Mrs. Hannah Barnes grew up in Rockford, Illinois in a non-Christian home. Throughout her childhood, Hannah watched as her father was crippled by an addiction to heroin and alcohol. Despite her troubled up-bringing, Hannah, along with her sisters and mother were reached for Christ through the ministries of North Love Baptist Church. Hannah went on to West Coast Baptist College to train for the ministry. Since graduating, she returned to her home church and served as a music teacher in the North Love Christian School.
Hannah married her husband Donnie Barnes in 2008. They both have served in the Reformers Unanimous housing ministry in various capacities since that time. As of April 2012, Mrs. Barnes has assumed the role of Dean of Women for the Reformers Unanimous Ladies Home.
Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good, to them who love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.”
Little did Hannah know that her father’s crippling addiction would become the catalyst God would use to help her in ministering to broken and hurting women. To God be the Glory, great things HE hath done!
Ephesians 3:20 – “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.”
Joy Lemke – Student Mentor
Mrs. Joy Lemke was raised in North Love Baptist Church and ministries. She is the oldest daughter of our pastor, Dr. Paul Kingsbury. Joy attended Bible College at West Coast Baptist College in Lancaster, California and finished in 2001. At this time, Joy opened our Reformers Unanimous Ladies Home. She has served in this ministry since its conception.
Joy is married to Chris Lemke. After the birth of their daughter, Faith Dianne, in April of 2012, Joy now has assumed the role of Student Mentor in the Ladies Home.