Dr. Timothy Gibson is married to Brooke, and they have three children:  Whitman, Chamblin, and Valyn. He holds a BA in English and Broadcast Journalism from Ole Miss, a M.Div with counseling emphasis from Reformed Theological Seminary, and PhD in Educational Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity. Timothy mostly enjoys spending time with his family, dining out, traveling, watching Ole Miss sports, and an occasional round of golf. He works bi-vocationally at Maryville Christian School. 




Chris Smith is married to Jenny, and they have one son named Tobias (Toby). He holds a BA in Speech Communication from the University of Georgia and a M. Div from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His passion for ministry revolves around helping others to live out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) in tangible ways. Chris enjoys rooting for Georgia Bulldogs football, playing guitar, reading history, and playing pickleball or tennis. He works bi-vocationally at Maryville Christian School. 



Laura Osborn is married to Jason, and they have two children:  Jordan and Asher. She holds a BA in English from Illinois State University, and she is currently pursuing a Masters in Early Elementary Education online at Grand Canyon University to become a certified teacher. Laura has sung and played professionally in Tempe, Arizona, and Columbus, Ohio, before returning back home to O’Fallon and to Winstanley (her church family since childhood). She enjoys crafting, shopping, watching Ohio State football, and spending time with her husband and kids.



Together we are a community of believers. What does that mean, the word community? We believe that together in fellowship we grow closer to God and one another. The Bible speaks about iron sharpening iron. We believe that together we grow stronger. We are a community of believers. 


We strive to be a church without walls. Jesus calls for us to go outside the walls to reach the lost and the broken. It is there that the lost will be found. Most churches find it is comfortable to stay within the walls, but we make it an effort to be like the church from the book of Acts, to see our city changed.


We highly value our relationships with one another. We look to grow through fellowship, and ultimately growing closer to God. We value the word of God, and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We look to extend grace to all of the lost and broken, and lead those with no hope to the hope of Jesus Christ.



  1. Started as a mission of First Baptist Church in East St. Louis
  2. On Sunday afternoon, September 8, 1907, a group of thirty-three Baptists met with a council of Baptist Churches of the Alton Association in a one-room frame building on 26 Street, just north of State Street, to constitute the church.

  3. Winstanley became a charter member of the East St. Louis Association in 1917 when Julian Artwood was the pastor and Mr. F. C. Bourland was the clerk.
  4. The pastor was James A Gerren, and the minister of Education was Norman K Wallace.   Mrs. Guy W. Marsh was the clerk, and the membership was 1267.   The church was located at 2801 State Street, East St. Louis.
  5. In April 1968, the church voted to relocate.
  6. Winstanley relocated to the present location on Winstanley Hill @ 9471-IL 161, Fairview Heights, IL 62208