Pastors and Staff


Scott Nesse - Senior Pastor


Scott Nesse has been serving in ministry for close to 30 years. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1976 before heading to the Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). At DTS, he completed a Master of Theology (Th.M.) in 1981. After serving as a youth pastor in San Antonio, Texas for five years, Scott became the senior pastor at Maywood Evangelical Free Church in Rockford, IL, where he remained for 21 years. He then founded Go Far Ministries in 2008 and also published Families That Go Far, a book exploring the family in a practical, scriptural manner. In the fall of 2010, through much prayer and discernment, Stonebridge Church launched with Scott as the senior pastor. It previously met on Rockford's north side before recently transitioning to downtown Rockford. Scott and his wife Carol Ann married in 1984 and have seven children (oldest is 27, youngest is 11). In Scott's free time, he enjoys various sports and remains an avid fan of the Oregon Ducks.

Scott Nesse (Senior Pastor): 815.904.1017



Mike Downing - Church Administrator


Mike Downing serves as Stonebridge's Church Administrator, functioning as Pastor Scott's "right-hand man" in many of the details and needs of ministry. He graduated from Trinity College (Deerfield, IL) in 1977 before working for Procter & Gamble for 25 years. Prior to his involvement at Stonebridge, he served alongside Scott with Go Far Ministries. Mike and his wife Lisa have four children.

Mike Downing (Church Administrator): 815.262.6444



Eddie & Maise Sanchez - Worship Leaders


Eddie and Maisie Sanchez live in South Beloit with their children, Elizabeth and David. Eddie teaches math at the South Beloit middle school. Maisie is a full-time mom and enjoys giving flute lessons. Worshipping the Lord is the hope of their calling. 

“Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; meditate on and talk of all His wondrous works and devoutly praise them!” 
‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭16:9‬ ‭