Jesse had the blessing of being born into a Bible-believing, Christian family where he trusted in Jesus as his savior at the age of 10 and was baptized in his high school years. Jesse deeply values his Christian heritage and praises the Lord for His blessings.
Jesse grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Westmont High School. After attending College of Dupage, he continued his education by completing his Associates of Biblical Studies and Bachelors in Christian Ministry Leadership from Moody Bible Institute. He currently takes online classes through Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary toward his Masters in Theology.
Jesse has been leading worship in a contemporary, Christian context since 2006. He has served at First Baptist Church of Downers Grove, Naperville Christian Church, and Clinton Evangelical Free Church before coming on staff at our church in April of 2016. Leading worship is not simply an occupation for Jesse; it is his passion and devotion. Nothing brings him greater joy than leading people into the presence of God through music and song.
Jesse met his wife, Sydney, while serving at Clinton Evangelical Free Church and they were married on May 30th of 2015. In July of 2017 they became proud parents of Brielle Olivia Slinkman. Sydney is a 1st grade teacher at Ekstrand Elementary in DeWitt, IA. Jesse and Sydney live in Davenport and enjoy hanging out together and being with family and friends.