Meet The Staff

Rev. Carlos & Yvonne Paniagua

Senior Pastor

Pastor Carlos began his ministry at Belmont in September of 2003. Prior to being in Chicago, he served as Senior Associate Pastor at Christ Tabernacle in Glendale, New York. Pastor Carlos brings to us a wealth of experience gleaned from Christ Tabernacle, where he was involved in assisting with the pioneering of that church and its continued growth to over 2,000 members. Prior to Christ Tabernacle, Pastor Carlos learned the fundamentals of ministry as a member of the well-known New York City church, Brooklyn Tabernacle. Pastor Carlos and his wife Yvonne are “real people” with a heart for the city of Chicago. They understand city life and city needs – so essential for urban ministry. Pastor Carlos speaks to today’s issues of life with a solid biblical perspective that you will find both challenging and life-changing. Pastor Carlos and Yvonne would love to meet you and help you in your Christian experience.

Rev. Thomas & Libby Stack

Associate Pastor

Pastor Stack came on staff in August of 2004. He has been a part of Belmont since 1998 and was serving as a Deacon prior to this present ministry. Pastor Tom brings a bi-vocational experience to the ministry staff. Beginning in 1983, he has been on the mission field (Guam), served as an Interim Pastor and Associate Pastor, along with other areas of church leadership. From secular employment, Pastor Tom has been involved in quality assurance, engineering, and product management. These experiences have served to provide solid business exposure along with the ministry involvements – serving to support the ministry development of Belmont. Pastor Tom is married (Libby) and has three children (Jeremy, Joanna, Joi).

Rev. Ric & Aida Laboy

Children Ministries Pastor

Pastor Ric Laboy joined the pastoral staff as our Children's Pastor in March of 2006. Prior to that Pastor Ric was serving as the supervisor for our Master's Commission program. Additionally, he has experience with children stemming from roles in several Christian elementary schools. Pastor Ric along with his wife Aida have a heart for God and God's people, and especially towards our children. Since taking over this responsibility, he has brought a lot of excitement, energy and new direction to our Kids inC children's ministry. Pastor Ric and Aida are parents of three, which certainly is a resource to draw on for ministry to our children.

Rev. Alisha Crespo

Music Ministries Pastor

Pastor Alisha Crespo became part of our pastoral staff at the very beginning of 2014. Previously, she served as the worship team ministry leader for Excel Student Ministries; being part of Excel for a number of years first as a youth attendee, then volunteer ministry leader. Pastor Alisha is married (husband Ray). Pastor Alisha comes from a family actively involved in ministry. Her parents, Pastor Danny and Cyrene Lopez pastor at a local church in another part of the City of Chicago. We are blessed to have her as part of the team at Belmont.

Rev. Joey Silva

Student Ministries Pastor

Pastor Silva joined the staff of Belmont in 2009 as an Assistant Pastor to our previous Student Ministries Pastor. Pastor Joey assumed the leadership role in the Excel youth ministry at Belmont beginning in February of 2010. He is a product of the Excel Student Ministry, being a part of the group for a number of years initially as an attendee and then in growing responsibilities involving the volunteer leadership team of Excel. This is one of those examples where God develops someone from within the church and then calls them to a ministry role. We are excited about Pastor Joey and his team as God continues to grow the youth ministry at Belmont.

Rev. Ismael & Estela Nieves

Spanish Congregation Pastor

Pastor Ismael Nieves joined the pastoral staff as the Spanish Congregation Pastor in November of 2011. Prior to that Pastor Ismael was serving in varying capacities at Belmont Assembly of God since becoming a member of our congregation in February of 2008. In the past few years he has been an integral part of Belmont in volunteer service, including teaching classes for new believers and water baptism, serving as Deacon, and having oversight of our Ushers & Greeters and Men’s Ministry. His wife Estela has participated in our Music Ministry as part of the worship team. Pastor Ismael and Estela are excited to answer the call to this new opportunity as Belmont launches a service geared to our Spanish-speaking community here at Belmont – the official launch date being January 8, 2012.