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Our Staff

John Aiello

Executive Director

John came on board as Unlocking the Bible’s Executive Director in February, 2011. Prior to that, he served from 1999-2010 as the Co-Founder and CEO of SAVO, a fast-growing enterprise software company located in Chicago. John holds a BA from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. In addition to his role leading the Unlocking the Bible team, John teaches a class on entrepreneurial selling at Kellogg and serves on the boards of several software companies in Chicago. John and his wife of 20 years, Carla, live in Arlington Heights with their two beautiful sons. Contact John at jaiello@unlockingthebible.org.

Tim Augustyn

Pastor Of Ministry Resources

Tim serves as the resident pastor, writer, and editor of Unlocking the Bible. He was born and raised in northern Wisconsin, came to faith in his 20's while working in the business world, and received a Masters in Divinity from Trinity International University. He is author of the children’s book “Man on the Run,” and co-author of “The One Year Unlocking the Bible Devotional” with Colin Smith. Tim and his wife, Janna, and their four kids live in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Contact Tim at taugustyn@unlockingthebible.org.

Steve Hiller

Director Of Media Production

Beyond producing the ministry’s programs, Steve is also the co-host of Unlocking the Bible radio broadcast. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and has worked with Moody Radio in various capacities. Steve is also the co-host of Treasured Truth with Pastor James Ford Jr. Steve lives with his wife Suzy and two children in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Contact Steve at shiller@unlockingthebible.org.

Gina O’Brien

Director Of Ministry Operations

Gina manages all aspects of Unlocking the Bible’s operations, including sales and the Ministry Outreach Team. She grew up in the Chicagoland area and came to know the Lord in her early twenties. Since then, she has served in vocational ministry. She has a master's degree in Psychology and has recently received a certificate in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute. Gina has a heart to see God's Word preached and a passion to teach women the Word of God. She loves to have fun and enjoys any kind of competitive sport. Her favorite verse is 1 Corinthians 2:9. Contact Gina at gobrien@unlockingthebible.org.

Kristen Wetherell

Ministry Content Manager

Kristen works in digital strategy for Unlocking the Bible, running the website, moderating social media, and serving as editor for the blog. She writes at her website and contributes to The Gospel Coalition, iBelieve, and Crosswalk. She loves connecting with other women in Jesus Christ. She is married to Brad, loves coffee, and reads for fun. Contact Kristen at kwetherell@unlockingthebible.org.

Deb Weaks

Administrative Assistant

Deb began working at Unlocking the Bible in June 2014 and serves in office administration. Her former teaching career spanned over 25 years in four states. Deb enjoys cooking, sports, and travel. She has been married to Jim for 36 years has two adult children: Katie in Richmond, VA and Tyler in NYC. Contact Deb at dweaks@unlockingthebible.org.

Robb Hansen

Media And Marketing Consultant

Robb is President of Next Level Insights, which manages media relations and direct response fundraising efforts for Unlocking the Bible. Robb and his team interface with traditional broadcast and online distribution partners, working to expand the reach of Unlocking the Bible’s teaching content. In addition they coordinate regular donor communications, assist with event planning, and provide general organizational consulting. Contact Robb at rh@nextlevelinsights.com.

Annie Sander

Marketing Director

Annie serves as Unlocking the Bible's Marketing Director, and she also manages the "Heaven, How I Got Here" brand. Annie is also a worship leader, singer, and songwriter. She lives in Lakewood, IL with her husband, Todd, and two kids. Contact Annie at asander@unlockingthebible.org.

Lauren Rushiti

Video Production Assistant

Lauren volunteers at Unlocking the Bible as a video production assistant. She and her husband, Kujtim, have two children and are preparing to move to Albania in the fall of 2016 to plant a church. She is passionate about theology, teaching the Bible, and film-making for the glory of God.

Margo Bott

Administrative Assistant

Margo serves as an administrative assistant for Unlocking the Bible. She helps maintain the bookstores in Barrington and Arlington Heights. She is also building an outreach team to develop relationships with our listeners, donors, and buyers. She has four children and three grand-kids. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, sewing, figure skating, and day trips on her Harley with her husband, Tom. Contact Margo at mbott@unlockingthebible.org.

Charlotte Speweik

Administrative Assistant

Charlotte joined the Unlocking the Bible team in March 2016 as John Aiello’s personal assistant. She studied business at the College of DuPage where she earned her associates degree in 2015, with the hope of someday starting her own company. She lives in her hometown of Addison with her husband Nathan, with whom she enjoys geocaching and debating, among other things. Contact Charlotte at cspeweik@unlockingthebible.org.