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 and content creation for Unlocking the Bible, running the website, overseeing social media, and serving as editor for the blog. She writes at her website, contributes to The Gospel Coalition, and is co-author of Hope When It Hurts: Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God's Purpose in Your Suffering. She and her husband, Brad, have one daughter and are members at The Orchard Itasca. 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.

Sarah Levon

Project Manager

Sarah serves as a Project Manager for the Unlocking the Bible team. She grew up attending The Orchard in Arlington Heights, and she has a passion for the theological education and discipleship of teenagers. Sarah has a master’s degree in education from Wheaton College and a master’s degree in counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. She lives in Hoffman Estates with her loyal black lab, where they love to play outside as much as the Chicago weather allows. Contact Sarah at slevon@unlockingthebible.org.

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

Social Media Coordinator

Charlotte joined the Unlocking the Bible team in March 2016 as John Aiello’s personal assistant, eventually also taking on the task of coordinating social media. 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 bike riding, among other things. Contact Charlotte at cspeweik@unlockingthebible.org.

Eden Parker

Content Editor

Eden started working on the editorial team at Unlocking the Bible in June 2017. A senior at Wheaton College, Eden is studying Christian Education. If you entered her day unawares, you would find her having coffee with a friend, running, throwing a javelin, drawing, or hanging out with her four brothers. Contact Eden at eparker@unlockingthebible.org.