Pastor Stephen & Kaitlyn McGough were installed as Encounter’s Lead Pastors on Sunday, March 13th, 2016.

Pastor Stephen grew up in Moline, Illinois.


He attended ISOM (Illinois School of Ministry) and is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God.


Stephen and Kaitlyn first met on a missions trip to El Salvador in 2010 and were married May 31st, 2014. They have two beautiful daughters - Melody Joy who was born in December 2017 and Lily Joanna who was born in February 2020.


Stephen and Kaitlyn are passionate to see ALL Christians walk in the fullness of their calling. Their purpose is to teach and train the body of Christ to desire God above everything else in the world and to know His voice on a personal level.


Stephen and Kaitlyn LOVE to go on adventures – hiking, biking, tubing, anything fun and crazy – and eating ice cream.  They love sitting outside as a family and watching their dog Minnie run SUPER fast. 


Stephen loves playing and watching sports; the Fighting Illini, the Chicago Bears, and the Chicago Cubs are his favorite teams! He also loves to eat cookies and McRibs. 

Kaitlyn is a Registered Nurse and working on her doctorate to become a nurse practitioner.  She will graduate in May 2021.  She loves dogs, music, the beach, baking, and traveling the world!

Melody loves Daniel Tiger, the water, playing outside, coloring, bacon and Oreos. 

Lily loves crinkly toys and rolling all around the world 


Thanks and God bless - Stephen McGough




Krystal has been working in Children’s ministry since 2006.  She has two associates degrees: AAS in Child Development and an AAS in Church Leadership. Krystal has a passion to see kids give their lives fully to and follow Jesus.  SHE LOVES KIDS!