About Our Leaders

The Center Leadership

The Center Introduction

The story of The Center has its roots in the ministry of The Christian Youth Center, which began in Joliet, Illinois more than 50 years ago. In 2013, The Center was birthed out of that ministry and has been making a profound impact in the lives of teens ever since. The Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Joliet, Illinois.

Kelly Corcoran

Kelly Corcoran
Executive Director

Kelly Corcoran currently resides in Shorewood, IL and is the proud mother of two talented young women. She is a gifted shepherd with a passion for connecting with and serving the teens of The Center. Her commitment to them is apparent as they flourish under her leadership. She has been one of the few constants in many of their lives.

Kelly has had the opportunity to serve as a teacher both in Guatemala and Thailand. She serves the local community through Joliet Cares, Joliet Alive, Wellsprings of Freedom, and the local food pantry. She has a Masters of Education in International Teaching from Framingham State College, a BA degree from Olivet Nazarene University, and is fluent in Spanish.

Rick Abbott

David Hill
Board Member

David Hill has been in numerous leadership positions for charitable organizations since 2001. He is a resident of Shorewood, where he and his wife of 28 years have raised their four children. David is a graduate from Lewis University where he earned a BS with honors in Business Administration.

David has a heart for ministry and sharing the truth of God’s word — whether in the pulpit or in the community. David works in the financial services industry in Joliet where he is able to advise clients on financial matters from a Biblical perspective. He looks forward to what God has in store for The Center and how he will be able to serve.

Rick Abbott

Wayne Matulis
Board Member

Wayne lives in New Lenox and owns his own business Data Con Int LTD. He is a member of Cornerstone Church of Lincoln Way in New Lenox and is on the mission board there.

Wayne is currently involved in a few different Bible studies and leads one of them. He serves weekly at The Center and often helps our teens with rides to their activities and also takes them out shopping and into Chicago for outings. Wayne understands that our kids need more then a Thursday night program, they need discipleship. Wayne has been married to his wife, Lynn, for 55 years.

Kelly Corcoran

Jay Peters
Board Member

Jay attended Moody Bible Institute and graduated from Christian Life College.

He is the founder of Alleyway Studios – a Christian film and media company – and Jay’s Tree and Shrub Care, a landscaping company. Currently, Jay and his wife, Esther, both teach at a Christian high school and share the power of the Gospel at various churches and conferences throughout the Midwest.

Jay lives on mission; everywhere he goes he brings Jesus and is always ready to passionately share what the Lord has done in his life! Jay is intentional about spreading the Gospel, praying for the sick, broken, and oppressed, and discipling young believers. He volunteers at The Center regularly, is a small group leader, speaker, and has gone to camp with The Center.

Jay and his wife Esther (happily married since 1992), live in Matteson, IL and they have three children.