Upon graduating from high school, Phil Cavanaugh took a Child & Youth Development college course, worked as a plumber, and prayed about his future. After much prayer and seeking the counsel of his pastor, he made the decision to attend Providence Baptist College in McHenry, IL. Although he had made a profession of faith in Christ as a child, he settled his salvation as a student at Providence on February 26 during the Holy Spirit-sent revival service at Northwest Bible Baptist Church in 2006. This allowed him to gain the confidence he needed to pursue God’s call on his life. As a Bible college student, he emerged as a leader, serving as a bus captain and taking on other leadership responsibilities.
During his senior year of college, he accepted a position as youth pastor at First Baptist Church in Dwight, IL with Pastor Dan Woodward. He graduated from Providence Baptist College in 2006 and married Amanda Markey on June 23. In 2012, he moved back to Northwest Bible Baptist Church and became an assistant pastor, overseeing the soulwinning ministries and Sunday schools. He started teaching classes and serving as the Dean of Men at Providence Baptist College.
On June 12, 2016, upon Pastor Gomez’ recommendation, the church voted to officially recognize him as the co-pastor with the expectation that he would one day become the pastor when Pastor Gomez retired. Since that time, he trained alongside Pastor Gomez in every aspect of the church and its ministries. On January 2, 2022, Northwest Bible Baptist Church voted unanimously to call Phil Cavanaugh as their next pastor. On March 27, 2022, during the afternoon service, Pastor Phil Cavanaugh was welcomed as our new pastor as the men of our church laid hands on him and prayed.
Pastor and Mrs. Cavanaugh have 4 children: Addisyn, Brady, Nathan, and Benjamin. They are expecting their fifth child in April.
Pastor Gomez's passion for camp started shortly after his salvation. While taking a group of young people from his home church to a camp in Comfort, Texas, God began working in his heart about things he needed to change as a new Christian. From that point he saw the impact that Bible camp could have on young people and adults alike.
While pastoring at Northwest Bible Baptist Church since 1982, Pastor Gomez has hosted many camps for couples, families, and young people. It has always been his vision to have a family camp where all members of the family could see revival happen at the same time. As this burden grew, God opened the doors for the church to purchase Cedar River Baptist Camp...and 10 years later, Kyte River Revival Campgrounds.
As with all the ministries born from Pastor Gomez's vision, Kyte River Revival Campgrounds exists to help the next generation.
Bro. Todd Oprzedek was saved in 1991 at Northwest Bible Baptist Church in Elgin, Illinois, under the pastorate of Dr. Keith Gomez. He was called to the camp ministry at the age of 11. He graduated from Providence Baptist College in 2007 and began working in the camp ministry at Camp Maverick, a ministry of Northwest Bible Baptist Church. In 2009, when Cedar River Baptist Camp was purchased by NBBC, he became the Camp Director. In 2017 he married Rebekah (Hon) Oprzedek. God has given Bro. Todd the desire of his heart by directing the camp that made a lifelong impact on him as a junior camper years ago.