My name is Tim Reilly, and I am the founding and Lead Pastor of Compelled Together. I am married to my best friend Erin Reilly, have 4 awesome children: Reagan, Lorelai, Evangeline and Boston. My mission is that people would know and grow into the likeness of Jesus by being doers of the word.
I started Compelled ministries in 2012’ as an evangelistic equipping ministry, and Compelled has equipped more than 5000 people in the Bay Area in person, and many more across the country online. We also produced a discipleship training (Compelled to Replicate) which has trained many leaders and disciple makers throughout the Bay Area as well. God put on the hearts of a small group of us to start Compelled Together by meeting weekly in a back yard, which eventually grew into a church plant that focuses on participation and equipping those in attendance to be doers of the Word. I love Jesus, my family, the Red Sox, Peet’s coffee , Apple products and superhero movies.
I have been part of the Christian church since I was four years old. My parents began looking for a church to attend as a family when I started to ask them questions that they were unsure of how to answer. My family was very involved in the church that we began going to. I often joke that it was our second home because we were there whenever the doors were open. Having this kind of connection and positive experience in our church made Jesus real to me for as far back as I can remember. I also felt blessed to have a faith of my own, but it wasn't until I met Tim Reilly (my future husband) that my faith was challenged.
I had my first encounter with Tim in high school. He was needless to say my least favorite person in the whole world. He questioned and made fun of everything I said, stood for, and truly believed. While this was difficult, it pushed me to hold firm to my convictions and model genuine care for someone that didn't believe what I did. Seeing Tim’s life change and witnessing his transformation from an antagonistic atheist to an antagonistic evangelist also did a work in my life. I had never before understood why sharing my own faith was that important, but watching how God used his story to awaken something in other people began to light a new fire in me too. He taught me things that I had never seen in the Word before and doing ministry with him felt like home.
Seeing Tim through God’s eyes helped me to see myself through His eyes as well. I continue to understand, daily, my purpose and the gifting that he has giving me to further his name. I love seeing and getting to be a part of God’s work in connecting people, especially children, into a closer relationship with Him! I graduated from San Jose State in 2005 with a Bachelors degree in Child Development and my teaching credential. In 2003 I married Tim, and we have four wonderful children. I have been a Children’s Director off and on for the past 5 years. I love children, my own and other people’s kids. I love reading, running and anything Disney.
"Hi, I’m Erin Cheney. I’ve been married to my awesome husband Steven since 2006' and together we have two amazing kids: Paxton and Nevaeh. It is such an honor to be the worship director for Compelled Together. I have been on various worship teams as a background (and shy) singer for years, but it was only recently that the Lord invited me to step beyond my comfort zone and learn to lead. With a borrowed guitar, crazy faith, and lots of prayer, the Lord enabled me to learn to play the guitar as a 30 year old- and I led my first worship night just 5 weeks later. Everything just clicked and I felt at “home”.
Ever since that day, I know without a doubt that this whole thing is a gift from the Lord- and the joy of getting to do this for Him far outweighs any fear. One of my favorite things the Lord has been teaching me as a worship leader is how to care for His people- to not just sing at them but to sing with them. Now nothing gets me more fired up than to experience a room full of people who are singing their hearts out to Jesus- where they almost don’t need me anymore because they’ve been given courage to worship for themselves.”
Pastoral Intern of Ministry
"I was raised in a culturally Buddhist household. During high school, I started meeting Christians and became intrigued by people who worshipped a God that wasn’t just about tradition and rituals. After series of discouragement and depression in my Junior year, I began attending Trinity Church youth group and met Tim Reilly. For about 3 months, Tim would treat me out to lunch every week and we would share our lives and study the bible.
Through supernatural circumstances, the gospel became clear to me, and I discovered a God that was tangible, active, and passionately in love with me who would die for me, rise from the dead and I was radically changed. This love caused me to become a missionary and my desire is to see the church revived to reach those that don’t know Jesus yet.
I am currently a student and a missionary at San Jose State studying Kinesiology emphasizing in Personal Training and Rehabilitation. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking/eating food, going on crazy recreational adventures, and dancing.”
Hi, my name is Steven Cheney. I have been married to my beautiful wife Erin (Cheney, not Reilly... got to be careful with that) since 2006. We have two great kids, Paxton and Nevaeh. I was born and raised in the City of Santa Clara. My family taught me what it's like to love and follow Jesus and from a very young age I knew I needed His saving grace.
A few years back, I had the opportunity to go through the Compelled to Share series. I was faced with a reality check that it's our job to share Jesus with those around us and not to leave it to the "missionaries." I am so excited that I can be a part of Compelled Together as we grow more into the likeness of Jesus as a community. I am a big fan of the outdoors and anything camping/ backpacking.
General Info: I’m married to an absolutely amazing woman named Kerry Colburn. We have 2 amazing girls named Jane and Lindsey. Kerry and I both grew up in Mountain View and were married in 2011.
My Story: I grew up in the church but became a prodigal son when I went to college (Luke 15:11-32). God used people, circumstances, and a supernatural conviction to draw me back to a relationship with Him. The most important thing I’ve ever done is submit my life to Jesus Christ which I did in 2010. Since then I see everything from a new perspective. I first met Tim Reilly in 2012 when I participated in one of his trainings (which was awesome, you should go). I am really, really, really excited/honored to be a part of the Compelled Together family. Like, seriously.
Fun Facts: I’m kind of obsessed with my wife & daughters. I’m a construction guy and make a living managing commercial office projects. I snore really badly and need to use a sleep apnea machine. I love blues music. I like to organize things; usually into “buckets” (metaphorical). I was in a pretty good surf-rock band in college.