Conference Staff

The Illinois Conference is blessed to have dedicated staff serving, guiding and walking with our congregations and alternative ministry settings. There is a distinct commitment to partnership with clergy and lay leadership, and a desire to celebrate our diversity in the midst of finding strength in our oneness.

Currently, the Illinois Conference is staffing 5 offices and 2 camps.

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Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ
1840 Westchester Blvd, Suite 200
Westchester, IL 60154
Phone (708) 344-4470  Fax (708) 344-4564

Conference Minister, Rev. Molly Carlson

Associate Conference Minister for Vitality, Transformation, and Sustainability, Rev. Michelle Hughes
(Project Director, Thriving Pastors in Revitalizing Congregations)

Manager of Financial Operations, vacant

Conference Bookkeeper, Ms. Karen Boyk

Conference Support Staff, Mrs. Naomi Else 

Conference Support Staff, Mrs. Carmen Torres 
(Conference E-Blast and Website Support

Thriving Pastors in Revitalizing Congregations (TPIRC)
Administrative Assistant, Ms. Priscilla Rodriquez


Chicago Metropolitan Association
1407 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone (773) 324-7650

Associate Conference MinisterRev. Dr. Terrill Murff
Metropolitan Association)

Conference Support Staff, Rev. Wayne MacPherson


Eastern Association
14142 S. Butler Court
Plainfield, IL 60544
Cell (630) 707-9991

Acting Associate Conference MinisterRev. Kimberly Wood
(Eastern Association and Fox Valley Association )

Conference Support Staff, Mrs. Naomi Else 


Fox Valley Association
1840 Westchester Blvd, Suite 200
Westchester, IL 60154
Phone (708) 344-4470
Fax (708) 344-4564

Acting Associate Conference Minister, the Rev. Kimberly Wood
(Fox Valley Associations and Eastern Association)

Kim’s Cell Phone (630) 707-9991

Conference Support Staff, Mrs. Naomi Else 


Prairie Association
617 N. First Street
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone (815) 758-3497
Fax (815) 758-5037

Associate Conference MinisterRev. Kathy Lawes
(Prairie Association and Western Associations)  

Kathy’s Cell Phone (815) 501-2288

Conference Support Staff, Ms. Julie Grendahl


Western Association
Associate Conference Minister, Rev. Kathy Lawes
(Western Association and Prairie Association) 
Kathy’s Cell Phone (815) 501-2288

Conference Support Staff,
(Also Illinois Conference Search and Call Specialist)


Pilgrim Park Camp
26449 1340 N Ave.
Princeton, IL 61356-8790
Phone (815) 447-2390 Fax (815) 447-2205

Site DirectorMr. Mitch Kloster

Assistant Site Director/ Resident NaturalistMr. Matt Martinkus

Conference Support StaffMs. Tara Cade


Tower Hill Camp
12173 Tower Hill Rd.
Sawyer, MI 49125
Phone (269) 426-3881 Fax (269) 426-8255

Site Director, Rev. Tracy Heilman

Conference Support Staff, Ms. Jeri Edelberg


Illinois Conference Placement Office
Conference Search and Call Specialist,