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 one office and two camps. Our Ministry Leadership Team, which includes our Conference Minister and Associate Conference Ministers, are working remotely and can be contacted via the phone numbers or emails listed below.

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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
Molly’s Cell Phone (708) 701-0451

Manager of Finances, Keith Clark-Hoyos

Support Staff for Administrative Assistance, Naomi Else

Support Staff for Operations, Lynn Chindlund

Support Staff for Communications and Technology, Rev. Sarah Lohrbach
(Conference E-Blast , Website and Social Media Support


Chicago Metropolitan Association
Associate Conference MinisterRev. Dr. Terrill Murff
Terrill’s Cell Phone (708) 701-4325


Eastern Association
Acting Associate Conference Minister, Rev. Kathy Lawes
(Serving Eastern during our Interim ACM search)  
Kathy’s Cell Phone (708) 701-4962


Fox Valley Association
Acting Associate Conference Minister, the Rev. Dr. Terrill Murff
(Serving Fox Valley during our Interim ACM search)

Terrill’s Cell Phone (708) 701-4325


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

Kathy’s Cell Phone (708) 701-4962


Western Association
Associate Conference Minister, Rev. Kathy Lawes
(Prairie and Western Associations)  
Kathy’s Cell Phone (708) 701-4962


Thriving Pastors in Revitalizing Congregations (TPIRC)
Phone: (312) 971-7202

Project Director – Currently in Search

Coaching Coordinator, Rev. Dr. Kent Poindexter

Administrative Assistant, Kathy Brown


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

Site DirectorMitch Kloster

Assistant Site Director/ Resident NaturalistMatt Martinkus

Conference Support StaffTara 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, Jeri Edelberg


Illinois Conference Placement Office
Conference Search and Call Specialist