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


Ministry Leadership Team (MLT) – Serving All Five Associations

Conference Minister, Rev. Molly Carlson
Molly’s Cell Phone (708) 701-0451

Associate Conference MinisterRev. Kathy Lawes
     Responsibilities for Authorization and Oversight
(Pastoral Care for Prairie and Western Associations)
Kathy’s Cell Phone (708) 701-4962

Associate Conference MinisterRev. Dr. Terrill Murff
     Responsibilities for Programs, Innovation, and Events
(Pastoral Care for Chicago Metropolitan Association)
Terrill’s Cell Phone (708) 701-4325

Associate Conference MinisterRev. Shernell Edney Stilley
     Responsibilities for Pastoral Transitions
(Pastoral Care for Eastern and Fox Valley Associations)
Shernell’s Cell Phone (708) 701-4933


Illinois Conference Support Staff

Support Staff for Administrative AssistanceNaomi Else

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

Support Staff for OperationsLynn Chindlund

Manager of Finances, Keith Clark-Hoyos


Thriving Pastors in Revitalizing Congregations (TPIRC)

Program DirectorRev. Melody Seaton

Program CoordinatorMarz Rivera

Program Assistant, Kathy Brown


Outdoor Ministries

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

Administrative Assistant/ODM RegistrarTara Cade


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

Site DirectorRev. Tracy Heilman

Office ManagerJeri Edelberg