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2021 Appointments and Retirements

Bishop John Hopkins announces the following clergy appointments for the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church, effective July 1, 2021 (unless otherwise noted):

2021 Appointment Book

January Announcements

  • Donna Hoffman (Local Pastor) to Retirement from McConnell/Pearl City (Rockford District). During Donna’s ministry, she served Apple River, Mt. Carroll and Pearl City: First/McConnell. Effective January 1.
  • Doug Carroll (Elder) to McConnell, Pearl City, Stockton: Wesley (Rockford District). Doug follows Donna Hoffman and Charles Wolbers who has concluded his service. Effective January 1.
  • Cheryl Carroll (District Superintendent Supply) to Willow (1/4 time) (Rockford District). Effective February 1.
  • Tercio Junker (¶ 346.1) to Poplar Grove (Rockford District). Effective January 1.
  • Kimberly Neace (Deacon) to St. Charles: Baker (Aurora District) from Naperville: Wheatland Salem (Aurora District). Effective January 15.
  • Joshua Bailey Green (Elder) to appointment to attend school ½ time while remaining as Associate at Batavia (Aurora District). Effective January 1.
  • Clayton Edwards (Local Pastor) to Buffalo Grove: Kingswood Assoc. (3/4 time) (Elgin District). Effective January 1.
  • Roland Hayag (Local Pastor) to Rockton (Interim) (3/4 time) while continuing at Shirland (1/4 time) (Rockford District). Roland follows Howie Snyder (¶ 346.1) as he leaves our conference. Effective January 1.
  • Brenda Bryne (Elder) to Durand (1/2 time) while continuing at Davis: Calvary (Rockford District). Brenda follows Nicole Snyder (¶ 346.1) as she leaves our conference. Effective January 1.
  • Timothy Biel Sr. (Local Pastor) to retirement from Alsip: Christ (Chicago Southern District). During his ministry Timothy served Alsip: Christ. Effective July 1.
  • Richard Darr (Elder) to retirement from Geneva (Aurora District). Richard became a probationary member in 1998 and full Elder in 2005. During his ministry, Rich served Greenwood Ringwood, Minooka, Park Ridge: First and Geneva. Effective July 1.
  • Barbara Good (Elder) to retirement from Palos Heights (Aurora District) and Evergreen Park (Chicago Southern District). Barbara became a probationary member in 1987 and full elder in 1990. During her ministry she served Chicago: Bethany, Lansing: First (Assoc), Cicero: Wesley, Wheaton: Gary Memorial (Assoc), Sycamore, Joliet: Grace, Chicago: Trinity, Antioch, Oregon, Palos Heights and Evergreen Park. Effective July 1.
  • Chung Nam Kwak (Elder) to retirement from Tinley Park (Chicago Southern District). Chung Nam became a probationary member in 1989 and a full elder in 1991. During his ministry he served Chana, Leland, Suydam, Palatine: Cham-JoEun Korean, McHenry: Mt. Hope, Lombard: Faith, United church of Sandwich, Appleton: Zion (346.1 to Wisconsin), Paw Paw and Compton, Rockford: Brooke Road and Tinley Park. Effective July 1.
  • Terry McDorman (Local Pastor) to retirement from Wood Dale: Community (Elgin District). Effective July 1.
  • Darneather Murph-Heath (Elder) to retirement from Elgin District Superintendent. Darneather became a probationary member in 1996 and full elder in 1998. During her ministry, she served Norwood Park, Chicago: Gorham, Crystal Lake; First (Assoc), Schaumburg: Our Saviour’s and as Elgin District Superintendent. Effective July 1.
  • Janice Shaulis (Local Pastor) to retirement from Leon/Fenton (DeKalb District). During her ministry, Janice served Joliet: Grace and Leon/Fenton. Effective July 1.
  • Dwight Stewart (Elder) to retirement from Harvey: Transformation Community (Chicago: Southern District). Dwight was a probationary member in 1979 and full elder in 1982. During Dwight’s ministry, he served Chicago: South Deering, Harvey: Academy, Chicago: First (Temple) (Assoc), Chicago: Wesley, Euclid Ave., Ingleside, Whitfield, Chicago; Trinity, as Chaplain at West Suburban Hospital, Mt. Morris, Chicago; St. Mark (Assoc) and Harvey: Transformation. Effective July 1.
  • Christine Hoffmeyer (Elder) to retirement from extension ministry. Christine transferred from the New York Conference and became a full elder in Northern Illinois in 2005. During her ministry, she served Wilmette: Trinity (Assoc), Chicago; Irving Park, Westmont: First, Lombard; Faith, and in Extension Ministry at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and North Shore University Health System as a chaplain. Effective July 1.
  • Dawn Gardner (LP License Pending) to Mandell (Chicago Northwestern District) part-time. Dawn follows Karen May who has concluded her service. Effective January 1.
  • Becky Nicol (Elder) to retirement from Geneva (Assoc. Part-time) (Aurora District). Becky was ordained a provisional member in 2012 and full Elder in 2014. During her ministry, she served at Manhattan (interim), Burlington and Geneva. Effective March 1.
  • Adrienne Stricker (Deacon) to Transitional Leave from the Connectional Table. Effective January 1.
  • Rob Hamilton (Elder) to Geneva (Lead Pastor) (Aurora District) from Rochelle (DeKalb District). Rob follows Rich Darr who is retiring. Effective July 1.
  • Carolyn Lukasick (Elder) to Rockton (Rockford District) from Ottawa: Epworth (DeKalb District). Carolyn follows Howie Snyder (from another denomination) as he accepts a church call in Colorado. Roland Hayag is serving as the interim until July 1.

February Announcements

  • Katherine Paisley (Elder) to Rochelle (DeKalb District) from Oak Park: First (Chicago Northwestern District). Katherine follows Rob Hamilton who is appointed to Geneva (Aurora District).
  • Caitlyn Nesbit (Elder) to Palos Heights: First and Evergreen Park (Aurora and Chicago Southern Districts) from Orland Park: Faith (Aurora District). Caitlyn follows Barbara Good who is retiring.
  • Mark Gilmore (Local Pastor) to Tinley Park (Chicago Southern District) from Pecatonica (Rockford District). Mark follows Chung Nam Kwak who is retiring.
  • Adonna Reid (Elder) to Oak Park: First (Chicago Northwestern District) from Chicago: South Shore (Chicago Southern District). Adonna follows Katherine Paisley who is appointed to Rochelle.
  • ​Satya Sudhakar (346.1) to Ottawa: Epworth (DeKalb District) from Ashton/Franklin Grove (DeKalb District). Satya follows Carolyn Lukasick who is appointed to Rockton.
  • Jennifer Wilson (Elder) to Willerup UMC, Cambridge WI, Wisconsin Conference, from Naperville: Wheatland Salem (Aurora District) as a 346.1, clergy from another annual conference.

March Announcements

  • Zaki L. Zaki (Elder) to Naperville: Wheatland Salem (Aurora District) from Roselle (Elgin District). Zaki follows Jennifer Wilson who will serve in the Wisconsin Conference.
  • Marcus Tabb Sr. (Elder) is appointed to Chicago: South Shore (Chicago Southern District) from Maywood: Neighborhood (Chicago: North Western District). Marcus follows Adonna Reid who is appointed to Oak Park: First
  • Laura Barkley (Elder) to Family Leave from Barrington: Salem (Elgin District). Effective April 15.
  • Laura Wilson Underwood (Elder) is appointed to Heartland Hospice, Buffalo Grove as Bereavement Coordinator. Effective May 1.
  • SoYoung Kim (Elder) is appointed to Barrington: Salem (Elgin District) from Bensenville (Elgin District). So Young follows Laura Barkley who is moving to Family Leave.
  • Yoshiya Takahashi (Elder) to Senior Clinical Administrative Chaplain, Children’s Services, with the Department of Chaplain Services and Education, Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. Effective December 1, 2020
  • Larry Pickens (Elder) to Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Council of Churches from Executive Director of the Lehigh Conference of Churches in Allentown Pennsylvania. Effective December 4, 2020.
  • Michael Stoner (Elder) to retirement from Yorkville: Trinity (Aurora District). Mike was a probationary member in 1983 and full member in 1988. During his ministry in Northern Illinois Mike served Naperville: Grace (Assoc), Batavia and Yorkville: Trinity.
  • Tedd Steele (Elder) to Yorkville: Trinity (Aurora District) from Naperville: Wesley (Aurora District). Tedd follows Mike Stoner who is retiring.
  • Peter Kicheon Ahn (Pending Local Pastors License) to Leon and Fenton (DeKalb District). Peter will follow Jan Shaulis who is retiring.

April Announcements

  • Rolland Hayag (Local Pastor) to Pecatonica (1/2 time) (Rockford District) following Mark Gilmore who is appointed to Tinley Park (Chicago Southern District). In addition, Rolland continues to serve Shirland (1/4) time.

  • Beverly Dukes (Provisional Elder) to Maywood: Neighborhood (Chicago Northwestern District) from Homewood: St. Andrew (Chicago Southern District). Beverly follows Marcus Tabb who is appointed to Chicago: South Shore.

  • Janice Shaulis (Local Pastor) to Ashton/Franklin Grove (DeKalb District) (Part-Time) from Leon/Fenton (DeKalb District) while transitioning to retirement. Janice follows Satya Sudhakar who is appointed to Ottawa: Epworth (DeKalb District).

  • Juyeon Jeon (Elder) to Bensenville: First (Elgin District) from Genoa: Faith (DeKalb District). Juyeon follows So Young Kim who is appointed to Barrington: Salem (Elgin District).

  • Addison Shields Jr. (Retired Elder) to Harvey: Transformation Community (Chicago Southern District) (Part-Time). Addison follows Dwight Stewart who is retiring.

  • Timothy Biel Sr. (Local Pastor) will remain at Alsip: Christ part-time while transitioning to retirement.

  • Deborah Kang (Elder) to Morris: First (Associate) (Aurora District) from appointment to another annual conference. Deborah will follow Laura Wilson Underwood who has been appointed to an extension ministry.

  • Hyo Sun Oh (Elder) to Roselle (Elgin District) from Lemont: First (Aurora District). Hyo Sun follows Zaki L. Zaki who is appointed to Naperville: Wheatland Salem (Aurora District).

  • Daniel Cochran (Provisional Elder) to Wheaton: Aldersgate (Aurora District) from Naperville: Grace (Associate) (Aurora District). Daniel follows Joseph Kim who died in March.

  • Eric Blachford (Elder) to Naperville: Grace (Associate) (Aurora District) from Harvard: First and Alden (Elgin District). Eric follows Daniel Cochran who is appointed to Wheaton: Aldersgate (Aurora District)

  • Megan Tobola (Elder) to Naperville: Wesley (Aurora District) from Bartlett: Good Shepherd (Elgin District). Megan follows Tedd Steele who is appointed to Yorkville: Trinity (Aurora District).

  • Tim Casey (Elder) to Lemont (Aurora District) from Channahon (Aurora District). Tim follows Hyo Sun Oh who is appointed to Roselle (Elgin District).

May Announcements

  • Marcia Peddicord (District Superintendent Supply) to Malden ¼ time (DeKalb District). Marcia follows Gary Brooks who is concluding his service.

  • Eun Young Ko (Elder) to Desert Southwest as a 346.1 serving Tucson, Arizona: First UMC from Elmhurst: Faith Evangelical (Elgin District).

  • Linny Hartzell (Elder) to Homewood: St. Andrews (Chicago Southern District) from Joliet: Hope (Aurora District). Linny follows Beverly Dukes who is appointed to Maywood: Neighborhood (Chicago Northwestern District).

  • Eun Bae Doh (Elder) to Channahon (Aurora District) from Arlington Heights: Church of the Incarnation (Elgin District). Eun Bae follows Tim Casey who is appointed to Lemont (Aurora District).

  • Alex Lee (Local Pastors License Pending) to Harvard: First (3/4 time) and Alden (1/4 time) Rockford District. Alex follows Eric Blachford who is appointed to Naperville: Grace (Aurora District).

  • Rachel Birkhahn-Rommelfanger (Elder) to Chicago Jobs Council as Advocacy Manager, from the UM Connectional Table. Effective January 4, 2021.

  • Kim Chapman (Local Pastor) to Genoa: Faith (DeKalb District) from Argo Fay, Mt. Carroll and Thomson (Rockford District). Kim follows Juyeon Jeon who is appointed to Bensenville (Elgin District).

  • Nadan Cho (Pending Local Pastors License) to Argo Fay (1/4), Mt. Carroll (1/2) and Thomson (1/4) (Rockford District). Nadan follows Kim Chapman who is appointed to Genoa (DeKalb District).

June Announcements

  • Dawn Gardner (Local Pastor) to Chicago: Mandell (1/4th time) (Chicago Northwestern District). Dawn has been serving as interim at Mandell.
  • Ronald DeBaun (District Superintendent Supply) to Joliet: Hope (1/4 time) (Aurora District). Ron follows Linny Hartzell who is appointed to Homewood: St. Andrews (Chicago Southern District).
  • Chanje Woo (Local Pastors License Pending) to Arlington Heights: Church of the Incarnation (Elgin District) as a student local pastor. C.J. follows Eun Bae Doh who is appointed to Channahon (Aurora District).
  • Becky Nicol (Retired Elder) to Bartlett: Good Shepherd  (Elgin District), ½ time. Becky will follow Megan Tabola who is appointed to Naperville: Wesley.

  • Yoon Ki Kim (Elder) to Elmhurst: Faith Evangelical (Elgin District) from Flossmoor: South Suburban Korean (Chicago Southern District). Yoon Ki follows Eun Young Ko who has accepted an appointment in the Desert Southwest at Tuscan: First.

  • Hogun Kim (Elder) to Flossmoor: South Suburban Korean (Chicago Southern District) from Mendota: Zion (Dekalb District). Hogun follows Yoon Ki Kim who is appointed to Elmhurst: Faith Evangelical.

  • Jeffrey Brace (Local Pastor) to Mendota: Zion (DeKalb District) from Capron and Chemung (Rockford District). Jeff follows Hogun Kim who is appointed to Flossmoor: South Suburban Korean. Effective August 1.

  • Young Eun Choi (Elder) to retirement from Medical Leave. Effective July 1.

Fall Announcements

  • Kwan Sung Lim (Elder) to Leave of Absence. Effective September 15.
  • Hysang Shin (District Superintendent Supply) to Capron/Chemung (Prairie North). Effective August 1.
  • Megan Thompson (Elder) to Marseilles/Seneca: First (Prairie South District.). Effective October 1.
  • Il Han You (Licensed Local Pastor) to Creston/Steward (Praire South District). Effective October 15.
  • Bonny S. Roth (Full Deacon) to retirement from Evanston: First (Lake North District). Bonny became a Provisional Deacon in 2012 and Full Deacon in 2014. She served at Evanston: First as Pastor of Pastoral Care and Faith Formation. Effective November 17, 2021. 
  • Reuel Talapian (Full Elder) to retirement from Evanston: Hemenway (Lake North District). Reuel transferred from the Philippine Conference and became a Full Elder in the Northern Illinois Conference in 2011. During his ministry, he served at Oak Park: St. John’s, Chicago: West Ridge, Chicago: St. Matthew (Assoc.), and Evanston: Hemenway. Effective January 1. 
  • Dawn Gardner (Licensed Local Pastor) to serve interim at Evanston: Hemenway (Lake North District) while remaining at Chicago: Mandell. Jan 1.
  • Carmen and Jizael Morales (District Superintendent Supply) to serve at Franklin Park: Living Waters NFC (Lake North District). Effective Jan. 1
  • Gerado Rodriguez (District Superintendent Supply) to serve at Franklin Park: Living Waters NFC Northside (Lake North District). Effective Jan. 1

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