Staff & Commitees


Matt Ferguson

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I have been serving God as pastor in Hillsboro since June of 1990.  My beautiful bride, Cathleen, and I have been married for 35 years.  We raised twin sons, Ian and Cary, who are both Jesus followers and are married to wonderful Christian young ladies (Alissa and Brandy). 

I grew up on a farm near Reno, IL.  I was baptized in a church my ancestors helped establish over 180 years ago.  I grew up in the church and cannot ever remember a time I did not believe as true what is found in the Bible.  I came to know there is more to faith than head knowledge between my freshman and sophmore year in high school and I have been seeking to live in a healthy relationship with God ever since.  I received a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA) in 1986.  

I am a big fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.  Even though I enjoy telling jokes about the Chicago Cubs I am not a Cubs-hater.  If the Cardinals cannot win the World Series there is no other team I would rather see win a World Series than the Cubs.  I enjoy fishing.  Cathleen and I are avid tent campers.  We have traveled most of the United States, often tent-camping as we go. 

Recent books I have read:  Faith and Doubt by John Ortberg; Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper; and The Reason For God by Tim Keller.   I am currently reading Prayer by Tim Keller and The Matheny Manfesto by Mike Matheny and Jerry Jenkins.     

I don't think people laugh enough in life so I do my part to add laughter.     

One of my favorite stories from the Bible is found in 2 Kings 6:8-23.  It helps me remember there is more going on in life than meets the eye.   

My personal mission statement for life is "To grow more in love with God". (based on Matthew 22:37)  

Youth Director

Cooper Eaker

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   Cooper Eaker came to serve God by ministering with our youth and the youth in our area in May of 2021.  Cooper is from Auburn, IL, is a graduate of Greenville University, and is married to Alana.  They have a dog, Bentley, who is a border collie / lab mix.  

   You may contact Cooper via email at or by calling the church (217-532-2171) or texting or calling his cell phone (217-494-4165). 

Director of Kids Alive

Priscilla Mathews

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Priscilla Mathews has been serving God as our children's ministry director since August of 2020.  She is married to Mark.  


Jenny Lenczycki

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Jenny came to us in September of 2014, after being home with her 2 boys for the past 5 yerars. She is excited to be back working in Ministry and serving The Church.

Regular Office Hours will be Tuesday 9-1, either Wednesday or Thursday 9-1, and Friday 8-12pm. 




Class of 2015

   Wayne Wedekind

   Seth Huber

   Connie Harling

Class of 2016

   Ron Duff

   Allan Hopper

   Aaron Ruppert

Class of 2017

   Wade Fuller

   Linda Patton

   Scott Paden


The Clerk of Session is Leigh Ann Turner





The elders on Session serve on at least one committee along with members from the congregation.  Below are the current committees of Session and their members:

Administrative and Finance Committee

Allan Hopper*
Linda Patton*
Jack Evans
Liz Huber
Donna Reynolds
Mission Committee
Wayne Wedekind*
Connie Harling*
Doug Meyer
Kelli Jones
Stan Huber
Donna Reynolds
Music and Worship Committee
Scott Paden*
Cindy Huber
Mark Mathews
Dottie Paden
Property Committee
Ron Duff*
Wade Fuller*
Stan Huber
Ron Menghini
Carl Reynolds
Russ Jones
David Young
Spiritual Life Committee
Aaron Ruppert*
Seth Huber*
Jessie Huber
Bri Ruppert
Kristen Lee
Heather Patton

 *Session members on committees





                                Class of 2016

Terri Duff

Teri Dowalder

Kristy Andrews


Class of 2017

Mary Ellen Matthews

Mary Pianfetti

Kelli Jones


Class of 2018

Doug Meyer

Lisa White

Diana Casey



          Dottie Paden, organist / pianist

          Jane Hart, organist / pianist




Cindy Huber, worship team leader

This team also includes Natalie Fuller, Seth Huber, Aaron Ruppert, Drew Paden, and others.  Mary Ellen Mathews and Nathan Rosario run he sound board and projection system for the worship service. 






The Church provides Nursery care in the newly remodeled lower level for children under the age of 6.  It is staffed on Sundays from 8:30 to noon.  Nursery care is provided for most other events the Church sponsors.





  September 2021  

    KIDS ALIVE meets every Sunday at 10:15 am on the top floor.  We start in the main room on the east end.  Typically, we are finished shortly after 11am.  If you have any questions or need more information, contact Priscilla Mathews 



    If you have not gotten an email from the church lately, we don't have your email address.  Please email it to the church office at: and we will send you an email for upcoming events.



    Nursery Care is provided for children 5 years of age and younger on the lower level of the church for the Sunday Services.  CURRENTLY WE ARE NOT OFFERING NURSERY CARE DUE TO THE PANDEMIC

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    We have continuous collections for 

    St. John's Breadline:  We collect plastic containers with lids which are used to send home meals for those who are served through St. John's Breadline, a ministry to feed the hungry in Springfield, IL.  There is a collection barrel located on the main floor hallway.  

    Shoeman Ministry:  We collect good used shoes to donate to the Shoeman Ministry, who use these shoes to provide for needs in both the United States and various countries in Africa.  For more information on the Shoeman Ministry please go to their website.  There is a collection barrel on the main floor hallway.  We ask that all pair of shoes either have their laces tied together or have a rubber band holding them together.  

    Penny Jar / Angel Tree:  We collect loose change in an empty 5 gallon water bottle located on a table in the main hallway. The money collected is used to purchase items for the local Angel Tree ministry which provides Christmas gifts for children in need.  

    Food Bank:  We have a grocery shopping cart located in the main hallway where you may drop off food items for the community food bank. The community food bank is located in the Salvation Army Store.  There is a list of the items most needed in the shopping cart, but all food is accepted.  


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