Minister and Ministries

Meet our Pastor

I was born and raised in Dundee, Illinois.  I entered pastoral  ministry in 1972 and have served churches across the Northern Illinois Conference.  I hold degrees from Northern Illinois University (M.A.),  Garrett Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and McCormick Theological Seminary (D.Min.).

I am married to Charlene and I have a daughter Kim (Jim) who teaches at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; a son Michael (DeAnna) who is in medical sales and lives in Ramona, California, and a daughter Mary Beth who is a nursing student.  I have four grandchildren.

I am an avid fan of the Cubs, the Northwestern Wildcats, the Bears and Blackhawks.   I have been pastor of Hebron since July of 2014.

E-Mail me at revjwilson@comcast.net

Call me at (847) 707-3602

Our Beliefs

We are a local congregation of The United Methodist Church. Following the roots of Methodism, our church is devoted to putting  faith and love into action and our primary mission is “Creating pathways to serve and love God’s people.”  Keeping our mission in mind,  our vision for all our ministries is that “We will be God’s inclusive love.”

United Methodist preaching and teaching is grounded in scripture, informed by Christian tradition, enlivened by personal experience, and tested by reason.  Read more here.

Central to our mission is finding ways to be Christ’s hands, feet, and heart beyond the doors of our local church.  There are a number of ways you can make a difference by participating in our N.O.W. ministries.  Feel free to e-mail any of our N.O.W chairs to learn more!

Nurture Ministry

Our Nurture Ministry Team prepares the people of the church for ministry within Hebron UMC and beyond our doors.  It oversees fellowship, worship, Sunday School and small groups and other experiences that help people grow in their Christian faith.

 

Nurture Co-Chairs

You can e-mail Shirlee Correll at offqueen@aol.com

 You can e-mail Barb Cheek at tbcheek@yahoo.com

Outreach Ministry

The Outreach Ministry Team is committed to publicly witnessing, advocating, and providing opportunities to act, encouraging Hebron  to prophetically bring God’s vision to reality.  We find inspiration in the United Methodist Social Creed and Litany and Social Principles.

A prime focus of our Outreach Ministry team is fighting hunger.  Almost 7 of every 100 residents in McHenry County experience food insecurity each month.  Hebron UMC is dedicated to fighting hunger:  our PADS program (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) assists homeless people  with meals, we systematically make donations to the Hebron Community Food Bank, we offer a community wide Thanksgiving meal, and we participate in Peace with Justice Sunday.

Outreach Co-Chairs

You can e-mail Wendy Schaid at ersbo126@yahoo.com

You can e-mail Debbie Arnold at arnolddebora@gmail.com

Witness Ministries

Our Witness Ministry Team leads evangelistic outreach and shares Hebron UMC’s faith stories, oversees communications, lay speaking ministries, and other means that lifts up Jesus Christ.  You can learn about what we’re doing at the moment by checking our our monthly newsletter  Catch the Spirit!

Witness Co-Chairs

You can e-mail Stephanie Claussen at juststephers@gmail.com

You can e-mail Dave Dickey at dadickey1@gmail.com

A Word on our Beginnings

Hebron UMC can trace its roots to serving the community back more than 150 years.  Formed out of a partnership with Richmond Methodists, the conference officially recognized Hebron with the appointment of Reverend Calvin Brookins in 1857 who ministered to  three Methodist class meetings in the Hebron area.  The first church was constructed in 1862 on land donated by Zenas Purse.  In 1896 due to tremendous growth in the church and community Hebron received its own pastor.  Over the years Hebron has engaged with the people beyond its church walls in numerous meaningful ways.