Pastor Rob Hamilton grew up on a farm in central Kendall County near Plattville, IL where he was baptized and confirmed as a United Methodist. Always active both in church and under the hood of a car, Rob gave his first sermon at the age of 13 titled "God is like a Chevy." (His knack for goofy but relevant sermon titles hasn't changed much since his first sermon.) It was his emerging call to ministry that led him to North Central College in Naperville, IL to study religion as an undergraduate. On his first day at North Central, Rob met Meghan and after a few years of friendship and dating they married in 2005.
While Meghan finished her degree in Social Work, Rob started serving his first church in Bolingbrook,IL what was then a new-church start at Crossroads of Faith UMC. Rob then attended seminary at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. During his time in seminary Rob made close friendships that he maintains to this day that center around Wesleyan Covenant Discipleship. Also in his time at Garrett-Evangelical, Rob served as a Chaplain Intern at Presbyterian Homes and later started serving his first church under appointment as Associate Pastor at Glenview United Methodist Church. Rob was ordained in 2010 and in 2011 he was appointed to serve as Associate Pastor at The United Methodist Church of Geneva,IL where he served 4 years before being appointed as Senior Pastor of Rochelle UMC in 2015.
Rob believes whole-heartedly with John Wesley that God's grace is unconditional and available to everyone, even before we know it. It is by God's grace that our lives are changed and that God's kingdom will come again on earth through the sanctifying work of Spirit amongst the body of Christ. Rob is enlivened by studying scripture and making the scriptures come alive through tradition, reason and experience. Rob's always looking to see where God is active inside and outside the walls of the church and joining God's people in worshiping God and loving neighbors in God's name.
Rob and Meghan have two children, Lily and Ella. Spending time with his family renews Rob and he looks forward to summer camping trips and visiting national parks. Occasionally, Rob still plays with cars, though mainly just washing them in the driveway. A few years ago, Rob experienced adult-onset athleticism and has discovered running-for-fun by accident. What he hoped was just a phase has became hobby for Rob and is often seen running around town early in the morning both for exercise and as an act of prayer.
Pastor Glen Stewart is a retired United Methodist Elder from the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. He took early retirement in 2002 and spent the first 6 years of retirement living in an RV trailer. During that time, he and his wife served as Volunteer Coordinators at Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Chatham, IL, did storm recovery work through the United Methodist Committee on Relief in North Carolina, Mississippi, and Alabama, and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.
In 2016, they moved into our house in Paw Paw in order to be close to their daughter and 3 of their grandchildren. Since then, Glen has served as Interim Pastor in the following United Methodist Churches in the Northern Illinois Conference: Cross Roads of Faith in Bolingbrook, Waterman, Zion in Mendota, Steward and Creston, Channa and Lighthouse, Franklin Grove and Ashton, and Prophetstown. In January of 2020, his wife, Jan, became a resident of Autumn Leaves Memory Care Facility in St Charles, and he moved into an apartment in Maple Park. Now that he knows Jan is well cared for, Glen is ready to return to pastoral leadership as the Assistant Pastor at Rochelle UMC.
Our Leadership Council:
Linda Cater (UMW President), Betsy Smith (Lay Delegate), Bill Paulin (Finance), Joyce Manning (Staff Parish Relations), Scott Swartz (Chairperson), Pat Casey (Discipleship), Morgan Yordy (Youth/Young Adult), Merrill Mosbarger (Building & Grounds)
Not Pictured - Rev. Rob Hamilton, Mary Ellen Taylor (Lay Leader), Bill Vanstone (Lay Delegate)