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.
What do you like to do when not working?
What is the best advice that you were ever given?
(Mom's advice before marriage) Pick-up after yourself!!!!
What was your favorite book as a kid?
Marvel Comic books (Superman)
What are three things still left on your bucket list?
A Cruise; Trip to Holy Land; winning the lottery (do you have to buy a ticket?)
What is your favorite quote?
"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me" Phillippians 4:13 and John Wesley's, "Do all the good you can, to all . . .you can; in all the ways you can, etc"
What is something surprising to know about you?
I had an out of body experience at the age of 7 while in the hospital after lung surgery.
What is your favorite food?
Popcorn, bananas and fried chicken. 🙂
What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
DQ Oreo Blizzard
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)