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Lead Pastor

Jarrod Severing

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Pastor Jarrod joined Journey of Hope in August of 2019 after serving 4 years at Lanark UMC. He is a second career pastor and has been approved for ordination during our next Annual Conference.

Jarrod brings a passion for worship, music, and relationships to Journey of Hope. Pastor Jarrod is excited about the possibilities within this community for mission, relationship building, and growing in our faith and love of God.

Pastor Jarrod was born and raised in Rockford, IL and currently resides in Elgin with his wife, Sherry, and daughter, Jessica, who is attending Elgin Community College. His other daughter, Stephanie, lives in Dekalb with her husbandm Kyle.  She is a social worker who works with the elderly in her community.

Office Admin / Congregational Care Support

Gwen Cattron

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Gwen worked as the Office Administrator at Wesley United Methodist Church since 2015.    Gwen will take on the role of Office Admin as well as helping support our Congregational Care Team.

She is married to Wendell and has seven grown children and six grandchildren.

Office Admin / Creative Director

Robyn Rafalzik

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Robyn began working at Epworth UMC in 2013 as the church Office Manager.  In her new role at Journey of Hope, Robyn will continue to assist with Office Admin duties as well as taking care of all social media and other creative duties.  

Robyn lives in Elgin with her husband, Ron, two teenage boys and two dogs.  


Ray Eggert

Ray has been the long standing custodial for Epworth UMC and will continue in this capacity at Journey of Hope.

Ray lives in the area with his wife, Shiela, and is a member of Journey of Hope.


Choir Director

Christopher Cherry

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Christopher was the Choir Director for Epworth UMC for many years and will continue in that role here at Journey of Hope.

Christopher grew up at Epworth and is currently the Choral Director for Hampshire High School as well as the Conductor of ECC Concert Choir.  He earned his BM at Milikin University and his Master's in Music Education at VanderCook College of Music.  Christopher and his wife, Karen, are local residents.  


Donna Bach

Donna was the long standing Organist at Wesley UMC.  Donna will be joining the Journey of Hope team as the Organist, playing the first three Sunday's each month. 

Donna is a former Accompanist at Streamwood HS and Lake Park HS, and taught private piano lessons.  She has three daughters (two living in California and one in West Dundee) and three great-grandchildren.  

Worship Musician / Music Librarian

Jan Paskiewicz

As the former Organist / Accompanist for Epworth UMC, Jan will be transitioning into our Worship Musician, accompanying the choir and playing on the organ every fourth Sunday.  Jan has also taken on the Librarian role for our Music department.

Jan lives in the area with her husband, Keith; she has one grown son and daughter in law.