Edgington EPC

OUR STAFF


Zach grew up in suburbs of St. Louis. He is a graduate of Illinois College (B.A. Religion, 2009) in Jacksonville, IL, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div, 2012) in South Hamilton, MA. Although Zach has served Edgington EPC in various capacities since 2009, it wasn't until 2012 when he began to serve as full-time pulpit supply, followed by his full ordination in 2014. Zach loves spending time with his wife, Mackenzie, and enjoys reading theology, playing golf, being out in the community, and cheering for Notre Dame football and the local Rockridge Rockets.

Rev. Zachary A. Hopkins, Pastor / Teaching Elder

Lisa Bowman grew up in Andalusia, IL. She has worked for Edgington EPC as the office manager since October of 2014.

She loves spending time with her family. She's been married to her high school sweetheart, Matt Bowman since 1990. They have two daughters, a son-in-law, and three grand-daughters.

When she has time she also enjoys reading, baking, volunteering, exercising, and a host of other things she doesn't have time for. 

Lisa Bowman, Office Manager

Lori grew up on a farm in small town Iowa, and began playing piano and singing hymns in church at the age of nine. Always a music enthusiast, she studied vocal and instrumental music through high school and college, and enjoys teaching, directing, singing, and playing a variety of instruments. In the past Lori has volunteered as a director for Rockridge High School Treble Madrigal group and accompanying for solo/ensemble events. She is a ukulele lady, and plays at many outings as a member of the Quad City Ukulele Club. Lori has actively served the Quad City Emmaus and Chrysalis communities and area churches for the past 25 years, and continues to serve where the Lord leads. 
Lori and her husband, Tony, live on a small acreage outside Reynolds, Illinois. Lori and Tony have three daughters and nine grandchildren, and enjoy spending time with family, horseback riding, and working their small acreage.

Lori Dixon, Music Ministry Director

Edgington EPC

CHURCH OFFICERS


The Session

Edgington EPC follows the New Testament pattern of government by a Session of Elders. These leaders are elected by the congregation and meet rigid spiritual requirements set forth in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. They assume full spiritual authority for the congregation and "shepherd the flock of God" (1 Peter 5:2). The Session is composed of Ruling Elders (congregation members) and Teaching Elders (ordained minsters).

Our Ruling Elders:

Keith Wilson, Clerk of Session

Served as Elder: 2001-2003; January 2018-Present
Position on Session: Clerk of Session & Personnel Committee

Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things through him who strengthens me." This verse has guided me when things get tough. It humbles me and reminds me that I’m not in control, and it is only through our Lord that blessings come.
Join Us: First and foremost is the emphasis on fully worshiping God through a focus on the word of God as given to us in the Bible. Secondly, EEPC has an energetic and passionate congregation in which all age groups are represented and welcomed. There are a wide variety of ministries that individuals can get involved with. A particular bright spot for me is the number of young families and children that are involved in the church.

Grow with Us: EEPC has a long and faithful heritage. One of strengths of EEPC over many decades is its emphasis on mission giving. The church has used its resources in local, national, and worldwide missions. We have also been blessed by having had many good and faithful people through many generations serve the Lord. These individuals serve as great examples in the life of the church and provide motivation to continue to serve the community and support missions.

Tara Johnson

Served as Elder: 2013-Present
Position on Session: Session Representative to the Mission Committee.  
John 14:6 - Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." This verse makes my heart yearn to be a better disciple of Jesus. 
Check Out: The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively, The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers: The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively, or The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts, all by Gary Chapmann.
Join Us: We are about knowing and understanding our worship and classes are not about any individual's beliefs; our classes are God's truths, God's beliefs, and these are not for us to debate but to trust and obey in a loving and graceful way. It is about our Heavenly Father, it is about His amazing Son, Jesus who paid it all with His blood so we can have eternal life.

Grow with Us: We are about growing in our faith as a church family, growing in our knowledge of the Truth, and using this knowledge to help and minister to others.

Jim Mueller

Served as Elder 1983-86, 2014 to 2017, 2019
Position on the board of Session - Session Representative to the Trustees
John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish 
but have eternal life.
Matthew 22:37 - And He said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul 
and with all your mind."     
Grow with Us: One of the very first questions we ask our very smallest is "Is the church the building or the people?" I think the quickest way to determine the health of a church is to take notice of the number of children that come to the front of the sanctuary for the children's sermon. To watch and see how they respond to the leadership and answer questions, whether right, or what they think is right, is heartwarming to behold. - The loving innocence of youth! And of course, there are proud parents sitting in the pews determined to see that the seeds are planted that will mature and guide their lives in faith. It's our honor and pleasure to continue the Faith to future generations. 
Join Us: The worship service is delivered with an open Bible in a style that will wet your palate with a craving for more. I'm sure you will leave the service with thoughts of, "I agree", "I never thought of it that way", "I needed that", "That was inspiring", or just "Wow", all to the joy and glee of our inspired pastor. Come, see, and partake in the many aspects of our mission statement at work. "To Glorify God & Enjoy Him Forever."

Kevin Oak

Served as Elder: 1998-2001; 2012-2015; 2016-Present

Position on Session: Christian Education & Personel Committee

Philippians 2:10-11 -so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 

Check Out: Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan 

Join Us: It’s exciting to be a part of a church and a denomination that holds high The Essentials of The Reformed Faith and is governed in a “grass roots” model of biblical Presbyterianism.

Patrick Shovar

Served as Elder: January 2018-Present
Position on Session: Session Representative to the Deacon Committee, and assist in Sunday worship when needed.

John 3:16-17 - “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Join Us: I believe you would enjoy the Bible-based preaching of Pastor Zach and the relaxed atmosphere.

Grow with Us: EEPC is  a strong healthy church with a rich heritage in a very small town.


The Board of Deacons

In Acts 6, the Apostles instructed the Church to select servants of good character, full of the Spirit and wisdom, to provide for the physical needs of the congregation. Under the supervision of the Session, the Deacons minister to the church according to the physical needs of its people. They are the caretakers of the people of God.

Our Deacons:

Beth Flickinger, Chairperson

I have been serving as a Deacon since 2014.
I really enjoy the celebrations! We Deacons get to welcome new members with delicious treats at a reception. Who doesn't love cake at11am? I also am so glad to have the opportunity to get to know members of my church family better. Sometimes it's through fun events, and sometimes it's through really tough times in their lives, but being a Deacon helps keep me connected.
I think that caring for the physical and emotional needs of church members is a natural outcome of loving them and being part of their church family. The social aspects of our church family life complement the spiritual ones.
I think that anyone who hasn't been to EEPC (or hasn't been in several years) would be pleasantly surprised at how vibrant our church community is. Small rural churches have an unfair stigma of being made up of senior citizens, unwelcoming to outsiders, and having services that everyone naps through. EEPC is the opposite of that, even though our building is very traditional in appearance. We have a great mix of ages of people who are super friendly and our Sunday morning worship is alive and real. And bring your kids! They can't be worse behaved than my toddler!! :)

Cindy Cullen, Secretary

Scott Cullen

We have been serving together as a Deacons since 2017.
We enjoy providing support and assistance to those in need and to our church family.
As a deacon, you are given the opportunity to know other church members in a deeper way, serving alongside them and growing in your understanding of the burdens people carry and how the church can help.
Our church is so inviting and welcoming that you can’t help but want to be part of it. It encourages relationships and fellowship with other members while creating a fun environment at the same time.

Norman Dunlap

We have been serving together as Deacons since 2018.
We're still learning the ropes, so it is difficult to isolate the things we enjoy about the role.
We see Deacons as the internal public relations arm of the church. We welcome members and visitors, visit shut-ins, recognize members’ special days and events, recruit greeters and ushers, promote church programs, and much more.
All members need to be involved in making EEPC a welcome, happy, fun place. Deacons simply help lead and coordinate that effort.
Edgington Evangelical Presbyterian Church has a lot to offer members and visitors. From Kids Kirk to Sunday School for all ages, a youth group, Vacation Bible School, blood pressure checks, Presbyterian Women, and mission work, plus spiritual and social activities…there are involvement opportunities here for everyone.

Janet Dunlap

Amy Oak

I have been serving as a Deacon since 2013. 
My favorite thing about serving in this ministry is to be able to visit with those who have had such strong Christian faith for so long, and to learn about God's work in their life. It has truly been a humbling experience, one that has helped me grow in my own faith. 
I think this ministry is important to the church because as a congregation, it’s comforting knowing that we are taken care of in so many ways, by so many people. We have a group of individuals who have this type of service placed on their hearts, and can take what they learn about our Father and spread it to those who can’t be here with us during service, and help them grow in their faith. We can be there to comfort the hurting, and sick, and celebrate our new members. It’s important to take care of our brothers and sisters and provide for them by being the hands and feet of God. 
I can’t say enough good things about this community! Sharing in the love of our God and Father with so many amazing followers has been the most humbling experience. 

Cora Schafman

I have been serving as a Deacon since November 2017.
What do I like about being a Deacon? Knowing that at my age there are still people who need me, and knowing that if needed they would meet any needs I might have. That’s how God gives me purpose in this world!

Peggy Shovar

I have been serving as a Deacon since 2015.

Those not able to worship with our church family are such an important part of our church history, and need to be nurtured and made to feel they are still a large part of the family.   
I love spending that special time with them during a visit, or even just at my home sending them a card and praying over their name. I love the way our church family reaches out to each other when there are special needs, concerns, and also joys to share...what a joy to be part of such a caring community!


The Board of Trustees

Trustees are the caretakers and stewards of the resources of the people of God. Under the supervision of the Session, the Trustees administer the business and financial affairs of the congregation, as well as the maintenance and management of the church property.

Our Trustees:

Mel Block (Chair), Larry Pithan (Secretary), Ken Benningfield, Phil Fuhr, Scott Nelson, Nathan Oak, Jeff Schmidt, Chris Stark, and Jeff Thomas