Edgington EPC


Zach grew up in suburbs of St. Louis, MO. 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. Zach has served our congregation in various ways since 2009, beginning as a summer intern, then as full-time pulpit supply, and finally as an ordained Teaching Elder. He loves spending time with his wife, Mackenzie, and their children Paul Thatcher and Cora Elizabeth. He enjoys reading, all aspects of working outside including orcharding and gardening, the (very, very) occasional round of golf, and Notre Dame football.


Committed to the virtue of churchmanship, Zach serves the EPC regionally in Rivers & Lakes Presbytery as chairman of the Ministerial Committee, and member of the Coordinating Council; and nationally as a member of the Permanent Judicial Commission of the General Assembly. Additionally, he provides leadership to the Westminster Society networking group as author and general editor of the Westminster Society Journal. 

Rev. Zachary A. Hopkins, Pastor 

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 married daughters, four granddaughters, and one grandson.

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

Edgington EPC


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; 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.

Jim Mueller

Served as Elder 1983-86, 2014-2017, 2019-Present
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 & Personnel 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.

Mic Penry

Served as Elder: 2004-2007, 2012-2018, 2020-Present

Position on Session: Christian Education

John 17:20 -“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 

Check Out: Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan 

Join Us: I believe a visitor would enjoy and find meaning in the expository preaching that is prominent in this church.

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.

Patrick Shovar

Served as Elder: January 2023 -Present
Jokingly, the only vs I could ever remember is John 11:35. I have several favorites depending on the situation at hand.  A recent one I have been reflecting on is Romans 8:31-39.

Check Out: Among other books, I am currently reading Mere Christianity by CS Lewis. I had challenged my daughter, Josey, to read it and so now I am reviewing it. I like CS Lewis for his ability to argue from reason and also portray complex issues in simple examples. He is a modern version of John Bunyan. This is helpful to anyone wanting a high level view of faith without trying to get into the intricate details of Christianity.  

Join Us:I always wonder what visitors think when they attend our church. I pray that they find it warm and inviting with a diverse group of folks all striving to be a better Christian than they were yesterday. My favorite picture of this is before worship starts, the laughter & conversations mixed with the sounds of the piano before we begin our service. I have always felt that this is such a sincere and warming picture of how the church should operate.

Grow with Us: I have attended EEPC since week 2 of my life. This church, has influenced my journey as a Christian during several stages of life. What encourages me are the chapters of this story that are not yet written and the opportunity to teach my children similar lessons, values, and knowledge that I have learned at EEPC.

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!! :)

Don Easterla

Beth Easterla, Secretary

We have served as a Deacons from: 2005-2008, 2020-Present

We enjoy getting members involved with the duties of the weekly church service by asking families to be greeters, counters, and ushers.

It is important that the church is able to share Christ’s love with all ages and give additional support and/or services in various ways, that are needed throughout the congregation.

Edgington EPC is a very friendly, caring, and welcoming church community.

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, Kim Freyermuth, Jeff Fuhr, Phil Fuhr, & Darren Hall