When Jill was a kid, her family attended St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in the same building we now know as Elgin Vineyard. She invited Jesus into her life as a fifth grader, but it wasn’t until she started going to a Bible study during college that Jill really began to get serious about knowing God. She also fell for a guy she met at that study, a young man with glasses and guitar, who led worship. Jill graduated from Ray-Vogue School of Interior Design, and she married Tom in 1983.
As lead coordinator for the Kingdom Kids ministry, she aims for the heart: “I think that if we can capture a child’s heart to recognize the place that God has for them in His kingdom,” she says, “that could change their life.”
Also serving as Building Manager, Jill oversees cleaning and maintenance of the building and manages the overall look. She superintended our recent sanctuary renovations, and her mind is always turning with ideas for parts of the building that need attention.
Jill has a gift for spiritual renovation, too. She has a passion for prayer and prophetic ministry and loves it when people discover that God wants to speak through them to others. Already serving as an Immanuel Prayer intercessor, she also is training to be a Spiritual Director through a two-year program with Vineyard’s School of Sustainable Faith. She wants nothing more than to see spiritual breakthrough in people’s lives.
In her downtime, Jill enjoys jigsaw puzzles, detective shows and rare moments of quiet. Some of her favorite times are when the whole family is together—all five sons and two daughters, one daughter-in- law, and five delightful grandchildren.