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Nancy began her employment at Atonement Lutheran Church in January, 2008.  The weekend of Thanksgiving 2007 she ran into Jean Welch (Atonement’s secretary at the time) in the grocery store.  Jean asked her if she was looking for a part-time job.  Jean and Nancy had taken early retirement from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Nancy knew she wanted to continue to work either for a church or the school district. When she ran into Jean, Nancy was working for District 186, Accounting Office, and wasn’t comfortable working with financial reports and budgets.  Nancy had a copy of her resume in her car and gave it to Jean to give to Atonement’s Pastor.  Shortly thereafter, she was hired. Nancy has efficiently carried out her duties ever since, especially keeping the office running during the blending of three former congregations into one, now known as Peace Lutheran Church.

Nancy is married to Randy Jackson and they have four adult children and six grandchildren.  Nancy and Randy attend Kumler United Methodist Church.  Nancy is currently Chair of the Administrative Council and Co-President of the women’s group serving in many other capacities.  Randy serves on Trustees and after his recent retirement from GE Health Care, he has become “Mister Fix It” around Kumler.  He is also willing to help with computer issues here at Peace.

Peace has become Nancy’s second church family and she enjoys her time spent here.  Nancy believes God always has a plan and she is meant to be here at Peace!

The Reverend Paul S. Park, BCC

Pastor Park was Ordained on Sunday, June 14, 1981, at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.He received his BA in Asian Studies and History Education from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois; his MA in Special Education from Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, Illinois; and his Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.Reverend Park did his Chaplaincy Residency at Unity Point Methodist in Peoria. He is a Board Certified Chaplain and a Clinical Member of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. He served for 15 years as the Chaplain for the Children’s Hospital of Illinois at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria; and for 14 years as the Director of Spiritual Care at Lutheran Hillside Village in Peoria. In addition to his ministry in Health Care, Pastor Park also has served 18 ELCA Congregations as their Interim Pastor. Prior to his ministry in health care, Reverend Park served as the Mission Redeveloper at Trinity Lutheran Church, Utica, Illinois.During his years in Health Care Ministry Pastor Park guest lectured on Spiritual Care and Medical Ethics at the University of Illinois College of Nursing in Peoria, and at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.Ordained Ministry is Pastor Park’s third career. He originally taught emotionally disturbed and behavior disordered children in the public schools and later was a Keyline Artist in the graphic arts industry.Pastor Park spent several years in the Far East. The majority of his time was spent in Thailand and Japan. His Asian experiences was unique in that he was involved in agriculture in Japan, and was an Ordained Theravadin Buddhist Monk in Thailand. Reverend Park declares without hesitation that it was only through the Grace of God that he was delivered from certain death as a Buddhist Monk.Pastor and his wife Rosalie (Rosy) have been married for 42 years. Rosy served for 15 years as the Associate Director of the Lutheran Hillside Village Foundation in Peoria. Paul and Rosalie enjoy bicycling and good jazz.
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