Rev. Hope Chernich and Rev. Lindsey Long Joyce

Rev. Hope Chernich and Rev. Lindsey Long Joyce, have been appointed to a pastoral team that has care over four churches: United Church of Rogers Park, Epworth United Methodist Church, Irving Park United Methodist Church, and Grace Church of Logan Square. All three members of the team share many basic responsibilities such as preaching, pastoral care, visioning, planning and relationship building. However, each member has their own passions and specializations. Rev. Hope oversees the ministries of administration, finance and spiritual development of the congregations. Rev. Lindsey oversees outreach and justice ministries on the large scale (conference and city-wide) as well as worship and community organizing. Rev. Wes oversees outreach and justice (programming and localized, neighborhood outreach) and children, youth and young family ministry. 

 Rev. Hope lives in Jefferson Park with her husband, Dave and two kids, Olivia and Gabriel. She enjoys traveling with her family, especially to the ocean, conversations with friends, games and dark chocolate. Rev. Lindsey lives in Andersonville with her husband, Adam and daughter, Harper. She enjoys singing bluegrass, running and coffee (and not just because she has a 5 month old).


Karen Heeringa, Administrative Assistant 


Karen has reviewed obituaries, weeded plants, and taught animal CPR before working at a library and being the administrative assistant at Grace Church. She attended Grace for three years before joining the staff, and likes how the Grace Church community embraces imperfection.

She loves telling stories, riding her bike, and listening to Iggy Pop.