Rev. Jim Hilker joined us here at Faith UCC on July 8, 2018. He comes to us with almost 25 years of ordained ministry experience. He served at Immanuel UCC in Carlyle, Illinois from 1993 to 2000 and Trinity UCC in Pottstown, Pennsylvania from 2000 to 2015 where he served as co-pastor with his wife, Rev. Lisa Martin. Since April 2016 he has served as supply pastor at Zion UCC in Troy Missouri.
Jim earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Millersville University in 1985 and a Masters of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary in 1993.
His ministry experience includes: training in congregational revitalization, stewardship development, worship planning and leadership, organizing and leading youth mission trips, creating faith formation opportunities for all ages and caring for people as counselor, teacher and pastor.
Jim was born and raised in Littlestown, Pennsylvania, the oldest of four children. He was baptized and raised at Christ UCC where his faith was nurtured through Sunday School, worship, youth group events and fellowship activities. He also attended an ecumenical Bible study group once a week which helped to strengthen and form his faith in Christ.
Jim moved to St. Charles in 2016 when his wife, Lisa, accepted a call as senior pastor of St. John UCC in St. Charles. They live with their 3 children, Emma (18), Brendan (17), and Amanda Martin-Hilker (14), and their four-footed companions. His hobbies include bike riding, model railroading and playing drums.
Jim is excited to serve as the next pastor of Faith UCC. He is hoping to establish a long-term pastorate where we can deepen discipleship and reach out to our growing Wentzville community.