12846 Daiber Road
Highland IL 62249

Leadership Staff

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Beverly Wilkes-Null

Pastor Bev was born in the coal fields of western Kentucky, in the small village of Hecla, where her grandfather was one of the founding members of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor Bev became a United Methodist following her college years, while serving as High School Girls Basketball Coach in Hayti, MO. It was…

Julie Steinbruegge

Julie is a charter member at Highland Hope. She and her husband Chuck have raised two children in the church, Marc and Karli, and have been called to adopt and raise another child, Ruthie Ann. Julie began her faith journey right here at Highland Hope in 1996. God revealed Himself to her through women’s prayer…

Robin Ermer

My name is Robin Ermer, I started attending Highland Hope UMC in 2012.  I am married with two children, who are growing up way too fast, with one in college and one in high school.   But all aspects of my life revolve around young people from 4 year old all the way to graduate students…

Kathryn Comish

Kathryn Comish is a charter member of Highland Hope and a life-long Methodist. She and her husband Brian moved to Highland early in 1996 and have four children, Emily, Jordan, Johannah and Timothy. Kathryn began serving on the church staff in 1997 when the congregation met in the Elementary Auditorium (before it was air conditioned)…

Shawna Thole

My name is Shawna.  I have worked with children for over 20 years.  I graduated from Greenville College in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and Elementary Education.  I have been the Director for Kids in Christ School Age Program, and the Kids in Action Day Camp Program since 2012.  My husband Paul…