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Bev 2015

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 2017 - bio

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

Robin Ermer

My name is Robin Ermer, I started attending Highland Hope UMC in 2012.  I am married with two children, both of them growing up way to fast.  I was the Children’s Church Leader for 5 years but am so excited about moving to the older students as Student Ministry Coordinator.  I hope to grow our…


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 1996 and have four children, three of which were baptized at Highland Hope.  Emily, Jordan and Johannah have all participated in youth group, Upward basketball/cheerleading and each been confirmed as members in the…

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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…


Debbie Winkler

Debbie is the dedicated person who keeps track of Highland Hope’s financial records, including Kids in Christ and Kids in Action. In her spare time, she enjoys bowling, singing, swimming and her dog Benny and cat Mama. Spread the Word…


CJ Winkler

CJ WInkler, a founding member of Highland Hope, has been in many service roles in the history of the church. She joined the staff as the Communications Coordinator in 2014 and has been a blessing to our efforts in keeping our congregation well informed.


Ciara Coleman

Hello all! I am Ciara Coleman. I was raised in Highland, Illinois. I am 22 years old and currently enrolled at Greenville University. I enjoy getting my nails done, shopping, and hanging with friends/boyfriend in my free time. I work with Kids in Action and Kids in Christ . I love being around children of…