Our Staff Team


  • Rev. Hank Fairman

    Senior Pastor

    The Rev. Henry E. “Hank” Fairman was called as the Senior Pastor of St. John UCC on August 7, 2016.

    Hank has served United Church of Christ congregations in Illinois, Michigan, and Virginia as well as spending many years with the Ohio Conference UCC Outdoor Ministries. He has had regular involvement with the wider church in local, regional and national settings of the UCC, especially in ministries related to children’s ministry and youth ministry.

    Rev. Fairman was born in Rockford, Illinois and raised in southern Virginia, Michigan and Ohio. Hank received his Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University focusing on the art, history, and religion of the ancient Near East. He received his Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary with emphasis on youth ministry and pastoral care. Hank has a passion for investigating the transitional moments in our personal lives and congregational life, and how they inform and challenge our growing and evolving faith.

    Hank and his wife Christina are the proud parents of Ellie and companions to their English Springer Spaniels Avery and Greyson. Hank enjoys engaging the outdoors with his family, working on local and regional Habitat for Humanity projects, reading too many books, and sharing his passion for music. Hank and Christina also enjoy touring the byways by motorcycle.

    You can contact Hank directly at 815-616-5626 or email him by clicking this link.


  • Kevin Eckert

    Director of Children & Youth Ministries

    Director of Technologies Ministry

    First and foremost I'm a flawed man trying to do the best that I can. I don’t have all the answers but I know where most of them can be found. I'm a devoted husband and father to three beautiful children. I'm also the Director of Children & Youth Ministries at St. John United Church of Christ. I also serve as the Director of Technologies Ministry. I love art and Technology almost as much as I love helping kids find their way to Christ and through adolescents. Email Kevin

  • Heather Schiess

    Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper

    Administrative Secretary

    Heather joined our staff in May 2016. She has been a warm presence in our church office and on the phone, offering an extravagant welcome to all who come in. Her responsibilities include assisting in administrative tasks and bookkeeping as she keeps our financial  affairs in order. 

    Heather is engaged to Jeffrey, she enjoys her four children, the outdoors and crochet. Email Heather


  • Pamela  Wessel

    Church life & Membership coordinator

    Pam's gifts in ministry enrich the life of our congregation as she discerns the gifts of the people and helps them match their gifts with the ministries and missions of the church. Pam's organizational skills direct the events of the church and her caring manner reaches our to members and non-members alike.

    Pam is married to Dan and they enjoy their grandchildren, sledding and more.

    Email Pam





  • Gina Bertram

    Choir Director

    Gina is a talented director and pianist. With her direction our Choir leads us in song, our Bell Choir brings peace and harmony, and with her participation on the piano our SOS Band energizes our service of worship. Gina is  an RN by profession and works at FHN in Freeport.  

  • Carole Bertram

    Organist

    Carole is a gifted pianist as well as an organist. She has been sharing her gift of music with us for thirty years. She enhances our worship experience as she leads us in song, providing a variety or musical selections to inspire and soothe the soul.