After graduating from Hiram College (biology and religion), Vanderbilt University Divinity School, and the World Council of Churches/University of Geneva, I served as campus minister at SIU (Disciples, UCC, Presbyterian, Brethren), 1985 – 1997, at what is now Gaia House. For part of that time I taught scripture in the Religious Studies department. I also participated in national and international student movements, and was privileged to participate in study and work travel to Europe, West Africa, the Middle East, and Central America. Other than serving as a chaplain at the Marion VA hospital for a year, since 1997 I’ve trained and served as an intentional interim pastor in UCC, Lutheran, and Presbyterian churches in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Missouri. I feel called to working with lay leaders and members to help listen for God’s voice leading their church to a next phase of ministry with a settled pastor. I’ve enjoyed exploring new areas and meeting new people. I’m committed to the vision of local churches being communities of compassion, learning, and compelling worship for their members, and agents of change in their communities – making this world more like Jesus showed us it could be – offering extravagant welcome, human wholeness, and justice. Let’s get busy following Jesus and loving all God’s people!
Choir Director/Pianist Derek M. Hamblin holds a BA in vocal performance and completed his graduate studies at SIU-C in music theater/opera performance. He teaches voice/piano in the SIU School of Music’s Community Outreach Program, is adjunct voice faculty at John A Logan College, and owner and director of Dance4Grandma Theatricals. Most recently he served as Music Director/Conductor for Anything Goes in the McLeod Summer Playhouse. For more information about Derek visit Dance4Grandma Theatricals.
Organist Mona Miller has been playing the organ since age 14 and has been organist at Carbondale FCC since 1969. A graduate of William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri, Mona played the organ for radio station KWOC in Poplar Bluffs. Her husband Les is a retired Illinois Environmental Health inspector. They have two sons: Mark, the principal at Benton High School and Tim, a retired Marine colonel.
Nursery Care Provider, Sabrina Gregg has studied two semesters of English and Psychology at John A. Logan College. She has been taking care of children for ten years and she is the mother of two. Her goal is to achieve a degree in Early Childhood Development and receive a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) License.