Meet Our Ministry Leadership Team:


Rev. Ron McDugle
Interim Senior Pastor

After 16 years of living as a widower, God has blessed me with my soul-mate Donna.

I enjoy two sons, one daughter, and two stepsons and all of their mates. They have provided us with eleven grandchildren with another grandson on the way.

I like the proverbial two food groups…hot and cold. Of course chocolate enhances everything else.

I enjoy traveling, walking, reading, football (as a spectator of course), Masterpiece Theater ( yes, I confess to being a Downton Abby fan), and being with people.

I am passionate about seeing people connect with God and enjoying Him.

After high school in Pontiac IL, I attended and graduated from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio and Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. I have pastored in Lima OH, Danville IN, and served as an interim in Lebanon IN, Fishers IN, and in Keokuk IA.

Rev. Richard Smith
Associate Pastor for Spiritual Formation

Married to Donna, who I met at Youngstown State University in Ohio.

We have four children: Jeff (married to Laurie); Melanie (married to Jacob); Josh (married to Heather); and Holly, plus nine grandchildren.

My favorite food is a great steak at Texas Roadhouse.

I like to grill, watch Judge Judy, read books to relax, and travel with Donna.

Attended West Virginia University and graduated from Youngstown State University (Business Admin). Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky. Working on a Masters of Adult Education from Penn State University.

Ordained in 1974 in the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church then transferred my ordination to the American Baptist Church Great Rivers Region. Committed to helping people make the Bible come to life and discover how it is practical to their everyday living.



Pastor Chris Chambers
Associate Pastor for Youth Ministries

Married to the most awesome person in my life—Pam Chambers.

Pam and I have two wonderful daughters, Alyssa and Leslee.

We both love the odd combination of Diet Coke & chocolate.

I like music, basketball, books on leadership, coaching my daughters in basketball, playing guitar and piano, and dreaming of what God can do.

My higher education started at Judson University (Bachelor of Arts) and Trinity International (Masters of Divinity).

Pam and I have been ministry full-time for 20 years and enjoy seeing the Lord work in our lives and the lives of people around us!

Kirk Hawthorne
Children and Families Ministries Director

One of my favorite foods is green beans with bacon—best cooked in a pressure cooker.

I’m also strangely drawn to orange Jell-O.

I'm inspired by creating, building, & fixing things. I also love to read and talk about church research and innovations.

Attended Wheaton College after working in construction for ten years. Loved being a student in Christian Education! Completed my masters in Educational Ministries.

My first major job was Sunday School Superintendant. Since then, I have always worked as a volunteer or paid staffer in ministry to children and their families.

Both my mother and grandmother were teachers. I remember many discussions about education around the dinner table. I now see how important this daily discussion of faith and life is in the development of children and families.