Meet Our Staff
Lead Pastor: Rev. Jen Zerby
Pastor Jen grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and came to faith after being invited to the youth group at Batavia Covenant Church, where she later began her career in ministry. She came to Hillcrest in 2010 as the Associate Pastor and has now been serving as our Pastor since Fall 2014.
She has a certificate in Biblical Studies from Covenant Bible College in Alberta, Canada, and has a B.A. in Communications/Writing from Trinity Western University in British Columbia. Pastor Jen completed her Master of Divinity degree from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago and was ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church in 2011.
Pastor Jen despises clowns, but loves coffee and outdoor concerts. She is a lifelong fan of the 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs and has a Canadian-like love of hockey (Go Hawks!). She is passionate about people of all ages coming to know and understand the depth of God's love for us.
Pastor Jen currently resides with the greatest dog that has ever lived: her goldendoodle, Duncan (named after the great Duncan Keith!).
Pastor Jen welcomes your thoughts, comments, and questions at:
Associate Pastor: Rev. Bill Orris
Pastor Bill began his ministry in Feb. 2021 at Hillcrest after serving ten churches in our denomination, The Evangelical Covenant Church, in the role of lead or interim/transitional pastor helping congregations become more healthy and missional. He has a B.A. in Bible & Theology from Wheaton College and a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. Pastor Bill has been in full-time pastoral ministry since 1988 and has served Covenant churches since 1992 as an ordained Covenant pastor. Pastor Bill is serving part-time as our Associate Pastor while currently working full-time as the Chaplain at Recovery Centers of America, a drug & alcohol treatment center in St. Charles, IL.
Bill grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and so did his wife Lisa (and yes, they are avid Steeler fans!!) They’ve been married for 35 years and they have three children... Billy, who is with the LORD, after tragically dying in a motorcycle accident at 26 yrs old in Aug 2015; Lauren & husband John; Michael & wife Kierra and their identical twin sons, Micah & Malachi, Bill & Lisa's first grandchildren who were born in January 2019! 😊
Bill & Lisa served as Co-Pastors for 5 1/2 years at Hope Covenant Church in Crystal Lake, IL where Lisa currently is serving as the Lead Pastor. You might see Pastor Bill on the baseball field, football field or basketball court refereeing or umpiring as he is in his 43rd season as a certified official for the Illinois High School Association. He’s worked 3 IHSA State Baseball Championships and 4 State Football Championships and is known as the smiling/singing referee!
Pastor Bill would love to hear from you! You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Student and Worship Ministries: Sophia Duffield
Sophia Duffield is the director of youth and worship ministries. She was born in Aurora IL, but moved to the small town of Ridgway PA, after her father, Pastor Craig Duffield, finished seminary at North Park. She is the daughter of Craig and Jean Duffield, and is one of eight kids in the Duffield family.
While Sophia was in high school, she spent her summers working as a counselor at camp Mission Meadows. She continued to work there for 7 summers. After high school, Sophia attended Lancaster Bible College, where she got a B.A. in Biblical studies and a B.A. in Worship and Performing Arts. During her time in Lancaster, Sophia had the opportunity to go on missions trips to Cochabamba Bolivia, Ireland, and Nigeria. It was during her time overseas that she felt her first big call from God, to listen and love His people! “I have always had a strong love for people. Every person is a child of God, and all God’s children deserve to be heard, understood, and above all, loved!”
Sophia also enjoys eating yummy food and watching movies, and she is always ready for the next fun adventure! “Being a part of the Hillcrest family has been an awesome adventure so far, and I can’t wait to see what God has in store as we continue to venture through the days, months, and years to come!”
Sophia would love to hear from you! Drop her a line at email@example.com
Office Administrator: Maureen Little
Maureen grew up in Elkhart, Indiana and graduated from Columbia College in Elgin.
She has been married to James Little for twenty years.
Maureen enjoys antiques, hiking and spending time with her family. She also enjoys sharing her passion for God. She is the first face you'll see when you come to Hillcrest and undoubtedly, you will be greeted with a smile!
You can reach Maureen at firstname.lastname@example.org