Our Mission & Vision

All the spiritually hungry people of our world to be invited and welcomed to the expanding table of God’s love present at Grace Church. Forming Christian disciples is our primary task, while building an inclusive faith community in order to carry the message and ministry of Jesus to our community and to the world.

 

Leadership Team

Our ministry team is everyone in the congregation as we all try to use our spiritual gifts for the building up of the Body of Christ and serving the world around us. Our leaders agree to grow in their own faith as they help others fulfill the call of Christ in their lives and for our church.


Pastor Rob Dillingham

Please welcome Rev. Rob Dillingham as the new pastor of Neoga Grace, Toledo, and Etna United Methodist Churches! Our July 2, 2018, worship services marked Rob’s first with our congregations.

Rev. Robert G. Dillingham is a pastor in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church currently serving Farina and Patoka UMCs.

Rob serves as a hospice chaplain with Hospital Sisters Health Systems through HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, Illinois. He is also both chaplain and a volunteer firefighter on the Farina Fire Department, as well as a chaplain with Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division 54. Rob is on the board of the Farina Daily Bread Food Pantry and is the Clergy Care Guide for the Kaskaskia River District of the IGRC, serving as a pastoral presence in the lives of over 70 pastors.

Rob obtained his Masters of Divinity at Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, MO, and received a B.A. in History from McKendree University in Lebanon, IL. A provisional elder in the United Methodist Church, Rob is excited to be in ministry with great people and looks forward to leading communities of faith in an ever changing world.

Rob’s ministry experience includes time as a Site Coordinator at Project Transformation inDallas Texas; a Site Manager with UMCOR through Louisiana Disaster Relief Ministries in Houma Louisiana. He has also served as the Family Ministries Director of Union UMC, in Belleville Il, as well as the pastor of Staunton UMC.

Rob was born in rural north central Iowa. Rob’s family moved to Ankeny Iowa while in elementary school, where he became active in the United Methodist Church through youth group and summer camp. He served several summers on staff at Wesley Woods Camp in Indianola Iowa, which was instrumental in his call to ministry.

Rob is the proud father of one daughter, Vera, who is five years old. Their combined hobbies include Fishing, St Louis Cardinals baseball, Iowa Hawkeye football, playing in parks and swimming as mermaids.


Margaret Burrell | Church Secretary

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Margaret is a gift to our church with her deep faith and welcoming smile to all who enter the church during the week. Not only is Margaret efficient and effective with all she’s asked to do, she does so with a generous heart and eager to give her very best for Jesus Christ. Margaret and her husband, Jerry, are faithful members of Neoga Grace along with their three children and grandchildren.