Leadership

Cara McMorris

Cara McMorris joined Hope’s staff in 2016 and will graduate in 2019 from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary with a Master’s of Divinity degree. Her spouse, Dave, and their 6 children live in Normal, where Dave is a middle school teacher. Their family has served in ministry together both locally and internationally, having spent a year in…

Jordan Anderson

Jordan became the Director of Worship in the summer of 2018. He recently married his wife, Chrissy, who is a speech language pathologist in the Peoria and Bloomington/Normal area. They’ve been a part of Hope Church and its partner ministry, ISU Wesley Foundation, since 2013.

Luke DeLong

Luke is an ordained church planter from Columbus, Ohio. He became a part of the Hope Church staff in October 2017 as the Director of Connections. When not working at Hope, he is the Campus Minister at Illinois State University’s Wesley Foundation, an inclusive campus ministry at ISU. Luke has completed one year at Garrett-Evangelical…

Julie Higgins

Julie Higgins joined Hope Church staff as the Director of Operations in 2018. Julie is excited to be working for the faith community born out of her college ministry, Merge. Julie, her husband Sean, and their two young boys moved to the Bloomington-Normal area in 2018 where Julie continues to teach beginning band and her…

Katrina Lain

Katrina Lain is a mom of 5 children and a grandma to 3.  Katrina and her fiance Roger are foster parents through DCFS.  She has worked with kids for almost 35 years, in many areas, including dance, gymnastics, theater, sports, and scouting.  In addition to her vast experience with children, she is a medical technician…

Tawny and Lindsey Ballard

Tawny and Lindsey Ballard joined Hope’s staff in 2017, about a year after they started attending. Lindsey is currently the office manager at Royal Publishing and working on her associates degree at Heartland Community College, and Tawny is a graduate student at Illinois State University where she also works as a graduate assistant in the…