Hope Presbyterian Church

2211 Wabash Ave, Springfield, IL

(217) 546-6951


Our current PCUSA mission coworkers are:

Leisa Wagstaff in South Sudan

Choon and Yen Hee Lim in East Asia

Rev. Kurt Esslinger and HyeYoung Lee

We also support our own congregation member now serving in Santa Marta, El Salvador with World Hunger Relief.  read more about Elizabeth Ross

The Spiritual Growth Team (SGT) oversees Christian Education, Youth, Retreats, and other opportunities for the congregation. We meet the first Monday of each month at
7:30 pm.

Look in these areas for more details:  Youth, Men of Hope, Breakfast at Moxo; Thursday Morning Bible Study; Food and Faith; Thursdy Night Study Group; Women of Hope; Open Mic with a Mission and Hope in Action.

2014 was the first full year for the Fellowship team to be its own entity with the following members: Jane Becker, Marcia Becker, chairperson, Bonnie Cartwright, Sheryl Essenburg, Sue Hack, Pat Scott, Kathy Sorensen, Sue Starrick, Marge Stearns and Mary Ann Turner. The meetings are scheduled the 2nd Monday each month as needed at 7 pm. Many of our team dually serve the Mission team.  We were formerly linked with mission then known as the Building Relationships Team.

Fellowship hosts most of the church's social functions throughout the year and scheduling Sunday coffee hours by asking for volunteers from the congregation. Fellowship will host with drinks only when no one from the congregation has signed up to serve.

2014 Fellowship Annual Report

The worship team meets the first Monday of the month from 6:00-7:30pm. The team consists of Pastor Chuck Goodman, Virginia Hosking, Tom Heintzelman, Dan Rasing, Charlie Minert, and Marcia Wohltmann. We always welcome anyone desiring to assist in the planning of future worship services. We discuss scripture verses for each Sunday, offer suggestions for themes and sermon topics, gather ideas for hymns and band music, consider décor and other items that enhance worship experiences.

2014 Worship Annual Report

This year we spent several hours at the Chiara retreat center to work on planning. We do this once or twice each year so we can look further ahead in the year and discuss other relevant ideas. This year we are using a different lectionary for the year. It has been very interesting looking at stories that have not been considered in previous years. It is an interesting learning and sharing process.

Pastor Chuck Goodman, Virginia Hosking, Tom Heintzelman,
Dan Rasing, Charlie Minert and Marcia Wohltmann

It is the responsibility of this team to maintain the building and grounds. To do this takes a lot of volunteer coordination between the Building and Grounds (B & G) Team, church administrator and staff, and the congregation.

The Building and Grounds Team meets bi-monthly on the second Tuesday at 7:00 PM (December and summer months may be excluded). Team members should be able to work together to find solutions to a variety of issues ranging from heating, to roofing, electrical, and plumbing repairs, as well as the outdoor maintenance of the grounds, and also with due consideration of the need for upkeep of the overall appearance. It is a plus for B & G Team members to be willing to volunteer labor on occasion to help save on costs.

It takes significant funds and volunteer teamwork to maintain our building and grounds. Maintaining our house of worship is part of the mission of Hope Presbyterian Church. 

Among the duties of B & G are: