Assistant to the Senior Pastor
Jill grew up in a Chicago suburb, one of six children, all of whose names started with J. Her folks too were Jack and Jan – they were known as the 8 J’s – at least that was how her mom signed their Christmas cards. :) Jill attended church regularly and always dreamed of being a missionary, but at the age of 18, it was OK for her to stop attending, and so she did. She lived the next 18 years always under the cloud of knowing that she was going to hell, but didn’t know how not to. When she was 36, her husband John (another J) felt that it was time for their son Dan to go to church. So, they started looking into churches and ended up at Lakeland Church in Gurnee, where they all had the privilege of being led to the Lord by the pastor, Doug Halsne. The burden of hell fell off her shoulders, thankfully and forever.
Since that time, Jill has had the privilege of serving first at Lakeland Church and now LifeSpring Community Church, in administrative positions. Her husband John also serves in the worship ministry. She loves organization and databases and putting her “ducks in the row”.
And homegrown heirloom tomatoes. She has been called a “tomato snob” by more than one person.
Recently, she has been reminded that while her plans are good, the Lord has specific, wonderful plans for her life. She is living in the strength of these promises – Jeremiah 29:11 - 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.