Immanuel Lutheran Campus Ministry encourages students, faculty, and staff to join us in ministry. We have a group of dedicated leaders who use their gifts serving, supporting, and equipping others to live out their faith in Christ! Get to know them below.
Jennifer is from Forsyth, IL, and is currently an MBA student at Eastern. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in accounting last year. In addition to ILCM, she is a Graduate Assistant for the School of Business on campus. Her hobbies include cooking, sewing, reading, and dancing.
Madeline is from Lincoln, IL, and is a senior majoring in English Literature with a minor in Graphic Design. Along with being a part of the ILCM family, she is also a member of Eastern’s University Mixed Chorus. Some of her hobbies include reading, art, and listening to music.
Brooke is a senior Honors student at EIU majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management with a minor in Spanish. She is from Kankakee, Illinois. In her free time she enjoys playing violin, running, listening to music, and hanging out with friends. She works at the coffee shop on campus, so feel free to swing by!
Will is from Niantic, IL, and is a junior Computer Science major at EIU. Outside of ILCM, he is the founder of the Computer Science Club and a team captain in the Esports Club. He enjoys coding, playing games on his computer, and sleeping. Will currently manages the ILCM portion of the website, so if something’s amiss, shoot him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Rev. Kenneth Hoover has served Immanuel Lutheran Church as its pastor since the fall of 2003. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1979, and then earned his Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary in St Louis, Missouri, in 1988. Pastor Hoover served two congregations in Nebraska prior to coming to Immanuel. He is married to Michele and has four children; Johanna, Cassie, Ben, and Vincent. Pastor Hoover’s passion is to serve God through His Church on earth as it fulfills God’s mission of touching hearts and changing lives with Jesus.
Kevin earned a bachelor’s degree in 1998 and a master’s degree in 2000 from EIU. He was an active leader in ILCM from 1996-2000 meeting many people who are still good friends today. “There are so many memories there, and it is a blessing to continue making memories being involved with the ministry.” He teaches math at Parkland College in Champaign, enjoys playing organ, Cardinals baseball, Illini football, and time with friends and family.
Emma is retired after serving as a nurse for fifty years. She is the mother of 5, grandmother of 14 and great grandmother of 4. She is a long time member of Immanuel whose husband served faithfully as Immanuel’s pastor from 1977-1991 and was Pastor Emeritus before he went to be in heaven in 2006. Emma loves to be with young adults and encourages them to consider Immanuel as their church family away from home.