Reverend Gloria Hopewell
Gloria G. Hopewell is our rector. She formerly served as Priest Associate at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Evanston, IL and was also Adjunct Faculty for Bexley-Seabury's Doctor of Ministry program. Gloria began a career in health care that lasted almost twenty years, when she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Northern Illinois University. Moving from laboratory work, she pursued a Master's Degree in Marketing and Business Administration from Loyola University. At the College of American Pathologists in Northfield her career evolved from Laboratory Management to Director of Education, and finally to Director of Accreditation. In midlife Gloria shifted her focus from bodies to souls when she responded to a call to ministry. Ordained in the United Church of Christ after receiving a Master of Divinity degree at Chicago Theological Seminary in 1996, she has also earned a Doctor of Ministry in Theology and Leadership from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. As a UCC minister she has served three congregations: as Associate Pastor at the First Congregational Church in Glen Ellyn, as pastor at Christ Church of Chicago and as interim pastor at the Congregational Church of Jefferson Park. While attending services at St. Luke's to enhance her UCC ministry, Gloria felt that God was calling her toward a more sacramental faith and, with St. Luke's as her sponsoring parish, she was ordained an Episcopal priest in 2010. Gloria has been to Africa, Latin America, and Mexico to do missionary work. She has assisted with Taize, and planned ecumenical services. She describes her pastoral care style as one of offering a safe place, a place for others to tell their stories....then listening deeply. Believing in the ministry of the laity, her "greatest delight is guiding congregations to vitality and purpose, and individuals to deeper relationships with God that connect with daily life."
Fräni Beadle
Church Secretary
Fräni Beadle grew up in Galena, attended Grinnell College, moved to NYC to pursue a magazine career and moved back to Galena to raise her children. She has five children ranging in age from 23 to 8. Her husband Brian is a high school P.E. teacher in Maquoketa, IA and is the Sports Director for the ARC. Both of her grandmothers(Peggy Hirsheimer and Fran Humphreys)attended Grace Church in the early 1980’s. Fräni says she is thrilled to be at Grace surrounded by all of the welcoming people.
Pat Terry
Music Director
Pat Terry is the Director of Music. She has been directing choir and choruses since she was in high school. She graduated from Augustana College with a B.M.E. and taught classroom music from grade K to 12. For several years Pat directed two women's choruses in the Chicago suburbs before coming to Grace Church.
Nancy Cook
Associate Choir Director
Nancy Cook joined the Galena church in 1988 and began playing the Erban organ on Mothers' Day the same year. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a double music major (vocal and instrumental), taught General Music grades 1-8 at Dodgeville, WI for five years, retiring when she started her family and began giving piano lessons. After moving to Cuba City, Wisconsin, she continued giving piano lessons and got a job teaching music at Holy Ghost School in Dickeyville, Wisconsin for fifteen years as well as teaching for eight years at St. Rose School In Cuba City. Nancy joined the Grace Choir when Pat formed it, singing in the alto section, which she continues to do in addition to her responsbilites as an associate director. During Sunday services, she play the piano and/or the Erben organ for prelude, Communion and postlude in addition to directing the choir when Pat Terry is absent.
Robin French
Robin French accompanies the choir and plays the organ during our Sunday Eucharist.. She moved to Galena in mid September, 2014 from Salida Colorado where, among many musical activities she served as music director at the Presbyterian Church. Prior to that, she served an Episcopal Church in Salida. Robin grew up the 5th of 8 children in a musical family, singing in church choirs and harmonizing in the car as a way of life. Since her mother was the director of all the choirs, Robin has been accompanying since junior high and to this day finds making music collaboratively to be the most fun and the most satisfying mode of expression. She has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho. She has taught music in public schools in Colorado and loves teaching piano lessons, especially adult beginners
Teresa Hannaman
Sunday School Teacher
Teresa Hannaman who grew up in Galena and attended local schools, teaches children in the Godly Play education program during the 10:30 am Sunday Eucharist. During the week, she works at the Galena Gazette in the Circulation Department. She has attended Cursillo and has received training in the Godly Play curriculum through the Diocese of Chicago. Children, ages five and above, may be brought to the Parish House starting at 10:15 am for the Christian Education Program.
Deb Houy
Nursery Coordinator
Deb Houy, who grew up in Galena, moved away for a number of years and has now returned, cares for children in the Parish House while their parents attend the 10:30 am Sunday Eucharist. She has five grown children and seven grandchildren and a lifetime of experience caring for little ones. During the week, she works at the Courthouse in Dubuque, Iowa. Her hobbies are kayaking and crocheting. Children, ages five and under, may be brought to the Nursery on the second floor of the Parish House starting at 10:15 am on Sunday morning.