GPS staff

  • Rob James


    Pastor Rob came to GPS straight from Luther Seminary where he graduated with his Master of Divinity degree in June of 2006. Rob is married to his wonderful wife, Ann, and they have two beautiful daughters, Emma and Claire. Although he can be quite the church nerd at times, he loves just hanging out with others, playing outside, and walking his Golden Retrievers, Ella and Scout. He's also a huge hosta enthusiast and is in the process of taking growing hostas from a hobby to a business venture that supports the food ministries of GPS. 

  • Monica Proefrock

    Family, Children, & Youth Ministry Director

    Monica grew up in a small town in central Illinois. She graduated from Illinois College in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in Spanish and from Abilene Christian University in 2010 with a master's degree in education. She came to GPS in July 2015 as our first full-time family, children, & youth ministry director. Monica lives in Rockford with her cat, Poppy (who is featured in maybe just a few too many Facebook posts). In her free time, Monica enjoys baking, crafting, traveling, and spending time outside admiring God's amazing creation.

  • TJ Hill

    Worship Leader

    Timothy James ("TJ") Hill is a recent graduate of Monmouth College where he studied and received his degree and license in Music Education. He completed his student teaching in Chicago through the Associated Colleges of the Midwest program studying urban education. An alumni of the Spotlight Youth Theater program in Rockford, TJ has since worn many creative hats serving in the christian arts as a director, producer, worship leader, vocal coach, technical supervisor, sound designer, camp leader, accompanist, and actor. TJ is a proclaimed movie buff and spends his free time losing to his five brothers and one sister at video games and card games. Romans 12:1.

  • Lisa Short

    Pastoral Assistant

    Lisa uses her talents for administration to help keep the GPS ministry organized behind the scenes. Lisa graduated from Goucher College with a degree in Psychology and Biology and she has a Master of Business Administration degree from The Pennsylvania State University. In 2005 she graduated from the ELCA's Diakonia Lay Leader program. Lisa is married to Keith, has two grown children, Leslie (and son-in-law, Scott) and David (and daughter-in-law, Chelsea). In her free time Lisa enjoys reading (and is in two book clubs), traveling, and digging in the dirt of her garden.

  • Jenn Hauch

    Nursery Coordinator

    Jenn has been involved in the nursery ministry at GPS for the last several years. She also serves as our Farmers Market coordinator and helps with the GPS Community Gardens. Outside of GPS, she runs an in-home daycare, leads a Girl Scout troup, and enjoys spending time with her husband, Oliver, and daughter, Olivia.

  • Nicole Bogdonas

    Nursery Attendant

    Nicole has served in GPS' nursery ministry since 2015. She is married to Dan and has three daughters (Audrey, Sophie, and Bailey) who like to keep her busy. She's also an alternate member of the GPS co-ed softball team and helps fill in to avoid forfeiting.

GPS Faith Community

10714 North 2nd Street

Machesney Park, Illinois  61115

(779) 221-8491


A congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)