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

    Minister of Congregational Life

    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 and in January of 2018 transitioned to her current role of minister of congregational life. 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

    TJ Hill is a graduate of Monmouth College where he studied and received his degree and license in Music Education. In addition to being worship leader at GPS, TJ also works as the director of the Belvidere North Performing Arts Center. Throughout the year, you can also find him directing, producing, and acting in area theatre productions. 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.

  • Jenn Hauch

    Nursery Coordinator

    Jenn has been involved in the nursery ministry at GPS for the last several years. She also served 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)