GPS staff

  • Brandon Nelson


    Pastor Brandon has been at GPS since June of 2019. He received his master's from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois and completed his Lutheran year of studies at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. He has a love for ministry to all ages, partnering in various ways within our local communities, and helping empower others to use their gifts for ministry. Pastor Brandon lives in Rockford with his wife, Katie, and their three kids, Noah, Maggie, and Finn. In his free time, Pastor Brandon enjoys roasting his own coffee beans, bicycling, and reading.

  • 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, and is also a licensed foster parent. 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 audio/visual manager at the Nordlof Center in Rockford. 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.

GPS Faith Community

10714 North 2nd Street

Machesney Park, Illinois  61115

(779) 221-8491


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