Meet Our Staff
Pastor: Rev. Jen Zerby
Pastor Jen grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and came to faith after being invited to the youth group at Batavia Covenant Church, where she later began her career in ministry. She came to Hillcrest in 2010 as the Associate Pastor and has now been serving as our Pastor since Fall 2014.
She has a certificate in Biblical Studies from Covenant Bible College in Alberta, Canada, and has a B.A. in Communications/Writing from Trinity Western University in British Columbia. Pastor Jen completed her Master of Divinity degree from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, and was ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church in 2011.
Pastor Jen despises clowns, but loves coffee and outdoor concerts. She is a lifelong fan of the 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs and has a Canadian-like love of hockey (Go Hawks!). She is passionate about people of all ages coming to know and understand the depth of God's love for us.
Pastor Jen currently resides with the greatest dog that has ever lived: her goldendoodle, Duncan (named after the great Duncan Keith!).
Pastor Jen welcomes your thoughts, comments, and questions at:
Director of Student and Worship Ministries: Sophia Duffield
Sophia Duffield is the director of youth and worship ministries. She was born in Aurora IL, but moved to the small town of Ridgway PA, after her father, Pastor Craig Duffield, finished seminary at North Park. She is the daughter of Craig and Jean Duffield, and is one of eight kids in the Duffield family.
While Sophia was in high school, she spent her summers working as a counselor at camp Mission Meadows. She continued to work there for 7 summers. After high school, Sophia attended Lancaster Bible College, where she got a B.A. in Biblical studies and a B.A. in Worship and Performing Arts. During her time in Lancaster, Sophia had the opportunity to go on missions trips to Cochabamba Bolivia, Ireland, and Nigeria. It was during her time overseas that she felt her first big call from God, to listen and love His people! “I have always had a strong love for people. Every person is a child of God, and all God’s children deserve to be heard, understood, and above all, loved!”
Sophia also enjoys eating yummy food and watching movies, and she is always ready for the next fun adventure! “Being a part of the Hillcrest family has been an awesome adventure so far, and I can’t wait to see what God has in store as we continue to venture through the days, months, and years to come!”
Sophia would love to hear from you! Drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org