Reverend Grace Imathiu

Lead Pastor
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Rev. Grace Imathiu, Community UMC’s lead pastor, was born and raised in Kenya and has one brother and three sisters. Her father is a retired Bishop of the Methodist Church in Kenya and received the 2005 World Methodist Council Peace Award for confronting Idi Amin’s regime and South Africa’s apartheid system. Her mother, a retired teacher, is a Local Preacher and has served in many leadership roles in the church.

Grace was educated in Kenya, the USA (Methodist Theological School in Ohio and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee), the University of Cambridge, and spent a year at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She was ordained in the Methodist Church in Kenya in 1988 and served six years in Kenya, and has since served in Washington, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

Grace is married to writer and science photographer David Hay Jones. Together they have one son, 16-year-old Erik. David and Erik are devoted skiers. Grace does not ski.

Office phone: 630 355 1483, extension 1007.

Reverend Tom Rawlinson

Associate Pastor
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Rev. Tom Rawlinson is an Elder in the Northern Illinois Conference of the UMC, where he has served since 2012. A graduate of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Tom has served at Glenview UMC, St. Matthew UMC, and New Hope UMC. He also served as Executive Director of Church Properties Reimagined (CPR), a not-for-profit organization that helps Chicago-area congregations face challenges related to their church buildings.

Prior to answering the call to ministry, Tom spent many years working in the fields of commercial real estate finance, development, and investment. He earned his B.S. in Finance with Highest Honors from DePaul University.

Tom is married to Rev. Mary Rawlinson, a Deacon who serves at Hesed House in Aurora, IL where she works with some of the area’s most vulnerable populations. Tom has two sons, Juggy (22) and Nimai (19), who live in Chicago, IL. Tom is an avid cyclist and fan of blues music. He and Mary also enjoy spending time with their adopted pitbull, Finn!

Office phone: 630 355 1483, extension 1008.

Chris Garofalo

Director of Music Ministry & Organist
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Chris earned a Bachelor of Music from Elmhurst College and a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music. He comes to us after serving 27 years as the Director of Music at the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale. Chris was on the music faculty at Elmhurst College and currently teaches piano for all levels.

In this part-time role, Chris will share his extensive music knowledge and skills as he works closely with our pastors to expand and provide leadership for the music programs of Community UMC.

Office phone: 630 355 1483, extension 1006.

Beth Hagemeyer

Director of Children's Ministry
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Beth brings her degree in Elementary Education and experience as an elementary school teacher and library learning center director to Community UMC’s children’s ministry. She has written the curriculum for and been a leader in our Children’s Church services. Beth is a former SPRC chair.

In this part-time role Beth creates and leads opportunities for children to learn about who God is as they develop their faith.

Office phone: 630 355 1483, extension 1004.

Kyle Markwell

OnCenter Music Director
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Kyle has been a part of CUMC since before he was born!  He studied music performance at Joliet Junior College and Illinois State University and is a drum set instructor at Clarendon Hills Music Academy. Kyle played with the OnCenter band for more than 10 years and now comes to us from serving as a freelance musician at the Union Church of Hinsdale. In this role, working closely with Pastors Grace and Tom, Kyle will coordinate the musical components of the OnCenter worship service.

Rev Nick Nicholas

Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry
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Rev. Paul “Nick” Nicholas is the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at Naperville Community UMC. This is Nick’s second appointment to CUMC. He has served churches in Ferndale and Royal Oak MI, Iowa City IA, Naperville, Wilmette, Downers Grove, Chicago IL, Philadelphia PA, and Manchester MO. Taught at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston IL, and has served as the Coordinator for United Methodist Volunteers in Mission for the Northeastern Jurisdiction of the UMC.

Youth and Mission ministry are Nick’s passions.

He is married to the Rev. Jane Cheema, both of them are Deacon in Full Connection and a member of the Northern Illinois Conference. She serves as minister of Children, Youth and Family Ministries at Evanston First UMC. They have three grown children; one lives in Kalamazoo MI, and two in Evanston IL.

Dawn Roth

Coordinator of Christian Education
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Dawn has been a member of Community UMC since 2000 and has worked with our Son-Light Sunday School class since 2008. She retired last year after 33 years with the Illinois Toll Highway Authority where she served for over 20 years as the Customer Relations Coordinator. In this part-time support role, Dawn will use her strong organization and administrative skills to facilitate the work of our Christian Education leaders, Sunday School teachers, and Children’s Church volunteers.

Office phone: 630 355 1483, extension 1003.

Suzanne Wills

Administrative Assistant
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Suzanne Wills is Community UMC’s Administrative Assistant.  Suzanne originally hails from Dublin, Ireland; she moved to the States in 1992.  She has over 25 years experience as an office administrator and over 20 years as a graphic designer.  Suzanne is active in Community Players, Kairos, and the OnCenter band.  She is absolutely thrilled to be on staff at Community UMC, which she has called her church home since 1993.  Her office hours are 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Monday – Friday.

Office phone: 630 355 1483, ext 1000.