Meet Our Staff

Pastor Mark D. Gilmore

Contact: 815-239-1110 or

Pastor Mark has been honored to serve the congregation of Pecatonica UMC since July 2018. Previously, he served the congregation of Riverside UMC as pastor, in Riverside, IL. He is deeply compassionate and shares a fiery passion for the Gospel. He seeks to actively minister within the congregation and has developed a strong presence in the community. Pastor Mark is a commissioned Stephen Minister. He attended Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University, as a Master of Divinity student. 

He is a second-career pastor. Previous to his call to serve as clergy in the United Methodist Church, he enjoyed a 30-year career working to serve and lead non-profit organizations and institutions to grow and improve. His lifetime experience has been devoted to serving, supporting, and leading people to become generous friends in service to the mission of community building. He is from the Midwest, and is at home in this part of the world.

Pastor Mark’s ministry experience as a lay leader in The UMC includes twenty years serving as a worship leader, member of several church committees, and helping with many building and grounds improvement projects. He enjoys spending time hiking outdoors and digging in the dirt. Pastor Mark has served on many nonprofit boards in education, arts, and architectural restoration and preservation. He reads a lot for fun!

Pastor Mark nurtures relationships between the Holy Spirit and one another—for all people.

Administrative Assistant/Financial Secretary: Krystal Waugamon

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Whether it is the weekly bulletin, the Monthly TOWER Newsletter, meeting minutes, conference reports, or special mailings, Krystal is on top of the work and has it done quickly and with a smile. Krystal handles correspondence both in and out of the building, along with ordering supplies and keeping things in stock. Normal Office hours are from 9am – 2pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If there are special circumstances the hours may shift to cover the need, but leave her a message and she will get back to you promptly!


Custodian: Lorraine Doran

Lorraine has been with the church since October 2019. She believes that keeping God’s House clean and ready for visitors is important. During this Covid-19 Pandemic, Lorraine wants to be sure the facility is sanitized before people arrive, and then comes in to clean and re-sanitize before the next group can enter the facility. Preparing the House of the Lord for visitors is a goal that Lorraine tries to meet each time she comes into the church. You can leave a message for Lorraine through the office: 815-239-1110.