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About us


  • The United Methodist Church is a 12.3-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens minds and open doors through active engagement with our world. 


  • John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of life in United Methodist in Hampshire IL today.





  • Proclaim the gospel, seek, welcome and gather persons into the body of Christ; Lead persons to commit their lives to God through baptism by water and the spirit and profession of faith in Jesus Christ;


  • Nurture persons in Christian living through worship, the sacraments, spiritual disciplines, and other means of grace, such as Wesley's Christian conferencing;


  • Send persons into the world to live lovingly and justly as servants of Christ by healing the sick, feeding the hungry, caring for the stranger, freeing the oppressed, being and becoming a compassionate, caring presence, and working to develop social structures that are consistent with the gospel; and


  • Continue the mission of seeking, welcoming and gathering persons into the community of the body of Christ.




  • in the World-God's self-revelation in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ summons the church to ministry in the world through witness by word and deed in light of the church's mission. The visible church of Christ as a faithful community of persons affirms the worth of all humanity and the value of interrelationship in all of God's creation.


  • In the midst of a sinful world, through the grace of God, we are brought to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. We become aware of the presence and life-giving power of God's Holy Spirit. We live in confident expectation of the ultimate fulfillment of God's purpose.


  • We are called together for worship and fellowship and for the upbuilding of the Christian community. We advocate and work for the unity of the Christian church. We call all persons into discipleship under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.


  • As servants of Christ we are sent into the world to engage in the struggle for justice and reconciliation. We seek to reveal the love of God for men, women, and children of all ethnic, racial, cultural, and national backgrounds and to demonstrate the healing power of the gospel with those who suffer.



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Rev. Jenny R. Weber

Pastor Jenny began her ministry at Zion in July of 2022.  Although Jenny was ordained a Deacon in the Nebraska Annual Conference, she transferred to the Northern Illinois Conference in 1999 and was ordained an Elder in 2001.  Jenny has served urban (Broadway UMC in Chicago), semi-rural (United Church of Sandwich) and suburban congregations (North Shore UMC in Glencoe, First UMC in Oak Park), mostly as a solo pastor, but also as an associate (The United Methodist Church of Geneva) and a senior pastor.  Jenny’s most recent appointment was First UMC in Kirkland.  Jenny’s strengths are in worship, preaching, teaching and administration. 

Jenny is a graduate of Cottey College (A.A.), Hood College (B.A.) andGarrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (MDiv.).  Following college Jenny served as a US-2 Missionary through the General Board of Global Ministries and served at The Mary Elizabeth Inn, a residence for women in transition and crisis, in San Francisco.  It was during this time that Jenny discerned her call to ministry and met her husband, Matthew Eaton who is a chaplain with Journey Care Hospice.  They have one college age son.

Jenny is a musician (alto, plays the flute and piano) and enjoys mystery novels, gardening, knitting, quilting, and baking, and is an avid NCIS fan.  

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