Our Staff


Tom Hillertz



Pastor Tom Hillertz accepted the call to serve Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in December of 2011.  Pastor Tom grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and graduated from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 2004. Ministry is his second career, having spent years as a logistic manager.

While in seminary Pastor Tom did his internship at Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church a mission congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and also served three summers as hospital chaplain at Advocate Good Samaritan hospital, a trauma one hospital located in Downers Grove, IL. He was first called to serve as Associate Pastor of First Lutheran Church, Onalaska WI. Pastor Tom claims to have learned a lot in his first call, including the native language of Onalaska, terminology like “You-bet-ya.” He then went on to serve American Lutheran Church in Bourbonnais, IL.

One of Pastor Tom’s favorite verses from Scripture comes from the prophet Isaiah, “I have called you by name, you are mine” (Isaiah 43). Pastor Tom and Wendy were married in June of 1984. They are extremely proud of their two grown children, Andrew who teaches music outside of North Platte, NE and Ashley, an RN in Springfield, IL. Pastor Tom enjoys gardening, biking, traveling, reading and spending time with Wendy. He says he feels blessed to have been called to serve God’s people at Good Shepherd.

Dr. Edward D. Schneider

Pastor Emeritus

Dr. Edward D. Schneider served as pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church from 1985 until his retirement in 2001. Pastor Schneider and his wife, Nancy, continue to live in Champaign.

Jason Fisher

Youth Minister



Jason Fisher joined the staff at Good Shepherd in September of 2007 after serving in Rockford, Illinois as Youth & Christian Education Director and later as Director of Outreach. He has been a speaker for multiple Middle and High School Retreats and is passionate about accompanying young people during their journey with Jesus. Jason received his Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministry at Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois in 2002. During the winter of 2010 Jason became a rostered lay leader in the E.L.C.A. and was called and commissioned by Good Shepherd in the area of Youth & Family Ministry. Jason met his wife, Samantha, in an art class while at Greenville and they have been making beautiful things ever since. Two of those things are their sons, Zechariah and Silas from whom they learn much about the kingdom of God. Jason loves running, writing, making art, board games, and is always up for a game of street hockey.

Emilie Williams

Emilie Williams is an experienced musician and music educator, currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Choral Music at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she studies with Dr. Andrew Megill. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Westminster Choir College, and a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching (Music Education) from the City University of New York. Emilie is a former New York City Teaching Fellow, and was recently appointed to teach music at Wiley Elementary School in Urbana. Originally from Vermont, Emilie lives in Urbana with her husband and son.

Yvona Vlach

OFFICE MANAGER                                                                   

Marilyn Dudley

PARISH WORKER                                                                          

Mary Corkery




Other Staff

Parish Nurses – Celeste Coverdill, Betsy Kakoma, Sandy Reifsteck Rueter, and Marilyn Dudley
Organist – Linda Pein
Treasurer – Dana VanDeveer