Our Pastor and Staff

The Reverend Lucas King

Pastor Lucas grew up in Wheaton, Illinois, attended college at Washington University in St. Louis where he majored in Political Science and Religion, and studied for his Master of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School and Eden Theological Seminary.  He was ordained in 2011 and called to serve the United Church of Christ – Longmont, Colorado.  Pastor Lucas began his ministry at HOPE in the fall of 2015.  Pastor Lucas is married to Dr. Adam King, a veterinary ophthalmologist, whose hobby of breeding and showing dogs means that they have a number of loving and supportive four-legged friends in their household.

Gail Bassett, Office Manager

Gail grew up in South Jersey and has lived in Paris, France and Miami, Florida.  She and her late husband, David, moved to Naperville in 1987, where they raised their four (now adult) children, two sons and two daughters.


Gail enjoys spending time with her dogs, a loyal Labrador Retriever and a  playful Westie, gardening, scrapbooking, and family time.  Family time is especially fun since Gail became a grandmother in October of 2019.


Gail has been HOPE UCC’s Office Manager since 2008.

Ling Castillo, Keyboardist