Our Staff

hope Leadership

The staff and leadership here at HOPE is comprised of people who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them at the addresses below, or call our church office 630-922-0940 to speak with them. You can email the church office at hope@sharehope.org.

  • lucas king

    Pastor - pastor@sharehope.org

    Pastor Lucas grew up in Wheaton, Illinois and attended college at Washington University in St. Louis where he majored in Political Science and Religion. He studied for his Master of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School and Eden Theological Seminary and was ordained in 2011.  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 several loving and supportive four-legged friends in their household.

  • christine niels

    office & communications manager - hope@sharehope.org

    Cris, who belongs to a UCC church in Downers Grove, manages the communications and day-to-day operations of the church. She is a librarian with a Master's degree from Dominican University and an undergraduate degree from UIC who has spent her career in communications and marketing for public libraries. She belongs to a UCC church in Downers Grove, volunteers there, belongs to several book discussion groups, and is dabbling in watercolors. She joined the staff at HOPE in June of 2021.

  • kathy clolinger

    bookkeeper - bookkeeper@sharehope.org

    Kathy loves spending time with her husband David and two children. When time and schedules allow, her family loves to travel and see new places. She also loves to bike, walk and read, and is actively involved in her book club group. Kathy volunteers as the Treasurer for several non-profit organizations and is dedicated to the mission of helping children at risk obtain access to educational opportunities. Kathy has an undergraduate degree in accounting from Miami University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. 

    She joined HOPE's staff in March 2021 as Bookkeeper.

  • YU ling castillo

    music ministry

    Mrs. Ling is a music lover and has been playing piano since she was a little girl. She is a believer in the power of music and passionate about sharing music with others. She also has a good sense of humor, but beware, laughter can be contagious around her.