Pastor Donna Hoffman
Pastor Donna Hoffman
My name is Donna Hoffman. I am a Licensed Local Pastor (LLP) in the Rockford District of the Northern Illinois Conference. Over the past 8 years, I have served in two appointments: Apple River and Warren UMCs from 2011-2014 and Mt. Carroll UMC from 2014-2019. During these years, I was enrolled in seminary in the Course of Study track. I began my education at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary and completed my education at St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas just last summer in 2018. Yes, it took seven years, but I have to say that it was the most rewarding, challenging, and at times, very overwhelming experience of my life. I do not regret it for a moment. I have grown spiritually, theologically, and have grown even more deeply in love with God. While I still have much to learn (don't we all) this education has enhanced my ability to be a Pastor and to serve wherever God places me.
I have three grown children, all married with their own children. My oldest son, wife and their two children live in Naples, Florida. My daughter lives in Lubbock, Texas with her family. My youngest son and his family live on our family farm in South Wayne, Wisconsin.
One month after I began my first appointment, my husband of 28 years passed away from pancreatic cancer. It was not exactly the way I planned to begin this journey, but God has been so very faithful. In my first year in seminary, I met a woman in class and we became immediate friends. She was a cancer survivor and was in remission at that time. Two years later, the cancer returned and she passed away in June of 2014. I had met her husband during seminary a couple times and we chatted very briefly at her memorial service. As he (his name is Chuck Wolbers) began to experience his own call to ministry, we reconnected, not intending or looking for a romantic relationship. God had other plans. At Annual Conference 2015 we shared a meal and conversation together that led to more meals and conversations and on April 20, 2017 Chuck and I were married! We feel so very blessed and so grateful for this newness of life. He now serves as pastor of Stockton: Wesley and Willow/Kent UMCs.
My gifts for ministry include preaching and teaching God's word. I come alive in the pulpit, not because I think I'm "all that", but I am passionate about discipleship and love the Lord deeply. I get excited when I see the Holy Spirit at work in others' lives and see them grow in their own faith. I love mission and outreach projects and doing hands-on ministry with others. I believe we are all ministers, called to life and ministry together. I am very outgoing by nature and amvery comfortable meeting new people. I am looking so forward to forming new relationships with and serving all of you! God's peace be with you.
- Pastor Donna