our clergy and staff
Following a midlife call to ministry, initially in the United Church of Christ, Gloria was ordained a priest in 2010 and served as Priest Associate at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Evanston, IL and as Adjunct Faculty for Bexley-Seabury's Doctor of Ministry program. She earned the Master of Divinity degree at Chicago Theological Seminary, the Doctor of Ministry in Theology and Leadership from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and pursued Anglican Studies at Seabury-Western (now Bexley Seabury). She served three UCC congregations in the Chicago Metropolitan area. Her first career was as a medical laboratory scientist earning the Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Northern Illinois University and the M.B.A. in Marketing from Loyola University.
The Rev. Gloria Hopewell, D.Min., Rector
Gloria describes her pastoral style as one of offering a safe place, a place for others to tell their stories....then listening deeply. Believing in the ministry of all the baptized, her "greatest delight is guiding congregations to vitality and purpose, and individuals to deeper relationships with God that inform daily living."
Her favorite things are trips to Colorado to spend time with grandsons George and Miles, travel in general, music, cozy times with close friends, good books and fountain pens, and her cats MagnifiKat and Moon Shadow.
The Rev. Linda Packard, Priest Associate
Linda retired to Galena in 2008 having served as Rector of Church of Our Saviour in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago for 11 years. She and her husband live in the Territory. Prior to that she had been called to various parishes in the Diocese of Chicago as Interim Rector and was active in Diocesan life on the Standing Committee and as chair of several diocesan committees. Like many women in the 20th century, her call to ordained ministry was a second career; the first, was exercised in administration in universities and teaching hospitals. Her first five years as a priest were spent in hospital chaplaincy in Evanston. In Galena she spent one year as Interim Rector at Grace prior to Gloria Hopewell’s arrival.
She has served briefly in missionary settings in Africa, Haiti and Myanmar. She now assists at Grace, primarily in liturgy and pastoral care. She enjoys the vibrant community life at Grace in which growth in faith is supported and all are encouraged to carry their faith from pew to community both locally and internationally.
Nancy Kenney, Parish Administrator
Nancy moved to Galena in 2018 after many years in graphic design and teaching art. She grew up in Ohio and moved to Chicago after college. She raised her two children in Glen Ellyn (where she met Gloria during her tenure there). She lives in town in Galena with her husband, who is an artist, and their three dogs.
Robin French, Music Director
Robin accompanies the choir and plays the organ during our Sunday Eucharist.. She moved to Galena in mid September, 2014 from Salida, Colorado where, among many musical activities she served as music director at the Presbyterian Church. Prior to that, she served an Episcopal Church in Salida. Robin grew up the 5th of 8 children in a musical family, singing in church choirs and harmonizing in the car as a way of life. Since her mother was the director of all the choirs, Robin has been accompanying since junior high and to this day finds making music collaboratively to be the most fun and the most satisfying mode of expression. She has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho. She has taught music in public schools in Colorado and loves teaching piano lessons, especially adult beginners.
Nancy Cook, Associate Choir Director
Nancy joined the Galena church in 1988 and began playing the Erben organ on Mothers' Day the same year. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a double music major (vocal and instrumental), taught General Music grades 1-8 at Dodgeville, WI for five years, retiring when she started her family and began giving piano lessons. After moving to Cuba City, Wisconsin, she continued giving piano lessons and got a job teaching music at Holy Ghost School in Dickeyville, Wisconsin for fifteen years as well as teaching for eight years at St. Rose School In Cuba City. Nancy joined the Grace Choir when Pat formed it, singing in the alto section, which she continues to do in addition to her responsibilites as an associate director. During Sunday services, she plays the prelude, Communion and postlude in addition to directing the choir when Pat Terry is absent.
Teresa Hannaman, Sunday School Teacher
Teresa, who grew up in Galena and attended local schools, teaches children in the Godly Play education program on Sunday mornings before Eucharist. She is also an adult leader for the Grace Youth Group. During the week, she works at the Galena Gazette in the Circulation Department. She has attended Cursillo and has received training in the "Godly Play" curriculum and the "Keeping God's People Safe" program through the Diocese of Chicago.