Hickory Creek Elders

Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.

1 Timothy 3:1-7

  • Lead Pastor - Scott Kircher

    Hickory Creek decided to call Scott as their Senior Pastor in April of 2005. Scott has not always been in pastoral ministry but sensed God's call into the ministry in 2000. Scott was working as a financial futures broker and he had been involved in various leadership positions within the church for years but sensed God calling him to greater service and commitment. Pastor Scott and his wife Laura have been serving Hickory Creek for 12 years. 

  • Joe Kelley

    Joe and his wife Joy have been attending Hickory Creek Church since 2008. Their unique history of living in more than a dozen different communities has allowed them to experience a variety of different churches and worship styles, and to serve in many different roles as needed in these different churches. While at Hickory Creek Joe has been involved teaching various Bible studies and discipling some men. He has been serving as an elder since 2011. Joe’s life verse has been Proverbs 3:5-6. He finds this fits well with the idea that we should love God, love others and God will direct us how we live that love out in our lives. 

  • Tom Newton

    Tom came to know the Lord as his Savior back in 1973 while attending a church in Mokena, Illinois.  From that moment on, as he continued to work for the IBM Corporation, Jesus changed him completely.  Tom, together with his wife Camille, became deeply involved in church life, so much so, that he resigned from IBM and after two years of further schooling to become a Pastor.   After serving as a Pastor for twenty-two years in a local church, Tom and Camille retired and came to Hickory Creek in 2005, with some of his five adult children and together with many of their 21 grandchildren.  Tom has been serving as an Elder at Hickory Creek Church for approximately the past ten years.

  • Steve Borchert

    Steve was raised in a Christian home and attended youth group and church regularly through college.  After college, Steve continued to attend church, but as he looks back now, was lacking in a real relationship with Jesus Christ. In the summer of 2006, the Lord brought conviction to Steve and he prayed for forgiveness and relationship with Jesus and the Lord poured out His love on Steve. Since being saved, the Lord has continued to work on Steve, and he has grown to know and love Him more and more.  His journey has brought him to worship and serve here at Hickory Creek Church. Steve and his family have been at Hickory Creek for 4 years and he is currently serving each week with Reach Student Ministries as a youth group leader, as well as during our One Kingdom youth missions outreach and on our youth Mission trip to the DR for the past couple years.  Steve also leads a connection group and serves at our Vacation Bible School.  

  • Tony Bartolomucci

    Tony accepted the saving grace of Jesus Christ when he was 34 years old after hearing the truth of God’s Word in Mark 4:2-9 (The Parable of the Sower).  He realized his hardened and sinful condition and asked Jesus to change his heart. In response to Christ’s love, Tony has served as a Deacon for the past two years and continues to serve as a Reach Student Ministries Leader. He and his wife Kim have been attending Hickory Creek Church since 2010.  They serve together as ushers and attend a Connection Group to grow in God’s Word together with others. 

Hickory Creek Deacons

In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.  A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 3:8-12

  • Mark Fischer

    Mark Fischer came to Christ, and began volunteering on the tech team when he started attending Hickory Creek Church in 2012. As his relationship with the Lord grew so did his passion to share what Christ has done for him. Taking steps of obedience through baptism and trusting in the Lord for guidance, Mark serves on the staff of Hickory Creek Church as the Director of Technology. He also leads an outreach ministry supported by the church to reach others that need to hear God’s word in the local area. Mark has been married to his wife Shomari since 2012, and they have two wonderful children, Sena and Shey. 

  • Jon Brouwer

    Jon was raised in a Christian home but accepted Jesus as His personal Savior in 2000 at the age of 19. Jon has been attending Hickory Creek Church for almost 4 years as he and his family desired a church home that was closer and where he could more easily invite neighbors to. Jon is currently serving in our AWANA ministry and our Hickory Kid’s Ministry teaching the 4th and 5th graders.

  • John Synal

    John came to trust Christ while serving in the Air Force in the mid 70's through a roommates question if John thought he was going to heaven or hell.  The Lord used that conversation and his friend to lead John to a personal relationship with Christ.  He was baptized at Moraine Valley Community Church in 1980 and later worshiped and served at Elim Baptist Church where God grew John significantly in his walk with the Lord.  And it was at Elim that John began serving in children and youth ministries and served as a part time youth leader for 6 years.   John and Jenny began attending Hickory Creek in the fall of 2014 and has served as an usher and is again ministering to children as he serves in the Hickory Kid’s Ministry as well as AWANA.