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[a] 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. 

  • Paul Coverick

    Paul and his wife Lori have been married since 1985. Together they have two adult children, Steven & Stephanie and two grandchildren William and MatthewIn December of 2008 Paul and Lori were led to Hickory Creek Community Church as they felt God leading them to a growing church that could use more help. Currently Paul serves as a leader in youth group and he leads a connection group Bible study, serving on the international missions team, and leading the men’s ministry. In 2011 Paul was elected as a deacon and in July 2014 he was elected as an elder. Paul attributes 100% of his testimony to the grace and transforming power of God in his life. Both Paul and Lori are excited to see how God will continue to work both in their lives and at Hickory Creek Community Church.

  • Joe Kelley

    Joe and his wife Joy have been attending Hickory Creek Community 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 o 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 Community Church. Steve and his family have been at Hickory Creek for 4 years and he is currently serving with Reach Student Ministries as a youth group leader, serving each week as a 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.  

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

  • 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 Community Church since 2010.  They serve together as ushers and attend a Connection Group to grow in God’s Word together with others. 

  • Mike LaMonto

    I was raised in a Christian home from the age of six, asked Jesus into my heart at 10, made a confession of faith and was baptized at 13, met the love of my life in church at 15, married at 20, rededicated my life to the Lord in the pastor's office at 32 and raised four children in the church.  Until we came to Hickory Creek about 11 years ago, I never gave much thought to serving the Lord.  There always seemed to be plenty of people more qualified than me to do what needed to be done.  I finally came to the realization that the Lord didn't need me to serve, but that I needed to serve Him.  I began by helping to stack chairs after service on Sunday, opened our home to host a small group, occasionally filling in in to lead a Bible study and ushering on Sundays.  I had the privilege of becoming a deacon about 8 years ago and while there are  many people here who do more than me, I'm glad to be a part of this church community and do what I can.

  • Jon Evans

    Jon was led into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ in May of 2012 when a friend asked him “What do you believe happens when you die?” Without an answer that made any sense, his friend shared the gospel and it was an instant transformation for Jon.  God led his family to Hickory Creek shortly after. Jon felt a strong calling to grow more deeply in his relationship through Bible study and to serve in any capacity needed at the church. In January of 2013 Jon became part of the worship team’s regular rotation and he thoroughly enjoys using his gifts to glorify the Lord through music. Jon also serves on the worship team for the Reach Student Ministry and in the past has helped plan projects, served in AWANA, VBS, and the Pastoral Search team. Jon has been serving as a Deacon at Hickory Creek since 2015.

  • 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 is now serves on the staff of Hickory Creek as the Director of Technology for Hickory Creek Church, and 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

    John 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 Community 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 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 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 Kids Kid’s Ministry as well as AWANA.