Co-Pastors

Rev. Jan Hawkins graduated from Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. She grew up in Savannah and loves fresh seafood. Prior to attending seminary, Jan taught fifth grade in Macon, GA, and then worked for First Tennessee Bank in mortgage lending. She and Thomas met at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago where she served as Associate Director of Development. After the birth of their two sons, Jan enjoyed being at home with Robert and Jonathan for several years. As co-pastor of the congregation in Charleston for the past twelve years, she has been active on the board of Coalition for People in Need and has served on the Personnel Committee and General Council for Presbytery. She loves to feed and watch birds, read, attend theater and opera performances and make homemade jam! Their beloved Westie, named Spenser, loves long walks and keeps them entertained. Listening to a person's story and walking with them spiritually is holy ground and is one of the things she likes best about being a pastor.

Rev. Dr. Thomas Hawkins grew up on a farm in central Illinois and still loves to get dirt under his fingers by growing our own fruits and vegetables. He attended Christian Theological Seminary and Harvard Divinity School prior to completing his D.Min. at McCormick Theological Seminary and an Ed.D from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. He has served congregations in Indiana, Massachusetts, and Illinois. He has also served as Associate Dean and, later, Dean of Doctoral Level Studies at McCormick Theological Seminary, Director of Connectional Ministries for the Illinois Great Rivers Conference (UMC), and District Superintendent of the Okaw River District of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. He has worked at Eastern Illinois University in a number of administrative positions as well as being tenured as a professor and teaching organizational behavior, leadership, and sociotechnical design. In addition to serving on his presbytery's Committee on Ministry, he has served on the presbytery's Board of Trustees and General Council. He enjoys cooking, hiking and being outdoors. Together with his sons he has walked the Ridgeway Trail and the Hadrian's Wall Trail in England. He is the author of several books on spirituality, leadership, and Christian education. What he loves best about being a pastor is facilitating small groups where people have an opportunity to make meaning, hear one another's stories, and reflect on the larger world in light of scripture and tradition.