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Bloomington, IL – The Regional Board of the Christian Church DOC in Illinois and Wisconsin has voted to approve Rev. Richard (Rick) Hamilton as the new Interim Regional Minister beginning October 1, 2023.

As Interim Regional Minister, Rev. Hamilton will use his gifts to provide Pastoral and Administrative support for congregations in Illinois and Wisconsin as well as our partner region, Michigan.

Rev. Richard E (Rick) Hamilton is an Ordained Minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) where he most recently served as Pastor of First Christian Church of Downers Grove, IL. Rick has served as Regional Minister for the Christian Churches in Canada, and as Deputy Regional Minister in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi (The Great River Region). He has also served in Pastoral Ministries in Wisconsin, Arkansas, and Texas. Rick is a graduate of Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Brite Divinity School with a Master of Divinity. Prior to his ministry career, he worked in Sales and Marketing for the Procter and Gamble Distributing Company, Coca-Cola USA, and 3D Broadcasting Company. Rick has been an Executive Director of two non-profits: A Habitat for Humanity Affiliate Chapter and The Jubilee Fund.

Rick is married to Sara Schomp Hamilton, who works in downtown Chicago for a major food company. They are the proud parents of two adult sons. Rick and Sara live in Downers Grove with their Huskrador, Annie.