Pastor Loren Schlomer, Founding Pastor

On November 11, 2021, Amazing Grace celebrated the life of our founding Pastor as he took his place in Heaven and heard those words "Well done, thou good and faithful servant!" Pastor Loren began the work here in Sterling, IL in 1990 and has left a legacy of love, faith, and the vision to see God's Glory manifested in this church. And because of his vision, the future of Amazing Grace is full of promise & excitement! Until we all meet again, Pastor Loren will be greatly missed and always in our hearts and in the heart of this church.

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Pastor Kristy Pipes, Senior Pastor

Kristy Pipes, born and raised here in Sterling, IL had her life completely transformed in 1998 when she gave her life to Jesus right here at Amazing Grace.  She served the church in numerous areas, including Youth Pastor since 2003. She has been mentored and trained for over 20 years under the leadership of Amazing Grace’s Founding Pastor Loren Schlomer.  She accepted the position of Senior Pastor in November 2021.  Her passion is to see Amazing Grace be a place where others can meet Jesus, experience His love and presence, and go deeper in their faith to change the world around them.  Kristy has been married to Dan since 2001, and they have 2 children, MaKaylee and Brayton, who love Jesus.

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Pastor Jeremiah Parker, Associate Pastor

Jeremiah Parker has been a member of Amazing Grace since 2003, is a 2000 graduate of Amboy High School, and a 2013 graduate of New Life Bible College with a Certificate of Biblical Studies.  He has been affiliated with Faith Christian Fellowship International since 2009 and has been ordained since 2016.  He has been an associate pastor since 2016.  He is currently employed at Super Walmart in Kewanee. IL as Store Manager.

He made a commitment to Christ in September of 2002 and has been serving the Lord ever since.  He is passionate about teaching the Word and seeing others become successful in life by applying the principles of God’s Word.  He is married to Megan (2004) and they have 3 children, Gloria, Ezra, and Ila Mae.  The Parker family lives near Harmon.


Lester Weaver, Pastoral Care Minister

Brother Les has been a member of Amazing Grace for 30 years. In those years, he has been a leader of Helps Ministries, ushers, personal usher for Pastor Loren, and lawn & landscaping. He enjoys the personal one-on-one ministry and leading people in salvation and receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit. His heart is to reach out to the hurting and lonely, bringing healing and hope to them through God's mighty power!