Faith United Methodist Church
Downers Grove
432 59th Street
Downers Grove
IL  60516 map

Faith Church
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Pastor Charles I. Yoon

Senior Pastor

Rev. Charles Yoon began his life and faith journey in Korea. He was born into a Christian (a Methodist pastor’s) family and He was called to ministry during a summer revival retreat when he was a junior in high school. After high school, he entered Methodist Theological Seminary in Seoul to study theology (B. Th.) and continued to study further focusing on church history at the graduate school of Methodist Theological Seminary (M. Th.).


After graduating from the seminary, Rev. Yoon served several churches in Korea. He started his ministry as a local pastor at Yol-Mi Methodist Church in a rural area. Then he served as a pastor of Christian Education at Sung-Eun Methodist Church and an associate pastor at Kum-Ho First Methodist Church in Seoul, Korea. He was ordained at Kyung-Ki Annual Conference of the Korean Methodist Church in 1992 and became a full-member at Seoul Annual Conference of the Korean Methodist Church in 1994.


Upon coming to the United States to further his theological training, Rev. Yoon earned his Master of Divinity (M. Div.) degree from Theological School at Drew University in Madison, NJ and continued his academic journey as he earned Master of Philosophy (M. Ph.) degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph. D.) at Drew University. While he was studying at Drew, he started a new Korean-American congregation, Mok-Yang Methodist Church in Springfield, NJ and served the church until he was appointed to Prophetstown United Methodist Church in Prophetstown, IL in 2005. During his pastorate at Prophetstown UMC, he transferred his membership from the Korean Methodist Church to the United Methodist Church and became a full member of the Northern Illinois Conference in 2008. Since 2011, he has served as an associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in Crystal Lake, IL.


Rev. Yoon has been serving in several leadership capacities on various church related boards and committees at district, conference, and national levels. He was the chair of the Commission on Archives and History of the Northern Illinois Conference (2012-2016) and a member of the Elgin District Superintendency Committee (2012-2016). He is one of the board directors of the John Wesley Theological Institute, a member of the Historical Society of the United Methodist Church and a member of the John Wesley Theological Society.


Rev. Yoon’s family includes his wife, Esther and his three daughters: Kristine, who will be a junior at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, studying biology (pre-medicine track); Sarah, who will be a freshman at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, planning to study economics; and Eunice, who will a sophomore at IMSA (Illinois Math and Science Academy) in Aurora, IL.

Brandy Francisco

Director of Children and Youth Ministries

Brandy has over 25 years of experience working with children in all age groups, including those with special needs.  She has been a pediatric nurse for 20 years and is currently enrolled and working towards becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner.  She is married with four children, ages 19, 15, 13, and 9.

Brandy has been a member of Faith Church since 2009 and has been involved with the choir, Sunday School, Kids Camp, and Vacation Bible School.  She has also served on the Education Committee and the Children & Youth Committee as well as volunteering in many other activities.  Before coming to Faith Church, Brandy was a very active member at a Lutheran church.

Brandy has a passion for teaching children and youth about God's love and how they can exemplify it in their own everyday lives.  With all of her experience, Brandy knows what engages and excites children and youth, and she has a lot of ideas and plans for the Children and Youth Ministries at Faith Church.  Brandy promises lots of fun, engaging, and educational activities for all children, youth, and their families!

Barbara Abarro

Music Coordinator


Sharon Kelly

Church Secretary

Sharon, a member of Faith Church since 1982, has held the position of secretary since June 1998.  Downers Grove is where she grew up and attended Whittier, O’Neill, and Downers Grove North H.S., then on to Western Illinois Univ.  She is married to Dennis Kelly, who is the sound technician for Faith Church.  They have two children, Christine and David, and four grandchildren.  Sharon also serves on the Worship Committee and Finance Committee.  Sharon says, “This is the most important job I have ever had – serving Christ and the people in His church.”
Barnett Palmer
Barnett has worked for Faith Church periodically beginning in Rev. Rebuck's time (~1998-2001).  He started working as our custodian since around Thanksgiving, 2014.  Barnett lives in Bellwood, IL, and has a daughter, Chineye.  He enjoys working here at Faith Church.