Our Staff

  • Rev. James P . Hearne, SENIOR pastor

    God will always be your friendWe leave worship with that powerful reminder because it is absolutely true.  I am living proof of that friendship!  I am overjoyed to be in ministry and partnership with the people of Messiah! Born and raised as the youngest of seven in the south suburbs of Chicago, I grew up in the Roman Catholic tradition.  My parents taught me from an early age about the importance of faith, church, service and community.  I felt a desire to serve since the second grade and thought God was calling me to become a priest.  My mother died suddenly in 1991 and in that time I felt God’s intense presence and invitation to serve others.  After graduating from high school, I entered the minor seminary at Loyola University in Chicago and then attended St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein (not far from here) for four years.  I was ordained a priest in May 2005 and served at two large parishes in Chicago. 


    In my second assignment I met a young woman named Amy and my heart melted as I felt God calling me in a slightly different direction.  I took a leave of absence from ministry to be in relationship with this incredible woman.  We went church shopping and God brought us to Trinity Lutheran in Des Plaines where we were eventually married and saw our little girl Anna baptized.  The pastor was very supportive of our stories and encouraged us to consider ministering in the ELCA.  After much prayer and discernment, we felt this was how God was calling us and so I completed additional course work and interviewed and entered the call process for pastoral ministry in an ELCA congregation.  I accepted a call to serve at Barneveld Lutheran Church in Barneveld, Wisconsin (just West of Madison) in January 2016. We welcomed Peter to our family in July 2017 and Liam this past October 2020. Sensing a nudging from the Holy Spirit to get back closer to our families in the Chicagoland area, I interviewed and accepted a call to serve as Senior Pastor here at Messiah which formally began November 29th, 2020. Amy, Anna, Peter, Liam and I are very happy to be living and ministering in Wauconda.  Through the ups and downs, the highs and lows, the good times and challenging times of life, God’s friendship has sustained us and will for you, too!  We would love to have you come pray and be part of Messiah’s mission “to share Jesus’ love everywhere!”  Come be a friend of God and a friend of ours.


    Pastor Lynne was raised as daughter and granddaughter of Messiah’s charter members, moved away and returned as Part Time Interim Pastor in October 2019.  Her primary focus has been in ministries of caring, learning, worship, communications, welcoming new members and preaching. Pastor Lynne’s favorite Bible verse 1st Corinthians 13:13 is also reflected on signs above the exterior doors leading to the Gathering Place. She lives a wellness-focused life in Lake Zurich with husband Larry, daughters Julia and Samantha, and dogs Maggie Mei and Lizzy.  She is an avid sports fan, with Florida State University sports, both Chicago baseball teams, Chicago AND Green Bay football teams ranking highest on her list. 

  • Kristin Isom, Children's Ministry Director

    Kristin has served as Children's Ministry Co-Director since September 2017. She and her husband Mike have two children, Aubrey and Colton. Kristin is very passionate about touching the lives of children and helping them to grow in their faith journey at Messiah!

  • Jessica Wallwin, Youth Ministries Director

    Jessica has been youth director at Messiah for 2 years now.  She's married to James and has one son, Joseph.  She also has a tuxedo cat named Smithers.