Conference Staff


Rev. Shana Johnson

Conference Minister

Shana received her Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministries from Greenville College. She was the first woman to enter the pastoral ministries program at Greenville College and received the Wilson King religion award upon graduation. After graduating from Greenville in 1993, Shana began her seminary training at Eden Theological Seminary where she earned her Master of Divinity degree in 1997. Shana has served UCC churches in southern Illinois, central Illinois, Missouri, and northern Illinois.

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Julie Riechmann

DuBois Center/ISC Registrar

Julie started working with ISC and DuBois Center in November 2018 and remains the part-time office support for St. Peter's UCC in Okawville.  She is the mother of three boys.

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Christy Pursell

ISC Executive Administrator

Christy manages the office in Highland and assists Rev. Johnson with Search and Call details as well as ISC event organization, General Synod, and staffing for ISC Teams and Committees. She has a Masters in Social Work as well as being a mom of three young men.

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Shirley Asmussen

Director of Outdoor Ministries

Shirley began as Director of Outdoor Ministries in 2009. She manages the DuBois Center summer camps and retreats and Green DuBois. DuBois Center also hosts Winter Weekend, Festival of Faith, and Confirmation Retreats for Illinois South Conference. Shirley is a great proponent of camps with lots of hands-on experience.

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Debbie Kesner

ISC Office Support Coordinator

Debbie began working with Illinois South Conference in June 2019.  She keeps the office running smoothly working Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning until early afternoon. She is the mother of two girls and supports her husband's photography business on her time off.

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Lynnette Schuepbach

ISC Communication Coordinator

Lynnette began working with Illinois South Conference in 2008. She devotes her time to the Weekly Connection, website and social media. She is a grandmother of three and an author and illustrator of children's books. She enjoys anything creative.

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