Deacon Jill Goldhammer began in the position in October, 2005 and was commissioned as an Associate in Ministry at Salem in April, 2006 after completing the ELCA Candidacy process. Jill is a life-long Peorian and a life-long Lutheran. She graduated from Woodruff High School and Bradley University. She earned a Master’s Degree in the Administration of Youth Services from Sangamon State University in 1993 and completed the AIM Lutheran education requirements at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Jill has served on the Northern Conference Youth Board for 20+ years and is a member of the ELCA Youth Ministry Network. She currently serves as the ELCA Practice Discipleship Coach for our synod.

Jill has a great love for parish ministry and is specifically called to help congregations provide faith formation opportunities for children, youth and families that result in lifelong commitments to Christ. Some of her favorite activities at Salem are VBS, Be Like Jesus Weekend, the annual Youth Service, and Breaking Bread.

About us

Salem Lutheran Church affiliated with the E.L.C.A. Salem is a vibrant welcoming Lutheran community that, through the grace of Jesus Christ, is connected within by love and reaching out in hope to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with one another, the community and the world.