Illini Life has a team of dedicated, full-time staff. Each member of our staff has raised a support team through Reliant Mission. Reliant's mission is to help fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ by mobilizing and resourcing missionaries in their local churches for the purpose of evangelism, discipleship and church planting. Reliant makes the work of I-Life happen.

We firmly believe the work of the Church is the responsibility of each believer; the staff simply facilitate the ministry we all do as a part of Illini Life. If you'd like to give to Reliant on behalf of one of our staff, please click their individual photo in the list below.

  • Wayne's roles include teaching, discipleship, and pastoral counsel, and providing leadership to I-Life as a whole. 

    Wayne loves the energy and diversity of campus life. His personal interests include rock and roll, movies, camping and working in his home workshop.

  • Fred works on our Sunday Morning teaching team, manages our ministry finances, and shares the pastoring load with Wayne and Casey. Fred and his wife Erica have a full house - three kids and a dog.

    Fred enjoys cooking, DIY construction projects, and blockbusters. 

  • Russ, like most of our staff, is a proud alumni of the University of Illinois. His roles include worship directing, volunteer recruiting, and graphic design. He also has a passion for helping young men and women grow up to be more like Jesus.

    He loves McDonald’s, sailing, Coca-Cola, the Cubs, and his wife, Megan.

  • Alan has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the U of I, worked in industry for a while, and has been on staff since 2010. He is our Connections Director, a Fellowship Captain, and oversees our social media presence. 

    He’s married to Ashley and has a daughter named Ava. He loves to talk about photography, sports, and what makes people tick.

  • Ashley graduated from U of I and taught middle school English for 7 years. She is married to Alan, a new mama, and has been a longtime leader in Illini Life. She is passionate about mentoring and discipling student leaders, women's ministry, and energizing groups. 

    Ashley enjoys home decor and organization, and quoting The Office

  • SAra Hoag STAFF

    Sara is our staple Wisconsinite. She graduated in 2016 with a Masters of Fine Arts, and just joined our staff team. She is passionate about the arts and it's intersection with faith, and serves on the Sunday team.

    Sara loves Jesus, Science Fiction/Fantasy, and punny jokes.


    Suzie has a degree in human nutrition from University of Illinois. On staff she coordinates our special events and helps students lead events. She also coordinates our Sunday Service, and leading women's ministry events.

    Suzie enjoys Matt Miller, hanging out with friends, listening to music, and eating anything sweet.

  • Nick used to work as a network engineer for the University before joining the staff team. He's been on staff for 6 years and on campus for 15. His roles include Fellowship captaining, IT management, and Small Group coaching.

    Nick loves to run, bike, and swim – usually all in a row, for insane amounts of time.


    Sarah has a degree in Linguistics from University of Illinois. She is passionate about outreach, discipleship, and raising up the next generation of leaders.

    Sarah is all about goats, social media, and Birkenstocks.