In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Debra Pressey chats with the Rev. Terrance Thomas, the new pastor at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Champaign.

The new co-host of the WDWS Morning Show with Dave Gentry talked with staff writer Alexandria Kobryn about his Homer roots and love of wrestling and how he came to be where he is today.

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Kraemer, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, call 217-359-6500. RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administe…

In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Alexandria Kobryn chats with the Rev. Rickey Parks, pastor at Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, who will receive the Doris Hoskins Prestigious Community Service Award at today’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Countywide Celebration.

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As I hiked the trails in the McDowell Mountains overlooking Phoenix during the first week of January, I thought back to a friendship I made 45 years ago with a guy from Phoenix named Larry Londen. Larry and I were theology students in Kansas trying to figure out life. We drank coffee in an a…

In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Debra Pressey looks at Copper Creek Church, which is getting ready to move into the first building of its own since it was launched in 2007 as a satellite of Champaign's First Presbyterian.

That there's not a pew in his name or a plaque on the wall at Mount Vernon United Methodist doesn't bother Champaign's Bob Furtney, who through the years has donated thousands of pounds of sausage for the church's annual fundraising feast.

In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, Piatt County Journal-Republican Editor Steve Hoffman chats with Thomasboro native Terry Strom, who was installed last summer at Faith Lutheran Church in Monticello.

In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Debra Pressey looks at the International Peace Light, which originates in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, and was used to relight the gas stoves at two church kitchens in Champaign and Urbana.

In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, Managing Editor Mike Goebel talks with the Rev. Robert Lampitt, the head of St. John’s Catholic Newman Center on campus who also serves as chaplain of the Redbox Bowl-bound Illini football team.

In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Debra Pressey talks with the organizers of First Christian Church of Champaign's free Christmas dinner, now in its 10th year.

In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, Rantoul Press Editor Dave Hinton looks at the Christian Life Oil Change Ministry, an efforts by a Rantoul church to help women in the congregation with their car maintenance.

The St. Joseph-Ogden graduate who serves as executive director of C-U at Home chats about homelessness in C-U, his growing family and more.

In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Debra Pressey talks with the Rev. Sheryl Palmer, pastor at Faith United Methodist Church in Champaign, which is partnering with C-U at Home to creating a new ‘sacred space’ at its homeless shelter in downtown Champaign.

With children now counting down the days till Santa comes chugging down the chimney, here are just a few of the hundreds of highlights involving area churches over the holidays.

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In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Tim Mitchell chats with the Rev. Anthony Co, new pastor at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Urbana.

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In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Tim Mitchell talks with parishioners at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ivesdale, the 'cathedral of the cornfield' that is celebrating its 150th anniversary this weekend.

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The executive director of the East Central Illinois Youth for Christ and pastor of Berean Covenant Church, both in Champaign, shared his insights on 'changing the culture.'