Our Mission & Vision

The mission of Prophetstown United Methodist Church is to love God, to love others, and to magnify the name of Jesus Christ. The vision of our church is to glorify our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, to make true disciples throughout all the nations by means of missionary activity and support, to minister the ordinances, to edify believers, and to do all that is sovereignly possible and biblically permissible to magnify the name of Jesus.

Leadership Team:

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.



       Rev. Mark Meyers                              Rev. Wayne Wachholz

Prophetstown UMC Lead Pastor    Prophetstown UMC Asst. Pastor


Pastor Mark was born in Fenton, Illinois where his father was serving as pastor of Fenton United Methodist Church. His family moved to Rockford and then to Ottawa, Illinois where he graduated high school before moving to Mount Vernon, Iowa to attend Cornell College. Mark graduated Cornell with a double major in Psychology and Religion and a minor in Philosophy. He would come back to Ottawa and serve his home church, 1


UMC Ottawa as youth pastor before starting graduate school at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Mark graduated with his Masters of Divinity in 2008. He was ordained in 2011 and is an Elder in Full Connection in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church.

In 2006 Mark was appointed to serve Cornerstone UMC in Elgin as an associate while working with Grace UMC in Maple Park. Grace moved from a quarter-time to full-time appointment in 2008 and Mark served there for two additional years. Mark was then appointed to Roscoe UMC as an associate to work with the Hilltop Ministry Center Project. In 2011 Mark helped launch New Life UMC. In 2014 New Life UMC added Shirland UMC to its cooperative ministry and in 2015 they launched an on-site mission, the Paper Angel Closet.

Pastor Mark was married to Jennifer on May 15

th, 2010. Not long after their marriage they felt a call to become foster parents and have been working with three siblings; Alexander (6), Selena (5), and Anthony (3) since March 30th, 2012. All three children were adopted April 12th

, 2017. Their family has two cats, Max and Maddy, and one dog, Dawn. They enjoy their time together, games, movies, and going out to eat as well as day trips to places like the Brookfield Zoo.
Pastor Mark has focused his career around worship and the sacraments, preaching, and discipleship. He is devoted to mission, to loving God and others, and showing them the transforming power of Christ Jesus. He is equipped in several models of church organization and growth and has extensive training in stewardship and starting new ministries. Pastor Mark was appointed by the Northern Illinois Conference for the following missional reasons July 1st, 2017:
  1. Affinity for small rural town context with ability to relate well with people of all ages.
  2. Strength in preaching and worship leadership with both traditional and contemporary styles.
  3. Clear sense of call and passion for serving God and God’s people.
  4. Theologically sound and very connectional.

Pastor Mark looks forward to serving Prophetstown UMC and the Ptown community for many years to come.

What we believe:

Please download our full doctrinal statement.