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Pastor Huhulin and Family

Hi, I am Pastor Dave Hohulin.  I spent my childhood years as a missionary kid in the jungles of the Philippine Islands, you know, swinging on vines, swimming rivers, hiking jungle trails and eating many strange and tasty foods (dragonflies not so much).  My parents were with Wycliffe Bible Translators and over the course of 50 years they translated the bible into two different languages.  Watching my parents minister to this people group and seeing the power of the Word of God to change hearts and lives gave me a passion for the scriptures that is with me to this day.  Returning to the United States for my senior year of high school in 1974, I graduated and went on to graduate from Moody Bible Institute in 1980.  Shortly after that I met this lovely red head named Renee and quickly determined that the single life was not for me and in 1982, that lovely lady became my lovely wife.  I had warned her that I was a tropics kid, so a week after we were married we moved to Texas where we spent the next 20 years.  In Austin, our family expanded from two to five with Josh (1988) Rachel (1990) and Gabby (1994).

In Austin, I concentrated on a career in management while Renee was a full time wife and mom which made me tired just watching.  Three active little ones and then me (I am like three all by myself) kept Renee really busy, but we also managed to be involved in ministry with teaching high school and adult Sunday schools, bible studies in our house or on campus, leading high school youth groups, Awana, and preaching the English service of a Taiwanese church.

In 2002 Renee’s dad started showing of signs of Alzheimer’s and her mom asked us to move home to Illinois to help care for him.  We moved back to Fisher Illinois and helped care for her dad until he passed away 18 months later.  During that time I was asked to be a part time youth pastor for Gibson City Bible Church and then a year later invited to come aboard full time.  After spending eight years trying to keep up with high school youth, Renee and I felt the Lord leading us to adult ministry and in August of 2013 I accepted the role of senior pastor at the Upper Room Bible Church.  We found the people to be friendly and enthusiastic and feel blessed to be a part of serving the Lord in the Paxton area.