Darlene Hillman

Office Manager

Darlene supports our teaching staff in many ways. You can find her answering your questions, accepting tuition payments and giving tours. She knows many things about the building and can help find anything! You can admire her handiwork at many of our special events!

What do you feel God is leading you to do while serving at Immanuel Lutheran Church?  I wish I had a clear and simple answer to that.  I have been involved in many things through the years, and always felt that this was indeed my church home and family.  I have been a part of so many things here that Immanuel, and the people here, are a part of who I am, and maybe therefore I am also a part of who and what Immanuel is to others.   It is my prayer that I might be used in a way that would benefit those around me as our Lord has blessed me by bringing me to this place for an outdoor worship with my toddler at my side and my baby daughter in my arms.  Like any family, it has had its ups and downs, but always, it is home.  I hope I can make it a welcome home to others who enter here looking for what I have been given through His grace and love.


  • Defiance High School, Defiance Ohio
  • Owens Technical College, Toledo Ohio


Originally from northwest Ohio,  I have lived in the Sycamore/DeKalb area since 1981, where my husband and I raised our three children, Shawn, Amber, & Joel.  The children all graduated from Sycamore High School, and have gone on to further their educations, marry, and expand our family with 6 grandchildren. We still travel back to Ohio to visit our extended family whenever possible.


I enjoy many outdoor activities, including gardening, biking, backpacking, hiking and camping.  I am also active in the local community theater group, Stage Coach Players. I also still volunteer extensively at church, having served on many boards and committees throughout the years.