Bunyan and Rachel Cocar moved to Dixon in 2004 as Pastor Rachel accepted the position of interim pastor. After a year of getting to know the people and community, the Cocars were called to become full time Co-Pastors. They have served in that capacity since July 2005. Both Pastors Rachel and Bunyan come from a family of pastors, where their fathers and grandfathers were also pastors.
Rachel received her M.Div from Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC, while Bunyan received his degree from Northern Seminary. While on sabbatical in 2011 Pastor Bunyan received an Engle Preaching Fellowship at Princeton Seminary. Both pastors have a passion for preaching and teaching God’s word.
Bunyan and Rachel enjoy living in Dixon and getting involved in the community. Rachel teaches music at St. Anne’s along with her duties at the church; while Bunyan has coached volleyball at nearby Amboy High School. Their lives are kept busy by their two boys James and John, who are a bundles of energy.
God has blessed the church and the pastors in this relationship, and we look forward to many more years of faithful service.