Church Staff

Rev. Ashley WhitakerRev. Ashley Whitaker, Senior Minister Email Pastor Ashley

Rev. Ashley Whitaker has served as the Senior Minister of Hyde Park Union Church since November 2016. She has previously served churches in Minnesota and Colorado and has served as an Associate Region Minister of the Mid-American Baptist Churches (ABC-USA) region. She was ordained to Christian ministry in June 2012 by Calvary Baptist Church of Denver. That same month, she graduated from the Iliff School of Theology with a Master of Divinity degree and certificates in Pastoral and Spiritual Care as well as Religion and Social Change. She loves watching football and hockey, plays the French Horn, and can speak Japanese.

Jade Maze, Director of Music Email Jade Maze
Jade Maze is an accomplished singer/songwriter known primarily for her jazz singing and compositions. In addition to her work at HPUC, Jade is a voice teacher and choral conductor at the Merit School of Music, as well as the head of Merit’s Renée Fleming Solo Voice Initiative-Jazz Focus. She is also affiliated with the teaching artist program at Ravinia and Rock for Kids, an organization dedicated to providing music education to under-served youth in Chicago. Her vocal and choral conducting repertoire span several genres from classical to gospel. Jade holds a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Northwestern University.

Elikem Fiase, Office Administrator Email The Church Office

Rev. Erma Croom, Director of Gilead Ministry Email Rev. Croom

Alvin Palmer, Building Supervisor