The First UPC of McHenry was greatly blessed to have had Rev. & Mrs. Nolan J. Hilderbrand as our Pastor for over thirty years. During that time the church experienced growth in spirit and in number. Brother and Sister Hilderbrand led with great dedication, laying a foundation of Biblical truth as well as cultivating the church itself into an asset to the community. A new addition was built in 1987 doubling the size of the facility. A transformation from a simple cinder-block building to a beautiful and inviting place of worship was accomplished through their guidance and the efforts of many. God blessed mightily and in many ways during the years of their anointed leadership.
Brother and Sister Hilderbrand both were born into Pentecostal homes and attended Apostolic Pentecostal Churches for over 70 years.
Brother Hilderbrand was born in Kansas City, Mo. where his uncle "Alva Kooken" pastored a Pentecostal Church in the 1930's. It was there that Brother Hilderbrand first received the Holy Ghost as a child.
He then attended the Morgan Park Assembly Church of Chicago, IL. pastored by Herbert C. Moore, a Pentecostal Assembly of the World Preacher (PAW) in his pre-teen years.
He was baptized in June of 1945 by his pastor Herbert C. Moore.
After the merger of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Jesus Christ (PAJC) and the Pentecostal Church Incorporated (PCI) that occurred in 1945, Brother Hilderbrand's father, William M. Hilderbrand established the First United Pentecostal Church of Chicago where he pastored until his death in 1957.
Brother Hilderbrand received his ministerial license while attending the United Pentecostal Church of Brookfield, IL. pastored by the late Eugene C. Erwin.
In December of 1977, Brother Hilderbrand was elected as pastor of The First United Pentecostal Church of McHenry, IL. where he has ministered for 30 years.
Sister Hilderbrand was baptized during a revival service in Chicago in 1946 and received the Holy Ghost at Christ Temple in Oakland, IL. the same year.
Brother and Sister Hilderbrand were married for 54 years.
Have 3 children: Becky Buckland, Missionary to Prague, Czech RepublicMel Hilderbrand, CEO of S-TEC Corp., Alisa Viejo, California Mark Hilderbrand, Pastor, McHenry, IL
6 Grandchildren and 9 Great-Grandchildren