Staff: Peter Hough is a native of Kansas City, MO, who met his wife, Stephanie, at Truman State University. He received his MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. After eight years in the Los Angeles area, the Houghs moved to Alton, IL, in the summer of 2010 so that Peter could serve as Associate Pastor at Emmanuel Free Methodist Church. The Alton Mission was launched by Emmanuel in 2011 and Peter was commissioned to lead it.

Peter sees his primary calling as keeping people attentive to what God is doing. This calling expresses itself in contemplation, writing, and preaching; in developing leaders; and in leading the Alton Mission to connect with God in worship and mission.

Board of Administration: The Alton Mission’s Board reflects our basic structure as a network of Restore Communities (or missional communities or house churches…). So our Board consists of our Restore Community leaders plus at least one other member who serves as our Delegate to keep us connected to the wider Free Methodist family.

Deacons: Our Deacons are leaders who have been intentionally developed and consecrated by the community to lead in a variety of ways within the church, including leading Restore Communities, music, children, service, etc. Raising up and releasing leaders is one of the Alton Mission’s primary tasks.

Preachers: The gospel and the Scriptures have been entrusted to the church. While some are called to a unique ministry of word and table (preaching and administering the sacraments), preaching the gospel is the task of all Christian community. Therefore, preaching in Alton Mission worship gatherings is handled by a team of people who are gifted for this task and who discern together what God is saying to our church.

Interns: The Alton Mission is committed to raising up leaders and welcomes the opportunity to walk alongside interns who are discerning God’s call. If you are interested in an internship with us, please let us know.