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Staff Members

Ashby Patterson

Administrative Director

Ashby is originally from Peoria. She lived in the Chicago suburb of Cary, IL for 10 years, then she moved back to Peoria after high school in 1998. She still has close family and friends in the suburbs. During her time there she was very involved as a student and volunteer at Willow Creek Community Church.

She met her husband Joe here in Peoria, they were married in 2003. They have a busy home with 3 children, Emma and Riley who are 8.5 years apart and Andrew is a short 17 months behind Riley.

Joe and Ashby were part of the original small group that started Imago Dei, Ashby joined the Imago staff the summer of 2012. She likes the unpredictability of a 'typical' day at Imago. At Imago she feels like she’s part of something big and important that has greatly impacted her and her family.

Ashby loves to hear people's stories, both the highs and the lows of their journey. She loves to laugh, and loves spending time with her family and friends. When she was young she loved playing ice hockey. She still loves to skate laps at the rink when she's able, even after 30+ years of sporatic skating, it's still the most life-giving thing to her.


Christina Hite

Executive Pastor & Community Outreach Director

Christina grew up in the small town of Clinton, where she spent her time playing softball, performing in school plays, and watching Disney movies with her two younger sisters. She attended Millikin University in Decatur where she studied Human Services and met her husband, Dustin. They became foster parents to two precious girls in 2015, and they are now a forever family.

While attending graduate school in Tulsa, OK, Christina helped start a small ministry in her apartment complex by building relationships with the children and families that lived nearby. It was during that time that she developed a love for serving and connecting with people from all walks of life, and she continues to use that passion today as she leads the Breakfast Club and Neighborhood teams at Imago.

Christina loves working closely with volunteers, organizing events, and listening to people’s stories. She has a passion for the foster care community, and continues to look for ways to support those children, families, and professionals. When she’s not planning and dreaming about outreach, Christina enjoys playing games with family, hosting parties, drinking coffee, and making DIY projects inspired by Pinterest.


Dustin Hite

Associate Pastor

Dustin grew up in Macon, IL, a tiny farming town outside Decatur. He doesn’t remember much from school growing up, but has a lot of fond memories of playing Nintendo with his cousins, lighting fireworks, and climbing trees in his backyard.

While attending undergrad at Millikin University, Dustin met his wife, Christina. In 2003, Dustin sensed a call to pastoral ministry and decided to transfer schools & move to Tulsa, OK where he eventually got a Masters in Divinity at ORU. Dustin and Christina have been happily married since 2007 and have two beautiful little girls.

Since joining our staff in July 2013 as the Associate Pastor, Dustin has enjoyed helping new people connect with our body, leading the Ministry Team, offering spiritual direction to fellow pilgrims, and filling in to teach weekend messages and adult classes.

When he’s not building relationships with people over coffee or meals, Dustin can be found taking in a show or two on Netflix with Christina, hanging out with close friends, and searching for the perfect piece of dark chocolate.

Here's a link to Dustin's Facebook page.