Rev. Cerna Castro Rand




Rev. Rand is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. She was appointed to Prince of Peace United Methodist Church on July 1, 2011, after serving as an Associate Pastor of the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple, in Chicago, Illinois, for seven years. She also served as an Associate Pastor and Minister of Christian Education and Family Ministries at Grace United Methodist in Lake Bluff, Illinois, for more than seven years.

 Before she came to the United States in 1993 to study at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, she was commissioned as a Deaconess of the United Methodist Church in the Philippines and worked in the area of Christian Education.

Cerna earned her Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education from Harris Memorial College in the Philippines, a United Methodist Institution. She was the recipient of the Outstanding Christian Education Student Award at her graduation in 1989.

Pastor Cerna graduated twice from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary with Masters Degrees in Christian Education (1995) and Divinity (1998). While at the seminary she was the recipient of the Outstanding Christian Education Award.


“I thank and praise God for my appointment at Prince of Peace United Methodist Church in Elk Grove Village. My family and I are grateful for the opportunity to be serving here. It is my joy to work with the congregation to show God’s love locally and beyond. It is a great place to be! Every day I am challenged to serve the Lord and my neighbors with a renewed energy. It is my prayer that the congregation and I will continue to be the church that God wants us to be in the world. We continue to trust our Lord, Jesus Christ, who sends us to serve so that we can go forth to love God and others in words and in deeds. May the good Lord continue to bless us abundantly so that together we can transform God’s world.”


Matthew 22:34-40 New International Version (NIV)

“34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together.35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”


Pastor Cerna was born the 9thchild of 10 children in the Philippines and was raised in the Roman Catholic Church. She received her call to ministry when she was a senior in high school while attending a United Methodist Youth Fellowship at a United Methodist Church in San Carlos City in the Philippines.

She is loves life and enjoys reading, gardening, exercising, juggling and walking around the neighborhood. As one way of keeping active, Pastor Cerna started taking Taekwondo classes in 2018. She is a people oriented person who loves what she does while interacting and working with people of all ages and backgrounds.

Pastor Cerna married Mark Rand on June 3, 1995.  Mark was born in Rockford, Illinois. He grew up in Homewood, Illinois, and was educated at Purdue University, Indiana, and Northwestern University in Evanston earning his Doctoral degree in Physics in 1996. They are blessed with a wonderful son (James Wallace) and a beautiful dog (Oreo).

Pastor Cerna loves to explore different restaurants in Elk Grove to eat and meet people. Her pig out food is pizza.


  • Certified Grief Counselor through the State of Colorado University and the Center for Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Led several Volunteers in Mission (VIM) trips to the Philippines, South Dakota and Illinois.
  • Elected as a delegate from the North Central Jurisdiction to lead the youth and young adult delegation to attend the First Youth Global Convocation in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2007.
  • Served as the adult coordinator for the Youth Ministry in the Northern Illinois Conference for two years (July 2006 – July 2008).
  • Served as the adult co-coordinator for the Youth Ministry of the Chicago Southern District for three years (August 2008 – June 2011).
  • Served as a board member of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCOSROW) of the United Methodist Church for three years
  • (2009-2011) and served as the Vice-President of the board for a year in 2011.
  • Served as a board member at the Marcy-Newberry Association for over three years (2009 – 2012).
  • Served as the President of the Philippine-American College of Clergy in Chicago in 2009 – 2010).
  • Small group leader for the Vocational Formation and Church Leadership (VFCL) formerly known as the Field Education for the second year students at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary from August of 2008 to May of 2017.
  • Chairperson of the Committee on Nominations of the Northern Illinois Conference from February of 2012 to June of 2017.
  • President of the Philippine American College of Clergy in Illinois in 2013-2014 and 2016-2017.
  • Secretary of the National Association of the Filipino-American United Methodists (NAFAUM) from 2015 to 2017.


  • Interfaith Organization in Elk Grove Village from 2011 to present.
  • Cook’s Corner Cluster of United Methodist Clergy since 2011 to present.
  • E.O. Chapter JX of Arlington Heights since 2012.
  • Rotary Club of Elk Grove since 2012 to present.
  • Community Character of Coalition in Elk Grove Village since 2012.
  • Volunteers at Admiral Byrd Elementary School in Elk Grove Village supporting their Sunshine Club (Grief Program) from 2013 to present.


“I invite you to ‘come and see’ what we do at Prince of Peace.”


If you have any questions about Prince of Peace, please feel free to email her at: or call her at 847-439-0668.

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