Summer Schedule: 
9:00 am Traditional  Chapel in the Pines (weather permitting)
10:30 am Contemporary   Sanctuary 

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Current or “ruling elders” at the Village Church are members chosen to lead alongside our pastors in governing, discipline and strengthening and nurturing the faith and life of the congregation. Eighteen ruling elders represent the congregation on the session and serve three-year terms, with six elders completing their terms each year and six new elders joining the board. An elder is a spiritually mature person of faith, dedication, and good judgment. Their manner of life demonstrates the Christian gospel, both within the church and the world.

Outreach Council

John Fraser
John Fraser
Awareness & Communications 

My wife Susan and I joined TVPC in 1995 and have been active ever since. I’ve had the great honor to serve as Deacon, Elder, Presbytery Commissioner, chair of the nominating committee, PNC, APNC and endowments funds council member. I have taught adult and children’s Sunday school, served on the spiritual growth committee, was a liturgy reader, pancake festival volunteer, chaired a mission/vision committee in 2011 and started a successful men’s spiritual study group in 2009.

As lifelong Presbyterians, Susan and I have raised our three children at TVPC. Lindsay, Robbie and Molly are all confirmed members of the church and have been active in youth events and ministry.

Fun Fact: Susan and I were married at The Village Church…of Prairie Village Kansas!

Diane Deiss
Diane Deiss
Awareness & Communications 

From the time I was in grammar school my passion was music and my deepest desire was to become a concert pianist. In my teens I came to realize that goal was unattainable and set my sights on becoming a psychologist. That almost happened — I became a first-grade teacher! Since then, my career has led to employment counseling, a home business in nutrition, and finally to art, where I have spent the last 30+ years in the gallery and art dealer business. Looking back, I not only see God’s direction but His sense of humor. His gift of music once led to a live auction on PBS-TV with my folk singing group, “The Second Stringers.” We were purchased for a mere $100.

Today, though never a concert pianist, I’m privileged to continue in music with the chancel hand bell choir, and I have the supreme blessing of serving our church as an Elder on the Outreach Council. I am joined at The Village Church by my husband Joe and daughter Ali Schroeder. My son Tom Schroeder and his family reside in Southborough, MA.

Karen Schlueter
Karen Schlueter
Follow-up

I’ve been a member of The Village Presbyterian Church since 1993, currently serving as an Elder with responsibilities in the Outreach area and the Missions committee. A native of Ohio, I attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio where I met my husband, Dusty. We have three grown daughters – Rose, Kirstin, and Keller.

Professionally, I have a background of customer service and administrative experience, having been the office manager for a commodities company, an executive search firm and a large plumbing company. While my children were growing up, I ran a successful home day-care business for thirteen years and I continue to foster my entrepreneurial side by running a small home-based business. Currently, I work for an executive consultancy helping with clients in transition and overseeing team buildings. Fun Fact: I’m an avid knitter.

Dick Mulhall
Dick Mulhall
Hospitality

Dick Mulhall and his wife, Anne, started attending The Village Presbyterian Church in 2001. Their two children, Johnny and Sarah, were both confirmed through the church’s youth and confirmation programs. Dick has served in church duties as an usher, a deacon and currently as an Elder on Session.

The Village Presbyterian Church is filled with the love of God, and Dick believes he is here to help spread the love of Christ to others.

Playing tennis, catch with a baseball or Frisbee and other sports can fill an afternoon in the park with family and friends. You might see him riding his bike around town of catching baseball and soccer games going on during a weekend afternoon.

Christian Community Council

Roger Smith
Roger Smith
Congregational Care, Clerk of Session

My wife, Diane, and I joined Village Presbyterian about 30 years ago. I have served as a Deacon and an Elder before this term. Recently, I have been active in Missions and Stephen Ministry in addition to serving on Session. Starting in 2003 I have been on mission trips to Berlin, Mexico, Haiti, and Mississippi. I am a frequent usher and take part in worship as a prayer leader and a scripture reader.

We have two daughters who grew up in the church and were married here. We chose to live in Northbrook because it was convenient to O’Hare and Chicago’s Loop where I have worked for my entire career. I am part of an actuarial software company and spend my time serving insurance companies.

During my years of worshiping, studying and serving at Village Presbyterian, I have personally experienced and witnessed others experience the life changing transformation that comes when we fully meet Jesus Christ.

Fun Fact. I participated in the sport of curling for about 25 years and during that time I competed in an Illinois state tournament which was a very preliminary play down for the Winter Olympics.

Lois Morris
Lois Morris
Membership 

I have been a member of the Village Church since 1992. My husband Geoff and I have four adult children and six grandchildren. My primary reason for joining the Village Church was its foundation of Biblically based teaching. I’ve taught Sunday school, led small groups, and served as a Deacon. In 1991, I began attending Bible Study Fellowship, and have continued for eleven years, including nine years volunteering in Leadership. During that time, the Holy Spirit revealed to me the grace and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Fun Fact: I enjoy cooking, entertaining, working out, and crafting.

Wayne Arntsen
Wayne Arntsen
Community Building 

My wife Susan and I were married here at The Village Church, where I have been a member since 1998. We live in Glenview, and I’m currently employed as a Corporate Purchasing Manager for a local fastener company.

Before my current role as an Elder, I’ve served as a Deacon, Stephen Minister, and PADS Volunteer. I have also been on a mission trip to Haiti, where God called me to help teach Sunday school. I currently help teach first and second grade at The Village Church. My commitment to Christ and The Village Church is best summed up by 1 Thessalonians 5:11. “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”

Fun Fact: During my spare time, I enjoy watching Old time westerns and college football, especially The Northwestern Wildcats.

 Joanne Kennedy
Joanne Kennedy
Ministry Development 

 My husband Mike and I are both native Chicagoans and reside in Glenview. I am a real estate/estate planning paralegal in a law firm in Oak Brook. I have two daughters, Lisa and Lindsey, two step children Beth and Patrick and two beautiful grandchildren, Greyson and Peyton who are the apple of their Grammie’s eye.

My husband Mike and I became members of The Village Church in 2011. We were searching for a church “home” and feel so blessed that God pointed the way to The Village Church. The first time we attended we felt so welcomed. We were quick to realize that The Village Church is not just a church you “go to” it is a family in Christ you belong to.

In addition to serving as an Elder, I am also a scripture reader, arrange for sanctuary greeters each Sunday and have participated in Bible Study Fellowship for the past few years.

Fun Fact: When I was in fifth grade my family went on vacation to Disneyland and I shook hands with Walt Disney. Since that time I have loved all things Disney.

Spiritual Growth Council

 Anne Scott
Anne Scott 
Children's Ministry

 My husband, Gordon, and I live in Northfield and have been members of the Village Church for 15 years. We have 4 children, Emma in college, and Margaret, Christian and Claire in high school. We have loved our time at the Village Church, especially our involvement with Deacons, Reframe, Sunday School and Bible Study. I look forward to serving the Village Church and seeing what God has planned for our congregation.

Fun fact: Each of my four children were born prematurely weighing a grand total of 9 lbs. and 6 oz for all of them!

Ellen Westel
Ellen Westel
Youth Ministry

Nick Nelson

Nick Nelson
Chair, Adult Ministry

I’m a retired professor of English, having taught for many years at a branch campus of Indiana University in Kokomo. I’ve published a book about poetry and continue to enjoy reading in a variety of fields. I also enjoy keeping active in golf, tennis, and pickle ball.

My wife Eveline (a French protestant) and I have been married for 51 years and have three adult children and eleven grandchildren. Our daughter Anne Scott, her husband Gordon, and their four children are also members at The Village Church. I’ve been a Presbyterian all my life and has come to appreciate the organization, historical significance, and articles of faith of the Presbyterian religion more and more over the years. I’ve been active at The Village Church as an elder (twice), in the choir, on the Endowment Committee, and in a small group.

Fun Fact: When my future wife and I first met, we had a “spirited discussion” (e.g., argument) over whether or not I should be in France to learn the language, having never studied it before. Not an auspicious beginning to our relationship, but somehow things worked out.

Ministry Support Council

David Nyren
David Nyren
Finance

I grew up in Northbrook and graduated from Glenbrook North High School in 1982. My family has been members of The Village Church since moving to Northbrook in 1969. Throughout my youth I attended The Village Church, including my confirmation. Since returning to Northbrook in 1991, my wife Carolyn and I have been active members, including being members of both the Deacon board and the Session. I am currently the chair of the Finance Committee as a member of Session.

In 1986, I graduated from The University of Michigan and received my MBA from Northwestern University in 1995. From 1986-1995, I worked for The Prudential Insurance Company of America.  In 1995, I also began my investment career with William Blair & Company, in Chicago. In March 2002, along with two others, I founded an investment marketing firm, AMD Capital.

My wife Carolyn and I have 3 children, David, Jr., Sam, and Hannah, all of whom have been confirmed at The Village Church. My interests include traveling, participating in and being a fan of various sports and being active within my family’s lives.

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 Storm Metzger
Personnel 

 

 Barb Gerleman
Barb Gerleman 
Property

 The Village Presbyterian Church has been my church home for many years, and I have been privileged to serve in many capacities. Two current favorites are working with Good News Partners and teaching our PreK/K Sunday School class.
I graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, taught school in Lincolnwood, and then became a designer for Karlson Kitchens and Baths which was located in Evanston. My two sons grew up in our church, attended Sunday School, Confirmation class, Sr. High and Bell Choir.
I have met many lovely, caring, and encouraging fellow Christians here. I am looking forward to serving on Session again and doing my part to move our church forward as we witness in our community through God's guidance.

Fun Fact: 
On a beautiful afternoon you might see me kayaking around the Skokie Lagoons where I can be close to nature. I love to spot deer, blue herons, turtles, dragonflies and fish when they flip out of the water.

Mission Council

Gerri Kirby

Gerri Kirby
Chair

I have been married to my husband, Rob, for 28 years and we have 3 grown sons — one that works the sound for our contemporary service.

I have been worshipping at the Village Church for 25 years and have served as a Deacon and Stephen Minister, as well as volunteering in the children's kingdom, helping with Vacation bible school, and creating banners for our contemporary service.

I have been on two mission trips to Egypt which transformed my life. Seeing what God was doing in the most difficult of circumstances changed me and my prayer life. Currently, I am an Elder on Session and the Chair of the Mission Council. Every day I try to love God with a little bit more of my heart, mind, body and soul.

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 Alfred Lazar
Missions 

The highest honor for me is the opportunity to serve my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and use the gifts given to me by the Holy Spirit to humbly serve his Church and Kingdom.
I am very grateful to God for directing me and my family to be part of the family of God. Since I transferred my membership to the Village Church, I will gladly serve in any capacity my Lord calls me to serve his Church.


My family joined the Village Church in 2007, mainly because the leadership emphasized spiritual growth as a priority, and I’m glad to see that this emphasis is being reiterated in the current Mission Study.

Worship Council

 Randi Handzel
Randi Handzel  
Chair

Randi is a member of the Praise Singers, the Mission Study Team, and the Lift bible study. She has served on the Long Range Planning Committee, the Worship Visioning Committee, the Deacon Board, and the Service Guild. She has also been active in children's choir and bell choir.

She has been married to Mark for 27 years and has two daughters Kate (23) and Allie (21). Her greatest joy is traveling with Mark now that both of the girls are out of college. They vacation at a family cabin in Canada where she proudly caught a 37" northern pike this summer. Randi is committed to following Christ, and prays every day for the work he is doing in and through Village Church.

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