Rev. Dr. Rich Hansen
Interim Senior Pastor
Rich has been a Presbyterian pastor for 36 years. For 21 years, he served as Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Visalia, CA, which became a great adventure in missional thinking and outreach to unchurched people. He attended Iowa State University and has earned three theology degrees from Bethel, Princeton and Fuller seminaries. From 2010-2014, Rich was a missionary professor teaching theology at the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Loving Ethiopia and its people continues to shape his life.
Rich and his wife Marilyn have been married 42 years and have three grown children. You will find them hiking and biking together in the forest preserves or near water whenever possible! In 2016 Rich published his first book, Paradox Lost: Rediscovering the Mystery of God and writes a weekly blog at rich-hansen.com.
Rev. Greg Buell
Greg Buell has been the Associate Pastor at Village Church since 2004. He received a Bachelor’s in Music from Northwestern University and a Master's in Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Prior to his ordination and coming to Northbrook in 2004, Greg served on the worship staff at First Presbyterian Church of Evanston for over 10 years.
Greg is married to Kacky and they have two children, Allie and John. Greg has a passion for others to know the Lord and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit and the God's Word, and he looks to the day when people from every nation, tribe and tongue join together in one united, heavenly praise service that will never end!
Dr. Chuck Guth
Minister of Discipleship
Chuck Guth, has been our Minister of Spiritual Growth since 1997 and loves seeing people growing in their faith in Jesus Christ. Chuck came to Village Church with a background in both church ministry and as a former seminary professor of New Testament and Theology. Chuck recieved a Ph.D. in Systematic and Historical Theology from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland (his specialization is in the theology of the late first and early second century church fathers).
His wife, Cheryl, is his best friend; their daughter, Hilary, is on staff at Regent College, a seminary in Vancouver, Canada, and their son, CJ, is in his third year of M.Div. study at Princeton Theological Seminary. One of Chuck’s passions is remote wilderness canoe camping; he fosters that by trying to go kayaking at least once a week.
Dr. Donald Chen
Director of Music
Donald joined TVPC music staff as conductor of Village Church Choir in 1996 while also serving on the faculty of Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and as conductor of the North Shore Choral Society.
“A simple faith in God cultivated from having grown up in a Presbyterian minister’s household in Taiwan and deep influences received from Canadian Presbyterian missionaries during my formative years have guided my life and work including my years here at TVPC.”
Donald and Debbie, now empty-nesters, live in Mount Prospect and enjoy visiting their children who live and work in the San Francisco Bay area. When not “doing” music, he takes long walks, grows orchids, cooks AND washes dishes.
Children's Music Director and Interim Children's Minister
Phone 847-507-0243/ email
Nancy has been the Children’s Music Director since 1997. She feels blessed to work with two of her loves which are music and children, and even more blessed to help teach children about the love of Jesus Christ. Nancy lives in Northbrook with her husband and three sons. She graduated from Northwestern University with a BM in music and an MA in learning disabilities. After finishing her masters, she spent 7 years teaching children with learning disabilities.
Currently, Nancy is thrilled to also be the Interim Children's Minister. Spending more time growing in her own faith and knowledge of our Lord as she teaches children is a blessing. She is enjoying planning lessons and activities for the Sunday school children.
Nancy enjoys her small group women’s Bible study, singing with the Praise Singers, attending her sons’ sporting events and concerts, and family vacations.
John Hopkins has many years of experience both as a manager and also as a church musician. He currently manages the TVPC office during the week and is organist and music director at two other churches on the weekends. When not in church, John loves camping and canoeing with his wife, three children, and five grandchildren.
Born and raised in Central Illinois (not downstate), Kim came north to Wheaton College for an undergraduate degree in Economics. After her two boys were born, she transitioned from banking into part-time bookkeeping. A long-term photography habit became a freelance stock and assignment photography business that she ran until returning to school in 2010 to earn Masters Degrees in Systematic Theology and Christian Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Books are like crack to Kim, and she loves to travel, cook, do Sudoku puzzles and learn Spanish.