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.
Interim Director of Music
Ruth is a native Oregonian who transplanted to Chicago in the summer of 2017. As a child of church musicians, she started making music in the Presbyterian Church at a very young age. More recently, Ruth served as Director of Choirs at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church in Portland, OR for four years before coming to TVPC. Ruth holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from Willamette University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Portland State University, both of which serve her well in her work as a music educator.
Ruth’s diverse career as a vocalist encompasses a little bit of everything including classical, opera, musical theater, jazz, and soul styles. She is also an active drummer and percussionist who enjoys performing all genres from rock to folk to funk. When Ruth isn’t working or performing, she enjoys traveling, baking, reading, hiking, and thrift store shopping.
Children and Family 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 be the Director of Children and Family Ministry. 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.
Director of Communication
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.