First Church leadership is a partnership between appointed clergy, paid staff, and church members engaged in volunteer ministries. Together these leaders plan, guide, and carry out the work of the congregation.
2021-24 Strategic Plan
On August 29, 2021, the First Church membership approved a new strategic plan to guide our ministries over the next few years. The Church Council leads strategic planning and assessment for the congregation.
2023-24 Leadership Team
Many church members serve as leaders of and representatives to ministry committees and programs.
Rev. Grace Imathiu, Senior Pastor firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Britt Cox, Executive Pastor email@example.com
Sydney Harkrider, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries firstname.lastname@example.org
Colin McDonald, Director of Children’s Ministry email@example.com
Dr. Brian Schoettler, Minister of Music & Organist firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Taylor-Johnson, Director of Communications & Membership Engagement email@example.com
Cody Bradley, Music Assistant
Omando Bastian, Worship in the Park Intern firstname.lastname@example.org
Lambert Habonimana, Summer Ministry Intern email@example.com
Krys Juleen, Program Assistant for Children’s & Youth Ministry firstname.lastname@example.org
Administrative and Building Staff
Ariel Alonso, Assistant to the Senior Pastor email@example.com
Liesl Hoeldtke, Office Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerry Love, Director of Audio/Visual Technology email@example.com
Athina Sato, Accountant firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee Peakes, Weekend Custodian
Mike Schmidt, Weekday Custodian
Feel free to contact staff at the email address listed or call the church office at 847-864-6181 and leave a message.
Opportunities to Connect
Check out the many opportunities to serve and to participate in fellowship or interest groups.