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Upcoming Events
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FRI
AA Meeting
7:00 AM to 8:00 AM
Dining Room - use Elevator Entrance
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21

SAT
AA Meeting
7:00 AM to 8:00 AM
Dining Room - use Elevator Entrance
Staff
Co Pastors

Revs. Bob and Jean Wollenberg

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Bob and Jean Wollenberg have both been ordained Presbyterian pastors for over 25 years.  They are originally from New York, Jean from Long Island nad Bob from Buffalo.  they are graduates of McCormick Theological Seminary.  Their entire ordained ministry has been spent serving churches in the Midwest.  While at a church in St. Joseph, Missouri, they shared a single pastoral position for 10 years.  Although this kind of co-pastoring was still somewhat unique at the time, it has since become much more common among churches.  During the last 11 years, they were called to diferent ministeries: Bob, as the pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Washington, Iowa; and Jean, as the executive director of the Washington County Hospice.  Now they sense that God is once again calling them to share a single pastoral position as a clergy couple.

Both Bob and Jean love spending time with people of all ages.  They have spent many years working with children and youth in Vacation Bible Schools and mission trips, as well as time spent listening to the stories that inhabit the life of each congregation.  They find that their individual ministry gifts find their place in the work of the church when they bring them together.  Bob and Jean also have a passion fo rmusic, especially traditional Celtic music, which they perform together whenever they get a chance.


Parish Associate

Bill Keagle

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The Rev. Dr. William R. Keagle was ordained as a Presbyterian minister by the Presbytery of Chicago and served as a pastor for 35 years.  He received clinical training in counseling at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, and earned  a Ph. D. in History at the University of Illinois.  He also taught History and Religion at Millikin University. His wife Barbara is serving as director of handbells at First Pres and also fills in as organist when needed.


Lay Ministry Coordinator

Cathy Force

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Cathy Force has been the Lay Ministry Coordinator since August 2008. She is the staff liaison for Evangelism & Membership, Adult Ministry (Adult Education classes and small groups) and Board of  Deacons. Cathy, a retired Decatur Public Schools educator, taught K-6th grades for 33 years with the last 20 years in Kindergarten. Cathy has a B.A. from Millikin and M. of El.Ed from  U of I.  A member of First Presbyterian Church since 1960, Cathy wants visitors and new members to consider this church their ‘home’ and nurture their faith by using their strengths and talents.


Parish Nurse

Phyllis McPherron

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 Phyllis has been the parish nurse since 2008. She worked as a nurse practitioner in a busy family practice for 18 years. Before that, she held a variety of nursing positions, including community health nursing. She also taught at Millikin University in the nursing program for 2 years. She graduated from Plattsburgh State University in New York and obtained her masters/nurse practitioner degree from University of Illinois, Chicago. She attended the International Parish Nurse Conference in 2009.  Phyllis works through CHIC to provide a clinic at Oasis once a week. At Church she has a stong focus on health education.


Music Director

Claire Taylor

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Claire Taylor holds a Master of Music from the University of Illinois as well as undergraduate degrees in Music and Biology from Butler University.  She is the adjunct professor of bassoon at Millikin University and owner of Claire Taylor Woodwind Repair, an instrument repair service.  Active as a bassoonist, saxophonist, and woodwind doubler, Claire is a member of the Millikin-Decatur and Champaign Urbana Symphony Orchestras, the Garni Woodwind Trio, and performs with numerous other groups in Central Illinois, including the Illinois Symphony, the Sugar Creek Symphony of Symphony and Song, the Decatur Municipal Band, the Decatur Big Band, and Little Theater on the Square.

After traveling the American West as a biologist for the Bureau of Land Management and the Mediterranean and Caribbean as a saxophonist for Celebrity Cruises, Claire returned to her hometown of Decatur and now uses her varied musical experience to serve as Music Director.


Contemporary Worship Director / Media Technician

Andy Rauff

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Andy Rauff is a Decatur native and 2010 graduate of Butler University with a B.S. in Software Engineering. Switching gears after graduation, he now makes his living in a variety of musical pursuits. Andy plays piano at Von Maur and is the music director and organist at St. Peter AME Church. He is also an accompanist at Millikin University, playing piano and percussion for groups including the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, the Latin Jazz Project, Blu Bop (a vocal jazz ensemble), and various classes and student recitals, juries, and lessons. Andy has been a member of First Presbyterian for 14 years and is very excited to be the new Contemporary Worship Director and Media Technician!


Director of Handbells

Barbara Keagle

Barbara has rung handbells and directed handbell choirs for 25 years. A member of Handbell Musicians of America, formerly the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, she studied handbells  with Dr. Paul Rosene at ISU and Donald Allured, and received her B. Mus. Ed. from Wheaton college and  M. Elem. Ed. and Music from the University of Illinois. A retired public school teacher, she was a church organist and choir director for many years.


Pianist- Organist

Chung -Ha Kim

Born and raised in Germany, Chung-Ha began piano studies at the age of 6. She continued piano studies in the pre-college division of the Robert-Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf.  After graduating from the Kardinal-von-Galen Gymnasium in Münster-Hiltrup, Chung-Ha Kim moved to the United States where she received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York, her Master of Music and her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Dr. Kim teaches Preparatory Piano, Piano Pedagogy, and Class Piano at Millikin University.

Dr. Chung-Ha Kim currently teaches piano at Millikin University, works as a part-time organist at First Presbyterian Church, and serves as substitute organist at First Congregational Church of Christ.


Administrative Assistant

Christl Smalley

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Christl joined the First Presbyterian staff in June 2011.  She has 30 years of office experience.  Most of the time Christl will be the first one you see when you drop by during the week.  Most likely, she will also be the friendly voice you hear when you call the church office.


Financial Assistant

Ann Elder

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Ann is from Davenport, Iowa, and graduated as a Hawkeye from the University of Iowa with a B.S. degree and a degree in Dental Hygiene. She spent part of her career in hygiene, part serving in Junior Welfare and working for her husband, and the remainder raising her twin sons before working at the church. She still does her husband's accounting and taxes. Her sons graduated from Millikin University, served in the U.S. Army in counterintelligence and have moved ahead with their careers. Ann and her husband Mike enjoy their time with their six grandchildren. 

Ann came to First Pres in 1992, only to be here for a short duration while taking classes toward a master's degree; but she is still here because she enjoys the congregation and the staff!


Facilities Assistant

Steve Taylor

Steve joined the First Pres Staff April 2017.  He has 20 years experience in maintenance.  

 

 


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