August 2017  
Upcoming Events




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

Revs. Bob and Jean Wollenberg

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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

Doug Nicholson

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Through the week, Doug does fun things like playing in the First Pres. String Band, rehearsing the Sanctuary Choir, and planning for worship. He also sings and plays keyboards in area groups, and is a member of Decatur's "Opus 24" under the direction of Milt Scott.But on Sunday mornings, Doug enjoys playing in the Praise band for the 9:15 service and directing the Sanctuary Choir at the 10:30 service.
After coming to First Presbyterian for only a year, Doug became the Director of Music in January, 2005. Doug learned his love for church music during high school while attending First Methodist in Olney, IL. He went on to study Vocal and Instrumental Music Education as well as
Composition and Theory at Eastern Illinois University. He studied piano with Dr. Catherine Smith at EIU and sang in the concert Choir with
Robert Fountain at The University of Wisconsin, Madison.

For information about Sanctuary Choir, Praise Band or String Band contact Doug via email at


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 now are moving ahead with new careers. Ann and her husband Mike enjoy their beautiful granddaughter Raegen Ann. 

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!

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