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Current or “ruling elders” at the Village Church are members chosen to lead alongside our pastors in governing, discipline and strengthening and nurturing the faith and life of the congregation. Eighteen ruling elders represent the congregation on the session and serve three-year terms, with six elders completing their terms each year and six new elders joining the board. An elder is a spiritually mature person of faith, dedication, and good judgment. Their manner of life demonstrates the Christian gospel, both within the church and the world.

Outreach Council

John Fraser
John Fraser
Awareness & Communications 

My wife Susan and I joined the Village Church in 1995 and have been active ever since. I’ve had the great honor to serve as Deacon, Elder, Presbytery Commissioner, chair of the nominating committee, PNC, APNC and endowments funds council member. I have taught adult and children’s Sunday school, served on the spiritual growth committee, was a liturgy reader, pancake festival volunteer, chaired a mission/vision committee in 2011 and started a successful men’s spiritual study group in 2009.

As lifelong Presbyterians, Susan and I have raised our three children at TVPC. Lindsay, Robbie and Molly are all confirmed members of the church and have been active in youth events and ministry.

Fun Fact: Susan and I were married at The Village Church…of Prairie Village Kansas!

 Emily Taylor
Emily Taylor
Outreach/Communications 

I was born and raised in Northbrook and have been a life-long member of The Village Presbyterian Church. I graduated from Glenbrook North and went to the University of Kentucky for my degree. Before becoming an Elder I was, and still continue to be, active with the Children’s Ministry Council, Sunday school, and Vacation Bible School. In my current role as Communications Elder serving on the Outreach Council, I will be using some of the skills I have acquired over the years.

My husband, Tim, and I live in Northbrook. We have two daughters, Sami & KK, who are active in Sunday school, children’s choir, children’s bells and the puppet troop. I am blessed that my children are learning about God’s grace and glory at the same church where I started my relationship with Jesus.

Fun Fact: I was baptized, confirmed and married at The Village Church.

Dick Mulhall
Dick Mulhall
Hospitality

Dick Mulhall and his wife, Anne, started attending The Village Presbyterian Church in 2001. Their two children, Johnny and Sarah, were both confirmed through the church’s youth and confirmation programs. Dick has served in church duties as an usher, a deacon and currently as an Elder on Session.

The Village Presbyterian Church is filled with the love of God, and Dick believes he is here to help spread the love of Christ to others.

Playing tennis, catch with a baseball or Frisbee and other sports can fill an afternoon in the park with family and friends. You might see him riding his bike around town of catching baseball and soccer games going on during a weekend afternoon.

Congregational Life

   
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Paul Yost
Ministry Development  

My family and I have lived in Northbrook for over twenty years and worshiped at the Village Church for more than five years. We enjoy the engaging and service-minded people and worship. We love that the church is expanding its small groups and the deeper relationships that we are forming. 

My wife Judy and I are active in the Missions programs.  We traveled to Haiti in late 2017 and are working to affect the lives of a community of people still displaced by the 2010 earthquake. We look forward to building new relationships in Northbrook as we connect people to these tangible needs.

Wayne Arntsen
Wayne Arntsen
Community Building 

My wife Susan and I were married here at The Village Church, where I have been a member since 1998. We live in Glenview, and I’m currently employed as a Corporate Purchasing Manager for a local fastener company.

Before my role as an Elder, I've served as a Deacon, Stephen Minister, PADS volunteer and went on a mission trip to Haiti. I currently help teach the elementary Sunday school at the Village Church and chair the Men's Ministry. My commitment to Christ and The Village Church is best summed up by 1 Thessalonians 5:11. “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”

Fun Fact: During my spare time, I enjoy watching old-time westerns and college football, especially the Northwestern Wildcats.

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Ted Collison 
Chair, Church Nominating Committee
Congregational Care 

 I have been a member of the Village Church for many years, and my family has been involved for more than sixty-seven years. My mother and father joined the church in 1951. She served as a Deacon for several terms, and Dad often ushered. I have served as a Deacon and been co-moderator of the Deacon Board twice. It was rewarding and a great way to meet other members. I have served on various committees and been involved in several events serving the church. I am excited about the changes occurring in the church and the focus on mission.

 I have been a life-long member of Northbrook and involved in many opportunities offered by the Village of Northbrook and the Park District.

My wife and I have two children; one lives in Northbrook and has three children. Jack and Sophie are in the children’s choir and have attended Vacation Bible School. The youngest, Charlie, looks forward to trying out for the children’s choir his siblings belong to. My son lives in Green Bay with his wife and three children, and we try to visit them often.

Golf, boating, family time, bike rides, and walks with our dog, Maggie, seem to make the days too short.

Fun Fact: I was confirmed at the Village Church over 50 years ago. 

Discipleship Council

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Anne Scott 
Children's Ministry

 My husband, Gordon, and I live in Northfield and have been members of the Village Church for 15 years. We have 4 children, Emma in college, and Margaret, Christian and Claire in high school. We have loved our time at the Village Church, especially our involvement with Deacons, Reframe, Sunday School and Bible Study. I look forward to serving the Village Church and seeing what God has planned for our congregation.

Fun fact: Each of my four children were born prematurely weighing a grand total of 9 lbs. and 6 oz for all of them!

Ellen Westel
Ellen Westel
Youth Ministry

Nick Nelson

Nick Nelson
Adults/Small Groups 

I’m a retired professor of English, having taught for many years at a branch campus of Indiana University in Kokomo. I’ve published a book about poetry and continue to enjoy reading in a variety of fields. I also enjoy keeping active in golf, tennis, and pickle ball.

My wife Eveline (a French protestant) and I have been married for 51 years and have three adult children and eleven grandchildren. Our daughter Anne Scott, her husband Gordon, and their four children are also members at The Village Church. I’ve been a Presbyterian all my life and has come to appreciate the organization, historical significance, and articles of faith of the Presbyterian religion more and more over the years. I’ve been active at The Village Church as an elder (twice), in the choir, on the Endowment Committee, and in a small group.

Fun Fact: When my future wife and I first met, we had a “spirited discussion” (e.g., argument) over whether or not I should be in France to learn the language, having never studied it before. Not an auspicious beginning to our relationship, but somehow things worked out.

Ministry Support Council

Roger Smith
Roger Smith
Finance, Clerk of Session

My wife, Diane, and I joined Village Presbyterian about 30 years ago. I have served as a Deacon and an Elder before this term. Recently, I have been active in Missions and Stephen Ministry in addition to serving on Session. Starting in 2003 I have been on mission trips to Berlin, Mexico, Haiti, and Mississippi. I am a frequent usher and take part in worship as a prayer leader and a scripture reader.

We have two daughters who grew up in the church and were married here. We chose to live in Northbrook because it was convenient to O’Hare and Chicago’s Loop where I have worked for my entire career. I am part of an actuarial software company and spend my time serving insurance companies.

During my years of worshiping, studying and serving at Village Presbyterian, I have personally experienced and witnessed others experience the life changing transformation that comes when we fully meet Jesus Christ.

Fun Fact. I participated in the sport of curling for about 25 years and during that time I competed in an Illinois state tournament which was a preliminary play down for the Winter Olympics.

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Jeff Myers
Finance 
My wife, Elise, and I joined the Village Church in 2009 when we moved to the North Shore from Chicago. Since then we have been blessed with three wonderful children who have all been baptized at the Village Church. In the past eight years, I have served as a Deacon and an Elder and also as part of our extensive Mission Study Team that provided the framework for our new missional focus at the Village Church.  My family and I enjoy the community at the church, and we believe it is providing a tremendous foundation for our three children to grow in their own faith.
Fun Fact: Elise and I met at the University of Richmond where we both played division I basketball.
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 Storm Metzger
Personnel 

Jan and I were in the same class at New Trier High School and married after college graduation. We joined the Village Church in 1966 after moving back to this area from Sacramento, California where I was stationed at McClellan, Air Force Base.  Our children, Joan and Jim, grew up in the church and are members. Our daughter, Joan, is serving as a Deacon. All five grandchildren are also members.

Both Jan and I have served as Elders and Deacons as well as taught Sunday School and participated in many church programs and activities over the years.  The Church has meant so much to our family in so many ways. It is exciting to serve again as an Elder and to help in working through the shifts taking place in moving from an attractional to a missional church and from members to disciples.

Fun Fact: Until 4th Grade, I attended Farm School where besides reading, writing and arithmetic, we sheared sheep, gathered eggs, plucked chickens for cooking and did other farm duties. The school was on the site where Allstate Insurance is now located. 

 

 Barb Gerleman
Barb Gerleman 
Property

 The Village Presbyterian Church has been my church home for many years, and I have been privileged to serve in many capacities. Two current favorites are working with Good News Partners and teaching our PreK/K Sunday School class.
I graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, taught school in Lincolnwood, and then became a designer for Karlson Kitchens and Baths which was located in Evanston. My two sons grew up in our church, attended Sunday School, Confirmation class, Sr. High and Bell Choir.
I have met many lovely, caring, and encouraging fellow Christians here. I am looking forward to serving on Session again and doing my part to move our church forward as we witness in our community through God's guidance.

Fun Fact: 
On a beautiful afternoon you might see me kayaking around the Skokie Lagoons where I can be close to nature. I love to spot deer, blue herons, turtles, dragonflies and fish when they flip out of the water.

Mission Council

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Janet Thurber
Missions

 I was born and raised Presbyterian in a small agricultural community near Champaign, Illinois. I was baptized, confirmed, received my first communion and was married in the First Presbyterian Church of Monticello. I attended and graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa where I met my husband, Craig. We have two grown children, Megan and Brian, and a two-year-old grandson, Ian – a true joy in our lives.

Craig and I moved to Northbrook and joined the Village Presbyterian Church in 1981. Over the past thirty-five years I have served as a Vacation Bible School teacher, Sunday School teacher and superintendent; been a member of the Junior High Parent Advisory Council and the Stewardship Campaign; chaired the Nominating Committee; and twice served as Elder and as Clerk of Session.

I am excited about the challenges and opportunities for the Village Church and look forward to actively participating in the journey.

Fun Fact: I like  to wrap gifts with festive handmade bows.

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 Alfred Lazar
Missions Chair 

The highest honor for me is the opportunity to serve my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and use the gifts given to me by the Holy Spirit to humbly serve his Church and Kingdom.
I am very grateful to God for directing me and my family to be part of the family of God. Since I transferred my membership to the Village Church, I will gladly serve in any capacity my Lord calls me to serve his Church.


My family joined the Village Church in 2007, mainly because the leadership emphasized spiritual growth as a priority, and I’m glad to see that this emphasis is being reiterated in the current Mission Study.

Worship Council

 Randi Handzel
Randi Handzel  
Chair

Randi is a member of the Praise Singers, the Mission Study Team, and the Lift bible study. She has served on the Long Range Planning Committee, the Worship Visioning Committee, the Deacon Board, and the Service Guild. She has also been active in children's choir and bell choir.

She has been married to Mark for 28 years and has two daughters Kate (24) and Allie (22). Her greatest joy is traveling with Mark now that both of the girls are out of college. They vacation at a family cabin in Canada where she proudly caught a 37" northern pike. Randi is committed to following Christ, and prays every day for the work he is doing in and through Village Church.