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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
Chair, Church Nominating Committee
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!
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Elaine T. Holmquist – A native of Buffalo, New York, Elaine and her husband Chris have lived in the Buffalo Grove area for the past 8 years. They have been married for 28 years and have two sons - one in college and one in high school. She is employed as Senior Executive Assistant in the Corporate Communications Department at Astellas Pharma US, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Her interests include singing, participating in group fitness classes, walking, reading, and spending time with her family.
Elaine has previously served as a deacon both at the Village Presbyterian Church and Trinity Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware. At the Village Church, she has served on the Nominating Committee and has been an active participant and soloist with the Village Church Choir as well as a prayer leader, scripture reader, greeter, and volunteer with PADS, Good News Partners, and Feed My Starving Children ministries. She believes that if one is asked to do something for which he or she feels unqualified, then God is calling that person to step out in faith to do extraordinary work through the power of the Holy Spirit.