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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 the Village Church. 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

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.

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Sue Swan 

Sue Swan and her husband, Sandy, have lived in Northbrook for fifty-one years, and have been Village Church members for nearly as long. She is a retired teacher from Greenbriar School, and has served on numerous committees over the years. Currently she is involved with: wedding hostesses, gardening, Meals on Wings, communion helper, prayer shawl knitting, and funeral reception assistance. One daughter and her family attend Village Church; a second daughter lives in Mundelein with her family.

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

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Sue Blue 
Adults/Small Groups 

Sue Blue and her husband, Rich, recently joined the Village Church. She grew up in a Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan and participating in this church feels like coming home. Sue and Rich have lived in Northbrook since 1982; they have two adult children and two grandchildren. Sue has been President of Christian Women’s Club, Teaching Leader for Bible Study Fellowship, and has led in several  other ministries. Leading and participating in small groups is one of her passions. She is excited to serve and participate in this church.

Ministry Support Council

Roger Smith
Roger Smith
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
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.


 Barb Gerleman
Barb Gerleman 

 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

 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

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Elaine 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.