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Rev. Dr. Spencer Lundgaard

Senior Pastor
847-272-0900  ext. 112|email

Pastor Spencer began his ministry as Senior Pastor in March 2018. He received his Doctor of Ministry at Asbury Theological Seminary with a primary emphasis on the missional church and a M.Div. and Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Before coming to Village Church, he served for ten years as Executive Director of A Christian Ministry in the National Parks. He also served for several years as Associate Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, Georgia where he worked with youth, young adults, and singles.

Spencer is married to Missy, and they have three children - Lauren, Kelsey, and Luke. Spencer says, "I am passionate about helping people live out their faith in their daily life, connecting them to the abundant life in Christ, and casting a vision to join in God's mission in the world."

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Rev. Greg Buell

Associate Pastor
847-272-0900, ext. 113 | email

Greg Buell has been the Associate Pastor at Village Church since 2004. He received a Bachelor’s in Music from Northwestern University and a Master's in Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Prior to his ordination and coming to Northbrook in 2004, Greg served on the worship staff at First Presbyterian Church of Evanston for over 10 years.

Greg is married to Kacky and they have two children, Allie and John. Greg has a passion for others to know the Lord and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit and the God's Word, and he looks to the day when people from every nation, tribe and tongue join together in one united, heavenly praise service that will never end!

Spiritual Growth

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Dr. Chuck Guth

Minister of Discipleship 
847-272-0900, ext. 145 | email

Chuck Guth, has been our Minister of Discipleship since 2007 and loves seeing people growing in their faith in Jesus Christ. Chuck came to Village Church with a background in both church ministry and as a former seminary professor of New Testament and Theology.  Chuck recieved a Ph.D. in Systematic and Historical Theology from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland (his specialization is in the theology of the late first and early second century church fathers).

His wife, Cheryl, is his best friend; their daughter, Hilary, is on staff at Regent College, a seminary in Vancouver, Canada, and their son, CJ, is in his third year of M.Div. study at Princeton Theological Seminary. One of Chuck’s passions is remote wilderness canoe camping; he fosters that by trying to go kayaking at least once a week.



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Ruth Heald 

Director of Music
847-272-0900, ext. 144 | email

Ruth is a native Oregonian who transplanted to Chicago in the summer of 2017. As a child of church musicians, she started making music in the Presbyterian Church at a very young age. More recently, Ruth served as Director of Choirs at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church in Portland, OR for four years before coming to TVPC. Ruth holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from Willamette University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Portland State University, both of which serve her well in her work as a music educator. 

Ruth’s diverse career as a vocalist encompasses a little bit of everything including classical, opera, musical theater, jazz, and soul styles. She is also an active drummer and percussionist who enjoys performing all genres from rock to folk to funk. When Ruth isn’t working or performing, she enjoys traveling, baking, reading, hiking, and thrift store shopping.  

Children, Youth & Family Ministry

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Ed Burton

Youth & Family Minister
Phone 847-989-1607/email

Ed joined the staff in 2019 with more than seventeen years of experience leading youth in large and small churches in the Chicago area and in California. He will help grow disciples of Jesus Christ among the youth (6-12th grade) and their families.

Ed is married to Courtney, and they have two children. Ed loves a good story whether it is found in a comic book, TV show, novel, video game or movie. He coaches his son's basketball team and enjoys running. He's a fan of comedy and improv, good coffee, and playing games. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Wheaton College. 

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Nancy Frese

Children and Family Minister
Phone 847-507-0243/ email

Nancy has been the Children’s Music Director since 1997. She feels blessed to work with two of her loves which are music and children, and even more blessed to help teach children about the love of Jesus Christ. Nancy lives in Northbrook with her husband and three sons. She graduated from Northwestern University with a BM in music and an MA in learning disabilities. After finishing her masters, she spent 7 years teaching children with learning disabilities. 

Currently, Nancy is thrilled be the Director of Children and Family Ministry. Spending more time growing in her own faith and knowledge of our Lord as she teaches children is a blessing. She is enjoying planning lessons and activities for the Sunday school children.

Nancy enjoys her small group women’s Bible study, singing with the Praise Singers, attending her sons’ sporting events and concerts, and family vacations.


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John Hopkins

Office Administrator
847-272-0900, ext. 137 | email

John Hopkins has many years of experience both as a manager and also as a church musician. He currently manages the TVPC office during the week and is organist and music director at two other churches on the weekends. When not in church, John loves camping and canoeing with his wife, three children, and five grandchildren.

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Kim Karpeles

Director of Communication
847-272-0900, ext. 121 | email

Born and raised in Central Illinois (not downstate), Kim came north to Wheaton College for an undergraduate degree in Economics. When her two boys were young, she transitioned from banking into bookkeeping. Later a long-term photography habit morphed into a freelance  photography business that she ran until returning to school to earn Masters Degrees in Systematic Theology and Christian Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She loves to read, travel, cook, do Sudoku puzzles and learn Spanish.

David Kemper

Administrative Assistant
847-272-0900, ext. 114 | email


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Greg Hartfield

Facility Manager
847-272-0900, ext. 118 | email