First Church staff members work alongside volunteers to plan, nurture, and grow our ministries. We would love to connect you with worship, fellowship, learning, and service opportunities. To reach us by email or phone, please view the listings below.
Grace Imathiu – Senior Pastor. Grace serves as the lead pastor of the First Church congregation with preaching, worship, staff leadership, and administrative responsibilities. You can contact her by email or at 847-864-6181 x217.
Jane Cheema – Pastor of Discipleship and Mission and Children’s Ministry Leader. Jane is our pastor responsible for all youth and children’s ministries at First Church with additional responsibility for our mission and outreach activities. You can reach her by email or at 847-864-6181 x215.
Bonny Roth – Pastor of Pastoral Care and Adult Faith Formation. Bonny is our part-time pastor responsible for visiting members, providing pastoral care during crises and distress, and serving as staff liaison to our Lay Visitors and Congregational Care Committee. Bonny also coordinates faith formation opportunities such as small groups. Please contact her by email or at 847-830-4636.
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY STAFF
Jane Cheema – Children’s Ministry Leader. Jane works with parent volunteers and Children’s Ministry staff to run our children’s Sunday School program, Children’s Chapel, summer camps, J.U.M.P., Club 123, nursery programs and seasonal family programs. Please contact Jane by email or at 847-864-6181 x211.
Alex Rea – Nursery Coordinator.
Lisa Gresch – Connect56 Coordinator.
Alexander Dungan – Youth Ministry Intern.
Mitchell Jackson – Director of Christian Education and Young Adult Ministry. Mitchell works with the facilitators of our Adult classes and small groups. He also works with Bonny and Jane to develop opportunities for learning and spiritual formation within our Adult and Young Adult communities. Please contact Mitchell by email or at 847-864-6181 x226.
Brian Schoettler – Minister of Music/Organist. Brian leads the First Church music program, serving as organist and directing the Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir, Children’s Choir, Gospel Choir, Festival Choir, and instrumental ensembles. You can reach him via email or at 847-864-6181 x219.
Mary Taylor-Johnson – Director of Communications and Membership Engagement. Mary’s responsibilities include visitor outreach, the Inquirers Class and membership process for those who wish to join First Church, and church communication. You can reach Mary via email or at 847-864-6181 x216.
Candi Boutwell – Church Business Administrator. Candi is responsible for all aspects of the church’s administrative operations: office management, building management, financial management, and supervision of our janitorial staff and services. She can be reached by email or at 847-864-6181 x214.
Scott Freeman – Finance Manager. Scott is responsible for all accounts payable and for contribution records for the church’s donors. In addition he keeps the financial records for the church’s $4.1 million endowment.
Kimberly Simeonov – Receptionist.
Kelsey Morton – Administrative Assistant. Kelsey assists with the church’s database management and communications.
Lee Peakes – Weekend Custodian. Lee is responsible for Saturday and Sunday setup and janitorial services for the church.