Rev. Dr. Dave Bianchin
Assoc. Pastor, Adult Faith Formationdbianchin@firstchurchlf.org
Dave is our Associate Pastor for Adult Faith Formation. In partnership with the Faith Formation Team, he works to help people make connections with one another and to provide programs that encourage community, increase biblical knowledge and foster growth in personal faith practices. Dave has served churches in California and Illinois. He is married to Julie and they have three adult children.
Rev. Nick Redmond
Assoc. Pastor, Youth and Young Adult Faith Formationnredmond@firstchurchlf.org
Nick first began serving as a youth ministry leader in 2003 and has felt called to youth ministry ever since, serving at churches in Iowa and Illinois. He has a passion for helping youth find belonging and connection in community with others and noticing God’s presence in both the highs and lows of life. He and his wife Kimberlee Frost live in Lake Forest with their two children, Quintin Frost and Eliza Redmond.
Director of Youth and Young Adult Faith Formationskelly@firstchurchlf.org
Sean Kelly has served First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest since September 2015 in the role of College Ministry Director and Associate Youth Director. Prior to working at First Presbyterian Church, Sean worked in Youth Ministry for nine years and held positions within church, parachurch and secular organizations. Sean graduated from Biblical Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA with a Masters of Divinity in June 2015. Sean cares deeply for the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff community and is humbled by the opportunity to work closer with our youth! Sean’s greatest joy comes from conversing with others as they explore their faith and understanding of Jesus Christ. He is an avid sports fan, with his favorite teams being the Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks. Sean has been married to his lovely wife, Jill, for 8 years and has two beautiful daughters (Sadie- 3 years old and Brooklyn- 5 months old).
Director of Children’s Faith Formationsseccombe@firstchurchlf.org
Sarah Seccombe has been on staff at First Presbyterian Church since October 2006 in a variety of roles including Family Faith Formation Assistant and Sunday School Superintendent, coordinating events for children, youth and families. Sarah studied child development at Southeast Missouri State University, received her Bachelors of Arts in 2016 from National Louis University and looks forward to continuing her education. She is excited to take this next step and continue working with the children and families that make up our church community. Having lived in the Lake Forest and Lake Bluff communities for over 25 years, she now resides in Spring Grove with her father and shih tzu-poodle mix, Wrigley.
Business Operations Managerjjohnson@firstchurchlf.org
John works closely with pastors and staff to oversee operations and facilities. As a staff liaison, he supports Personnel, Finance, Stewardship, Long Range Planning & Governance, Buildings & Grounds and Endowment committees. He enjoys singing in the choir and serving as an advisor on the Senior High Work Trip. John and his wife Nancy have two children, Ted and Katie.
Director of Congregational Care, Assistant to Head of Staffdbirney@firstchurchlf.org
Donna loves the people and the gifts they bring to their respective ministries within the life of the congregation and beyond. Along with helping Pastor Christine Chakoian manage her office, she serves as staff liaison to church committees including Membership and Parish Life. She and husband Bruce have two daughters.
Dr. Thomas J. Tropp
Director of Music and Arts Ministryttropp@firstchurchlf.org
Tom was appointed director of Music and Arts Ministry in 2015. He is humbled by chance to take an already advanced music ministry, cultivated over many years by amazing predecessors, and prepare it for future generations. In his new role, he aims to equip our congregation to engage further in the musical aspects of worship. In addition to his responsibilities here, Tom is also the founder and managing editor of The Galant Masters Project; president of SoundByte Studios; music director of the Chicago Galant Consort; and is a faculty member in the School of Music at North Park University in Chicago. He and his wife Anne live in Lake Forest with their daughter, Kathryn (Katie).
Dr. Barry J. Wenger
Organist and Director of Handbell Choirsbwenger@firstchurchlf.org
Barry is excited to be part of the extensive and historic music ministry at First Presbyterian Church. He looks forward to his role encouraging the congregation to sing from the newly restored Casavant organ and piano. He is honored to work with the Lakeminster Ringers and the Chancel Bells as they learn and share music in worship for praise to God. Barry also has a private piano, organ, and harpsichord studio and teaches all ages from 5 to 75+, is active in the American Guild of Organists – Chicago Chapter, and plays in recital throughout the midwest and beyond. He grew up in North Dakota, lived in Kansas City, Missouri, and now resides in Edgewater with his cats Fritz and LG (Little Girl). In his free-time, you may see him speeding by on his bicycle!
Director of Children's Choirssnoble@firstchurchlf.org
Susan is a graduate of Northwestern University with degrees in music (voice performance and music education) and a certificate in music theater. While at NU she was privileged to teach voice classes and sing on tour on behalf of the School of Music. She has performed at Ravinia, Chicago Opera Theater, Light Opera Works, Drury Lane, Candlelight Playhouse and more. Susan has been directing the First Presbyterian Childrenʼs Choirs since 2008 and is an active voice teacher and soloist. She is a Lake Forest resident, proud Iowa native and even prouder mom of three.
As Preschool director, Ruth spends her time working with teachers, parents and children. Ruth and her husband George, who assists at the Preschool part-time, have two grown children and several grandchildren. Every year, Ruth looks forward to nurturing early childhood Christian faith experiences for preschool children and their parents.
Children's Faith Formation Associatekfrost@firstchurchlf.org
Kimberlee holds an M.Div from McCormick Seminary and has worked in children, youth and music ministry positions for over ten years for churches in the Chicagoland area and abroad. She is passionate about children’s music in the church setting, and wholeheartedly believes in “singing it like you mean it!” Kimberlee and her husband Nick Redmond have two children, Quintin Frost and Eliza Redmond.
Yehuda focuses on payroll, maintaining the general ledger, monitoring bank accounts and investments. He recently published his memoir Precious Scars, which won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.
Elmer ensures that everything is organized and prepared for events on the church campus. He loves to work with his hands and all the people at First Pres. He and his wife Karen have two children, Jose and Kelsey.
Julia Rigoni has been the alto section leader in the Sanctuary Choir since November 2012 and this year moves into the role of music associate. In this position, her role with will expand to include some conducting and rehearsal responsibilities, and she will be coordinating music participation for first@five. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Carthage College and is a graduate of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where she earned a Master of Music degree in vocal performance. She has performed in a number of operas including Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, and Puccini’s Suor Angelica.