First Pres welcomes new members of the Worship Team!

Welcome Christina Maldonado and Nathan Fivecoate to the First Pres Staff!

Christina Maldonado, Worship Team Leader

Christina Maldonado is a cum laude graduate of North Park University’s music department and was awarded the honor of Outstanding Senior. As a vocalist, keyboardist, worship leader, and songwriter, she is thrilled to serve the First Presbyterian of Lake Forest! Christina is a recipient of the National School Choral Award and the Starr of Excellence Award. She also received first place in the Illinois Music Educator’s Association All-State Composition Competition under the Commercial/Popular Music category for her original work. Her latest releases can be found on all major streaming platforms.

When she is not writing, performing, or teaching the fundamentals of voice, piano, or music theory, she can be found at a CPS classical school in her role of special education classroom assistant. She is also pursuing her Masters of Divinity in chaplaincy from Liberty University. Christina lives on the north side of Chicago with her husband, José, and their small tabby cat, Yufi.


Learn more about Christina in this video! >


Nathan Fivecoate, Worship Team Associate

Hello! I am excited to begin this journey with you at First Presbyterian Church this year. I co-directed a choir for 8 years and have over a decade’s experience performing in bands as a keyboardist, both inside and outside the church. I enjoy playing Classical, jazz, Gospel, Great American Songbook, rock-n-roll, blues, funk, and of course hymns and contemporary praise & worship! I also enjoy worshiping in general, performing, and composing/songwriting. I have a Bachelor’s in Music Theory & Composition from St. Olaf College, and I spent over 6 years performing as a pianist at Presbyterian Homes in Evanston, as well as other locations. Looking forward to meeting everyone and glorifying God in this service!





Christina and Nathan’s roles will help form what our 9 AM service will look like. The 9 AM Service Task Force has been working through the summer to discuss and finalize plans. Exciting news and details on the new service, which begins September 18, will be shared next week. Be on the lookout for updates, and get excited!

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