Leadership and Senior Staff

Reverend Dr. William A. Evertsberg
Senior Minister

Bill has been the Senior Minister at the Kenilworth Union Church since 2014. He was educated at Calvin College (B.A.) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div. & D. Min.), and ordained to the Ministry of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1985.

Previously, Bill has served as Associate Pastor of the Abington Presbyterian Church in suburban Philadelphia (1985-1990); as Head of Staff at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan (1990-1997); and as Head of Staff at the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, Connecticut (1997-2013).

Dr. Evertsberg and his wife, Kathy, are originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Kathy practices dental hygiene for Duda Dental Associates in Kenilworth. Their son Michael works for a software company in San Francisco and their daughter Taylor is a fourth-grade teacher at the National Presbyterian School in Washington, D.C.

email: Dr. Evertsberg

Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster
Senior Associate Minister

Katie was dedicated in the Disciples of Christ congregation in Crawfordsville, Indiana; baptized in the United Church of Christ congregation in Midland, Michigan; confirmed at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana; and ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), so she quickly identified with the deep ecumenical roots of Kenilworth Union Church.

Katie earned her Doctor of Ministry and Masters of Divinity at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, and her Bachelors in Theological Studies at Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana. She has been a pastor since 2008, serving first as a pastor at the Center for Religion, Spirituality and Social Justice at Grinnell College, in Grinnell, Iowa, and then at First Congregational Church of La Grange, IL. Dr. Lancaster lives in Evanston with her husband Rob and son Harrison.

email: Dr. Lancaster

Reverend Christine V. Hides
Associate Minister for Discipleship

Christine leads ministries of Christian education at Kenilworth Union that nurture imagination and participation in God’s vision of peace and justice in an increasingly digital world: her particular focus is with Children and Family Ministry, Adult Education, and Communications. Christine studied at Northwestern University (B.S., M.S.) and Garret Evangelical Theological Seminary (BGTS). Christine grew up on a farm located near Culver Academies, where she attended high school. In other seasons of her life, God called her to non-profit policy work, teaching in Switzerland and on the North Shore, and two suburban congregations before beginning at Kenilworth Union Church in 2018. She was commissioned to the Order of Deacons in the United Methodist Church in 2019 and is working toward final ordination in 2021. She lives in Libertyville with her husband and two daughters.

email: Rev. Hides

Lisa Bond
Minister of Music

I will sing of your love and justice;  to you, Lord, I will sing praise.  —Psalm 101:1

Lisa Bond has passionately served in church music and music education for over thirty years. In 1996, while teaching music in North Shore area schools, Lisa joined Kenilworth Union Church as the part-time Director of Children’s and Bell Choirs. Under her innovative leadership, the Church’s Music Ministry program quickly flourished to include junior high and high school choirs. 

Lisa directs the Chancel Choir, KUC Youth Choir, Percussion Ensemble, Cherub/Rejoice Singers and Ringers, Bambino Choir, Alumni Choir, Junior Bell Choir and Adult Bell Choir. She closely collaborates with Kenilworth Union’s top-notch music staff, talented choir volunteers, and superb section leader soloists. She inspires the choirs to boldly profess their faith while embracing the Music Ministry mantra, “We Must Work to Bring Our Best to God.” 

Lisa studied choral conducting, piano, and music education, earning a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, and a Master of Music degree from DePaul University. She frequently attends national sacred music conferences at Montreat and St Olaf Colleges, seeking out the expertise of national leaders in church music. She lives in Hoffman Estates with her supportive husband Andy and two musical children, singer and guitarist Sarah, and singer and saxophonist Nicholas.

email: Ms. Bond

Amy Castino
Director of A Joyful Noise Preschool

Amy taught in kindergarten, fourth, and fifth grade classrooms before falling in love with early childhood education. She has taught every class here at AJN, from Older Twos through the Enrichment classes and truly loves getting to know all the smiling faces. Amy graduated from National-Louis University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. She is the proud mom of Bennett, who keeps her laughing and very active! In her free time, Amy enjoys reading, traveling anywhere warm, and spending time with her family and friends.

email: Ms. Castino

Silvi Pirn
Minister for Youth, Young Adults, and Mission

Silvi was raising a family with four children in Wilmette when she, felt a “divine nudge” to join Kenilworth Union Church as a volunteer youth group leader in 2005. By mid-2006, she became a staff youth group leader and from there, her job evolved to her current position. In 2020, Silvi will complete the work for her Certificate in Youth and Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.  Silvi loves the Lord, young people, dogs and this church.  As Youth Director, she plans and leads all aspects of our youth ministry. Prior to working at Kenilworth Union, Silvi earned a BA in International Politics from Penn State and was an entrepreneur, establishing and growing a grocery distribution and marketing partnership in Chicago.

email: Ms. Pirn

John Sharp
Director of Business Operations

John Sharp, CPA, has held controller and CFO roles in growth-oriented technology companies for over twenty years, as well as varied management roles in financial corporations. Prior to joining the staff of Kenilworth Union Church, he sang in its choir and served on the business committee. He earned his bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Michigan.

email: Mr. Sharp

Rev. Dr. Gilbert W. Bowen

Dr. Gilbert W. Bowen led the Kenilworth Union Church congregation as Senior Minister for 37 years. In recognition of his long and faithful service, the Board of Trustees conferred upon him the honorary title of Minister Emeritus.

email: Dr. Bowen

Finance and Administration

John Sharp, Director of Business Operations (847) 251-4272 / Mr. Sharp

Karen Gaynor, Administrative Assistant / Ms. Gaynor

Michelle Gutowski, Database Coordinator and Accounts Management / Ms. Gutowski

Marie-Pierre LeBris, Administrative Assistant / Ms. LeBris

William Rockelmann, Accounting Manager / Mr. Rockelmann

Julia Smolucha, Communications and Website Coordinator / Ms. Smolucha

Sandra Wells, Administrative Assistant / Ms. Wells

Youth Ministry

Silvi Pirn, Director of Youth Ministry / Ms. Pirn

Tyler Yost, Associate Director of Children and Family & Youth Ministries / Mr. Yost

Children and Family Ministry

Christine V. Hides, Associate Minister for Discipleship / Rev. Hides

Greta Connor, Associate Director of Children and Family Ministry / Ms. Connor

Olga Todorchyk, Chapel Accompanist

Tyler Yost, Associate Director of Children and Family & Youth Ministries / Mr. Yost

A Joyful Noise

Amy Castino, Director / Ms. Castino

Rev. Christine V. Hides, Associate Minister for Discipleship / Rev. Hides


Lisa Bond, Minister of Music / Ms. Bond

Alyssa Bennett, Assistant Director of Choirs / Ms. Bennett

Barbara Falk, Rejoice, KUC Youth Choir, and Chapel Accompanist/ Ms. Falk

Eun Joo Ju, Organist/ Ms. Ju

Debora Ponko, Director of Chamber Ensemble / Ms. Ponko

Ryan Belongie, Assistant Director of Rejoice and Bell Choirs

Section Leaders: Alyssa Bennett, Ryan Belongie, Miya Higashiyama, David Honoré, Kelsey Sandefur, and Jonathan Wilson

Staff Members: To access the staff calendar, click here.