Meet Our Leadership

Learn more about the ministers, staff, and trustees at Kenilworth Union Church

Reverend Dr. William A. Evertsberg

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.

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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 is a retired dental hygienist with time now for passions like gardening, racket sports, books, and church activities. Their son Michael works for a software company in San Francisco and their daughter Taylor is pursuing a Master’s degree in Library Science at the University of Illinois. She lives in Connecticut with her husband Christian and their bloodhound Sergeant Pepper. Doogie the golden retriever works at church with Bill. His job is to greet the students when they arrive at church for the Joyful Noise Nursery School.

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Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

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.

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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 Libertyville with her husband Rob and son Harrison and twins Rose and Theo.

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Reverend Christine V. Hides

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).

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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. Christine is an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church. She lives in Libertyville with her husband and two daughters.

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Lisa Bond

Lisa Bond

Minister of Music

In 1996, Lisa joined Kenilworth Union Church as the part-time Director of Children’s and Bell Choirs. Under her leadership, the Church’s Music Ministry program grew to include junior high and high school choirs. The late Minister Emeritus Rev. Dr. Gilbert Bowen appointed Lisa Bond as the Kenilworth Union Church Director of Music in 2001.
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Lisa directs the Chancel Choir, KUC Youth Choir, 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 leaders. She encourages 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, seeking out the expertise of national leaders in church music. She lives in Hoffman Estates with her supportive husband Andy and two grown children, Sarah and Nicholas.

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 Sarah Champlin

Sarah Champlin

Minister of Youth, Young Adults, and Mission

Sarah is a New Trier graduate and was a faithful youth at First United Methodist Church in Evanston, where her leaders inspired her to pursue youth ministry as a career and a calling. Previously, she served in a Catholic campus ministry program at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, as well as directed the youth ministry program at St. David’s Episcopal Church in the Philly suburbs.

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Sarah studied at Fordham University (B.A.) and Boston University School of Theology (M.Div.) with certificates in Mission & Ecumenism and Faith & Ecological Justice. Her many mission experiences have led her as far as India and as close as a soup kitchen operating out of her basement. When she is not off adventuring, Sarah loves to read, go birding around her neighborhood, and swim in the lake.

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Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson

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.

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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.

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John Sharp

John Sharp

Chief Operating Officer

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.

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Squire Prince

Squire Prince

Director of Youth Ministry

Squire is a Chicago native, born and raised on the Southside of the city, graduating from Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep in 2014. Squire began in ministry at the young age of 11, preaching at different churches, and even running a ministry team in his high school community. Squire is an alum of Illinois College, class of 2018, where he studied music and theatre. Immediately following graduation, Squire accepted a full-time position as a Student Ministries Director at Grace UMC in Jacksonville, IL. Squire has been at Kenilworth Union since January of 2022, and couldn’t be more grateful for this opportunity of service.

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He completed the Certificate of Youth Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminaries Institute for Youth Ministry in August of 2023, and is studying to complete his Masters of Divinity at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.

What grounds Squire’s ministry is the concept of “Universal Belovedness,” and the boundless grace of God’s love. With a passion for social justice, worship, and ecumenical work, Squire hopes to be the conduit through which God exposes Godself to our youth and families. When not cooking up some new game for JYG or combing through IMPACT photos, Squire loves going to the theater, the symphony, directing the gospel choir at his home church, and reading lots and lots of books.

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Greta Connor

Greta Connor

Director of Children and Family Ministry

Greta brings 20 years experience as an art and Montessori teacher that prepared her well for the dynamic world of children and family ministry. In addition to her commitment to preK-6th grade at Kenilworth Union, she enjoys working with the high school staff, involving them in Sunday School and midweek groups, and helping them grow as leaders. Greta studied education and art, earning a bachelor’s degree from University of Iowa, and a Master of Art degree from University of Illinois.

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Greta also served in leadership for fellowship and membership at her home church of First United Methodist in Evanston. She lives in Evanston with her husband and daughter. She enjoys riding her bike, walking her dog, and practicing art.

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Staff

Finance and Administration

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

Karli Cabrera, Administrative Assistant / Ms. Cabrera

Joel Fox, Director of Media Production / Mr. Fox

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

William Rockelmann, Accounting Manager / Mr. Rockelmann

Julia Smolucha, Communications and Website Coordinator / Ms. Smolucha

Sandra Wells, Administrative Assistant / Ms. Wells

A Joyful Noise Preschool

Amy Johnson, Director of A Joyful Noise Preschool / Ms. Johnson

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

Music

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, Kaleb Drawbaugh, Kasey Nahlovsky, Kelsey Sandefur, Austin Sanders, and Jonathan Wilson

Board of Trustees

Executive Team

Peter Schaff, President

Meg Revord, Past President

Scott Fowkes, Vice President

Jim Boyle, Treasurer

Chris Beer, Secretary

Tina Dalman Roselli, General Counsel

Jena Acuff

Sarah Alshouse

Laura Connell

Kim Crossgrove

Melanie Flynn

Paul Embree

Ken Harris

Melinda Hurley

Jerry James

Adam LeFebvre

Bruce Linger

Katie Nahrwold

Elizabeth Newton

Virginia Reising

Mike Revord

Jeff Urban

Ryan Watson

George Wishart

 Rev. Dr. Gilbert W. Bowen

Rev. Dr. Gilbert W. Bowen

Dr. Gilbert W. Bowen (1931–2023) 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.