Pastor Jeff Lehn | Senior Pastor/Head of Staff
847-256-3010 ext. 12
Jeff is grateful and excited to be serving First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette, where he was called as Pastor/Head of Staff in February 2017. Jeff grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he learned to cheer for the Twins and Vikings and ate way too many casseroles. Growing up, he attended a Baptist church with his family, but had a theological metamorphosis of sorts after college, eventually finding his way to the Presbyterian fold, where he felt he could love God with all his heart and all his mind. A few years later, he sensed God’s call to pursue pastoral ministry. He ended up at the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he studied with a diverse and gifted group of students. After graduating, he served Highland Park Presbyterian Church (in Illinois) and then was called to First Presbyterian Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Both Jeff and Arianne, his spouse and a fellow Presbyterian minister, had the opportunity to serve that congregation together. They have a daughter, Eden, and a son, Simon. Jeff’s greatest joy in ministry is helping people be “fully alive” to the God who loves them and longs to see them flourish. He strives to “equip the saints” as together we bless our neighbors and share the light and life and love of God with them. In his free time, he enjoys reading, exercising, writing and the gratification of yard-work. For him, an evening of food and drinks and good conversation is a little slice of heaven.
Pastor Erin Raska | Sr. Associate Pastor
847-256-3010 ext. 17
The Reverend Erin Raska grew up in the Pacific Northwest and graduated from Whitworth University where she studied Kinesiology and Biology. After graduation, Erin spent five years working in youth ministry in the Seattle area as well as in Spokane, WA. Erin met her husband, Brent, while in Spokane and the two studied at Princeton Theological Seminary receiving their Masters of Divinity in 2009. After graduation they served in their first ordained call together as the Global Ministry Fellows at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. As fellows, Brent and Erin spent nine months on the pastoral staff at Madison Avenue, one year working in Zambia, Africa, and two and half months traveling throughout the Global South. This fellowship allowed Brent and Erin to encounter how God is at work throughout the world, to engage the rapidly growing church in the Global South and to continue to explore how God is calling them to serve Christ’s church. Upon completion of this fellowship, Erin sought a place that would encourage and nourish her call to ministry, passions, gifts and life experience. She was called to fpcw in July of 2011. At fpcw, Erin is the Senior Associate and Staff Lead where she leads the tremendous fpcw staff in ministry and mission, oversees congregational-wide Christian Education, engages fpcw in mission, and casts vision for communications and strategic planning. Erin loves to travel, to be in the outdoors, to engage in good conversation, and to visit her family in the Pacific Northwest.
Josh Larson| Dir. of Student & Family Ministries
847-256-3010 ext. 23
Josh is excited to be serving as the Director of Student Ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette. Josh graduated in May 2017 with a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. While studying in seminary Josh interned at Appalachia Service Project, Presbyterian Homes, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, and University Christian Ministry. Prior to entering ministry Josh majored in marketing and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Right after college Josh worked at a Credit Union for almost two years before moving to West Virginia to work with Appalachia Service Project which ultimately lead him to discern God’s call to ministry. During Josh’s time working with Appalachia Service Project he was able to discover the joy and passion he had for connecting others with God whether it be in service, worship, or fellowship. Josh is a lifelong United Methodist who loves talking about John Wesley but is also extremely eager to continue learning about Presbyterian theology. Josh believes that conversations between denominations allows us to see God at work in the worldwide Church. In his free time Josh enjoys watching movies, listening to podcasts, walking everywhere, baking, meeting dogs, and reading. Having grown up in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Josh also loves being by Lake Michigan and is thrilled to be living and working so close to his favorite body of water.
Peggy Massello | Director of Music Ministries
847-256-3010 ext. 16
Peggy Massello has had the honor of serving as director of Music Ministries and organist at First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette for more than 12 years. With over 25 years of experience serving churches, Peggy loves involving many people of all ages and talents in the rich worship life at our church. She also holds a Masters of Sacred Music from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from DePauw University. Peggy is married to Dave Massello and they have two sons, Matthew and Adam.
Sue Sklansky | Director of Congregational Care & Engagement
847-256-3010 ext. 14
Sue has been a member of fpcw since 2002. Her professional background is in non-profit administration. She has a Master’s Degree in Human Service Counseling from National-Louis University. As the Director of Congregational Care and Engagement, she works with our Pastors and Deacons to provide seamless care for all congregation members and to the community. Engaging members and visitors includes helping individuals and families navigate the many opportunities offered by fpcw for spiritual growth, and to encourage all members to participate in the life of fpcw in the fullest sense.
Sue serves as the staff liaison for the Deacons, Communications, Membership, and the annual Nominating Committees. Her door is always open for private, confidential one-on-one conversations to all members of the congregation as needed. She has a wealth of experience with grief and loss, end of life issues, depression and anxiety, and maternal mental health issues. She is married and is the mother of three teenage boys.
Aaron Stampfl | Music Assistant
847-256-3010 ext. 16
Aaron Stampfl has served as the music assistant at First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette since 2007. Originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin, Aaron has been musically contributing to a wide variety of worship services since seventh grade. Recently graduating from Northwestern University with a doctorate in music, Aaron currently serves as Guest Lecturer in Piano at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music.
Madeline Weston | Communications and Office Coordinator
847-256-3010 ext. 11
Madeline Weston has enjoyed being a member of fpcw’s outstanding staff since 2009. Prior to joining the staff, Madeline had an active career as a singer/actor in the Chicago theater community and enjoyed a 15 year career as a Realtor on the North Shore. Madeline and her husband Mark are longtime residents of Glencoe and they both are members of Winnetka Presbyterian Church. They have two grown daughters, Gil and Maris and both daughters live in Chicago. Madeline’s interest includes music, Chicago Theater, and travel.
Lindley Traynor | Director of Children’s Ministries
847-256-3010 ext. 20
Lindley brings a unique set of skills and experiences and is passionate about teaching children about God’s love for them in creative, relevant and relational ways. Lindley is honored and excited to be stepping into the role of Director of Children and Family Ministry at fpcw, and thrilled to serve in this way, sharing faith and fellowship with the children of this church, and partnering with their parents as they raise their children in this faith community. Lindley’s teaching style is to engage with children, to question and to wonder with them, to explore who they are, who Jesus is, and who we are called to be in Christ. Lindley’s prayer is that each child in this church will grow up with a faith that flourishes and that they would know themselves to be beloved children of God.
Open Position | Property Manager
847-256-3010 ext. 22