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 Laura Sherwood | Interim Associate Pastor
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 also a trained Spiritual Director.
Scott McElhenie | Director of Youth Ministries
847-256-3010 ext. 23
Scott became the Director of Youth Ministries in 2019. He grew up at fpcw, sang with Singers and Ringers, attended Confirmation and participated in many Work Trips as a youth and then several years as a chaperone. Scott has the heart for ministry and connects well to youth and their parents. He’s excited to grow into this new role at fpcw!
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.
Marvin Behm | Finance Manager