Pastor Stephen Pierce | Interim Pastor
847-256-3010 ext. 12
Steve Pierce was called to ‘step into the pastoral gap’ at fpcw, providing an experienced presence until the arrival of the new called pastor. He thought he retired in March, 2016 after a three plus decade ministry at a PCUSA church in Arlington Heights, IL. Steve has a passion for the future of the local church, believing it provides a connection to God’s kingdom and connects people to God’s love like no other part of our changing culture. While at fpcw, Steve will provide worship leadership, support the staff, facilitate several of the church’s committees, and provide pastoral care to all. Steve has been married to Susie for over four decades. They have two married sons and two exceptional grandchildren. Steve was raised in Duluth, MN where he developed a love for creation and outdoors. He graduated from Macalester College (St. Paul, MN); Princeton Theological Seminary; and earned his doctorate from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Steve and Susie met in Denver when they were both working in the same hospital. They enjoy tennis, are avid hikers, and when they can, love to travel and explore. Pastor Steve looks forward to meeting you and learning about your life and faith journey.
Rev. Erin Raska | Sr. Associate Pastor, Staff Lead
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 this 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.
Beverly Bolsen | Director of Children’s Ministries
847-256-3010 ext. 20
Bev Bolsen came to First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette from the business world and many years of volunteering in children’s ministry. She has a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, with a concentration in Christian Formation of Children and a Master of Management. She and husband Bill have two adult children.
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.
Ken Crews – Director of Student Ministries
847-256-3010 ext. 23
Ken Crews was born and raised in Northwest Indiana. A true Hoosier at heart, Ken attended Indiana University and even married a fellow Hoosier, his high school sweetheart Heather. Ken and Heather have two amazing children, Owen and Evelyn. After trying on several hats in life, from respiratory therapist to steelworker, he responded to God’s call into ministry. Ken studied at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL and is currently in the ordination process of the PC(USA). He began serving First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette in September 2014 and is excited to serve a community that seeks to know Christ and nurture the ministry of all believers. He is passionate about walking alongside young people who seek to understand what it might mean to be a young Christian in today’s busy and ever changing world.
Sue Sklansky | Director of Congregational Care & Engagement
847-256-3010 ext. 14
Sue has been a member of fpcw since 2002, and has been a trained Stephen Minister for over 20 years, and a leader since 2007. 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 Pastors, Stephen Ministers and Deacons to provide seamless care for all congregation members and to the community. Engaging members and visitors means 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 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, 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. Madeline and her husband Mark are long time 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 Theatre, and travel.
David Leasure | Facilities Manager
847-256-3010 ext. 21
David has served as Facility Manager for First Presbyterian Church for over 15 years. He loves his position and the people he works with. David is grateful to be a part of such a loving and caring community and the congregation greatly appreciates all that David does to support fpcw.
Mike Jin | Finance Secretary
847-256-3010 ext. 13
Mike has been a CPA for over 20 years. He has worked for fpcw since 1997, where he manages our finances. He also performs similar duties at several other Presbyterian Churches in the area.