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Rev. Michael Brown
Rev. Michael W. Brown—known around the church simply as "Michael"—has served as minister of our congregation since 1991. In addition to leading worship services and providing pastoral care, he is involved in many facets of church life and is active in the community.
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Assistant Minister

Rev. Lynnda White
A longtime church member, Lynnda has been our assistant minister since April 2017. She preaches once a month and shares other ministerial duties with Rev. Michael Brown.
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Director of Religious Education

Amy Popp
Amy Popp is the professional who provides high-quality programs for our children and youth. She leads the children's portion of our worship services, directs our Sunday school classes, and organizes special events for kids and their families.
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Membership Coordinator

Nancy Rakoff
As our Membership Coordinator, Nancy Rakoff is involved in Welcoming, Public Relations, Recognition, Volunteers, Fellowship Pledge Campaign, and the internet interface.

Program Coordinator

Nancy Taylor
As our Program Coordinator, Nancy Taylor is involved in Special Programs, Fund Raising Events, Summer Forums, Aesthetics, Hospitality, and History and Archives.

Choir Director

Dave Breeden
Dave is a graduate of Bradley University with a bachelor degree in Music Education. He taught vocal music in several Central Illinois schools including Morton for more than 8 years. He also directed adult choir and handbells at the United Presbyterian Church in Peoria for 6 years. Dave has said that he looks forward to leading our choir in both secular and sacred choral selections of the highest quality.

Office Manager

Jan Force
Jan Force capably handles the many administrative tasks that keep our church running smoothly. If you call the church office, chances are you'll be greeted by her friendly voice. Jan joined our staff in 2007.