Our Staff

  • Rev. Jill Terpstra



    Jill began serving at St. Paul's in 2012. Prior to that she served as an associate pastor in Pittsburgh. Jill received a Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a Master of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh. Jill is a lifelong member of the United of Church of Christ. When not at church, she can be found baking cupcakes with her spouse Jeff and their daughters Jackie and Julia. 

  • Rev. Liz Patz

    Associate Pastor for Children, Youth and Families


    Liz joined the St. Paul's staff in June 2017. She is a graduate of University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and Chicago Theological Seminary. In her first career, Liz taught Junior High Language Arts in Cicero, Illinois and led youth ministry at St. John's UCC in Lyons, Illinois. She is a lifelong member of the United Church of Christ. Liz and her spouse Tommy live in Elgin.

  • jON kOBEL

    Choir Director

    Jon is a life-long member of St. Paul’s church and has directed the choir at various times over the past 35 years. He is a graduate of Judson University in vocal performance, and currently directs the choir and leads the music during worship. He is also a licensed massage therapist and an avid foodie! 



    A graduate of Judson University, Gay joined the staff at St. Paul's church in August of 2010. She loves providing music for each service hoping that it will always add to the worship and praise of our mighty and loving God. During the week, Gay works as a substitute teacher for School District U-46 and teaches voice and piano privately. Her favorite job and greatest joy is being a mom to seven and grandmother to another seven.  



    Contact the office at stpauls4me@yahoo.com or 847-628-6118



    Dale manages building maintenance of all kinds - cleaning, event set-up, the church garden - for both the church and Ministry House. Dale was born into St. Paul's. When he is not working or volunteering at the church, he is taking full advantage of retirement. You'll find him fishing, volunteering around Elgin, taking longer vacations, and spending time with his four grandchildren and his wife Sandy.

  • 2019 Council Members

    President - Karen Westerman

    Vice President - Dan Heinrich

    Financial Secretary - Sandy Volkening

    Treasurer - Jay Schircliff

    Recording Secretary - Anne Heinrich

    Christian Education - Karen Smith

    Evangelism - Polly Russell

    Fellowship/Hospitality - Janet Werner

    Mission - Barb Kamp

    Calling & Caring - Ginny Mursewick

    Properties - Dan Heinrich

    Stewardship - Judy Reimer

    Worship - Vernon Knaak