Leadership and Staff
Rev. Dr. William A. Evertsberg
Bill has been the Senior Minister at the Kenilworth Union Church since 2014. He was educated at Calvin College (B.A.) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div. & D. Min.), and ordained to the Ministry of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1985.
Previously, Bill has served as Associate Pastor of the Abington Presbyterian Church in suburban Philadelphia (1985-1990); as Head of Staff at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan (1990-1997); and as Head of Staff at the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, Connecticut (1997-2013).
Dr. Evertsberg and his wife, Kathy, are originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Kathy practices dental hygiene for Duda Dental Associates in Kenilworth. Their son Michael is an MBA student at the University of Michigan, and their daughter Taylor is a fourth-grade teacher at the National Presbyterian School in Washington, D.C.
email: Dr Evertsberg
Rev. Dr. Jo Forrest
Associate Minister for Congregational Care
Prior to her mid-career call to ministry, Jo was a management consultant in consumer banking and continues to care deeply for the ways faith animates our lives Monday through Friday. She has collaborated with other organizations to launch Faith & Leadership programs to address the challenges of Christianity in secular workplace. Previously she served at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago and was ordained by the Presbyterian Church USA.
Jo completed her Doctorate of Ministry from Emory University in May 2017, has earned a Masters of Divinity and Masters of Liberal Arts from The University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech. Jo shepherds the Congregational Care programs at Kenilworth Union along with Adult Education, Public Affairs, Faith & Leadership, and Membership.
email: Dr Forrest
Rev. Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster
Associate Minister for Children and Youth
Katie was dedicated in the Disciples of Christ congregation in Crawfordsville, Indiana; baptized in the United Church of Christ congregation in Midland, Michigan; confirmed at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana; and ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), so she quickly identified with the deep ecumenical roots of Kenilworth Union Church.
Katie earned her Doctor of Ministry and Masters of Divinity at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, and her Bachelors in Theological Studies at Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana. She has been a pastor since 2008, serving first as a pastor at the Center for Religion, Spirituality and Social Justice at Grinnell College, in Grinnell, Iowa, and then at First Congregational Church of La Grange, IL. Dr. Lancaster lives in Evanston with her husband Rob.
email: Dr Lancaster
Director of Music
Lisa has a Master’s Degree in choral music education and has been active teaching and conducting professionally for over 20 years. With the help of an excellent music staff, she leads the many music ensembles of Kenilworth Union. Lisa and husband Andy have two children, Sarah and Nicholas.
email: Ms Bond
Anne S. Faurot
Director of Children’s Ministry
Anne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. Prior to becoming the Director of Children’s Ministries, Anne had been an active Sunday School teacher for many years and had also served on the Membership Committee for 3 years. Anne lives in Wilmette with her husband Rob and their two daughters Courtney and Caroline.
email: Ms Faurot
Director of Business Operations
Beverly has held CEO, CFO and various other management and professional level positions in the manufacturing, database marketing and retail/catalog industries during her career. She received her B.A. degree in Accounting/Finance from Loyola University.
email: Ms Lang
Director of Youth Ministry
Wilmette resident for over 13 years and mom to four young adults and three dogs, Silvi felt a “divine nudge” to join Kenilworth Union Church as a volunteer youth group leader in 2005. By mid-2006, she became a staff youth group leader and from there, her job evolved to her current position. As Youth Director, Silvi, in cooperation with the associate minister, plans and leads all aspects of Kenilworth Union Church youth ministry, as well as youth and adult missions. Prior to working at Kenilworth Union, Silvi earned a BA in International Politics from Penn State and was an entrepreneur, establishing and growing a grocery distribution and marketing partnership in Chicago.
email: Ms Pirn
Rev. Dr. Gilbert W. Bowen
Dr. Gilbert W. Bowen led the Kenilworth Union Church congregation as Senior Minister for 37 years. In recognition of his long and faithful service, the Board of Trustees conferred upon him the honorary title of Minister Emeritus.
Finance and Administration
Bev Lang, Director of Business Operations (847) 251-4272 / Ms Lang
Karen Gaynor, Administrative Assistant / Ms Gaynor
Michelle Gutowski, Accounting Assistant / Ms Gutowski
Mary Ibrahim, Accountant / Ms Ibrahim
Kathy McCabe, Administrative Assistant / Ms McCabe
Julia Smolucha, Communications and Website Coordinator / Ms Smolucha
Sandra Wells, Administrative Assistant / Ms Wells
A Joyful Noise
Lisa Bond, Director of Music / Ms Bond
Alyssa Bennett, Assistant Director of Choirs / Ms Bennett
Barbara Falk, Rejoice, KUC Youth Choir, and Chapel Accompanist/ Ms Falk
Kelli Harrington, Assistant Director of Rejoice and Bell Choirs / Ms Harrington
Dr. Susan Klotzbach, Organist / Dr Klotzbach
Debora Ponko, Director of Chamber Ensemble / Ms Ponko
Section Leaders: Emily Barnash, Alyssa Bennett, Ryan Belongie, Kelli Harrington, David Honoré, Quinn Middleman, Nikolas Wenzel, and Jonathan Wilson
Staff Members: To access the staff calendar, click here.