MEET OUR STAFF
The commitment of the staff and leadership at First Presbyterian Church is at the heart of what makes us a living, thriving church. They are dedicated to serving the community and encouraging faithful transformation in our lives and God's word.
Child of God, called and blessed, convicted and forgiven, mama, spouse, pastor, servant, trying to be a disciple. Susan attended Grinnell College, Candler School of Theology - Emory University, Hebrew University and has served UMC and PCUSA churches in Iowa and Wisconsin.
She began this pastoral journey with First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, IL in July 2017 and is excited about the enthusiasm of this congregation for our ministries' future. She is a worship designer and workshop leader for emergent church conversations, sacred dance and worship media. Her daily spiritual disciplines include parenting two insightful kids, interfaith dialogue with her artistic spouse, Simon Levin, and talking to strangers. Their lives are filled with pottery and community building.
Tim is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary. He has 15 years of experience working in mental health and 20 years experience serving a variety of ministry roles including hospice chaplain, lay associate pastor, program director for a nondenominational camp ministry, church youth pastor and several short-term missionary stints in Russia and Haiti. He is proud to be a part of a church that has a place for everyone without exception and is pleased to serve as parish chaplain. Tim lives in Springfield with his husband Jeff and a herd of three dogs and two cats.
. . . the moments in my life when I have most directly felt the presence of God almost always have to do with music. There is often no greater joy than singing God's praise. Lifting up our voices in worship can communicate God's love to us in ways that are beyond being able to describe it in words.
Paula lives in Petersburg, IL with her husband William Furry who is the Executive Director of the Illinois State Historical Society. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, a Masters in Music in Organ Performance from Western Michigan University, and a Doctorate degree in Organ Performance from the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria. Her work experience covers various areas of music including concert/church organist, teacher, choral director, children’s music ministry, and accompanist. Her resume contains a long list of performances & recordings. She also holds numerous Appointments of Distinction and awards from entities in both the U.S. and Europe.
. . . I am excited to have found a place where I can not only use my administrative skills but am able to use my graphic design skills to help the church communicate the word of God to others.
. . . I am lucky enough to be among the First Presbyterian Church family again, and could not be happier. Every Tuesday and Thursday I get to work with a wonderful group of people and talk with kind and caring parishioners. In addition to those great perks I am also allowed to bring a personal assistant, my young daughter, Amara. We welcome you into our office to discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding the finances of the church.