Our Staff

These are a few friendly faces of some of the folks that help make our church go.

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Stacy Nilsen

Administrative Assistant

Stacy has been the Administrative Assistant at First Congregational Church since September 2010. Stacy was previously an Administrative Assistant for 29 years at an engineering and surveying firm. She is married to Marty for over 30 years and they have one adult child, Allyson married to Eric. Away from the office, she enjoys gardening, scrapbooking, hiking and biking. Stacy's passion is cooking and baking, she loves to share her creations with family and friends.


Cindy Wallace

Music Minister, Instructor & Volunteer

Cindy has been involved in music all of her life, having served as a music minister, voice instructor, choir member and volunteer.  Cindy says “I find joy and spiritual renewal in making beautiful music in worship of God, and love bringing that joy to lives of others”. Cindy received her Bachelor of Music degree from William Carey College in Hattiesburg, MS and received an Associate of Arts in Music from Jones County Junior College in Laurel, MS.  Cindy has served many churches, from Georgia to Mississippi and from Texas to Illinois.  Cindy is a former member of the Elgin Community College Choir and is active in the Hampshire High School Music program.  Cindy currently is the Chaplain Manager at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates.  Cindy also is a private voice instructor.  Cindy feels that her role at FCC-Huntley will be “to create a service that flows together musically and theologically in order to express the message of God, through our gifts and talents”.  Cindy, her husband and family reside in Carpentersville.


Rev. Nancy Erickson Schatzeder

Greetings 1st Congregational Church! I feel so blessed and privileged to serve this church in an “interim interim” pastor.  The United Church of Christ recommends that churches facing the loss of a called pastor spend time in reflection about where they’ve been, where they are, who they might become, and who might lead them in discovery. It is vital that 1st Congregational understands the process so that their selection of a new “called pastor is one who will lead into a fruitful, faithful, and prophetic future.  I serve in the space between the end of one pastorate and the beginning of self-assessment of future needs and desires. I am so pleased to serve this congregation in this tender period. I want to assist you…thank you for allowing me that privilege.

A little about me.  I have two adult children. My son, his ridiculously beautiful and kind wife, their 3 kids, do and cat live very near me in St Charles. My daughter and her husband live near Minneapolis with their two whippets.(Please note, I am an inveterate dog lover—why do I not have a waggedy tail and scruffy ears? When I’m not serving you or folk like you I board dogs in my home.)

In my life outside of what we call ‘pulpit supply’ I am an avid exerciser, live music aficionado, dancer (to my kids’ and grandkids’ embarrassment), dabbler in knitting, and committed reader of theology history, poetry (Mary Oliver, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and that Shakespeare guy) and suspense fiction (think Dean Koontz). I graduated from Glenbard West HS in Glen Ellyn, Monmouth College in Illinois (Bio/Psych degree) and Chicago Theological Seminary.

I am an active member of the Little Home Church in Wayne and have served congregations in Winnetka, Union, and West Dundee and was ordained in 2003.

I am pleased to say that life has taught me well and that I look forward to the assimilation of more life lessons. Ideas tempered by experience leads one to all kinds of new and expansive opportunities.  Thank you all for allowing me to spend this very tender and formative time with you as I flex newly trained theological and relational muscles.

I invite you to pull me aside in coffee hour. Tell me who you are. What you love about your church. What your hopes are for your faith community and your own faith development.

If you have further questions or concerns, or if you would simply appreciate prayers or a visit, our church administrative assistant, Stacy Nilsen will connect us.


Nancy Erickson Schatzeder

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