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.


Rev. Steve Welker (Pastor Steve)

Rev. Steve Welker (Pastor Steve) has served as an Intentional Interim Pastor since 2012.  He has served five interims in Michigan, Illinois and Ohio.  Prior to being trained as an intentional interim pastor, he served as a settled pastor for twenty-one years in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Illinois.

Pastor Steve attended Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana and graduated in 1991.  He was ordained in his home church in Seymour, Indiana in 1991.  He is a member of the Interim Ministry Network and the Association Interim Ministers.  He has been active in the community with involvement in Habitat for Humanity, working at PADS shelters in Arlington Heights and Lake County, and has coordinated and walked in numerous CROP walks.  He has also led mission trips, and has served as a director and spiritual leader at church camps. He likes to play golf and play his guitar.  He is also and avid reader.  Probably his favorite time is spent being “Papou” to his three grandchildren.

Prior to entering ministry, Pastor Steve was an elementary school teacher in Seymour, Indiana where he taught sixth grade and coached boys football and basketball, as well as girls ninth grade basketball.

Pastor Steve is married to his high school sweetheart, Brenda, who works in the nonprofit sector, and they have two adult children, Alison (Mike) Tealdi and April (Terrel) Brewster and two granddaughters and a grandson.

Pastor Steve and his wife live in Hoffman Estates where they have resided for nineteen years.

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