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Staff
Lead Pastor
Mark Jacobs
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Reverend Mark Jacobs grew up in Aurora, Illinois.  He graduated from East Aurora High School in 1972.  After receiving his BA degree in Philosophy, Religious Studies and Psychology from the University of Indianapolis (formerly Indiana Central), Mark attended United Theological Seminary.

During Seminary Mark served as a Pastor at Otterbein Home in Lebanon, Ohio, then Community UMC in Dayton.  Since leaving seminary Mark has served five churches in Northern Illinois, including one new church start and one new satellite congregation.

Mark has always called churches to change and meet the current world.  Jan is Mark's wife.  Their family includes their son Josh and his wife Kate, and son Ben..

 


Assistant Pastor
Nancy Vidad
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Nancy initially joined Epworth as a seminarian "intern" in 2009.  She and her family fell in love with Epworth, so they decided to remain even after the field study concluded. 
 
Nancy was born in Manila, Philippines but immigrated to Chicago when she was 7 1/2 years old.  She is a graduate of Notre Dame High School for Girls in Chicago and received her Bachelor's Degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.  She has since obtained two Master's degrees: MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management and M.Div. from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.
 
Nancy credits her husband, Alvin, for helping her raise four wonderful kids (named alphabetically from the Bible):  Aaron, Bethany, Caleb and Deborah.  Her passion is to make the Bible easier to understand for everyone so that we can all become better disciples of Jesus, our Savior.

Assistant to Pastor
Kara Berg
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Kara Berg joined the staff at Epworth Church in 2007 serving as Communications Coordinator.  Currently she serves as the Assistant to the Lead Pastor.  Kara grew up in the St. Louis area and moved to Chicago-land in 2000.  She and her family moved to Elgin in 2005.  Kara leads the Brownie Troop at Epworth Church and is also the President of the United Methodist Women of Epworth Church.  From 2010-2012 she has also served as the Annual Conference Registrar for the Northern Illinois Conference Annual Conference.  


Office Manager
Robyn Rafalzik
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Robyn Rafalzik has joined the Epworth staff as the new office manager.  Growing up, Robyn frequently moved, but considers Wisconsin her home state.   Robyn, along with her husband, Ron, and their two sons have lived in the Elgin area for the past 10 years.


Director of Contemporary Worship
Marjorie Lattimore

Marjorie is a new addition to the Epworth family.  She graduated from Streamwood High School in 2011 and is now a music major at Elgin Community College.  She also teaches piano, voice, ukulele, and conducting, and music theory at Summit Street Music in Elgin in addition to running an African Drum Ensemble (D.J.E.M.B.E.) on campus.  She hopes to witness and be an active part of the growth of Epworth in the near and distant future.


Church Custodian
Ray Eggert

Wedding Coordinator
Ginny Jensen

Church Organist
Jan Paskiewicz

Director, New Creations Preschool
Penny Ball

Penny started working with preschool kids as a Sunday School assistant when she was in high school. She has worked with children since, growing from a Sunday School teacher to child care to assistant preschool teacher, and she currently is the Director/Mon-Wed-Fri Teacher at New Creations, where she has worked for the past 21 years.

She loves working with preschoolers because of their acceptance of everyone without expectations, their curiosity in the world around them, and their inspiring love of learning and faith. Her favorite part of her job is when children finally understand something they have been working at—she loves the way their face lights up and they are so proud of themselves, as it’s like seeing a glimpse of God’s love. Her favorite “Free Choice” station is storytime, as she loves that books can take us many places. Outside of New Creations, Penny enjoys reading, sewing, and cooking, riding the back of a motorcycle with her husband.  She also loves spending time with her daughters and granddaughter.


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