Annual Meeting of the Congregation

Sunday, February 10, 2019
12:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

At the Annual Meeting, the Nominating Committee will recommend to the congregation a slate of officer candidates for three-year terms (unless otherwise noted) to begin in May 2019.

You can read the minutes from last year’s Annual Meeting here.


The belief that the people of God are called to be leaders is at the heart of the Presbyterian way. This commitment manifests itself in a style of “representative democracy” that is unique in the worldwide church. This representative democracy is embodied in the boards of the church: the Session, the Board of Trustees, and the Board of Deacons. The officers who serve on these boards have been identified for their gifts of leadership and a commitment to the life and ministry of this congregation and are elected to three-year terms by the congregation. These elections are held each February. Officers are then ordained and installed in May, when they begin their term of service.

Fourth Church is a member of the Presbytery of Chicago and the Synod of Lincoln Trails, governing bodies of the Presbyterian Church (USA). As a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Fourth Church is organized according to the denomination’s Book of Order. Men and women are nominated and elected by the congregation to serve three year terms as ordained elders and deacons, and as trustees.

Slate of 2019 Officer Candidates

Deacons
Taposhi Bentley
Caryn Borg-Breen
Rhonda Faulkner
Rachel Fisher (1-year term)
Cathy Flaa
Austin Garfield
Caryn Hank
Liz Kurman
Bruce Leech
Luke Meyer (1-year youth term)
Colleen Mraz
Mike Pankratz
Stefanie Schumann
Besty Storm (1-year term)
Lisa Stracks
Ashley Swidnicki
Elaine Tierney
Nora Wiltse
David A. Wilson
Christian Yonan (1-year youth term)

Trustees
Lynne Driver
Sam Evans
Jeanne Olofson
Tony Ruger
Joe Sifferlen
Anne Voshel
Beverly Washington

Elders
Steve Block
Monica Brown
Tim Calkins
John Collins (1-year youth term)
Ken Gaines
Jeanne Griffin
Tracy Koogler
Ji Inn Lee
Kelley Lynch
Craig Morrison
Clara Radtke (1-year youth term)
Tim Schellhardt
Emma Vis
Hee Sook (Toni) Yang

Nominating Committee At-Large Members
Linda Crane
Arlene Raine
Rob Sinclair
Patrick Spence
Alison Thomas
Stephanie VanderShie

To nominate a Fourth Church member to serve as an officer beginning in May 2020, please click here. These suggestions will be considered by the new Nominating Commitee when it begins its work in the summer of 2019.