At the 150th Annual Meeting of the Congregation, which was held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, the following individuals were elected to serve as officers of this congregation. Please join us in congratulating them and thanking them for their willingness to serve in these leadership roles.

Session: Class of 2020–2023
Doug Andrews
Rhonda Carlson
Bob Day
Heather Gallenbeck
Armon Haagen
Ruben Harris
Cynthia Johnson
Jean Joslyn
Marc Miller
Samme Orwig
Maddie Pieper (Youth, one-year term)
Melanie Oh Pierce
Katie Reome (Youth, one-year term)
Brian Satre

Deacons: Class of 2020–2023
Anita Balodis
Beth Stone Bentley
Connie Chang
Addie Cook (Youth, one-year term)
Joanne Gaines
Michelle Hayes
Stephanie Jenks
Sameula Kosipa (Youth, one-year term)
Brian Louis
Brenda Mauldin
Marcella McGuinn
Kathy O’Connor
Alisa Rantanen
Emily Barker Stanley
Evadne Stephens
Kashane Taylor
Tony Vitale

Trustees: Class of 2020–2023
Jean Ban
Jeanne Bishop
Doug Grissom
Mark Hurley
Fred Schwartz
Sally Scott
Betsy Zeiger

2020–2021 Nominating Committee At-Large Members
Blake Anderson
Joy Anderson
Linda Crane
Carol Lobbes
John Shonkwiler
Barton Tretheway
Stephanette Walker

To recommend yourself or another Fourth Church member to serve as an officer beginning in May 2021, please click 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.