Staff Directory


Pastor Dudley ElveryThe Rev. Dudley Elvery, Pastor

Pastor Dudley came to First Presbyterian in mid January to serve as supply pastor while we discern what we need in a permanent pastor as we move forward.  He graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in psychology and philosophy and from Union Theological Seminary with a MDiv.  He served pastorates in Alabama and West Virginia before moving to Chicago for further studies at Chicago Theological Seminary.  He worked in mental health, human relations consulting and some teaching before realizing he belonged in the parish again.  He was pastor at Calvary United Protestant Church in Park Forest from 2003 until his retirement in 2013.  He served four terms on the Commission on Ministry for presbytery, undertook advanced studies in parish redevelopment and served as a Field Supervisor for Interns from McCormick Seminary. He and his wife Glenna share their home with two dogs and a cat.  They enjoy good food, opera and crafts, she in paper and fabric and he in wood.  He has a special place in his heart for congregations in transition as they seek to discern God's unique dream for their particular ministry.


DebraDebra Campbell, Secretary

Debra Campbell serves as church secretary in providing administrative assistance to the Pastor, Director of Music, and the full ministry of the church.  Debra is a resident of Chicago; she and her family have been members of Valley Kingdom Ministries International of Oak Forest for over 20 years.  Debra is involved in the Homeless Ministry at her church. She is divorced and has two grown children. She also enjoys line-dancing, swimming, bowling, reading, and child care.


Linda Daanen Treasurer Linda Daanen, Treasurer

Linda grew up in Homewood, attending St. Joseph grade school and Homewood-Flossmoor High School.  Her great-grandparents settled in Homewood in the 1920's and she lives in the house her great-grandfather built. Her father, James, is a long standing member of 1st Presbyterian. She has an accounting degree from the University of Arizona and worked for 13 years with small, independent schools in Tucson.


Tim webTim VanNasdale, Director of Music

Mr. Tim VanNasdale is a native of Coldwater, Michigan. His interest in sacred music began in his home church, Cornerstone Community Church in Colon, Michigan, at the age of 10 where he wold play for special services. While in high school, he took a position as a pianist for First Presbyterian Church in Coldwdater, Michigan, a position he held for ten years. His passion for music led him to study at Western Michigan University where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance. He would then go on to study Choral Music Education at Spring Arbor University and earn a teaching certification there. Tim currently serves as the Director of Music and Organist at First Presbyterian Church in Homewood, Illinois and as Director of Music for The Academy of Music and Art in Westmont, Illinois.


JohnnieJohnnie Dorsey, Sexton 

Church tradition has understood the role of the sexton to be the caretaker and guardian of church space.  Our sexton, Johnnie Dorsey, has been with us for twenty-five years.  He views his work as ministry, and it isn’t uncommon for him to go the extra mile, making coffee for the AA groups, shoveling a neighbor’s sidewalk, or encouraging someone who is going through a rough time.  Johnnie offers hospitality to all who enter and is a vital member of the body of Christ!



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