Staff Directory


NancyThe Rev. Dr. Nancy Jo Dederer, Pastor

Pastor Nancy began her ministry with First Presbyterian Church in January 2001.   She grew up in the Toledo, Ohio area and was active in church from a young age:  children and youth choirs, handbells, youth fellowship, and even teaching the 3 year old Sunday school class and leading music for Vacation Bible School while in high school.  Pastor Nancy credits much of her faith formation to her home church congregation and pastors and her many years at YMCA summer camp, first as a camper and then as a staff member.  She graduated from Alma College in Michigan with a BA in Speech & Theatre and a certification for secondary education.  After college she worked for three years as a Director of Christian Education in a Presbyterian church in Central Ohio where she discerned her call to pastoral ministry.  Pastor Nancy received her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey and served a church in Northern Virginia over nine years before coming to Homewood.  She has since earned her Doctor of Ministry degree in Parish Revitalization from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL.  Pastor Nancy loves music and it is not unusual for her to sing in a sermon!  She is married to Chris and they have a young adult son, Andrew.


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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