Flossmoor Community Church is blessed with a creative, energetic and hard-working staff. The staff faithfully serves the Boards and Committees, congregation and guests, and strives to provide the very best worship, ministries and welcome to all.
Hover over image for names and positions. Contact information and bios are at bottom of page.
Rev. Julie Van Til, Pastor
Julie was unanimously voted in as our Pastor in May of 2020 during the Covid pandemic - one for the FCC history books! She strives to be the kind of pastor that helps reduce fear, normalize change and foster growth for everyone, no matter where we are on a spectrum, with the hope that we at least expand our capacity to hear, honor and learn from those with whom we disagree. Julie tries to deliver sermons like a conversation, moving around thoughtfully, engaging the congregation personally, and inviting connection with God in the moment.
Julie and her husband, Andrew grew up in Michigan. They have two children, Eva (entering Freshman) and Everett (entering 8th grade). Along with individual interests, the whole family loves music, theater, books and travel. They especially enjoy exploring National Parks, interactive museums, and anyplace with water in the summertime.
Betsy Hanzelin, Director of Congregational Enrichment
708-798-2800, ext. 18 firstname.lastname@example.org
Betsy joined the FCC staff in1992 and served as Youth Director until June of 2015. She began the Director of Congregational Enrichment position July 2015 and works primarily with the areas of Membership, Connections, Worship, Adult Education, and Faith in Action (formerly Outreach). Betsy, and her husband Rick, both grew up at FCC, were married here and have two adult daughters, Grace and Emma.
Jamie Ford, Director of Church Operations
708-798-2800, ext. 11 email@example.com
Jamie officially joined the FCC staff as an Admin in Spring 2016, and became the Director of Church Operations in May 2019. Jamie and her husband Scott have been members since 2010. When she isn't working, Jamie enjoys time with her daughters, Annie & Sammy and their rambunctious Great Dane, Stella. Jamie is happiest when she is outside, cooking or by the water!
Rev. Travis Adams, Director of Youth Ministries & Interim Assistant to the Pastor for Pastoral Care
708-798-2800, ext. 19 firstname.lastname@example.org
Travis Adams joined the FCC staff in February 2020 after having worked with youth at churches in St. Louis and in London, England. He brings a new energy and perspective to our great tradition of Youth Ministry at FCC, and has a strong commitment to creating relationships and sharing faith with young people. Travis deeply values the immeasurable worth of having a space of worship and community where one is permitted to ask questions without fear, express feelings without constraint and encounter love without conditions. Travis' wife Megan is a veterinarian and practices at a clinic in Orland Park. They currently live in Frankfort with their three lovable dogs!
Leslie Maxie, Director of Children's Ministries
708-798-2800, ext. 16 email@example.com
Leslie, and her husband Kenny joined FCC in 2015 and keep themselves busy with their daughters Lily (5) and Rosie (3). Leslie’s signature enthusiasm and spirit bring energy to our children, families, and congregation. Planning and emceeing events for children for twenty years singularly prepared Leslie for coordinating our Children’s Ministries programming where she offers activities to get children engaged, happy, and ready to learn. Leslie believes that if children feel comfortable and have fun here at FCC that they’ll want to spend more time here. She wants families to see FCC as a place where children learn about God, Jesus, and the Bible through enjoyable, relatable, fun, and engaging activities. She offers events for everyone in the community so they’ll know that Flossmoor Community Church is a welcoming, loving place where their children will want to come and learn.we appreciate her energetic and loving attitude as she leads our children!
Brooke King-LaBreck, Director of Communications and Community Engagement
708-798-2800, ext. 13 firstname.lastname@example.org
Brooke has been a part of FCC for many years, as she was raised in the church. She joined the FCC staff in 2004 as an Administrative Assistant and in September of 2019 became the Director of Communications and Community Engagement. She enjoys using her background in the arts, creative spirit and love for the church to keep the congregation and community informed and connected through our website, social media, promotional materials and special events. Some of her biggest undertakings in the year include coordinating the Community House Fest in August (benefiting the restoration and preservation of our historical Community House) and the Homewood-Flossmoor Show Off in November, benefiting our PADS Homeless shelter. Brooke, who is the proud mom of Dylan and Ash, also enjoys traveling with her husband, Chris, singing, painting, photography, gardening, and DIY projects in her "spare time".
Dallas Collins, Director of FCC Weekday Preschool
Dallas graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and joined FCC staff in 2009 and operated as our WPS Assistant Director for 10 years prior to becoming our Director in 2020. Dallas resides in Homewood with her husband Jim and their teenage children James and Addison. She also sits on the HF Park District Board of Commissioners. In her spare time she enjoys going to the beach and playing with her dogs. Her guidance,high energy and smile are a blessing in the halls of Weekday Preschool.
Judy Jensen, Financial Manager
708-798-2800, ext. 14 email@example.com
Judy joined the FCC staff in 2000, following previous work in a bank and experience in financial management. At FCC, she keeps the records and handles all incoming and outgoing money for both the church and Weekday Preschool. She is most appreciated by the staff as being the one who does payroll! Judy and her husband, Chuck, joined FCC in 1973 and raised their daughters, April and Amy here. Amy and Erik have a daughter, Sydney who is the light of Judy’s life and calls her “Mag”.
Megan Maginity, Administrative Assistant
708-798-2800, ext. 11 firstname.lastname@example.org
Megan Maginity joined our staff as our Administrative Assistant in October 2019. She's available to assist Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and in addition to general administrative duties in our fast-paced office, she coordinates the management of our facility use for the church and Community House. Megan, her husband Scott and their young son Henry moved to Homewood from Chicago just over a year ago.
Katie Van Heel, Music Ministries Coordinator / Children's Choir Director
We welcomed Katie Van Heel as Music Ministries Coordinator in the fall of 2017. Katie grew up at FCC, attended H-F High School and has sung with Chancel Choir in recent years. She graduated from Augustana College with a BA in Vocal Music Education, and is entering her tenth year of teaching K-5 general music in the Blue Island School District. Katie got her start in choral singing as a member of our Cherub Choir! She is also the Director of our Children’s Choir.
Michael Rugen, Chancel Choir & Chancel Ringers Director
Michael Rugen recently retired as the Choral Director at Homewood-Flossmoor High School and has been at FCC for 11 years. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a Master of Music in Conducting from the University of Illinois. Mr. Rugen has received the Award of Recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education and is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Illinois Music Educators Association, and Music Educators National Conference. He and his wife Cathie have three talented children, Diedre, Evan and Jared, who have all lent their voices to our Chancel Choir over the years.
Vonda Hardesty, Organist
Vonda has been playing the organ and piano in churches for over 40 years, starting when she was just 12 years old. Hearing her masterfully play you'd be shocked to know she is self-taught. Vonda loves music, feels music and thoroughly enjoys sharing her music with others. Vonda has delighted FCC's congregation with her eclectic musical offerings since 2005. After also working for 19 years at Marian Catholic High School accompanying their choirs, Vonda recently accepted a full time position in the Fine Arts Department at Homewood Flossmoor High School. Vonda and her husband, Tom have two grown and happily married daughters, Erika and Emily, and are grandparents to their adorable grandson, Hunter. When they’re not working, they love riding their Harley Davidson wherever it takes them.
Simon Duckett, Maintenance Manager
708-798-2800, ext. 15
We were thrilled to welcome Simon and his expertise and craftmanship in October 2020. A regular jack of all trades, Simon maintains our building and grounds and keeps everything "tip top". Simon moved to the US from his hometown in Northern England after meeting his wife, Theresa. They reside in Flossmoor with their three children Ewan, Roxanne, and Ruby. Outside of his love of family and his craft, he has an affection for fishing, motocross, and house music - and all the sweeter if sipping one of his tasty home brewed beers.
Bob Callahan, Day Porter
708-798-2800, ext. 15 email@example.com
Bob joined FCC in 2013 and recently has expanded his duties to include Day Porter and Kitchen Coordinator. Bob is on site every other Sunday morning as well as part-time on four weekdays.