CHURCH STAFF

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
Rev. Julie Van Til

Pastor

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Betsy Hanzelin
Betsy Hanzelin

Executive Director of Church Ministries

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Jamie Ford
Jamie Ford

Executive Director of Church Operations

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Rev. Dr. Dawnn M. Pirani Brumfield
Rev. Dr. Dawnn M. Pirani Brumfield

Pastoral Care Associate

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Rev. Travis Adams
Rev. Travis Adams

Youth Ministry Director

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Amie Laven
Amie Laven

Children's Ministry Coordinator (Interim)

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Brooke King-LaBreck
Brooke King-LaBreck

Communication & Connection Director

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Rob Calhoon
Rob Calhoon

Music Ministry Director

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Dallas Collins
Dallas Collins

Weekday Preschool Director

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Judy Jensen
Judy Jensen

Financial Manager

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Kathi Leahy
Kathi Leahy

Office Administrator

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Simon Duckett
Simon Duckett

Maintenance Manager

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Jeff Hamrick
Jeff Hamrick

Collaborative Keyboardist

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Bob Callahan
Bob Callahan

Day Porter

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Dylan Parry
Dylan Parry

Alternate Porter

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Michael Linde
Michael Linde

Music Ministry Associate

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Rev. Julie Van Til, Pastor

708-798-2800        jvantil@fccfaithful.org

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 create community, normalize change and foster growth for everyone, with the hope that we at least expand our capacity to hear, honor and learn from each other. Julie has a conversational way of preaching, engaging the congregation personally, and inviting connection with God in the moment. 
Julie and her husband, Andrew both grew up in the Midwest and lived in San Francisco, where Julie pastored at City Church prior to their move to FCC. They have two children, Ave and Everett, who attend H-F High School.  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, Executive Director of Church Ministries

708-798-2800, ext. 18        bhanzelin@fccfaithful.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 became Exec. Dir. of Church Ministries in March 2022.  In this position, she supervises Directors of Youth Ministry, Children's Ministry, and Communication and Connection,  and works with Membership, 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, Executive Director of Church Operations

708-798-2800, ext. 23      jford@fccfaithful.org

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. Dr. Dawnn Pirani Brumfield, Pastoral Care Associate

dbrumfield@fccfaithful.org

Rev. Dawnn was called to bring her gifts for Pastoral Care to our community by joining our staff in August 2022. She is ordained by the International Council of Community Churches and has served in many capacities, including as an Associate Pastor, Clinical Psychotherapist, and Facilitator for Anti-bias and trauma-informed care trainings.  She identifies her specific spiritual gifts as administration, counseling, preaching and teaching. The Search Committee found her to be a warm, genuine, and compassionate presence who they believe will bless those in need of pastoral care. She will bring astute, creative, detail-oriented leadership to our care ministries, and, like FCC, is passionate about community inside and outside the church walls. 

Rev. Travis Adams, Youth Ministry Director & Interim Assistant to the Pastor for Pastoral Care

708-798-2800, ext. 19     tadams@fccfaithful.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 Flossmoor.  They live in Flossmoor with their three lovable dogs!  

Amie Laven, Children's Ministries Coordinator (Interim)

708-798-2800, ext. 16   alaven@fccfaithful.org

Amie and her husband, Dan, joined FCC in 2017, and have lived for the last 16 years in Flossmoor, where they have raised their four daughters, Halena, Kendall, Braylin and Lourdes.  Amie is very excited for the opportunity to teach and inspire the children of FCC in their journey of learning and growing in God’s love. She looks forward to joining the wonderful staff at FCC and sharing its ministry.  In her free time, Amie enjoys gardening, music, fashion, and volunteering, most recently with the HF Choir Board.  

Brooke King-LaBreck, Communication & Connection Director

708-798-2800, ext. 13       bking@fccfaithful.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. 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, Weekday Preschool Director

708-798-1876      dcollins@fccfaithful.org

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.

Rob Calhoon, Music Ministry Director

rcalhoon@fccfaithful.org

Rob, who was born and raised in Flossmoor, and even spent portions of his youth participating in FCC Music programming. He is thrilled to return to FCC as our Music Director, directing choir, ensembles, and hand bells. Rob is also the Director of Orchestras at Parker Junior High School, as well as the founder and Artistic Director of the Sounds of Illinois Community Music Center. He has a Masters in Music Education from Northwestern University and has a lifetime of experience as a musician performing everywhere from jazz clubs and orchestra pits to hotel lobbies and even on top of a circus wagon! Rob and his wife Alanna Cotch have two children: Sam, who studies Music Education at the University of Illinois, and Avery, who is currently at Homewood-Flossmoor High School. 

Judy Jensen, Financial Manager

708-798-2800, ext. 14        judyjensen@fccfaithful.org

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”.

Kathi Leahy, Office Administrator

708-798-2800, ext. 11    kleahy@fccfaithful.org

Kathi is in the main office 9 am - 1 pm, Mondays - Fridays managing facility requests, phones, and covering administrative needs for Leadership staff. She is well-known in our community, as she is also the Vice President of Membership for the Homewood PTA and sits on the board of Foundation 153. Kathi and her husband, Brendan reside in Homewood with their two children, Elliott and Emilia. In her spare time she takes her kids to soccer, baseball and softball practices. She loves music and gardening and is not very fond of birds.

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. 

Jeff Hamrick, Organist & Accompanist

Jeff is delighted to be able to make music for a welcoming and diverse congregation just around the corner from his house. He and his partner Chris moved from Chicago to Flossmoor Park in late 2019 and have enjoyed getting to know their new neighbors, (several of whom recommended the position to Jeff!) He previously served as keyboardist and music director at Countryside Church UU in Palatine and, most recently, at First Unitarian Church of Chicago in Hyde Park. He has been active throughout his three decades in Chicagoland as a singer, accompanist, and Slavic and Romance languages diction coach and works as an editor at the University of Chicago Press. If there is time to spare, you can find Jeff puttering around in his backyard "woods," trying to figure out how to restore the ecosystem one native plant at a time.

Bob Callahan, Day Porter

708-798-2800, ext. 15       

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.

Dylan Parry, Alternate Porter

Dylan joined our staff in September 2021, and is also a full-time college student at Moraine Valley pursuing his Associates of Science degree. His mom, Brooke King-LaBreck, has been on staff since he was a baby, so he has grown up knowing our families and the building well! Dylan provides event set-ups and alternates with Bob with being on site Sunday mornings. 

Michael Linde, Music Ministry Associate

On any given Sunday, you will find Michael up in the balcony at the sound board. He comes to us with a lifetime of sound production experience, both as a producer and as a product specialist. Michael was born and raised in the South Suburbs, and spent a good number of years playing keyboards and seeing the world with his band, The Blue Meanies.