OUR STAFF





  • Donna Cady – Accountant

    After working for a government agency for 26 years, little did I know that my next job was to be called to Northminster, where I've been serving since January 2005. It did seem rather fitting since I come from a family of many pastors, including both of my grandfathers.  I count it a pleasure to be able to come to a place of worship every day to serve and work alongside other followers of Christ.


    My other and most important calling is that of a wife to Ken for over 20 years and mom to our son Christopher.  We enjoy our vacations to the beach, visiting train museums and working side-by-side on our many projects and hobbies.


  • Kevin Curtin – Learning Center Director

    After 33 years in public education, eight as a teacher and coach, as well as 25 as an Elementary School Principal, I found a new calling as Director at the Learning Center in 2013. I moved from the northwest suburbs of Chicago to attend Illinois State University where I met my future wife, Lindy, and received my Bachelor's in Elementary Education.  We have four children: Mackenzie, Bailey, Sully and Peyton. We have a grandson, Asher, who has added immeasurable joy to our family.


    Our family joined Northminster in the fall of 1998 and I have served as an Elder, Worship Leader and Praise Band member among many other ministry endeavors. It is pure joy for me to work alongside our talented Learning Center staff as we share the Gospel with the beautiful children who come through our doors.


  • Robyn Flanagan – Administrative Assistant

    I like getting to know people and listening to their stores, which helps being the Administrative Assistant who sits behind the large glass window in the front office. If you like to share stories, laugh, enjoy a hot beverage, especially coffee, I am your person. I have always considered myself a Christian but I would say that I was not always a follower of Christ. I have come to realize that my relationship with God, and how I share Him with others, matters.  


    One way I develop that relationship with God and others is by being involved in kids and youth ministry. I think the middle school years are awesomely awkward — so I love teaching that age group on Sundays. I have parented two of my children, Jason and Meghan, out of those years, but I still have one more to go, Colleen. I will need more coffee conversations! I wouldn't have been able to get through or enjoy any of it without my husband, Jay. He is my Mr. Darcy. (If you get that reference, you know my favorite book, if not, ask.)


  • Steve Gokool – Director of Music

    As Director of Music Ministries and Worship Leader at Northminster, I get to use the talents God gave me to do what I love. I have been serving churches and communities for over 17 years. I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior at the age of 9 and seek the Lord's guidance in everything I do. I am a spirit-filled Christian that takes my daily faith walk very seriously. Worship is a lifestyle and not a performance.


    Coming from New York City, via New Mexico and Canada, I have experiences with many different cultures and people. I am a singer, voice-over artist and multi-instrumentalist that enjoys super heroes and astronomy. I have performed opera, oratoria, jazz, pop and musical theatre all over the world. At one point in my life, I trained to be a Pro-Wrestler.  What I enjoy most is helping people find their voice through worshipping the God he/she loves and wants to share with the world.


  • Bob Jordan — Lead Pastor

    The best things to know about me include: I’m a follower of Jesus. I’m passionate about the Bible. I’m slowly learning to love more fully and to trust God’s grace. I’m married to Vicky, who is my best friend. I’m Dad to two sons whom I love and respect deeply. And I get to be the Senior Pastor at Northminster Presbyterian Church.

     

    Other stuff that seems to interest some people: My Bachelor’s Degree is in Civil Engineering (UCLA). I went to Fuller Theological Seminary for my MDiv and to Gordon Conwell’s Charlotte campus for my DMin. I enjoy getting to know people and their stories, helping people find answers to questions about God, and learning about leadership. I like hiking, being in the mountains, farms, Okinawan Karate, exercising, coffee, microbrews, and brownies with a scoop of coffee ice cream. I do not like peas; they are of the dark side.


  • Keith Petran – Director of Operations

    As Northminster's Director of Operations, I make sure the building and grounds are maintained and things are running smoothly. My background is in customer service, sales and operations. After 12 years with Vonachen Services Inc., I began here at NPC in early 2016. But, my job at NPC is so much more than maintaining a building. It's about the people that come here to work, play, learn and worship.


    I have been in central Illinois all my life. I was raised in Chillicothe, graduated from IVC High School and Illinois Central College. During high school, I met my wife Lori and we have 2 very active girls, Abby (AJ) and Katie (Bug). Our family started attending Northminster in January of 2007 and became members in 2008. I love to cook and spend time in the kitchen with family and friends.


  • Karen Ring – Pastoral Assistant

    If you would have told me 25 years ago that I would be a church secretary, I would have thought you were crazy! But, it is where God wants me and I have been incredibly blessed. I started work here when we opened the new building in 1996 as a teacher in the Parent/Toddler class. In 2002, I was asked to become the church secretary. I didn't have any experience, but I knew the church, the people and that this was what God wanted me to do.  


    My main duties include worship preparation for Sundays (bulletins, projection, graphics, etc.); pastoral assistance (newsletter, mailings, and email); and leadership for the Great Banquet. My husband Paul and I have two grown sons. I love photography, especially landscapes. When I retire, I would love to travel around the country, taking photos of God's handiwork.


  • Jos Smolik – Director of Youth Ministries

    It may be true that I have the best job in the world. I get to play dodgeball, eat pizza and tell teenagers about Jesus. I also get to teach students about the God who loves them and has called them into relationship with Himself. I've been working with students for almost two decades and I'm still amazed at the way they hear the call of Jesus and discover what it means to be His follower.


    I have a Bachelor's of Journalism from the University of Missouri and a Masters in Biblical Studies and Christian Formation from Wheaton College Graduate School. But, what's most interesting about me is that I love reading, playing table-top games, beating people at MarioKart, Diet Coke with lime, collecting funny t-shirts, science fiction, playing the guitar, complaining about cooking, Thomas and Friends, Liverpool Football, Gaga Ball, road-tripping, civil war trivia and superhero films.


  • Jennifer Loer – Nursery Coordinator

  • Joanna Stuck –  Interim Children's Coordinator