Mark grew up in Washington State, went to college in Boston, studied in Ireland, and has lived in the Midwest since 2006. He loves traditional worship, but is committed to critical, independent thought and social justice in his preaching and teaching. He has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Boston College, and a Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary, where he also serves as adjunct faculty and a member of their Board of Trustees. Mark enjoys good stories, great conversations, terrible jokes, and following the Seattle Seahawks and Mariners. He and his family live in Naperville.
A member of FCCUCC since 2003, Chris has served as Director of Music Ministry since 2011, after serving as chair of the Worship Ministry and Church Moderator. Chris has sung professionally in the Chicago area for over 30 years. He is on the voice faculty at Wheaton College and Concordia University, teaching private lessons and vocal techniques classes, and serving as the latter’s Vocal Coordinator. Chris is also a Certified Music Practitioner, providing live music at the bedside of hospital, hospice, and memory care patients. He and his wife Valerie live in Naperville and have two daughters, Hannah and Nell.
Denise Majewski is the Christian Education Coordinator. She has a diverse background in education and working with children. Having a Bachelor’s Degree from Bradley University in Communications and Sociology, as well as a Master’s Degree from DePaul University in Public Service Management, aids her in this position. She has also worked for various religious and educational institutions throughout her career. She and her husband reside in Naperville and are the proud parents of three very energetic young boys.
Sue Flaatten is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, having majored in music with a concentration on organ. She has served as organist in a number of churches and has been part of the music team at First Congregational since 2010. An active member of the American Guild of Organists, she is currently secretary and registrar of the Fox Valley chapter. A peripatetic career path has led her to jobs as a system programmer/analyst, a landscape designer and a non-profit business manager. She lives with her husband in Winfield and has two adult children.
Barbara BaileyAdministrative Assistant/Building Manager
Barbara has been our Administrative Assistant/Building Manager since 1998. Barb coordinates our weekly newsletters, bulletins, annual reports, and various building issues and rentals. She is also the church’s Wedding Coordinator. She and her husband Steve live in the area with their Newfoundland and Shetland Sheepdog. She enjoys giving generously of her time to help others.
Ann Marie Gajdalo graduated from Lewis University in Romeoville with a degree in Accounting, having previously attended Illinois Wesleyan. She has extensive financial experience working in a wide range of industries, such as healthcare, manufacturing, waste management, and non-profits. She and her husband live in the area and are the proud parents of two sons, Matthew and Andrew. She keeps busy with her sons’ activities and actively volunteers at their schools.