First Presbyterian Church Staff

Pastor

Rev. Jim McCrea

jrmfpc@gmail.com

Rev. Jim McCrea is a graduate of West High School in Waterloo, Iowa, and the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction degree in English in 1976. After holding a series of full-time and freelance writing positions, he felt called to attend the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, where he studied between September 1989 and December 1991. During that time, he served as the solo Student Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Hazleton, Iowa. After receiving his Masters of Divinity degree, Rev. McCrea was called to the First Presbyterian Church of Galena in April 1992. As a professional freelance writer, his work has been published in such national magazines as Better Homes & Gardens, Northwest Airlines WorldTraveler, Mature Outlook and Currents. He's currently at work on an original commentary  on the Old Testament book, Song of Solomon. He is also a magician with a membership  in the International Brotherhood of Magicians, as well as having written two books on magic performance.


 

Choir Director

Jean Dregne

Jean was born and raised in Milwaukee Wisconsin. She started to take piano lessons at age 5. She was the accompanist for the choirs while attending Washington High School in Milwaukee. Upon graduation from high school she attended North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, where she earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree. She taught elementary vocal music in Waterford Wisconsin from 1964-1966. She sang with the Chicago Lyric Opera/Chorus from 1962 through 1967.  She moved to Janesville, Wisconsin in 1967 and took several years off to raise her family. In 1972 she started her teaching career at Edison Middle School in Janesville Wisconsin and retired from there in 2002. During those years she earned her Masters degree in Education from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  She moved to Galena in 2006 and found First Presbyterian Church shortly after that.

Organist

Lannette Calhoun

Lannette and husband George, a retired pastor, relocated to Galena from Huntley, Illinois in February. She is excited to be part of the music ministry here, and most importantly to re-connect with Jean Dregne after almost 20 years! A church organist and choir director since high school, she most recently spent 22 years at Central Lutheran Church in Edgerton, Wisconsin. UW Rock County is her home two days a week where she teaches in the music department. Her oldest son is a lead singer in the Christian band Citizen Way and lives in Nashville. Daughter Sarah is an interior designer in Madison, leads worship at her church and teaches piano. Youngest son Josh is a youth pastor in Beloit, Wisconsin and teaches guitar and drums as well. Six grandchildren round out the rest of the Calhoun clan. She hopes to teach piano lessons at her home all while enjoying beautiful Galena.

Secretary

Nancy Campbell

Nancy was born in Rockford, Illinois, and worked as an office manager for an insurance company for 20 years.  In 1987 she moved to Arizona but, feeling the need to be closer to family in the Midwest, in 2013 she chose Galena as her new home, because of her love of history.  Her great-great-grandfather settled here directly from Scotland in 1840, so she also has roots in Galena. Nancy is an animal lover and even though she feels she has too many pets, she does enjoy taking her dog for walks in one of Galena’s many wonderful parks.  The interior of her home showcases her love of ancient Egyptian art. With travel being at the top of her list of things she enjoys, Nancy has been fortunate enough to have traveled to 19 different countries, including Egypt, and almost all of the 50 states.  Her other hobbies include reading, coloring, dancing, swimming, hiking, gardening and playing dominoes. Nancy’s last job in Arizona was as a church secretary, a job she held for 11 years.

Financial Secretary

Kimberly Howard

Mary was born and raised in Galena, Illinois. She has had her own janitorial business for over 10 years. When her son Tyler is available, he helps her with her business. For the last five years she has worked seven days a week. With her daily schedule she really doesn't have time for much else. Mary's plan is to continue with her janitorial business for many more years.

Custodian

Mary Halstead

Current Church Session

Nancy Campbell

Jean Dregne

Jeff Finley

Dan Harms

Michelle Harris

Karen Stephens

Current Church Trustees

Cathy Harms

Jerry Howard

Ann Mennenoh

Gregg Painter

Kathy Pearson

John Stephens

Pastor

Rev. Jim McCrea

jrmfpc@gmail.com

Rev. Jim McCrea is a graduate of West High School in Waterloo, Iowa, and the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction degree in English in 1976. After holding a series of full-time and freelance writing positions, he felt called to attend the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, where he studied between September 1989 and December 1991. During that time, he served as the solo Student Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Hazleton, Iowa. After receiving his Masters of Divinity degree, Rev. McCrea was called to the First Presbyterian Church of Galena in April 1992. As a professional freelance writer, his work has been published in such national magazines as Better Homes & Gardens, Northwest Airlines WorldTraveler, Mature Outlook and Currents. He's currently at work on an original commentary  on the Old Testament book, Song of Solomon. He is also a magician with a membership  in the International Brotherhood of Magicians, as well as having written two books on magic performance.


 

Student Pastor

Darren Schach

I was born in Riverside, California. I had the travel bug early on because my dad was in the Air Force and we moved around a lot. We settled in the suburbs of Milwaukee, WI, and after I graduated high school decided I wanted to travel around the country as a musician, and I did that for many years. After leaving music and settling down with my wife, Sharon, I decided to go back to college and I got degrees in literature and communication. I followed that up with a graduate degree in leadership and communication from Gonzaga University. My wife and I ended up settling down in Ashville, NC for a few years, and I met a pastor there named Allen Smith. We had many great conversations about God and calls to ministry. Though I ran from my calling for many years, I finally had no reason to run away anymore and with encouragement from my wife and friends, who laughed along with me at first, I decided to answer the calling which brought us to the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.

First Presbyterian Church

106 N. Bench Street

Galena, Illinois 61036

(815) 777-0229

WORSHIP

    Sundays, 10 a.m.

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL (Sept – May)
    Adults: Sundays, 9-9:45 a.m.
 

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