Our Staff

PastorMcLain.jpgRev. James B. McLain, Jr.
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
630-773-9606 x 1   pastor@fpitasca.org

Jim McLain was born in Marietta, Georgia, the only child of J.B. and Betty McLain. Educated at the Westminster Schools of Atlanta, Davidson College in North Carolina, and Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. Jim also audited courses for a year at the Eberhardt-Karls University in Tubingen, Germany, and finished two years of training in pastoral counseling.

Following three pastorates in Louisiana, Jim and his wife Jean moved to Illinois after Hurricane Katrina wiped out their home, and their jobs, in New Orleans. They both still think winters in Illinois are…uh…well…COLD!


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 Patsy Ihrke
  Church Administrator and Music Director
  Office Hours: Monday - Wednesday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  630-773-9606 x 1office@fpitasca.org

 Patsy Ihrke serves as the Church Administrator and Music Director at the 1st Presbyterian Church of Itasca. Patsy graduated from Winona State University, Winona, MN with a B.S. Music in Depth. Prior to her current position, Patsy was the Billing and Operations Manager for GENALH.  Her role there encompassed financial administration, project management, and training. She has also served as organist, pianist, children's and adult music director at churches in Minnesota and Arkansas. Patsy is a vocalist, and plays piano, organ, flute, and guitar.



Jerilyn Willin
Clerk of Session

Jerilyn Willin has been a member of First Presbyterian Church since 2004. She first served as an Elder from 2006-2012 and the re-upped in 2014. Along with being a member of the Session, she was a founding member of the church’s Resurrection Resale Shop.

Jerilyn works as a leadership development consultant and career coach. She also teaches at DePaul University. Jerilyn holds master’s degrees in Counseling Psychology (George William’s College) and Industrial Relations (Loyola University/Chicago)


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Ken Naatz
Financial Secretary

Ken Naatz has been a member of First Presbyterian Church for 35 years and the  Financial Secretary for 15 years.  He has previously served as a Deacon and Elder.

Ken works for Watson & Associates; a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Previously, Ken spent 32 years at McDonald’s Corporation mainly in the employee benefits area, where he met his wife Kathy. Ken has a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and an MBA from De Paul University. 

Ted Gault
Financial Treasurer

Ted Gault has been a member of First Presbyterian Church since 1979 and Treasurer since 2017.   He has previously served as a Trustee and Elder.

Ted is retired but was previously employed as the chief financial officer of a number of manufacturing companies in the Chicago metropolitan area.   Ted is a Certified Public Accountant and earned his BBA in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Masters of Accounting Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana.

Wedding Coordinators
Laurie Seames
Jerilyn Willin

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