Staff and Vestry


Rev. David Jackson

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After receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees at Johns Hopkins University, Rev. Dave began a career in law enforcement. He experienced a call to ordained ministry and completed his seminary education in 2017, receiving a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Pastoral Care from Northern Seminary (then in Lombard, Illinois) and the Diploma of Anglican Studies from Bexley Seabury (the Episcopal seminary in Chicago). During seminary, he completed clinical pastoral education as a chaplain intern at the DuPage Convalescent Center (in Wheaton) and pastoral internships at Grace Episcopal Church (in New Lenox) and Emmanuel. Following his internship, Emmanuel called Rev. Dave to remain as the Assistant Rector. He was ordained as a Transitional Deacon in December 2016 and then as a Priest in June 2017. He was elected by Emmanuel as Co-Rector with the Rev. Ellen Ekevag in 2019 and then became Rector upon her departure in 2020.

As the Rector, Rev. Dave is charged with overseeing the worship and spiritual life of the parish, supervising the staff, and various administrative duties (which he strangely enjoys). Most recently, he designed our new live-streaming system and discovered that video production can actually be a pretty cool hobby!

As a bi-vocational priest, Rev. Dave continues to work full-time outside the church and part-time at Emmanuel. He has been married to his wife Stacy since 2006 and they share a passion for promoting healthy relationships. Rev. Dave specializes in marital and pre-marital counseling and relationship enrichment programs. He completed a graduate certificate in Pastoral Counseling after seminary and is a practitioner member of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

Associate Rector

Rev. Kate Spelman

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A native of Philadelphia, Rev. Kate Spelman earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago, an M.Div from Yale Divinity School and her Anglican Diploma from Berkeley Divinity School. She has served churches of pastoral and program size in the dioceses of Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Chicago. During the week, she serves as the Aging with Pride Program Specialist for AgeOptions, the area agency on aging for suburban Cook County, where she puts her passions for elder care and community organizing to work mobilizing churches and other aging service providers to better serve LGBT+ older adults. Rev. Kate has also served as a faculty member on the Episcopal Preaching Foundation's Preaching Excellence Program, a deputy to General Convention (2018 and 2021/2) and on the Diocese of Chicago's Nominations, Clergy Compensation and Bishop Search & Nomination Committees, as well as Equality Illinois' Community Advisory Group. In her spare time, she likes to work out, cook, read good books and watch terrible TV. She and her wife (Dr.) Ellen Koucky have a 14 year old mutt named Chick and are expecting their first child in January 2022.


Rev. Bill Rimkus

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The Rev. Bill Rimkus has been a Deacon in the church for thirty-one years, eighteen of which have been in service here at Emmanuel. Deacon Bill is the father of five children and grandfather to three. He is retired and enjoys painting in various media. (Take a look at our Youth Group gathering space downstairs or the scenery for our Children’s Christmas Pageant- Bill's artwork is amazing!) One of Deacon Bill's many gifts to the church is his powerful preaching which offers sermons that both challenge and inspire our congregation.


Adam Harp

Adam has agreed to take over as Treasurer from January 1st 2019. Thank you


Parish Administrator

Judy Staiano

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As the Parish Administrator, my role is to assist the Rector in compiling and preparing the service bulletins, announcements, and Prayers for the parishioners on a weekly basis. Also to help co-ordinate the many ministries that serve the community within the church, and the organizations that use the church for their meetings and social events.

I was born in Coventry, England, am married with 2 children in college, and I have lived in the U.S for the last 18 years. I lived in Hinsdale for 3 years and now live in Western Springs. I admire the diversity of this community and the generous, caring spirit of this beautiful old church and its parish family.

Altar Guild Director

Kathy Lampert

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The Altar Guild is the liturgical partner of the Priest.  As one Altar Guild manual puts it, "We are the ones chosen to prepare for the meeting of the people with God."  We care for the objects used in worship.  We handle them carefully and respectfully, because those objects have been dedicated in prayer for use in worship for the glory of God.  We also care for the sanctuary of the church.  The work of the Altar Guild is to ensure that our sanctuary reflects the holiness and the joy we all create together in our worship.

The members of the Altar Guild are part of an unbroken tradition reaching back to the faithful people who provided for Jesus during his lifetime.  Joining the Altar Guild means learning many fascinating aspects of Church tradition, including the esocteric names for all the various vessels, vestments, linens and paraments we use in worship.  Most importantly, serving on the Altar Guild is a spiritual exercise.  Caring for the Altar is a way to act out our relationship with God.  It is quiet, prayerful work.

Please consider joining and helping in this special ministry.

Music Director

George Tarasuk

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George has over twenty-five years’ experience as a liturgical musician, directing the choirs and preparing rehearsals, anthems, hymns and service music.  Additionally, he has designed a personal website for the purpose of teaching choristers to learn and practice in a "virtual rehearsal" space. George has led a series of "Technotyme" workshops for church musicians to assist them developing their own music databases and web sites.  Previously, he has instituted a children’s choral program and concert series, a performing arts series and formed a committee to administer fundraising, marketing and receptions and planned a major capital campaign for the purchase of a new pipe organ.  Along with teaching keyboard to students he is versed in many instruments and vocal skills.

As with most church musicians, George has a full time position.  He is a Grants Officer/Information Systems Analyst for the Illinois Arts Council in Chicago.  He lives in La Grange Park with his wife, Hilary, and their two children. 

Choir Practice

Wednesday, 7:00 PM  All Are Welcome

Sunday, 8.00 AM All Welcome

Acolyte Director

Andy Dolliff

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Andy Dolliff became the Acolyte Director in 2012.  Andy was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Minneapolis.   He also served as a long-time Acolyte at St. Paul's which helped him in his transition to Acolyte Director here at Emmanuel.   Andy is married to Kerry and is the father of 3 children – two of which are Emmanuel Acolytes.  Andy is the Vice President at McNellis Insurance with offices in Evergreen Park & Chicago.  Andy & his family enjoy spending time at the family summer home in Grand Beach Michigan & attending Notre Dame football games in the fall.   


Clarence Johnson

Clarence joined our team on October 12th.

His hours are:
Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's between 9-2pm and Saturdays 9-5pm

if you wish to contact him, for the moment please use and the office will forward your request. Thank you.


The Vestry

The Vesty is the governing body of Emmanuel.  The Rector is a voting member of the Vestry.  Each vesty member is elected to a three year term.  The junior and senior wardens are elected to two year terms.  The Junior Warden succeeds the Senior Warden.

Our Vestry is made up of the following parishioners.

Senior Warden -- Marc O'Brien

Junior Warden -- Andrew Beyer


Mary Borge 

Diane Coutre-Clark

Andy Dolliff

Dorren Gertsen-Briand

Cliff Egel

Kathy Lampert

Matt Longo

Terry O'Neill

Leslie Stahulak

Hadley Rivera-Weaver - Youth Representative

Adam Harp -- Treasurer

Kathleen Valenta - Vestry Secretary