staff + leadership

We have a passion for people, our community, and our world. Our culture and leadership is characterized by worship, the love of God, and serving others. These core values have shaped the rich history of First Presbyterian Church and push us forward in our call to love God and others.



    Each person is a storyteller. Our lives are full of beautiful stories that need to be shared, be they good and bad. When we listen and share our stories together they begin to make sense, and in this sharing we begin to see where our stories and God’s story intersect.

    Here is the ‘formal’ part of my story:

    I have served alongside First Presbyterian Church of Lincoln, Illinois as pastor since the summer of 2013. I received a Masters in Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, a Masters in Spirituality from Bellarmine University and a Bachelor of Arts from Greenville College. I have served as a Youth Director and Student Pastor in churches in Indiana and Kentucky. In the winter of 2012, I traveled to Kerala, India where I studied Christian spirituality and social justice. During this time I had the opportunity to dialogue with religious leaders of other faith traditions. Spiritual formation and the worshipping life of a community of faith are of particular interests of mine.

    On a more personal note:

    I am originally from Central Illinois, and my family still lives in Peoria. Baseball is an essential part to my story, and words are deeply important to me. I read, I write, I journal, and on occasion I blog. I prefer memoirs to novels, the Chicago Cubs to the St. Louis Cardinals, and coffee to tea. Wendell Berry, Maya Angelou, Thomas Merton, Rowan Williams, Delores Williams, and Abraham Lincoln are a few names you will find on my bookshelves.

    I work to live contemplatively, intentionally, and mindfully of the world around me, especially my neighbors whose story I’ve yet to learn. I am a hopeful visionary, not afraid to dream, and am always looking for the places where Love has, is, and can emerge.

    This is my story, for now.

  • Chris Thomas


    Christine (Chris) Thomas joined the First Presbyterian Staff in 2017, following a 40-year career in graphic design and marketing. When she's not in the office, Chris fills her time with Zumba Fitness, baking (which explains her interest in Zumba), sewing, and supporting the endeavors of her husband, Bill, and their three adult children.

  • David Young

    Music Director

    David teaches music at Lincoln’s District 27 elementary school where his ensembles have grown regularly, in size. He is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University (B.M.E.) and Illinois State University (M.M.E.).  David has directed musicals at the Vermillion Players in Pontiac, Illinois, and he also has served as a vocal music judge. He has been a professional pianist for over 20 years and also has performed as a vocal soloist. David and his wife, Amanda, have two daughters, Danielle (age 6) and Skylar (age 2). David will direct the First Presbyterian Church choir, organize the church’s musical programs, and expand its musical outreach into the community.



  • Mel Anderson




    Chet Lord-Remmert earned his bachelor's degree in Music Performance with an emphasis on cello from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois ('14). He organ teachers include Mr.Ken Bade (Kankakee, IL) and Dr. Bruce Gibbons (Decatur, IL). Chet also serves as the Operations and Personnel Manager for the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and is the cellist in the Springfield-based, Blackwater String Ensemble. Chet resides in Springfield, Illinois with his goldendoodle, Beau.