Pastor Jeff Moore - Senior Pastor
Jeff has served as the Senior Pastor here at First Pres since January of 2007. He is privileged to lead an amazing staff and preach the Word of God on a consistent basis. Jeff’s passion is to dig into the Bible and explain it, verse by verse, because God’s Word, the Bible, is truth for faith and life. The Bible reveals a clear picture of who God is and when we see God clearly, our lives make sense.
When Jeff's not leading and preaching, he enjoys the outdoors with his bride of 20 years, Stephanie, watching his four children perform in athletics and arts, cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Cubs, reading biographies, and fly-fishing.
Pastor Isaiah Nordhagen - Assistant Pastor
As the Assistant Pastor, Isaiah oversees all Discipleship, including Sunday School, College and 20s, Men’s Ministry, Family Ministry, and Grow Groups. Isaiah is passionate about opening people’s eyes to see how exciting and abundant life can be when we follow Jesus Christ as Lord. Raised in Colorado, Isaiah received his BA from Wheaton College and a Masters of Divinity from Regent College in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The best decision he ever made was marrying his awesome wife Jen. Isaiah and Jen are blessed to have a boisterous little girl, Liv, and a baby boy on the way.
Isaiah loves Arsenal FC, the Denver Broncos, science fiction, learning, traveling the world, and deep conversations.
Pastor Bill Albert - Pastor to Seniors
As Pastor to Seniors, Bill’s role is to bless and serve senior adults at First Pres and in the city of Aurora, especially our homebound members. While Bill and his wife Olivia have moved seventeen times over their married life of 56 years, they call the Chicago area home. Prior to seminary, Bill was employed by Amoco for 31 years, primarily working in the area of Human Resources. He is a McCormick Seminary graduate, having completed a M.Div. degree in June of 1999, following two years at Northern Baptist Seminary in Lombard. Pastor Bill served at three Presbyterian churches before retiring from full-time ministry in 2016 and joining the First Pres family. He has four married children and eleven grandchildren.
Pastor Bill’s hobbies are golf, writing, reading, music, fishing, and the Chicago Bears.
Dan Wegehaupt - Director of Operations and Communications
Dan is our Director of Operations and Communications, working in the areas of facilities, finances, business operations and general church communications. His work background and education were heavily concentrated in Accounting and Business Management, which suits him well for the many functions which are a part of his position. He also owned his own remodeling business and enjoys working with the multiple buildings of the FPC facilities. Dan thrives on the variety of tasks his position with the church brings, and is especially grateful for the opportunity to work with the wonderful staff, church leadership and volunteers that make this congregation what it is. Dan has been a member of the church since 1990, worshiping and serving with his wife Valerie, and young adult sons Evan and Nate.
Dan’s hobbies include golfing, fishing, woodworking, and working on cars and trucks with his sons.
Keith Scherer - Director of Worship and Music
Keith has responsibility for the worship ministry, which includes planning worship services, leading the worship band and choir, and oversight of any other music ministries. He grew up in a Christian home beginning his life-long journey of discovering what it means to be in Jesus and beloved of the Father. Because corporate worship has been essential in how God has personally drawn Keith to Himself, he cares deeply about celebrating Christ with others in worship. Keith has an M.A. in Educational Ministries, done Master’s work in Theology and doctoral work in Christian Worship, and holds a Doctor of Ministry in Christian Spirituality.
Keith’s hobbies include music of all-kinds (classical, alternative, indie, classic rock, celtic, African, world), reading, travel (especially to New Mexico and Ireland), camping, hiking, and Sunday naps (currently napping at a black-belt level).
Rigo Ortiz - Director of Student Ministries
As the Director of Student Ministries, Rigo oversees Jr High and High School programming and discipleship. Rigo is passionate about students because of a verse he was confronted with as a youth, 1 Tim. 4:12: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” Rigo believes youth today have a lot to offer the church and have a deep desire to be known; we just have to pursue them with the love of Christ. Rigo came to know Christ through the ministry of First Pres and was baptized at Church Camp in 2005. Rigo graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2012. He is married to his high school sweetheart Elizabeth; whose family introduced him to Christ. They have two children: Rigo Jr. (2) and Lio (1).
Rigo’s hobbies include playing and coaching soccer, working on cars, and anything that’s hands-on. Rigo also loves movies, reading books, and having conversations that challenge his faith.
Brenda Bustamante - Director of Kingdom Kid's Club
Brenda is the supervisor of Kingdom Kids Club, our neighborhood after-school program, and Summer Day Camp. Brenda is also the bilingual Hispanic Liaison for our church. At a young age she surrendered her life to Jesus and discovered her call to ministry through organizing and supervising Vacation Bible School for her home church in Monterrey, Mexico. Brenda has a desire to help children build a spiritual foundation through which they can come to know Jesus Christ personally and grow in their relationship with Him. Today she is married to Bernardo and a proud mother of Bella.
Brenda's hobbies include photography and watching movies.
Melissa Beneke - Administrative Assistant
Melissa's many tasks as Administrative Assistant include: church contributions, Website design, Bulletin/ Newsletter editor and maintaining Church Records. She started working with First Pres in December of 2014. Melissa is passionate about working with others to communicate the mission and vision of First Pres. She has a BA in English and Communication from Aurora University. She was involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship during college.
Melissa’s hobbies include golfing, listening to music, traveling and running.
As a Presbyterian Church, First Pres is lead by a team of elders, which means that major decisions are made by a team of godly men and women elected by the congregation. We call this team the "session". We currently have eleven active elders: nine "ruling elders" (lay leaders from the congregation) and two "teaching elders" (ordained pastors). The session oversees our staff team, including our Senior Pastor Jeff Moore and Assistant Pastor Isaiah Nordhagen.
Here is a list of our current elders:
Rev. Jeff Moore
Rev. Isaiah Nordhagen
Jeff Whitt (Clerk of Session)