PASTORS/Staff

 
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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.

Email: pastorjeff@firstpresaurora.org 

 
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that the all-surpassing power
is from God and not from us.
— 2 Corinthians 4.7
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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, Crosby.   

Isaiah loves Arsenal FC, the Denver Broncos, science fiction, learning, traveling the world, and deep conversations.

Email: inordhagen@firstpresaurora.org 

 
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession,
and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere
— 2 Corinthians 2.14

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. 

Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
— Psalm 46.10
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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. 

Email: dwegehaupt@firstpresaurora.org  

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith
— Hebrews 12.1-2a
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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).

Email: kscherer@firstpresaurora.org  

 
But for me it is good to be near God;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
that I may tell of all your works.
— Psalm 73.28
 

David and Lindsey Goetz - Directors of Family Discipleship

As Directors of Family Discipleship, David and Lindsey oversee all aspects of our Children’s Ministry.  They are passionate about developing Bible literacy in children, providing spaces where children can connect with the Lord and come to know him deeply, equipping and supporting parents in the discipleship of their children, and integrating children and families into the church’s mission to our neighborhood in obedience to Christ.  

David and Lindsey met at Trinity International University and were married in 2010.  Since then, they have moved 8 times and welcomed 3 wonderful daughters: Eliana, Phoebe, and Mercy Kate.  The Goetzes love family hikes, reading great books, inviting people into their home, and eating tasty food.  

 
I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation
to everyone who believes.
— Romans 1.16
 
By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart
before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater
than our heart, and he knows everything
— 1 John 3.19-20
 

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. 

Email: rigoortiz@firstpresaurora.org 

 
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
— Psalm 27.1
 

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.  

Email: bbustamante@firstpresaurora.org 

 
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened,
and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go
— Joshua 1.9

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. 

Email: mbeneke@firstpresaurora.org 

I love Mark 4:35-41, when Jesus calms the storm. I’m always in awe of Jesus’s great power. I love to turn to this verse in hard times and remember that Jesus can calm the storm, so we should trust him!
— Melissa

Elders

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:   

Kitty Anderson
Linda Dudley
Dan Farnum
Peter Grometer

Rev. Jeff Moore
Rev. Isaiah Nordhagen

Diana Prange
Dawn Pulgine
John Vincent

Jeff Whitt (Clerk of Session)
John Young