Leadership and staff

We have a passion for people, our city and our world. Our culture and leadership is characterized by worship, the love of God, and a genuine call to ministry. These core values have been shaped by our rich history of great co-workers and energy; always pressing forward in our call to love God and love others.

  • Robin CHOlead ministry director for preaching & shepherding

    rcho@wpchurch.com

    Robin joined WPC in September 2020. He’ll be the primary preacher, provide vision for the church, and, along with the Session, shepherd God’s people.  Robin was born in Chicago but mostly grew up just outside of Washington D.C.

     

    Previously, Robin was an urban church planter/pastor in Chicago from 2012-2019. He has pastored for the last twelve years in Chicagoland and Pennsylvania, and also spent a fruitful internship in 2010 at the historic Tenth Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Philadelphia. From 2019-2020, Robin was a pastoral resident at Holy Trinity Church in Chicago.

     

    Robin grew up in the church but only started to truly understand the Gospel in his mid-20s. His life changed when he learned the doctrines of grace and believed that he was saved by grace alone, through faith alone, and in Christ alone. Robin enjoys long bike rides next to Lake Michigan, board games, Chicago sports, reading reformed theology and world history, and good food.


    M.Div. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School '09

  • niel nielson, executive director of church ministries

    Niel was born in Dallas, Texas, and attended Wheaton College and Vanderbilt University (M.A., Ph.D., philosophy).  He has served as associate pastor of College Church in Wheaton; for ten years as president of Covenant College, the college of the PCA; and as a founding elder of Karawaci Presbyterian Church in Jakarta, Indonesia.  He is an ordained ruling elder in the PCA.

     

    Niel has taught college philosophy; traded and managed derivative product portfolios on global financial exchanges; served as managing director of a Russian-American joint venture; worked in mergers and acquisitions with a Fortune 500 company; and was founding CEO of an educational technology company.  He has traveled and worked extensively in many countries.  He currently serves on the boards of directors of 180 publicly-traded investment funds, and has served on the boards of Crossway Books, the Maclellan Foundation, Covenant Transport trucking company, and hospital and retail groups in Indonesia.

     

    Niel has been married for 43 years to Kathleen, and they have three married sons and seven granddaughters.  He and Kathleen love grandparenting, traveling, and all kinds of interesting foods, and especially delight in participating in the ministry of Christ’s church and global gospel advance.

  • tim yoder, Interim music director

    Dr. Tim Yoder, a native of Allentown, PA, has served as Music Director or Director of Worship Arts for churches in the Midwest and Northeast. In addition to being an arranger, conductor and keyboardist, he has also taught choral and worship studies at four different colleges and universities. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music (organ performance) from Nyack College, a Master of Music Education (conducting emphasis) from Wright State University, and a Doctorate of Worship Studies from the Robert Webber Institute of Worship Studies. He and his wife have two grown daughters and are blessed with five grandchildren.

  • erik schwartz, youth director

    Erik helps oversee and lead all areas related to discipleship of the youth. In addition, Erik works at Westminster Christian School as as the High School Principal and as one of the Bible instructors. Erik was raised in Elgin and attended Westminster Christian School and Church through high school. Westminster holds a place dear to Erik's heart as a deep love for Christ was fostered at both the school and church. After high school, he attended Trinity International University where he earned his degree in Education. Erik continued his collegiate education by earning a Masters in Education Leadership. Both degrees have grown and deepened Erik's desire to love and lead in a manner which points others to God and his love for them. Erick and his wife Erica reside in Elgin, with their niece, Passion, and their three sons: Isaiah, Silas, and Jeremiah (and a girl coming in September!). Erik enjoys wrestling with his boys in the basement, playing, coaching and watching soccer, and mastering the art of grilling.

  • Deacons and Elders

    If you would like to reach out to an elder or deacon, please send an email to:


    deacons@wpchurch.com


    elders@wpchurch.com