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.

  • douglas sean o'donnell, senior pastor


    Doug was called to Westminster as the Senior Pastor in 2017. He is the primary preaching pastor, provides vision for the church, and, along with the session, shepherds God’s people.  Doug was born and raised in Addison, Illinois. Recently, he served as the senior lecturer in Biblical Studies and Practical Theology at Queensland Theological College in Brisbane, Australia. Pastor O’Donnell has authored, edited, and contributed to a number of books, including two children’s books, six commentaries on the Bible, and The Pastor’s Book with R. Kent Hughes.  Doug is also an instructor for Charles Simeon Trust.

    Doug was converted to Christ in his late teens and has served in pastoral ministry for the past twenty-plus years. He is married to Emily and they have five children. Doug enjoys good coffee, long walks, reading poetry, cheering for the Big Ten, watching the NBA, and beating his family in Knock-Out.

    PhD Candidate, University of Aberdeen

    MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

    MA, Wheaton College

    BA, Wheaton College

  • Nick Swan, Director Of Discipleship


    Nick joined the staff of Westminster in March of 2018. His primary responsibilities include pastoral care, counseling, christian education, and discipleship. In addition, he will help lead worship and preach periodically. Nick was born in Decatur, IL, but was raised in Muncie, IN. He attended Ball State University and The Juilliard School where he received degrees in oboe performance. After completing his musical studies, Nick was a member of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra for three years, after which he made a transition into pastoral ministry. Prior to joining the staff at Westminster, Nick served for 10 years as a pastor at Crossway Community Church in Charlotte, NC.

    Nick and his wife, Rebecca, have three children: Kathryn, Daniel, and Caroline, all of whom attend Westminster Christian School. In his free time, he enjoys classical music, reading, fly fishing, and movie nights with his family.

    MA - Reformed Theological Seminary - Charlotte

    MM - The Juilliard School

    BM - Ball State University

  • Aaron Lira, Assistant Pastor

    Aaron Lira serves as part-time Assistant Pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Aaron received his B.A. in Bible and Pastoral Studies from Moody Bible Institute in 2007, his M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2010 and was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America in 2013 when he served as Assistant Pastor at Bethel Christian Church in Chicago/Wheeling, IL. In his spare time, Aaron enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling, hiking and exercising.

  • RObert Lee, Youth Intern


    Robert serves as our Youth Ministry Intern at Westminster. In this role, he helps oversee and lead all things related to the discipleship of the youth. In addition, as an intern, Robert meets regularly with the pastoral staff to receive instruction and guidance on how to shepherd God’s people well. Robert grew up in Joliet, IL. At eighteen years old, our Lord Jesus rescued him from a path destined for destruction. From that point forward, God implanted a burning passion within him to preach the gospel and shepherd the body of Christ. To fulfill God’s call, Robert has served in youth ministry, preaching the Bible and discipling students ever since. In addition to serving the local church, Robert will be completing his B.A. in Biblical Languages from Moody Bible Institute in the near future. Robert and his wife, Tiffany, live in the Portage Park neighborhood of Chicago. Robert enjoys reading, basketball, weightlifting, and good conversation over fresh brewed coffee.

    BA – Moody Bible Institute (Fall 2019)

  • Stephen Lynerd, Director of Worship and music


    Originally from New York, Stephen received a M.M. from The University of Maryland, College Park.  During post graduate studies at SUNY Purchase, Stephen moved to Texas and served in the music ministry of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco.  He has also served at Valley Springs Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Sacramento, CA, Holy Trinity Church in Chicago, and First Baptist Church in Downers Grove, IL.  Stephen also tours and records as a jazz artist leading his quartet, The Stephen Lynerd Group, in addition to freelancing as a musician in and around Chicago.  Stephen toured for 9 years as drummer and solo percussionist with Tim Zimmerman and The King's Brass, as well as The Dallas Brass.  He and his wife Deborah, a teacher, live in Elgin, IL.

    B.M. University Of Maryland, College Park

    M.M. University Of Maryland, College Park

  • Marcia Turpin, Children's Church coordinator

    Marcia is a follower of Jesus, wife to Tim, and mother of five children.  She has a degree in elementary education from Northeastern Illinois University and has had the privilege of working in children's ministry for over fifteen years.  The joy of sharing the truths of God's Word with young hearts and minds never gets old!  She considers it a great honor to serve the Lord through ministering the love of Jesus to children and their families.  

  • Steve Hall, Head of School

    (847) 695-0310 ext. 209


    847-695-0311 ext. 250

  • Maggie Schwartz, business manager

    847-695-0311 ext. 210

  • Lynn Saxe, Financial assistant

    847-695-0311 ext. 252

  • Deacons and Elders

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