Meet the Pastor Nominating Committee

The following eleven-member Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) was elected by the congregation at its Annual Meeting on February 12, 2012, and charged with the task of searching for and identifying a candidate for Pastor and Head of Staff for Fourth Presbyterian Church.

Serving on the committee are co-chairs Juli Crabtree and Doug Grissom; Nicholette Andrews-Maggio; Ranjan Daniels; Sam Evans; Joan Hall; Marc Miller; Mark Nelson; Brad Pierce; Arlene Raine; and Hilary Richardson.


Juli Crabtree    Juli Crabtree, co-chair

Juli has attended Fourth Church since 1982 and been a member for thirteen years. She currently serves as a ruling Elder and has served as a Deacon and Trustee. She co-chaired the steering committee for the Refreshing the Vision long-range plan and was co-chair of the Project Second Century (P2C) Capital Campaign. She currently serves on the P2C Steering Committee, the Gratz Center Planning Committee, and the Oral History Committee. She has been a tutor, part of the Chancel Choir, and, with her husband, Don Horvath, a member of the sandwich-making crew. Juli has credentials as a tax attorney and executive recruiter and has also written and designed online education programs. She and Don enjoy outdoor activities, including skiing and hiking.

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Doug Grissom    Doug Grissom, co-chair

Doug joined Fourth Church in 2000. He has served as president of the Board of Trustees, member of the Project Second Century (P2C) Steering Committee, chair of the P2C Finance subcommittee, member of the Refreshing the Vision Committee, and treasurer of the Day School Board. He is married to Ann Grissom, who teaches Sunday School at Fourth Church. They have four children: John, Peter, Jacob, and Katherine, all of whom are active participants in Sunday School. Doug is a Managing Director at Madison Dearborn Partners on the Business and Government Services team. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Aderant Holdings, Inc.; Asurion Corporation; CoVant Technologies II; Fieldglass, Inc.; Children’s Inner City Educational Fund; City Year of Chicago; and METROsquash.

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Nicholette Andrews    Nicholette Andrews-Maggio

Nicholette was baptized and confirmed at Fourth Church. Her earliest memories of the church include crawling around on the floor during her mother’s Deacon meetings and, with her mother, dropping off meals at shelters when the Sunday Night Supper program began. She was an active member of the youth program as well as the youth choir. She went on six mission trips as a youth, taught Sunday School during her senior year of high school, has worked as a nurse in Africa with the Cameroon America AIDS Alliance, and served as a Deacon. Nicholette tutors at Fourth Church, sings in the choir, teaches confirmation classes, is on a care team, and participates in Sunday Night Supper once a quarter. She is a nurse and currently works as a nursing research assistant at the University of Illinois while studying to become a pediatric nurse practitioner.

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Ranjan Daniels    Ranjan Daniels

Ranjan joined and was baptized at Fourth Church in 1997. He has served as a Deacon, member of the Officer Nominating Committee, and member of the Chicago Lights Board. He and his wife, Kalen, were married at Fourth Church. They have three children: Gavin, Eve, and Declan, all of whom were baptized at Fourth Church and are active participants in Sunday School. Ranjan recently launched an e-learning company that helps universities leverage technology to reach new students, optimize resources, and improve academic achievement. He enjoys running on the lakefront, breaking down the Cubs roster, and watching his kids discover and learn.

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Sam Evans    Sam Evans

Sam has been a member of Fourth Church for sixteen years and was formerly active at First Presbyterian Church of Salina, Kansas, prior to his move to Chicago. Sam is currently serving as Clerk of Session at Fourth Church. He is active on the Middle East Task Force and in determining Fourth Church’s investments in the Middle East. He has attended three General Assemblies of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is a Commissioner of Presbytery to General Assembly this year. He is ordained as a Deacon and an Elder, having served twice as an Elder at Fourth Church. He is past chair of the Mission Committee and the Ecclesiastical Relations Committee, has served as a Trustee, and has participated in missions trips to Honduras, Cuba, Gaza, and Israel. Sam is married to Terry Evans, who teaches photography at Columbia College. They have two children, David and Corey.

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Joan Hall    Joan Hall

Joan has been a member of Fourth Church for fourteen years. She is currently serving as a member of the Personnel Committee. She has served two terms on the Fourth Church Board of Trustees. She is a past president of the Trustees and past chair of the Legal Committee. She has served on the Project Second Century (P2C) Finance Committee and has participated in Fourth Church mission trips to Israel and Cuba and a Fourth Church women’s spiritual retreat in Switzerland. Joan is a cofounder and immediate past president of the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School, the only all-girls public school in the city. Joan is a retired partner at Jenner & Block, where she specialized in commercial litigation. She has held volunteer positions at the American Bar Association and served on many other civic and cultural boards. She has two sons, Colin Michael and Justin Allyn.

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Marc Miller    Marc Miller

Marc has been a member of Fourth Church for twenty-eight years and is a lifelong Presbyterian. Marc is currently serving as an Elder, is Chair of the Personnel Committee, and is a member of the Resource Development Committee. Marc is a former Trustee at Fourth Church and has been chair of the Evangelism Committee (now Discover Fourth) and the Resource Development Committee, a member of the Officer Nominating Committee and the Project Light Leadership Team, and an Inquirer’s Class instructor. You can see Marc ushering most Sundays at the 11:00 a.m. service, welcoming members and visitors to Fourth Church. Marc’s partner, Chris Horsman, serves as a Deacon. Marc is currently Vice President of External Affairs at the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. He also chairs the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Board.

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Mark Nelson    Mark Nelson

Mark has attended Fourth Church for almost twenty-four years and has been a member since 1991. Mark is currently serving as an Elder, treasurer for Chicago Lights, and as a member of the Joint Finance Committee. He has chaired the Youth and Young Adult Committee and the Global Mission subcommittee and has served as president of Chicago Lights and as a member of the Capital Campaign Leadership team and two Associate Pastor Nominating Committees. Mark has been a leader for the Senior High youth for the past twenty years and has also participated in or led global mission trips. He is married to Ruth Gallagher Nelson, whose Roman Catholic faith has helped Mark grow a stronger sense of ecumenism. Mark is currently Senior Vice President for Strategic Services at Lipman Hearne, where he oversees strategy development, marketing planning and execution, and leads the firm’s media and digital services groups.

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Brad Pierce    Brad Pierce

Brad is a lifelong Presbyterian and views the church as his second home, since his father has been a Presbyterian pastor for more than thirty-five years. Brad joined Fourth Church in 2006 and met his wife, Melanie Oh Pierce, through the Young Adults program. They are expecting their first child. Brad is currently serving on the Board of Deacons and will be an Elder beginning this spring. He serves on the Congregational Life Committee, is chair of the Décor and Event Experience Committee for Carnaval 2012, and leads a Young Adults couples group with Melanie. He has served on the Mission Committee, has participated in Fourth Church mission trips, and is active in the Urban Farm on Chicago Avenue. Brad’s profession is graphic design and marketing management. His Prodigal Son prints were featured in the Fourth Church Member Art Exhibition.

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Arlene Raine    Arlene Raine

Arlene has been a member of Fourth Church for almost six years and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Deacons and as the chair of the Intercessory Prayer Committee. You can see Arlene most Sundays ushering at the 9:30 a.m. service, welcoming visitors and members to our church. She also serves as a greeter at the 4:00 p.m. jazz service. Arlene was raised in the Baptist church but felt that God directed her to Fourth Church as her church home. Arlene has one son, Andrew, who is also a member of Fourth Church and is currently attending college in Michigan. Arlene is an administrator with more than twenty-five years of experience in global telecommunications companies.

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Hilary Richardson    Hilary Richardson

Hilary has been a member of Fourth Church for thirteen years. She and her husband, Mark Meyer, have three children: Emma, Owen, and Luke, all of whom are active at Fourth Church. Hilary is the daughter and sister of Presbyterian ministers, and prior to her membership at Fourth Church was ordained as a Deacon and Elder at the Northminster Presbyterian Church in Evanston. Hilary and Mark teach kindergarten Sunday School, and she is thrilled and moved to realize that students from their first class are this year’s confirmands. Hilary’s family participates in the Fourth Church youth service programs, youth choirs, and the faith- and fellowship-filled weekends at Fourth Church’s Family Camp in Saugatuck, Michigan. Hilary teaches editing and writing at Columbia College Chicago and North Park University and is also an editorial consultant.

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