PCWS Clergy and Staff

Rev. Erik Khoobyarian

Pastor/Head of Staff

Erik has been our pastor since August of 2018 and moved to Western Springs from his hometown in California. Erik grew up in what would become Silicon Valley at a time when it was still known for its orchards as much as its technology. He went to college in Washington, DC at American University and then returned to California and attended law school at Santa Clara University.
After graduating from law school, Erik practiced law for over a decade representing clients in all sorts of disputes and in 2015 he answered a call to ministry and sold his home and moved to New Jersey to attend Princeton Theological Seminary. Erik graduated from Princeton Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree and is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
When he’s not at the church, you can find Erik smoking ribs, brisket, and other meats at the manse, enjoying being a snob about coffee, riding his bike and exploring the area bike trails, or off exploring the city. He’s ready to hear your recommendations for enjoying nature in the region and learning about Chicago. Also, when it comes to baseball, Erik is a free agent right now with no team affiliation. But hockey is another story as Erik “bleeds teal” as a San Jose Sharks die hard fan! Erik loves meeting new people and hearing their stories, especially gathered around a table with others.

 

Meet our Great Staff at PCWS

 

Forrest Schroeder
Office Administrator
Candice Mares
Youth Leader
Kay Kelly
Co-Director, Lay Ministry
Jane Melilli
Co-Director, Lay Ministry
Michelle Hennessy
Director of Communications
Stephanie Coates
Music Director
Kurt Smyers
Director of Operations
Pat Ravanesi
Treasurer
Hank Vaughan
Director of IT
Joyce Rodos
Stephen Ministry Leader
Cory Hoskins
Child Care Attendant
Rev. Rebecca McClintock
Parish Associate
Rev Grayson Van Camp
Parish Associate