Jesus Praying

Our Pastor

Rev. Mark Milligan

Rev. Mark Milligan began his ministry at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in August 2014 after serving churches in Missouri and Vermont for 18 years. Before entering the ministry, he had a 17-year career as a computer system analyst. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Cleveland State University and Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary.  Rev. Mark has also completed  post graduate work at the Aquinas Institute of Theology / St. Louis University in Spiritual Direction, becoming a certified spiritual director.  Rev. Mark firmly believes in the priesthood of all believers and understands that he is in the ministry ‘with’ and not ‘to’ the congregation.  He feels that while the roles of the pastor are myriad, there are three subjects that are at the core of a faithful ministry; preaching – teaching – spiritual guidance. Rev. Mark believes it is essential for the church to deal with issues of the day in a way that is consistent with the teachings and examples of Jesus, as brought to us in the New Testament.  He also believes that the church and worship should be a place and time of joy and celebration, not gloom and guilt.  He strives to establish this tone during times of worship, study, fellowship, service and all other times the congregation comes together. He is also an avid student of sacred geometry; the contemplation and utilization of archetypal geometric patterns of Nature for the purposes of communing with God, the Creator. 

Rev. Mark and Kathy, his wife and partner in ministry since 1975, have three grown children residing in St. Louis MO, Fort Collins CO, and Frankfort, IL. He and Kathy are proud grandparents of one grandson, Alexander .

Our Secretary

Wendy Marotta

Wendy has been with St. Peter’s  UCC since November 2010. She  lives in Mokena with her husband Dennis,  sons  Jake, Tyler, Luke and Jarold the famous cat.  It is a joy and a blessing that Wendy  is a part of our St. Peter’s family.

Church Council

PresidentChip Krusemark
Vice PresidentGrant Deedy
TreasurerJudy Hageman
SecretaryHelen Simpkins
Kate Dougherty
Dave Dutro
Joey Sparenberg
Calvin Muenchow
Dianne Creer

Financial Team

Church TreasurerSusan Lynch
Financial Specialist Lisa Hellriegel
Financial SpecialistJudy Hagemen


Choir DirectorShirley Drobnak
OrganistDr. Lisa Kristina

Youth Programs

Sunday School DirectorCathy Dutro
Youth FellowshipJennifer Stephen
CCC PreschoolChristi Breitharth