Rev. Dr. Mike Selburg, Minister
Pastor Mike has been the solo Pastor and Head of Staff since August 2006. Mike was born and raised in Peoria, IL. He received his BS in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University in 1998. He moved to Michigan to work in the automotive industry until he decided to take a chance at ministry in 2000. Mike returned to his home church, The First Federated Church of Peoria, IL, to become Director of Youth and Family Ministries through the summer of 2004.
From 2001-2004, he commuted from Peoria to Chicago where he studied at McCormick Theological Seminary, receiving his Masters of Divinity. Mike then became a short-term Young Adult Volunteer with the Presbyterian Church (USA) in Guatemala, following that up with his Clinical Pastoral Education chaplaincy program at the VA Puget Sound Hospital in Seattle. From 2005-2006, while searching for a congregation to serve, Mike was a substitute teacher in Peoria, working mostly with “behavior and emotionally disturbed” youth. He received his Doctor of Ministry in 2013 and a Certificate in Executive Leadership in 2014, both from McCormick Theological Seminary.
Having never lived anywhere smaller than Peoria, and always living in a neighborhood, Mike has thoroughly enjoyed moving to the country, living in an 1830s settler’s cabin. There he has fallen in love with flower and vegetable gardening and woodland and prairie restoration.
In 2012, Mike married his wife, Katie, who joined him at his home in Hamilton Grove. Since then, they have brought into this world their two sons. Besides working in his gardens, woodland and prairie, Mike loves to run, hike, canoe, kayak, fish, downhill and cross-country ski and bike the area’s woods, rivers, streams and hills.
Jean Eggemeyer, Office Manager
Jean has served the church part-time since December 2012, handling the day-to-day operations and assisting members and the public. She moved to Morrison from Michigan in 2010. She has an extensive background in marketing and communications, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design and a Masters of Business Administration degree. Jean enjoys volunteering, reading, writing, traveling and spending time, particularly outdoors, with her family—husband, Steve, and two daughters.
Jenn Reynolds, Custodian
Jenn moved to Morrison in 2007 from the Rock Falls/Sterling area. She graduated from Sauk Valley Community College with an Early Childhood Education Degree and works at the Morrison Community Day Care Center in the infant room. As a young college student she did a lot of cleaning side jobs as well as helping take care of custodial duties at a business in Sterling. Jenn is married and a mom to two girls who attend schools here in Morrison as well as Sunday school at First Presbyterian Church. When not working, Jenn enjoys music, outdoors/gardening, reading, shopping and spending time with her husband, Tim, and their girls.
Susan Wiersema, Custodian
Susan “grew up” in the First Presbyterian Church, where she and her extended family are active members. She has worked at the After School Club/Summer Kids Club program of the Morrison Day Care Center since 1987 and currently serves as supervisor of those programs. Susan is married to Keith and they have two grown children in the area and a young grandson.
Douglas Harridge, Director of Music Ministry, Organist
Douglas (Doug) is a local who graduated from Morrison High School and went off to college and finally returned recently to be closer to family. Doug has more than 20 years of senior care experience and currently serves as the Executive Director of Sarah Harding Senior Living in Clinton Iowa. Doug also has 15 years of experience teaching music. He has an associate’s degree in business and a bachelor’s degree in music education. Doug has been a professional musician for more than 30 years, playing the organ and directing choirs as well as directing musical shows. He is active in the Morrison Music Theater Association and directed “The 1940’s Radio Hour” in 2018 and “100 Years of Broadway” in 2019.
Scott Vandermyde, Organist
Scott was born in Morrison in 1963 and baptized by Rev. Tom Chapin at First Presbyterian Church of Morrison. He began piano lessons with a local teacher, Ardath Paul, at age 5. He started taking organ lessons with Lucille Chapin (currently a resident at Resthave Home in Morrison) at age 13. Scott went to the University of Iowa where he took organ lessons, as a non-music major, for 3-1/2 years. During that time, he presented two organ recitals as a non-major. Scott is retired after a 33-year career as an actuary with a variety of insurance company and consulting firms. He was fortunate to have lived and worked in Chicago for 20+ years, a brief 1-1/2 year time in Seattle, 5 years in Zurich, 2 years in Hong Kong, and most recently about 4-1/2 years in Los Angeles. Scott returned to Morrison permanently in April 2018, settling back into the house that was built for his family when he was one month old. Besides playing piano and organ, Scott has maintained a subscription to Lyric Opera of Chicago for more than 20 years. He also enjoys symphonic/orchestral music, theatre, musical theatre, and is a member of the Art Institute of Chicago.