Meet Your Executive Presbyter Nominating Committee (EPNC)

The EPNC (Executive Presbyter Nominating Committee) was constituted at the February 2017 Presbytery Assembly meeting, and they met for the first time on Wednesday, April 5 under the guidance of Transitional Synod Executive, Sara Dingman. The group will be working through the summer to seek our next Executive Presbyter. They hope to hold candidate interviews in early September and present the top candidate at the September Presbytery Assembly meeting. Please keep the EPNC and our future EP in your prayers.

EPNC Members – Back Row: Charles Scouten, Michael Miller, Jr., Stuart Barnes Jamieson Front Row: Joy Douglas Strome, Sonia Bodi, Deb Ford, Lisa Lopéz


Stuart Barnes Jamieson lives in Oak Park and has been a teaching elder member of the Presbytery of Chicago since 2000. He is employed as Development Director for the Oak Park Regional Housing Center and is currently engaged in community diversity and integration initiatives which have become a passion for his life and ministry. Stuart also chairs the presbytery’s Self-Development of People committee and is a Parish Associate at Pilgrim Congregational, UCC in Oak Park where his family attends.

Sonia Bodi is a ruling elder at Evanston First, and most recently served on their Missions Council, co-taught the Thursday Evening Women’s Bible Study, and helped plan adult education classes about missions. She has served the Presbytery of Chicago in several ways having recently completed her term as the 2015 & 2016 moderator, she was a commissioner to the 2010 and 2016 General Assemblies, a member of the Commission on Ministry and the Constitutional Procedures Work Group, and served on two administration commissions for churches leaving our denomination. She also served on the Verge. Sonia has a special passion for the women of Africa and participated in Tumekutana, a gathering of African Presbyterian women responsible for women’s ministries in 19 countries.

Dr. Deb Ford, a member of Fourth Presbyterian Church and married to Jim, enjoys a life of discovering new opportunities beyond working full time!

Rev. Lisa M. López currently serves as the pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Hanover Park, a multicultural congregation in the West suburbs. During her time in the Presbytery of Chicago she has served as part of the Connectional Mission Design Task Force, the Reorganization and Reimplementation Task Force (a.k.a. the VERGE), and the World Café Design Host Team. She is currently completing her first term as a member of the Commission on Preparation for Ministry (CPM). Lisa loves the church of Jesus Christ and finds deep joy in seeing people come alive by the power of the gospel.

Rev. Michael W. Miller, Jr., known as “Pastor Mike”, is an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbytery of Chicago. He has recently served on the Connectional Mission Design Task Force, the Verge, and now the Executive Presbyter Nominating Committee. Pastor Mike and his wife, Jalaimya, have been married for over 20 years and have two children: Mason and Madison. His pastoral ministry has been focused in years past on social justice. As he is moving into his next call to plant a new church called Next Ministries, his primary focus is now on discipling people in the faith, equipping them to do the work of ministry, and sending them out to share their story.

Charles Scouten is a scientist and engineer, now retired. His passion is exploring and explaining the relationships among religion, science and technology – in particular the ethics that should guide us as we use science and technology in this sacred universe God has given us. His worshipping home is First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton, where he previously served as Deacon and was an ordained Elder. On the presbytery level, he is an Elder Commissioner to presbytery assembly and serves on the Stewardship Work Group.

Joy Douglas Strome is serving as Pastor at Lake View Presbyterian Church. A graduate of McCormick Seminary, she has served on numerous POC committees, task forces, and work groups, most recently the Reformation Task Force, the Connectional Mission Design Team and the search committee for the Associate Executive Search Committee. She was the moderator of the presbytery in 2008 and is currently chairing an Administrative Commission that is working on a strategy for church development on the Northside of Chicago. Joy is looking forward to finding a leader who will help empower all the amazing potential for possible ministries in the Chicago metro area!     

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