The Reverend Pam Laing, Pastor

Pastor Pam has recently joined us and will serve as Interim/Transitional Pastor until a permanent pastor is called. She earned her Masters Degree of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin Texas. She has served for the past 19 years as pastor of The United Presbyterian Church in Wood River, Illinois. Prior to her call to ordained ministry, Pam served as a Registered Nurse with specialties in operating and psychiatric nursing.


Rachelle Cekander, Music Director

Rachelle served as Music Director for
Dieterich Unit 30 schools for over twenty years. 
Additionally, she has directed and participated in
numerous musical and theatrical community events. 
Rachelle  invites anyone, of any age, to share their musical gifts in
worship and church events! 
Please contact her anytime for additional information at


Dan Kingery, Youth Director

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Dan is the youth director for First Presbyterian Church of Effingham.  He is also Director of Camp Carew in Marion, IL.  Dan has extensive experience working with youth.  Currently the youth groups are planning special fund raising activities.  Dan invites area youth to come join the fun on Wednesday nights from 6-7 p.m.