Rev. Pablo Herrera
Senior Pastor

pablo1Pablo has been a member of Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA) since 2007 and an elder since 2009. When he came to an understanding of the Reformed Faith, he searched for a church that shared those beliefs and found Christ Presbyterian on the internet. He and his wife Angela stayed because of the sense of community and emphasis on expository preaching. Pablo has been the Senior Pastor since 2023.

Pablo is from River Grove (a Chicago suburb). He and Angela were married in 2006, and have three children, Isabel, Stephen and Olivia. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry from Trinity International University in 2007, and was licensed to preach in July of 2017 by the Chicago Metro Presbytery. He completed his Master’s degree through Reformed Theological Seminary in 2022. In his free time, Pablo enjoys spending time with his family, reading a good book and watching movies. He also loves food and cooking.

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Emily Plach
Office Coordinator

emily1Emily has been a member of Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA) since 1985, and joined our staff as Office Coordinator in 1995, after volunteering to help in the office in 1994. She is a constant presence in the office during the week, responsible for most of the administrative aspects of the church office. She says, “My job should be to free up the pastors to focus on leading CPC.” Her favorite aspect of her job is working with the people of CPC!

Emily came to CPC looking for a church where her children could learn about God. She continues to worship and work at CPC because of the preaching of the Gospel, and because of the desire to further Christ’s kingdom through this church.

Emily was raised in Bellwood (another Chicago suburb), and has been married to her husband, Ken, since 1981. They have three sons – Adam, Corey, and Colin – and three grandchildren – Dylan, Hunter and Georgia. Emily is privileged to be one of three generations of her family to worship at CPC; her son, and his family all worship with us. Praise God!

When she’s not working, Emily enjoys organic gardening in her backyard (including eating the “fruits” of her labors!), knitting, and sewing. She enjoys snowshoeing in the winters, and traveling, especially when she gets to fly to get there. Her very favorite activity is playing with her grandchildren – “they are so much fun!"

"My hope for CPC is that it will continue to be a grace centered, gospel preaching church for centuries to come. To God Be the Glory!"

Beth Heiliger

beth1Beth has been attending Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA) since 1997. She currently serves as the choir pianist and also has enjoyed sharing piano responsibilities for Sunday worship since 2002. She graduated from Wheaton College in 1995 with a degree in Music and Christian Education. Beth was originally drawn to CPC by it's commitment to Scripture and warm welcome across age groups. She was looking for a church home where she could become involved and found it in CPC. She embraces the blending hymns and contemporary worship in a variety of styles.

Beth is a native of the Chicago Suburbs and currently resides in Saint Charles with her 3 children. She enjoys worshiping the Lord and through music and her desire is to enable others to focus on Christ and draw them in to a deeper place in worship as well.

Jesse Dunn
  Music Director 

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Jesse Dunn is a dual craftsman in both music composition and piano performance. While studying at the Wheaton College Conservatory, Jesse earned recognition for his solo piano piece, “The Life of an Intel Processor” by taking bronze in the Hal Leonard Piano Composition Competition. He competed twice in the Wheaton College Keyboard Concerto Competition, eventually taking second place with Samuel Barber’s Piano Concerto Op. 38, 3rd mvmt. In 2020 Jesse completed his masters degree studying under Winston Choi  at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts. As a graduate student Jesse served as TA for non major piano classes, presented lectures to pre-college classes,  and maintained private piano students. Recent performances include Music at Grace, Northern Lights Music Festival, CCPA Chamber Showcase, and a Degree Recital for violin. Jesse has been on staff since August 2021 and currently pursues piano pedagogy and chamber music.