Reverend Sean Motley, our Senior Pastor, was born and raised in Thornton, Illinois, a south suburb of Chicago. He graduated from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, in 1989 with a B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice. While in college he enlisted in the United States Army Reserves and served in a reserve ﬁeld artillery unit.
Following college he received a scholarship to attend Kent College of Law in Chicago and in the fall of his ﬁrst year, he married his wife of the past twenty‐ﬁve years, Colleen. In 1990, at the end of the ﬁrst year of law school, Pastor Motley left law school following the call to ordained ministry and began studying at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). While attending seminary he worked with Young Life, a non‐denominational youth ministry. He graduated from LSTC in 1994 with a Master’s of Divinity degree and received his ﬁrst call to Zion Lutheran Church in Tinley Park, Illinois. He was ordained that summer. Rev. Motley remained in his ﬁrst call until 1998 when he received a call to Trinity Lutheran Church, Waupaca, Wisconsin. Rev. Motley and his wife had two children born to them while living in Illinois, Nathaniel in 1995 and Aaron in 1997. Their third son, Joshua was born while living in Waupaca in 1999. In 2006, Rev. Motley accepted a call to serve at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wausau, Wisconsin, where he served before coming to First English in August, 2015. Rev. Motley and his family enjoy playing board games together, bowling, playing tennis, watching movies and playing with their St. Bernard. He also enjoys weightlifting, reading, chocolate and working on his cars.
Robert Foster, Music Coordinator, is our excellent organist and director for our vocal choirs and Jr. High handbell choir. Bob has both his Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Music from the University of Michigan. (Bob@feelc.org)
Director of Bell Choirs. Christina Judson, a retired band and orchestra teacher, directs the majority of our bell choirs. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music (CJudson@feelc.org)
Renata Conger is our Parish Education & Youth Ministry Coordinator. Her focus is concentrated on newly baptized infants/children, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Middle School Youth Group/Confirmation, High School Youth Group, and the various trips available through First English (Group's Work Camp, Confirmation Camp, Bridge Builders, and The Gathering). She is committed to encouraging parents and members to actively support youth of all ages in their Christian growth and life. (Renata@feelc.org)
Sue Vallone is our office manager. (Sue@feelc.org)
Joe Warnez is our fine janitor/caretaker. With our large structure and full calendar, he keeps very busy maintaining our facility. (Joe@feelc.org)