Who We Are
Rev. Jim Stanley, Rector
Fr. Jim lives about a one-hour drive from Palatine, but loves the people of St. Philip's so much, he says the one-hour commute is a "no-brainer." He lives there with his daughter who graduates high school later this year. Fr. Jim loves sports, history and almost every style of music. He went to college and seminary but he's pretty sure that's not a big deal to you. Jim has a quotation on his desk that reads, "Folks don't care what the priest knows until they know the priest cares." Fr. Jim, Deacon Dan, and the people of St. Philip's care about you and are eager to prove it. If you'd like to set up a time to meet with our rector to discuss membership at St. Philips, Holy Baptism, Confession, or whatever just give the parish a call during our business hours, Tuesday through Friday.
Rev. Dan Hughes, Deacon
Dan was ordained to the diaconate on February 7, 2007. After ten years of service, he was encouraged to take a sabbatical due to several life events. After a period of discernment, he agreed to a one-year sabbatical from active ministry. It was halfway through his sabbatical he was asked to just “check out” an Episcopal parish in Palatine, and was asked if he could help serve at St. Philip’s for a time. Dan attended the church services for a couple of weeks, incognito, and was very moved by how friendly and inviting the people, and rector are at St. Philip's. Dan agreed to be assigned at St. Philip's, with Christmas Eve 2017 being his first service. It was soon after that he agreed to apply for a permanent assignment to St. Philip's. Dan is very pleased and filled with joy to be able to serve at St. Philip's now and long into the future.
Diane Dugovic, Office Manager
Diane came to St. Philip’s in October 2013 as a part-time office manager. She is the heart and soul of St. Philip’s during the week. A few of Diane’s greatest assets are her knowledge stemming from working in big business for many years and her organizational skills that keep our Parish calendar and activities running smoothly.
Organist & Choir Director Michelle Webb
Michelle Webb was born and raised in the rural town of Claysburg, Pennsylvania. Her interest in music started early in life. By the age of eight years she started taking piano lessons, and, by the age of twelve years, she took up organ as well. She studied organ under the direction of Brenda Gregory from Altoona, Pennsylvania, until she went off to Slippery Rock University for piano. Michelle majored in Music Therapy/Education and studied piano under the direction of Dr. Nanette Kaplan Solomon. After college, she was hired by Bethany Lutheran Church of Altoona as an accompanist and part-time organist. In 2005 she moved to Huntsville, Alabama, and shortly thereafter, she was hired by St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Madison as the organist. She continued to play there until 2014 when she moved to Brookfield, Illinois. After subbing for a few churches around the area, she was hired by St. Philip's in 2015.
Lisa Gillette, Catechesis Teacher
Lisa has been a member of St. Philip’s Church since birth. Her parents, Andy and Sophie Obara, brought her to St. Philip’s every Sunday, where she was baptized, confirmed, and eventually married to her husband, Steve. Steve and Lisa have two daughters who inspired Lisa to become a catechist in St. Philip’s Atrium and to receive training in all three levels of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Although their daughters are in high school and college, Lisa still enjoys being a catechist and helping young children build a close, personal relationship with Jesus Christ. When she is not being a catechist, Lisa sings with the choir, plays with babies in the nursery, and occasionally serves as a vested reader. In the past, Lisa has enjoyed serving as a vestry member, stewardship chair, auction chair, social committee member, and second chalice bearer. Lisa loves St. Philip’s, not only because it has always been her parish, but also because it continues to be a thriving, ministry-oriented, loving, and welcoming place to call home.
Linda Smith, Catechesis Teacher
Linda Smith grew up in Michigan City, Indiana. She attended both her father's Syrian Orthodox church and her mother's Episcopal church. She went to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and taught high school in Michigan City for two years. The travel bug bit her and she became a flight attendant for Delta Airlines in 1970, flying for them for thirty-six years and retiring in 2006. In 1979, Linda married Steve Smith. They were blessed with Lauren in 1982, and Matthew in 1984. Steve passed away in 2008. After retiring from Delta, Linda worked at District 211 at Palatine High School until her retirement in December 2018. She keeps herself busy by subbing at PHS. Linda joined her second family here at St. Philip’s in 1982 and has been active on several committees including teaching Sunday school for twenty-seven years
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