Rev. Dr. Sally Wicks – Pastor/ Head of Staff

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Pastor Sally has served our church for eight years. Sally offers thoughtful biblical preaching in a contemporary style, compassionate pastoral counsel, and is a popular teacher with our people. We also benefit from Pastor’s professional music training and experience with children and youth!  Sally has a Doctor of Ministry degree from Louisville Theological Seminary, an M. Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a B.A. in Vocal Music Education from Albion College. Sally and her husband Mike live in La Porte. They have three sons.

Sally outside in front of tall grass

Aaron Lickliter – Director of Ministries to Children and Youth

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Aaron is new to our church. He is young, energetic, and full of fun and faith!  We like Aaron’s authenticity, his compassion for kids, his easy going nature, and his natural warmth.  Aaron is completing his degree in Christian Ministry with a focus in Youth ministry through Pillar College.

Aaron in front of the children's chalkboard wall

Carey Scheck – Director of Music

Carey has recently expanded her position with the church to half time so she can be both our Traditional Worship organist/ accompanist and our Worship Band leader. She plays and leads music beautifully for both services. She is super talented, kind and fun to be around! Carey has a BA in Church Music from Valparaiso University and a Master of Music in piano performance from Western Illinois University.

Carey in front of the Grand Piano

Mariana Zeedyk – Administrative Assistant

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Mariana joined our church staff as our capable Administrative Assistant in the fall of 2015.  Mariana is diligent with the details of our church publications. She provides a friendly presence in our church office and is always willing to lend a hand. Mariana grew up in Moldova and speaks five languages. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Moldova and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Mariana in front of a bookcase

Jim Hoffman – Custodian

Jim is an amazing custodian. He keeps us clean, sets up for events and programs, shovels our snow and is an all-around good guy. Jim has been with our church since 2011.

Jim underneath the shade of a tree

Jennifer Merrill – Bookkeeper

We were delighted to add Jennifer to the church staff as our Bookkeeper in January of 2017. Jennifer comes to us with a plethora of bookkeeping experience. She has a BS in Accounting from Indiana University Bloomington.

Jennifer in front of a bookcase

Kathleen Lang – Choir Director

Kathleen Lang has been our choir director for Traditional Worship for seven years.  Kathleen is a recently retired judge in La Porte County.  She has her J.D. from IIT Chicago Kent College of Law and a graduate degree from Indiana Judical College. Before Kathleen’s legal career, Kathleen received a Bachelor of Music Education from Northern Illinois University and taught music in the Chicago schools.  We are so lucky she decided she missed conducting and became our Traditional Choir director!


Rev. Bill Bertsch – Pastor for Seniors Ministry

We are blessed to have the Rev. Bill Bertsch, retired Pastor from the United Church of Christ, assist us with pastoral services for our senior members who are in care facilities or homebound. Bill makes quarterly visits and consults with our Care Ministry. Bill and his wife Betty are valued members of The Presbyterian Church of La Porte.  Bill also occasionally offers his teaching abilities to our church in adult education.