Church Staff



who we are and how to find us….   

Main church phone number is 630.627.2508.  Staff extensions are listed below. 


Luis F. Reyes

Lead Pastor
Ext. 302
A native of the island of Puerto Rico; Luis, an elder in full connection, has 32 years of pastoral experience in the United Methodist Church. Has been the Lead Pastor at the church since July 1, 2011.  He has served churches in the Puerto Rico Annual Conference (Methodist Church of Puerto Rico) and the former Western New York Conference (Buffalo) before he and his family moved to the Chicago land area in 1992. He served Hermosa-Salem/El Buen Pastor UMC (1992-1995) – Berry Memorial UMC (1995-2000) – First United Methodist Church of Bensenville (200-2011).  Luis holds degrees in Business Administration from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico and a Master’s in Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary (Chicago) and has done postgraduate studies.  Luis also has completed extended Continued Education in Church Mediation Skills; Clergy Clinics in Family Emotional Process (Systems Theory) and Healthy Congregations training.  Luis has been married to his spouse of 31 years, Norma. (a retired Pre-school Teacher) They have three children: Nory Liz (Jason), Liz Enid (Gustavo) and Norman Luis, and two granddaughters Norah Joyce (RIP), and Adeline Enid.  In his spare time, Luis enjoys cooking, good movies, a good book, comedy shows and biking. There is nothing he loves more than a fresh, warm piece of buttered bread and a cup of coffee.


Reverend Virginia “Ginny” Rainey, Deacon

Deacon Ginny was born in Elgin, IL and grow up in Elgin/Carpentersville. Revived her Bachelor in Arts from Judson College (Elgin) in 1985; her Master in Arts in Anthropology from Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL) in 1991 and her Master in Divinity from Garrett Evangelical Seminary (Evanston, IL) 203

Ginny was Ordained Deacon in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2007.  Previous to her work as a deacon, Ginny work for several social or church related agencies such Child Welfare Worker; The Salvation Army and Ecker Mental Health Center as a case manager or child advocate

As a deacon, Ginny was on the Pastoral Care Staff as a Chaplain at Bethany Retirement Home from 2001 until 2011 first as Student Intern and them as a deacon and from 2011 at Jones Lang LaSalle as MBI Staffing. Ginny retired from the secular work in 2021

Deacon Ginny was the Minister of Visitation at Park Ridge UMC from 2004-2010. In 2012, she was appointed to our congregation as our Minister of Congregational Care.  Deacon Ginny is the mother of four adult children and grandmother of eight.

In her free time, she like to walk, do some gardening, scrapbooking, reading and camping…

Rev. Virginia “Ginny” Rainey

Minister of Congregational Care
Ext. 303

Rev. Bonnie Campbell
Spiritual Director
Ext. 312

Rev. Bonnie is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church.  Before receiving her call to ordained ministry, Bonnie was a wife, mother and registered nurse.  After receiving her Associate Degree in Nursing at Harper Community College, she went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts degree at National Lewis University and her Master of Divinity at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL.  Before her retirement, Bonnie served St. Andrew’s UMC in Homewood, Prince of Peace UMC in Elk Grove Village, First UMC of Des Plaines and Granville Ave. UMC in Chicago.  Bonnie is also a Certified Spiritual Director, a ministry in which she continues to practice as a staff member at First UMC of Lombard.


Chris Smith-Kozlowski
Children’s Ministries

Christine Kozlowski received her Masters of Divinity degree from Garrett Seminary (in Evanston, IL). She is also a practicing Art Therapist with many years of experience working with both children and adults. She has worked in various settings including inpatient mental health, residential treatment for adolescents, and a shelter for children waiting for foster placement. She received her Masters of Art in Art Therapy from the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to being the Director of Children’s Ministry at First United Methodist Church of Lombard, she also works at the School of Expressive Arts and Learning (“S.E.A.L”, in Lombard, IL) and helps children with special needs. She believes that a large part of her calling in life is to “help others to find their voices through the creative process”.  Chris lives in Lombard with her wife, Rachel, and their daughters Amelia and Ruth. 


Brianna Harris
Director of Music Ministries
Ext. 305
Brianna is a local girl, raised in Lombard, and she grew up in this church.  She attended Glenbard East High School and Elmhurst College, and has just completed her Masters Degree.
While directing the Chancel Choir, Aldersgate Handbell Choir and Fusion at First UMC, she works her “real” job as the band director at a secondary school in Aurora.  Brianna plays flute, oboe and trumpet, and she loves chocolate, Fall, Halloween and wearing scarves – not necessarily in that order.  She has a great sense of humor and a contagious laugh.

Dan Hennel
Ext. 314

Daniel Hennel graduated from Elmhurst College with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music
and a performance certificate, and from Northern Illinois University with a Master of Music degree in piano performance.  He has taught privately since 2000. Daniel has been a music copyist for Doug Beach Music, which specializes in educational jazz, since 1997.
He continues to be an active performer in and around Chicago.


This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Alex.jpgAlex Teater – Director of Technical Production

Alex Teater is a middle school band director who just began his 10th year teaching music. This will be his 7th year at Emerson Middle School in Park Ridge, Il, where he directs the Emerson Cadet Band and Concert Band, as well as the 5th Grade Beginning Band. He holds a Bachelor’s of Music Education from Illinois State University and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois.  Alex is the drummer for our church’s praise band Fusion, and also gigs irregularly as a saxophonist with the rock band Bob Bradish and The Backstabbers from Ottawa, IL.  Alex, his wife Kaitlyn and their three children are members of First UMC Lombard.


Jennifer Buss
Administrative Assistant
Ext. 301


Nursery Assistant



Laura  I. Negron

A native Puerto Rican, Laura moved to USA in the beginning of 2021 with her 6 year old child. Before the pandemic she worked as a teacher at a baby daycare. Now she lives in Aurora IL with her child, girlfriend, and her girlfriend’s two dogs. Her hobbies include cooking, drawing, singing/playing drums, walking the pups, and being crafty.






Greg – Custodian 


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