Scott S. Himel (Pastor)
Pastor Scott is an Elder in Full Connection in the United Methodist Church. He received his Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in ’12. Afterward, he went on to serve for a year as a Resident Chaplain at Duke University Hospital, where he earned the Westly P. Atkins award for pastoral care excellence. His first parish appointment was to Rockford: Christ UMC, where he served as Associate Pastor for five years before receiving an appointment to North Shore UMC. Pastor Scott is a passionate, scripturally-centric preacher, has a deep love for and commitment to pastoral care, has experience connecting the Church with its surrounding community, and loves exploring new ways technology can be utilized to further the ministries of God’s Church. In his personal life, Pastor Scott is single. His two parents (Mark & Fran Himel) live in Naperville, IL, and he has a sister (Ellen Keeler) and her family who live in Celina, TX. He loves to workout regularly, enjoys golfing, and playing alto saxophone and ukulele. When he has the opportunity, he also relishes cooking up a delicious meal!
Barbra Javore (Deacon)
Rev. Dr. Barbara Javore is a Deacon in Full Connection in the United Methodist Church. She holds a Masters of Divinity and a PhD in Christian Education from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She has been an adjunct professor at Garrett-Evangelical for over a decade, working in the Vocation Formation and Church Leadership Program. She also holds a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois. Her areas of concentration were in Vocal Performance and Music History with training in aesthetic theory. Her Phd incorporated her interest in the arts, aesthetics and creativity with its focus on incorporating creativity into the practice of religious education. She has served as the Youth Coordinator for the Northern Illinois Conference, facilitating programs and educational offerings for youth throughout northern Illinois. She is a mentor for ministry candidates and served three years as a Board Member for the Methodist Federation for Social Action. She is an avid supporter of Pan-African Rural Health and Social Services and support of the Methodist Church in Bolivia. She also is working on initiatives to end the violence against youth in Chicago’s inner city. Barbara believes that the spiritual formation of children and youth is the priority of the Christian Community. The Christian Education Program at North Shore United Methodist Church incorporates aesthetic experience and sacred story. Participants use music, art, drama, crafts, games and movement to live the Story. All of the teaching/learning experiences move toward missional outreach. Children and Youth form a community of learning and service, supporting and encouraging one another as they engage scripture and service.
Peggy Bucklin (Secretary)
After moving to Illinois from Wisconsin at age nine, Peggy grew up in Mount Prospect. She graduated from Prospect High School and went to work at various jobs before becoming a secretary. Peggy was married in 1986 and left the work force when her first child was born. She considers her most important job to be the raising of her three daughters. Peggy spent two years as an adult student at Barat College studying English and Art History then she returned to the work force. She became the church secretary at North Shore United Methodist Church in 2007. Her favorite thing about working at NSUMC is that she gets to work with wonderful people and she loves that everyone involved with the church is kind, friendly, and helpful.
Tomoko Shibuya (Organist)
Tomoko was born in Kobe, Japan and came to the United States in 1986. She obtained a Master Degree from Northwestern University in Music focusing on Piano Performance and Pedagogy in 1996. She also received a Master Degree from Indiana University Bloomington in Library Science in 2002. Tomoko has previously worked at the New York Public Library for Performing Arts as a librarian (2003-2008) and is now working at Northwestern University Libraries as a Music Metadata Librarian. While she was studying piano for her degree, she took organ and harpsichord classes as electives. Ever since then, she has been falling in love with the organ, both the instrument itself and its repertoire. Tomoko started playing at NSUMC as a substitute in 2010 and became the regular organist in September 2013. She really enjoys the people of North Shore United Methodist Church as well as the atmosphere.
Andrew Moore (Choir Director)
Andrew Moore is a Michigan native and a graduate from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL. Since graduation in 2015, Andrew has been the MS and HS Choral Director at Aurora Christian School, a singer in the Fox Valley Orchestra Chorus, and Cor Cantiamo, among other music ensembles. In addition to his choirs, he teaches Music Theory, piano, and guitar, and coaches Scholastic Bowl. Andrew accepted the position of Choir Director at North Shore UMC in the fall of 2017. He is delighted that he has found a congregation with such a strong musical tradition balanced with a willingness to expand that tradition. He firmly believes in the necessity of music in the worship service and its ability to elevate the spoken word. This appreciation is in no small part due Andrew’s seven closely-related musicians and music educators in his family. They are an inspiration and have always offered great wisdom in his life.
Andrew resides in North Aurora, IL, and is involved in various musical pursuits, but also enjoys reading classics, upholding the self-appointed title of Armchair Critic of cinema, and running.