The Minister

The Rev. Richard A. Lanford has been the full-time Pastor and Teacher of St. Peter’s U.C.C. since July 1, 1992. Previously he served St. Nicolai U.C.C. on Chicago’s Northwest Side for over 7 years.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Richard got his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, and his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. Ordained in 1984, Richard has been married to Beth since 1986, and they make their home in Chicago. The church tolerates him being a Vikings fan, and sometimes you will hear him playing his trumpet in the worship service.

Church Administrator

Laura Olson has been the Church Secretary of St. Peter’s since November, 2010. Hers is the friendly voice you’re likely to hear at the other end of the line if you call the church during office hours (Tuesday through Friday, 9 A.M. to 2 P.M.). Before serving St. Peter’s, she was an Executive Assistant at The Krez Group. She graduated from Oakton Community College with an Associates Degree in Office Systems Technology. Living in nearby Morton Grove, she has 2 sons and a dog named Max.

Music Director

Daniel M. Surma is our Music Director, having joined the team on September 1, 2000. Dan is our excellent organist, pianist, and the director of both the Adult and Children’s Choirs. Raised in Indiana, he has traveled extensively and enjoys not only music but also gardening and cooking (among other things). Dan is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute. He got his Bachelors of Music from the American Conservatory of Music, and his Masters of Music from DePaul University. In addition to having served many area churches before coming here, Dan also worked at Moody for 6 years. Currently he also accompanies the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus, teaches piano, and is a freelance accompanist. He makes his home in Chicago.


Marty Troyk has been our custodian since the summer of 2003.  He is married with children.  He spends most of his time on his home improvement business.



 St. Peter's United Church of Christ
8013 Laramie Street
(Laramie and Oakton Streets)

Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: 847.673.8166
Fax: 847.674.7691
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