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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 Office Manager 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 (Monday 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

Ben Westphal is our newest staff member and Music Director as of September 8th, 2019! Ben received his degrees from Milliken University in Decatur and Northern Arizona University and is now part of the faculty of Warren Township High School in Gurnee.  His most recent position before joining us was the last 4 years at the First congregational Church in Beloit, WI.





 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
Office Email: Office@stpeteruccskokie.org

Pastor Email: RevLanford@aol.com