Rector Search 

Search Committee Members

Dick Dowen, Chair

Dick Dowen has been a member at St. Paul's since 2001. He has served on the Vestry, the Endowment Committee and as Treasurer. His ministries include serving the community through Elder Care Services, Salvation Army and Kiwanis International. He is retired a Professor and Department Chair in the NIU Department of Finance.

Member - Rick Johns

Rick has been at St. Paul's since Christmas 1999. He is a dedicated choir emmber (tenor) and has served as Warden. He is co-chair of the Lobster Boil Committee and serves on the Building and Grounds Committee. Rick is a professor in the Biology Department at Northern Illinois University. In his spare time, he sings with DeKalb Festival Chorus, plays guitar, and enjoys hiking, skiing and other outdoor activities. He and his wife, Freyja Rasmussen-Johns, live in DeKalb along with three of their four children and their three grandchildren.
Member - Jane Nenonen

Jane has been a member of St. Paul's since she was a student at Northern Illinois University. During the subsequent years, she has served on the Bishop's Committee (when St. Paul's was a mission), the Vestry, the Altar Guild, the Flower Guild and as a lector. Jane is a retired high school teacher and office administrator. In retirement, she volunteers at the Pay-It-Forward House and with CourtWatch.

Member - Marilyn Cleland

Marilyn Cleland’s professional life has been in education, first teaching in public high schools and then at university. At Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois she studied language and history, ultimately earning her Ph.D. in rhetoric and linguistics. While there, she taught in the Freshman English Program and directed a writing center and the ESL Center. She became a tenured professor in the English Department of Purdue University Northwest, where she taught and directed the First Year Writing Program and later the University Writing Center.  At home, she reads fiction and non-fiction, including theology and philosophy. She also writes poetry, plays the piano, and tries to paint. An important part of her week includes watching two grandchildren two days a week. Another important part of her week are her Sundays (and other days) at St. Paul’s. At the church,, where she and her husband raised their two children, she has served at the altar as an acolyte and in the vestry as a representative of the Adult Sunday School, of which she was a member for many years.


September, 2018

The Search Committee met with Father Conrado of the Diocesan Office in May, 2018. We received applications from the Diocese in June.

Everyone should be aware that the Search Committee must maintain strict confidentiality on all information received concerning the candidates until a recommendation is made to the Vestry and the candidate accepts the position. No information can be released before that point. The Search Committee also received instructions on the procedures involved for preliminary screening of applicants, Skype interviews, and in person interviews.

It is vital that the Search Committee make the best possible efforts at discernment for each of the candidates so that the best candidate for St. Paul's Episcopal Church in DeKalb is the one recommended to the Vestry. I assure all of my fellow parishioners that the members of the Search Committee take this task with the utmost seriousness. Please include us in your prayers as we begin this last and most vital task.

Thank you, Dick Dowen

Member - Rebecca Smith

Rebecca and her husband Brad have been part of the St. Paul's family for four years. She helps with the flower guild and our church community garden ministries. Rebecca is retired from NIU and in her free time she enjoys gardening, reading, cooking and time with family. She has been very happy serving as a member of the Rector Search Committee.
Member - Lori Judkins

Lori Judkins has been a member since Easter 2015, and is a recent convert to the Episcopalian faith from the Roman Catholic faith. She is very happy to have found a truly open and confirming faith where her whole family, husband, daughter, her wife and child, and herself can all come and be accepted and loved. St. Paul's really lives by the saying "Love your neighbor as yourself." After only being here a short time, she loves hosting Coffee Hour and serving on the Flower Guild and is happy to be serving on the Search Committee. 
Member - Marv Kombrink

Marv Kombrink has been a member at St. Paul’s with his wife, Pam, since April, 2016.  After 25 years in the corporate world, he found a new career in real estate. He is an avid golfer, and dedicates much of his time to raising and training service dogs and working with therapy dogs. 


Marv is an active volunteer with the Fox Valley Therapy Dog Club, Pet Partners, Therapy Dogs International, Canine Companions for Independence, Fox Valley Hands of Hope (formerly Hospice), and also ushers with Pam and participates in fellowship. He and Pam have three sons and nine grandchildren.