David Neff served as our interim pastor since 2011 until becoming installed as our pastor in 2014. He grew up in western Oklahoma and graduated with honors from the University of Oklahoma in philosophy. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School in 1985. Since then, he has served interim pastorates in Malta, Argyle, Downers Grove and Burbank; and called positions at Clarendon Hills, North Riverside and Morgan Park. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary in 1998. His passions include spirituality, creativity, mysticism, comparative world religions and travel, as well as art, theater and music. He is a popular lecturer, serving as an adjunct professor of religious studies at St. Xavier University.
Michael Shawgo returned to Second Presbyterian Church as the organist and choir director in 2011. He had previously served Second Presbyterian from 1990 to 2000. From 2000 until 2011 Mr. Shawgo served as the organist and music director at the First United Methodist Church of Oak Park. Mr. Shawgo is originally from Central Illinois, and received his Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. Additional organ study was with J. Marcus Ritchie at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, Georgia, and with Dexter Bailey in Chicago. In 2005 Mr. Shawgo was instrumental in procuring a major grant which enabled First United Methodist Church to restore their 1925 Skinner organ. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, the American Theatre Organ Society, and Phi Mu Alpha fraternity. Mr. Shawgo also serves as a board member for Friends of Second Church.
Marco is much in demand as the sexton, where legend has it, he can fix or repair anything. The father of five children, Marco is an avid soccer fan as well as an accomplished soccer player. He has served for three years as sexton of Second Presbyterian Church.
Denise grew up in a small town in Louisiana, she sought God at a very early age and was baptized at age 16. At the age of 18, she moved to Chicago to attend college, earning both a Bachelors of Social Work and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Roosevelt University. Her entire professional career has been dedicated to a life of helping others. Denise has been an active member of Second Presbyterian Church since 2005, serving the Church’s needs in many capacities.
Leslie came to us in the Fall of 2014 as an intern from McCormick Theological Seminary. In 2012, Leslie graduated with high honors from Belmont University in Nashville. Leslie and her husband Adam moved to Chicago from Franklin, Tennessee in August 2013 so she could pursue her seminary education. Leslie has been involved with Christian Education and Outreach; specifically teaching Bible Study, Sunday School, and forming Young Hearts, a young adult social group.
Leslie’s passions include reading (especially the Harry Potter series), kayaking, listening to live music, participating in interfaith dialogues, and spending time with her family.