Our Ministry Team

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Rev. Joseph Dorociak D.Min., Senior Pastor

Pastor Joe, as he prefers to be called, brings a wealth of experience and many gifts to the ministry of the Presbyterian Church of Barrington including incredible preaching skills, an engaging personality and a hands-on approach to working with people of all ages.

“I am very excited, humbled, honored, and blessed to be called to be the Pastor and Head of Staff of the Presbyterian Church of Barrington and look forward to serving here for a long time,” said Rev. Dorociak.

Rev. Jae Cho M.Div., Associate Pastor

Rev. Jae Cho moved to the United States from Seoul, Korea, when he was 3 years old. He grew up in a Christian family and felt called to ministry in his college years.

Jae spent his early years living in Los Angeles and his teen and college years in Seattle. Jae graduated from University of Washington where he attained a B.A. in Communications with a minor in Entrepreneurship. And after working for a few years sensing God’s call, he enrolled in Regent College at Vancouver, British Columbia graduating with a Master of Divinity.

Jae has served youth, college, young adults, and adult ministry for over 12 years. He also participated in mission trips all over the world: Tijuana, Mexico, Hong Kong, Beijing, China, Tibet, and South Korea.

 Jae enjoys spending time with family. He is happily married to Esther who is a Chicago native. They have a fun loving son Luke who just recently turned one. Jae loves to talk to people about his faith journey and has an eye for beauty in all of God’s creation including art, design, and culture. When he has free time, he loves watching and playing all kinds of sports from basketball, ping pong, tennis, and golf. He also loves watching YouTube videos and connecting with people on social media.

Kirsten Hedegaard Director of Music

Kirsten Hede­gaard has enjoyed a duel career as a singer and con­duc­tor. She has per­formed numer­ous Bach can­tatas and baroque cham­ber music and has been a soloist with many early music spe­cial­ists includ­ing Nicholas McGe­gan, Paul Hillier, Ivars Tau­rins, Ken­neth Slowik, and John Butt. Ms. Hede­gaard has sung with, Phil­har­mo­nia Baroque (found­ing mem­ber), Mer­cury Baroque, Ensem­ble viii, Baroque Band, the New­berry Con­sort, Ars Anti­qua, the Rook Ensem­ble, the Cal­lipy­gian Play­ers, the Opera Com­pany, Bella Voce, and Tafel­musik BSI among other ensem­bles. Ms. Hede­gaard has per­formed a vari­ety of new works, includ­ing an inter­na­tional tour of Louis Andriessens’s The Odyssey with the Bep­pie Blankert Dance Com­pany and per­for­mances with the Grammy-award win­ning new music ensem­ble, eighth blackbird.

Cur­rently Direc­tor of Choral Activ­i­ties at Loy­ola Uni­ver­sity, Ms. Hede­gaard has taught con­duct­ing at Con­cor­dia Uni­ver­sity, River For­est and has con­ducted choirs and orches­tras for var­i­ous insti­tu­tions includ­ing East­man House, Chicago Children’s Choir, Gallery 37, Loy­ola Acad­emy, and the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia. She was guest con­duc­tor with Chicago Choral Artists for the 2009-10 sea­son and is the for­mer con­duc­tor for the Bella Voce Out­reach pro­gram. In 2000, she co-founded The Musi­cal Offer­ing, a non­profit music school in Evanston where she held the posi­tion of Exec­u­tive Direc­tor until 2005. She also holds the posi­tion of Direc­tor of Music at the Pres­by­ter­ian Church of Barrington.

Ms. Hede­gaard holds a BM from North­west­ern Uni­ver­sity and her MA in con­duct­ing from the Uni­ver­sity of CA, where she was assis­tant to Paul Hillier. In 2008 she was invited to be a con­duct­ing Fel­low at the Yale Nor­folk Fes­ti­val, study­ing with Simon Carrington.

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Dana Litwin Dir. of  Children’s Ministry

Dana Litwin is passionate about working with children and uses her love of crafts and games to teach the children at PCB about the Bible. Her goal is to help provide the children with an excitement for church and plant a seed for a lifelong relationship with God.

Dana returned as the Director of Children’s Ministry at PCB in 2020. She previously held this position from 2013 to 2018.

Andy McBeath, Organist

 

Andy served previously as the Associate Organist/Choirmaster for eight years at The Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest, Illinois. Currently, he teaches percussion and assists with both the band and orchestra program at Lake Forest High School. Andy received his Masters of Music from New York University Steinhardt School of Education and his Bachelors of Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.