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.

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Dana Litwin,
Director of Children’s Ministry

Dana Litwin is excited to be the new Director of Children’s Ministry at The Presbyterian Church of Barrington. Dana lives in Buffalo Grove with her husband Larry and two wonderful kids, Sarah age 15 and Sam age 13, as well as their two dogs named Oreo and Samson. In her spare time she loves to read, go biking with her family, and play with the dogs.

Dana graduated from Indiana University in 1990 and has been a real estate paralegal for the past 8 years, but her real passion has been working with children and youth as a church volunteer, school volunteer and Girl Scout Leader. She has been a Sunday school teacher, youth group volunteer, confirmation mentor, and a member of the Youth Ministry Site Committee at Christ United Methodist Church in Deerfield.

Dana is also currently the PTO Co-President at District 102 in Buffalo Grove where she enjoys organizing events; working with volunteers and developing new programs.

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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Richard Leasure
Organist

Richard Leasure earned his
B.M. and M.M. in church music with an organ major from Westminster College , PA,
 and Northwestern University. He was organist at PCB from 2007 to 2014, and returned to that position in September of 2016.

Prior to PCB, he held organist and organist/director positions in Mt. Prospect, Woodstock, and Palatine, and has been a guest organist for over 30 churches in the Chicagoland area. Richard is a member of both the Fox Valley and North Shore chapters of the American Guild of Organists.