Vernon Studt

Vernon Studt was born November 15, 1931 and came to live in Elgin on January 15, 1932, he has lived in the same house for 82 years.  He attended the schools in Elgin from kindergarten through high school.  Vernon went to college at the American Conservatory of Music where he finished his
undergraduate degree in 1954 and graduate degree in 1957. His major was organ performance and church music with a minor in German. 

Stacy Nilsen


Stacy has been the Administrative Assistant at First Congregational Church since September 2010. Stacy was previously an Administrative Assistant for 29 years at an engineering and surveying firm. She is married to Marty for over 30 years and they have one adult child, Allyson married to Eric. Away from the office, she enjoys gardening, scrapbooking, hiking and biking. Stacy's passion is cooking and baking, she loves to share her creations with family and friends.





Rev. Lance R. Lackore


I enjoy working with people to serve the needs of those around our Community. I was educated at Augustana College, and at both Bethany and Chicago Theological Seminaries. My Father was ordained as a Methodist Pastor, I was baptized in that tradition, but shortly after my baptism returned to serve Congregational Churches, as the United Church of Christ was completing its formation.  I enjoy the movement of the Spirit in Worship.  I enjoy time in the creation as an outdoors enthusiast. I love children, and share five adult children and a new grandchild, with my wife Mary.

Vernon has served at four churches and four Jewish temples as organist and choir director. In 1971, he took the exam to be a Carrillonneur. He has traveled the Midwest and other parts of the country playing recitals. He came here as a substitute organist in June and September of 1998 for Sunday services. Vernon came back in October 1998 and was hired as organist and in 1999 he also became choir director. He has served the First Congregational Church of Huntley as organist and choir director now for over 15 years.