Ministry at Community Church of Wilmette happens because of the support of a dedicated congregation, commitment of strong leadership within the church, and the work of a talented staff. We are proud to have such a talented and creative team participating in our ministry.
Rev. Rob Rawls, Pastor
Rob is passionate about creating space for spiritual formation and discipleship in our hyper-connected and over-scheduled world. In addition to his ministry in our community, Rob also serves as a chaplain in Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Rob has a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and a Master of Urban Planning and Policy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to ministry, Rob served as the Communications Director for Chicago’s 47th Ward Public Service Office.
Rob and his husband live in Chicago's Sauganash neighborhood with their two dogs.
Winifred F. Brown, Music Director
Globally respected and critically acclaimed as a singer, Winifred has a musical resume that is truly impressive. She has shone in such demanding roles as Norma (Paris Opera, New York City Opera, Caracas, Mexico City), Lucia (Deutsche Opera Berlin, Miami, Guadalajara, Monterrey), and Violetta (San Francisco, Los Angeles, Mexico City).
Winifred has portrayed seventy roles and has been featured in virtually all the regional opera companies of North America. Well-known as a concert soloist, having performed with such groups as the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and Grant Park Symphony, Winifred has also sung many pops and Broadway concerts, and is currently with a cutting edge jazz ensemble that integrates art, song, opera, jazz and electronic sound. She is also founder and artistic director of N.O.V.A., a service-based touring company. In addition, she maintains a voice studio in Chicago that trains, polishes and promotes young artists. Winifred works to create a music program that involves as many people as possible in enriching worship and forming relationships.
Peggy Lavelle, Office Manager
Peggy is a former archivist and records manager for the Archdiocese of Chicago. As our Office Manager, she keeps the office organized and maintains our financial records with an eye on both the church's future and past. Peggy lives in Wilmette with her husband and three children.