Welcome Pastor RJ Kang!
RJ was born in Seoul, South Korea, immigrated at age 11, and grew up in Lebanon, Ohio. She is a graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH with major in Ancient Greek and Theology. RJ received her Master of Divinity from McCormick Seminary in 1999, and was ordained in 2000.
RJ has served in both Korean and traditional Anglican churches, serving in all capacities including Youth Group, Christian Education, Young Adult Ministry, as well as developing a fitness ministry incorporating fitness with Spirituality. She is both bi-lingual and bi-cultural in Korean.
In January of 2018, RJ was called to join the Presbyterian Church of Palatine as Solo Pastor. RJ’s focus and passion have always been the Bible, preaching, teaching, and pastoral care.
RJ is married to Jack, and has an older daughter attending the US Naval Academy (class of 2019), and twin daughters at John Hersey High School.
Ingrid Mikolajczyk joined us as Music Director in March 2015. Ingrid studied at Illinois Wesleyan, Arizona State, and in Vienna, Italy, and Alaska. She currently sings with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, works as Lyric Opera's tour manager, teaches both privately and at the college level, and is a freelance classical soprano soloist. She comes from a long line of Presbyterian musicians, and her family has a long connection with Riverside Presbyterian Church in the western suburbs.
In addition to music Ingrid also enjoys hiking, kayaking, sailing, pottery, traveling, and cardamom rolls. Something you wouldn’t know about her: during her first opera role as Micaëla in Carmen, she sang Acts I & III on stage and spent Acts II & IV in the orchestra pit as second bassoonist!
Ingrid works with the choir, as well as having responsibility for engaging the congregation and community in the ministry of music.
Crystalyn Boyer came to Palatine Presbyterian in August 2016. She has studied piano performance and music education at DePaul University and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Currently, Crystalyn teaches private piano and is the assistant accompanist for Palatine Children's Chorus. She is also an active chamber musician, working with both instrumentalists and vocalists. In her free time, she enjoys reading, camping, taking road trips, and drinking lots of coffee.