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Meet Our Elder Candidates

Get to know our five elder candidates as we move through the process of particularization as a church body.  With great anticipation and joy we look forward to installing these men as our elders this coming April!

Kevin Clifton - Kevin and his wife Sandy have attended Grace Presbyterian since 2009. They have lived on the North Shore their entire lives. They have three married sons.  Kevin is in the commercial real estate business.  One thing Kevin loves about Grace is that the focus of the church service each Sunday is a bible based gospel message. This focus continues throughout the week in other church activities. He appreciates the welcoming atmosphere at Grace and the emphasis on caring for the church community as well as those outside our church community.  One hope he has for Grace is that it can continue to be a welcoming environment that teaches people about Jesus Christ. He hopes that people will grow in their faith and support each other in their lives.

Elliott Etheredge - Elliott has lived on the North Shore with his wife, Julie, daughter, Logan and son, Greyson since 2014.  Elliott enjoys being active and being outdoors - running, camping and playing tennis.  In an attempt to become more well-rounded, he is currently teaching himself to play piano to stay busy during the Chicago winters.  As a survivor of prostate cancer, Elliott is also very active with several organizations to help fight the disease and counsel men and their families who are afflicted with the disease.  What Elliott appreciates most about Grace is how welcoming the people are. The number of sincere caring friendships he and his family have made through the church is extraordinary. Along these lines his great hope for the church is that Grace continues to be extraordinary in this way and that she welcome many, many more people through her doors, expanding her presence across the North Shore.

Greg Gaschler - Greg and his wife Gloria have been married for over 30 years and have lived in Winnetka for the last 20 years. They have two sons, Michael, 26, and John, 23.  The family has attended Grace Presbyterian Church of the North Shore since 2003. Greg enjoys hiking camping and hunting.  One thing Greg appreciates most about Grace is that the Gospel is proclaimed each Sunday with grace and humility.  His one great hope for our church is that we live for the Gospel so well that it changes our community and our world.

Craig Kaplowitz - Craig and Emily moved their family to Wilmette and joined Grace Presbyterian in 2009. Craig teaches and directs the honors program at Judson University. Among his favorite things to do are cheer at his kids’ activities, travel with Emily, hike up a trail, and sit with coffee and a good book.

Steve Preston - Steve Preston and his wife Molly moved to Winnetka 2 ½ years ago and have five children—three in college and two at New Trier.  Molly and Steve met in a PCA church in New York City 25 years ago and their lives have been greatly enriched through their involvement with various PCA churches and ministries since that time. Professionally, Steve has held various corporate and governmental leadership roles including twice serving as a CEO and twice as the head of a federal agency. What Steve appreciates the most about Grace Pres is the tremendous sense of fellowship, unity and support in the congregation.  Steve has seen Grace as a place where we can live our lives and serve together.  Steve’s one great hope for Grace is that we become a body firmly rooted in scripture, with a deep commitment to serve the spiritual and human needs of each other, our community and our world.