Vestry of Atonement
I was born and raised in the Chicago area in a large Roman Catholic family with whom I’m very close. From early on, and throughout my life, I’ve found great satisfaction in being a part of and contributing to service communities of all types. From the moment I walked into Atonement, I felt I was at home. I continue to be amazed and grateful for Atonement’s welcoming spirit—its great hospitality—and how it puts its genuine concern for others into action. Since I started attending Atonement in 2014, I’ve felt blessed and humbled to serve with others in many of the parish’s outreach activities, the vestry, search efforts, and now as Senior Warden. In my work life, I teach, I coach, and I consult, helping students, clients, and organizations manage change and identify and meet their professional goals. I live with my husband, Chuck, in East Andersonville.
James Hawkes, Clerk
Born and raised Boston area; attended Congregational Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Hingham, MA; BS in Chemistry; MS, PhD in Food Science; worked at MIT as a technical assistant, Consumer Protection Agency in Saudi Arabia as a chemist, research assistant, assistant professor at University of Illinois, research scientist in the food industry including Sara Lee and Kraft Foods; member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church for 13 years (Vestry member 3 years and clerk 4 years); member of Episcopal Church of the Atonement 5 years (clerk past 2 years).
Dave Beil and his partner Jeremy McElroy moved to Chicago in 2016 after 11 years in Atlanta, where he completed his Master of Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology. He continues to work from home for Foley Design in Atlanta, focusing on continuing care retirement communities while studying for his six architecture licensing exams. He currently sings in the Atonement and St. Cecilia choirs. He also had the privilege to sing at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan while completing his Master of Science in Architectural Sciences of Built Ecologies, a joint venture of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the architecture firm Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill. As a member of the Vestry, Dave is excited to support Atonement’s music ministry, participate in community outreach, and assist in exploring opportunities for our facilities and grounds.
I’m a retired nurse and health care administrator who lives in Buena Park with my husband, Michael. I was raised a Methodist in rural Kansas but not long after moving to Chicago I started attending the Church of the Ascension where I was confirmed by Bishop Montgomery. I was an active member of Ascension until I moved to Edgewater in the 80s and decided to visit the Church of the Atonement. I immediately felt at home and regularly attended mass and church events until moving to New York. When I returned to Chicago I returned to the Atonement family where I feel I’ve been blessed in many ways. Serving on the vestry is a way that I can give thanks and help contribute to the work the parish does for its members and its community.
Natalie began attending Atonement in 2018 when she moved to the Edgewater neighborhood. She moved to Chicago in 2004 to attend Depaul University and during that period she attended St. Marks in Evanston. She grew up on the Caribbean island of Tobago and is mom to Imani (9) and Omar (16). Natalie has a background in accounting and non-profit management and currently works for the Illinois Department of Insurance. Natalie loves reading and anything art related!
Marian has been a member of Church of the Atonement since 2014. She grew up Roman Catholic in a family of Methodists, a story in itself. She has been a member of the Episcopal Church since 1992 and was received in 1995 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Chicago. She served on the vestry of St. Peter's as a member of the vestry and as a Warden. She was co-chair of the Search Committee following Father Dunkerley's retirement and she was co-chair of the parish's capital campaign.
At Atonement, she is a member of the Finance Guild and the St. Cecilia Choir, as well as an acolyte and thurifer. A fun fact is that she and John David van Dooren grew up 50 miles from each other in eastern North Carolina. Marian lives in Lakeview with Max and Cooper, two very beautiful and bossy cats.
Aron and his wife, Pauline Sachar, have been attending Atonement since 2011, when they moved to Chicago from Philadelphia. They have two young daughters, Lucy and Miranda, whom you can typically see scrambling up the stairs at 10am for Sunday School or coloring in the pews during the eleven o'clock service. Aron has been an Episcopalian for about twenty years, ever since a college professor lured him to a small parish north of Seattle with promises of good music and intellectuals with cheese snacks. Aron is a professor of Liberal Arts at North Central College in Naperville. Whatever spare time he has he spends writing songs and playing music with his wife in their band, Good Dust.
After graduating from the University of Memphis in 1983, I moved to the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago and began attending St. Peter’s Church on Belmont, where I was an active parishioner for over 20 years. At St. Peter’s I served on the Vestry, as Jr. and Sr. Warden, and on various committees. In 2005, My partner Peter and I moved to Edgewater and began attending Church of the Atonement, as it was walking distance from our new home. Since arriving at Atonement, I have served a 2-year term on the Vestry, have served as an usher, and have served on the Social Outreach Guild. I currently work in Marketing at the corporate headquarters of True Value Hardware Stores, enjoy frequent travel, and all things outdoors.
I've been attending Atonement with my husband, Richard Kieckhefer, since 2007. Raised in a secular Jewish family, I was baptized as a college student on the Easter Vigil at Christ Church, Oberlin. Soon afterwards, the priest who baptized me was defrocked after a rare formal trial for heresy. His offense was repeatedly inviting one of the Philadelphia Eleven (uncanonically ordained women priests) to celebrate the eucharist in his church. As a graduate student I left the Episcopal Church for a long sojourn with the Russian Orthodox Church. My spiritual father was the Russian archbishop of London, the late Anthony Bloom, whom I revere as my father among the saints. After 17 years in the Orthodox Church, I returned to the Anglo-Catholic fold. My ministries at Atonement have included adult formation, two discernment committees, the rector search committee, service as an acolyte and then a lector, and now organizing the lector rota for the 11 am Mass.
My name is Daniel Polley. I have faithfully been attending this parish since I discovered it when I moved to the neighborhood in 2013. Not having regularly attended church since high school and deciding that it was time to find an appropriate venue in which to give thanks for the many blessings God has shared with me, I stumbled into Atonement in August of that year. Between the warm greetings I received from so many of you, the heartfelt and Spirit-filled homilies and the glorious music that I did not realize still existed in some parishes churches, I had found the spiritual home for which my soul had longed.
I was received and confirmed by a bishop at the Atonement in November of 2014 and I have had the wonderful opportunities to join EfM, St. Cecilia's choir, and to participate in Sunday adult formation classes. I am honored to be asked to serve on the Vestry and ask for your prayers as God directs me to serve our parish. Please feel free to approach me with concerns that you would like me to share.
The love and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father be with you in the Spirit of the Kingdom.