Church Staff

Rev. Stephen L. Bowie
Being from the Pacific Northwest, Pastor Steve can grill a salmon and tell the difference between a hemlock and a fir tree. He has a passion for creating environments where people can extend their discipleship to Jesus Christ in directions they’ve not yet explored. He believes our goal as brothers and sisters in Christ is often “to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” Music is essential in all he presents in worship.
Rev. Greg Albert
Parish Associate
Rev. Greg Albert is a retired Presbyterian minister. He moved to Rockford in September 2017 with his wife Robbin, after nearly 30 years in the ministry. Those years included works as a prison chaplain, Presbytery executive and pastor. One of his churches was in Savanna, Illinois. As Parish Associate (a volunteer position), Greg helps with worship and fills in for the Pastor when he is unavailable. Most Sundays you will find him playing the harmonica or banjo.
Elaine Jacoby
Program Coordinator

Elaine is a Rockford transplant from the hills of Pennsylvania. She is a jack of all trades, having worked for Head Start, the Welfare to Work program, in manufacturing cost and payroll accounting, public relations and marketing for a non-profit, as well as managed a GED and job training program and coordinated Christian education for a church in her past. (Just how old is she?) She loves the mountains, hiking, gardening, playing piano and ringing hand bells.  She has found all of her past job experiences helpful in her position at Third. She is happy to be able to work with all the committees and groups to further God’s work here in Rockford through Third Presbyterian Church.

Laura Cooper
Church Secretary
Laura is the newest addition to the staff.  She has lived in Rockford, IL for 44 years.  She and her husband have been married for 40 years and they have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.  She is a member of Christ United Methodist Church.  Previously she has worked in banking and the travel industry.  She enjoys spending time with family, hiking, golfing and scuba diving.
Tom Jacoby
Choir Director

Tom’s musical journey started at the age of 9 when his parents presented him with a trumpet. He began playing in the school band and in the Zion’s View Community Band. In his teen years Tom was drawn to playing the guitar and singing, which became his musical passion. He studied at York College of Pennsylvania and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in musical performance summa cum laude. He directed the York Chorus, several church choirs, a community band and formed a musical performing group called “Main Street.”   Tom attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, PA., where he earned a Master of Divinity degree, leading to ordination as a Pastor in the Lutheran Church. Throughout his career in the church Tom used his musical gifts in his pastoral work. After his retirement from full-time pastoring, he felt called to continue his involvement with church music and became the Chancel Choir Director here at Third Pres. where he is also active in the worship music ensemble.

Lu Willsey
Church Organist
Lu has blessed us with 44 years of wonderful music. She first came in our doors for a funeral. Lu was in the choir and then helped with the beginners department music.
Later, when the organist resigned, she was happy to fill that position. She felt God answered her prayers for a new job and a new church home. 
Mike Rimkus
Welcome to Mike who began working with us on June 1.  He was born in Rockford and went to East High School.  Mike also attended a session for home inspection, which also helped him with property maintenance and painting businesses.  Mike’s hobbies are swimming, ice skating, gardening and riding his motorcycle.   He is an avid Ice Hog fan and has season tickets. Mike has three children, two  grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.