YPC is a diverse congregation of professionals and tradespeople: doctors and garbage collectors, teachers and janitors, managers and mechanics. We range in age from newborns to 90s, with a strong group of leaders in their retirement years and another group of leaders in their 30s and 40s. There are approximately 235 in attendance in two worship services on Sunday mornings, including 40 children. The congregation is served by a Senior Pastor, three part-time staff, a volunteer Parish Associate, a full-time Office Manager, and three part-time paid music and custodial staff.
Elmhurst is a college town and a community that places a great deal of emphasis upon the family. The city takes great pride in the quality of its schools, park system and Library. Though it is an increasingly diverse neighborhood ethnically, people are drawn to Elmhurst (and pay its housing prices!) primarily because they value this environment to raise their children, regardless of their ethnic background.
We, the members of Yorkfield Presbyterian Church, are children of God and a part of the Church which is the Body of Christ. Our primary purpose as members of the Body of Christ is to bear witness to the Gospel in our congregation, in Elmhurst and in all the world, with the hope and expectation that those who hear it may be reconciled to God and humanity.
Our task is three-fold. First, to prepare ourselves so that we may grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord, recognizing always our dependence on Christ and our continuous need for forgiveness. Second, we are called to declare God's love clearly so that people of today can understand Christ's message. Third, we must demonstrate that love because our responsibility is for the total needs of humanity.
Realizing that all we have is a gift from God, we are to be responsible stewards of the resources we have been given. We are thus at work in God's world to make known our Lord's presence and to respond to God's love.
The church ministers to the community through its Food Pantry, monthly staff of a Homeless Shelter (PADS), periodic work days at Habitat for Humanity, the home of Literacy in Action (a program that teaches English as a second language), prayer & bible study groups, Middle School and Sr. High YF, Men's & Women's groups and through Logos TOWN (a midweek after-school program for children in Kindergarten through 5th Grade).
We minister outside our community as the 2nd highest per capita giving church to PC(USA) mission in the Presbytery, and we sponsor two week-long mission trips per year: one for adults and one for Senior Highs.
We try to customize the field education experience to the needs of the student, but expect that most will want to participate in a full range of activities including: weekly worship leadership, semi-monthly children's sermons, preaching 3-4 times over the course of the school year, teaching either and Advent or Lenten adult Bible study and participating in the Logos after school program as a teacher and Table Parent. Depending on interest the student may also work with the Middle School and Senior High Youth Groups or do some morning and on Wednesday afternoons and early evenings for supervision and Logos TOWN. Opportunities to observe Session, Deacon and Trustee meetings and work with a particular mission emphasis or commission of Session (worship, evangelism, etc.) is also possible depending on the student's needs or interests.
YPC is located on the southern edge of the western Chicago suburb of Elmhurst, the first city west of Interstate Tollway #294, on York Road between Butterfield and Roosevelt.
From McCormick, it is approximately 25 miles to the church. (It is possible to take public transportation to Elmhurst but because of the connections that have to be made and the fact that the train station is approximately 2 miles from the Church, it is not recommended). By auto, take Lake Shore Drive north to I-55, west to I-90/94, north to the Eisenhower (290). Take the Eisenhower west until it divides. Follow the "Indiana-South" signs until you see the exit for Roosevelt Road. Take Roosevelt Road west to the York Road North exit. Go north on York to the first stoplight, which is Lexington Street. The church sits on the Northeast corner of York and Lexington.
Michael (Mike) Toburen, M.Div, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1984. Email:
Pastoral Experience: Lake Station, IN, solo pastor (7 years); YPC, head of staff (10 years). Related experience: Member, Chicago Presbytery Committee on Preparation for Ministry (6 years); Co-Leader, Synod of Lincoln Trails, "New Pastors Support Program"; (11 years and ongoing).