Rev. Nicole Farley (she/her) has called Lake County home for almost thirty years and northern Illinois home her whole life. A child of the Catholic Church, she found her way to the PC(U.S.A.) as a young adult and soon realized she had really been Presbyterian all along.
Several years after graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design, she found herself sensing a call to ministry, borne out of her time as a youth group advisor at Wildwood Presbyterian Church in Grayslake. She graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago with a Master of Divinity and has served as the Director of Youth Ministries at Winnetka Presbyterian Church, as a solo pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Waukesha, WI., and as the pastoral artist and founder of A New Creation, a collaborative arts ministry.
She is compelled by justice and equality in the ways she shows up in the world and in her ministry. Two ways she has engaged these values are as a founding member and current president of PFLAG Grayslake / Round Lake and as a founding member of the Racial Equity and Justice Task Force for the Presbytery of Milwaukee. She lives in Gurnee and is grateful to be family to a son named Jim, a daughter-in-law named Casey, a beloved transgender former spouse named Iris, a partner named Paul, and two Whippets, named Calvin and Hobbes. Besides art, lived theology, and justice, she'll gladly have a conversation about gardens, books, podcasts, music, and movies.