"As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea – for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you fish for people. And immediately they left their nets and followed him."
~Mark 1: 17-18

Pastoral Staff

Rev. Sarah Sarchet Butter
Pastor and Head of Staff
847-256-3010 ext. 12

The Rev. Sarah Sarchet Butter has served as pastor and head of staff since 2002. Ordained in 1992 in the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), she has more than 18 years of ministry experience, which includes serving on the pastoral staff of Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, Illinois. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. As a pastor, Sarah loves connecting people to God’s presence in their lives and discerning the movements of the Holy Spirit. She has a passion for ministry and pastoral leadership and an understanding what makes churches grow and thrive as the body of Christ. Sarah cherishes her marriage to John Butter, MD, and their daughters, Elizabeth and Caroline. She loves conversation, cooking, skiing in the winter, the Botanic Gardens all year round, music, travel, fine (and not-so-fine) wine, and dining with family and friends.


Rev. Erin Raska| Associate Pastor
847-256-3010 ext. 17

Erin Raska grew up in the Pacific Northwest and graduated from Whitworth University where she studied Kinesiology and Biology. After graduation, Erin spent five years working in youth ministry in the Seattle area as well as in Spokane, WA. Erin met her husband, Brent, while in Spokane. Brent was the Director of Youth Ministries at Erin’s home church in Lewiston, ID and Erin was the Director of Youth Ministries at Brent’s home church in Spokane, WA; they switched places! Brent and Erin attended Princeton Theological Seminary together. After graduation they served in their first ordained call together as the Global Ministry Fellows at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. As fellows, Brent and Erin spent nine months on the pastoral staff at Madison Avenue, one year working in Zambia, Africa, and two and half months traveling throughout the Global South. This fellowship allowed Brent and Erin to encounter how God is at work throughout the world, to engage the rapidly growing church in the Global South and to continue to explore how God is calling them to serve Christ’s church. Upon completion of this fellowship, Erin sought a place that would encourage and nourish her call to ministry, passions, gifts and life experience. She was called to fpcw in July of 2011. At fpcw, Erin leads Christian Formation for children, youth and adult alike, mission and congregational care. Erin loves to travel, to be in the outdoors, to engage is good conversation, and to visit her family in the Pacific Northwest.