ANN ELYSE VAN WINKLE
I was born and raised in Virginia, but I love to travel and explore new places. I am a middle child with two brothers. I received my bachelors’ degree from William and Mary in Virginia, and I graduated from Princeton Seminary in May 2014. In my free time, I love writing, working on art projects, and spending time with friends, as well as going on the occasional hiking trip. I also love old movies, and my favorite meal is biscuits and sausage gravy. I have felt called to the ministry since I was a small child, and God has been faithful, leading me toward that goal. I have been on many ministry adventures over the last few years. Through Princeton Seminary, I traveled to Ghana for three months and served Christ Presbyterian church in a small community there. I then spent two summers working at Glacier Camp in Montana as senior counselor and curriculum director. I also worked as a student intern for Watchung Avenue Presbyterian in North Plainfield, NJ and completed a year of CPE at Capital Health in Hopewell, NJ. I started my new adventure at CAPC and Center Presbyterian in Seaton on Dec 1, 2014. I am married to Matt Van Winkle, and am stepmom to his terrific son Carson. We have two dogs, Greta and Niko, and two cats named Freddy and Marm.
I grew up on our family farm north of Joy. Our family started attending CAPC when I was a young child. My mother is still a member. I can even remember being a little kid in the church nursery, Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, Youth Group, singing in the Angel Choir and later the adult choir when I was in high school. My husband, Mike and I were married at CAPC in 1977. CAPC holds many special memories for me!
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Merchandising from Iowa State University. I worked for about ten years for the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center in recruitment and had a nine-county territory. I loved the job and got to meet a lot of different people in the communities and industries that I called upon. I wanted to work closer to home and I returned to college for a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and taught for ten years. I have been in the church office since early 2013 and enjoy the variety of my work.
Our son, Alex and his wife, Jessica live in Champaign and do campus ministry through Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) at the University of Illinois. We have two grandsons named Rhodes and Forrester!
I love spending time with my family and friends. Being a farm girl at heart, I enjoy yard work and help out with mowing my mother’s yard on the farm. I also like doing projects around the house, making greeting cards, reading, and cooking. Day trips to Bishop Hill keep me in touch with my Swedish roots.