6 Miguel Villagomez (center), First Presbyterian Church

Miguel Villagomez is not only the longest serving staff member of First Presbyterian Church, Evanston, but probably the most loved! He has been part of our building team staff for 25 years and worked here as part of another company two years prior to that. Miguel is known as the “go to” person in the church. Working quietly behind the scenes, he accomplishes more in eight hours than most of us can in several days. He is quick to smile, always leading with the attitude of a servant and follower of Christ.

He was raised in Guanasuato, Mexico and came to the U.S. in 1987. Part of a family of 13 children, Miguel remembers fondly the hard work of farming and ranching on his father’s ranch. He said he started working at age 12, when he would rise early in the morning with his brothers and father to milk the 18 cows, and then walk to the market to sell the milk. Today, his own two children, Tatiana and Mark Anthony, are the highlight of his life and are the reason he gives when asked why he works as hard and passionately as he does. He says he loves working at First Presbyterian. “There is no better place to work than in the house of God, with people who pray to God. Working here is like being part of a family.” Staff members and congregants alike treasure Miguel and hold him as a precious part of the First Presbyterian family. We all pray that we can be a bit more like Miguel, who sets an example for serving the Lord!