Velma L. Sept was born on December 4,1948 in Chicago,IL,; the second oldest of 7 children. She lived in South Bend, IN. for 9 years before moving to Elgin, IL. in March 1976. After working 30 years for the US Postal Service, she retired on December 24th, 2003. Since retiring, she has devoted her life to faith, family and community service. She has been an active member of New Hope Baptist Church of Elgin, IL for 30 years. She has 1 daughter and 1 granddaughter. Ms. Sept is featured in the book "Looking In, Looking Up: A Year with School District U-46" and the movie documentary "Project 231: Blacks in Elgin".
Velma Sept is an active member of the following organizations:
Reverend Dr. Nathaniel Edmond has been the Pastor of Second Baptist Church since February 20, 2000. Under Rev. Dr. Edmond, the church has experienced tremendous growth numerically, financially, and most importantly spiritually.
Rev. Dr. Edmond has served in numerous leadership positions within community organizations. His services include the National Alumni President of Xavier University of Louisiana; Board of Governors', Xavier University; Board of Trustees, Judson University; Board of Directors, United Way of Elgin; Board of Directors, National Association for Sickle Cell Disease, Basileus of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Board of Directors, Sherman Hospital and Advocate Healthcare Corporate Board.
As a member of the Board of Directors at Sherman Hospital, Rev. Dr. Edmond helped oversee the construction and completion of a new 255 bed "Green" hospital with a 15-acre geothermal lake. The geothermal lake is expected to save the hospital $1 million annually in heating and cooling costs.
Other organization memberships include:
Rev. Dr. Edmond has been the recipient of numerous awards:
In addition, Rev. Dr. Edmond serves as a spiritual advisor to U.S. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi. He was the opening speaker at the election celebration. Since 2017,
Rev. Dr. Edmond has served as the Chairman of the Mission and Spiritual Care Committee of Advocate Healthcare Corporation.
Rev. Dr. Edmond states that "his greatest privilege and pleasure is serving others."
Rev. Dr. Nathaniel L. Edmond