St. Luke is energetically led by the Rev. Lesley Weir, who joined St. Luke as its pastor in January 2012. Lesley holds a Master of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University. Her call to the ministry came later in life, so Lesley views it as God-driven. She endeavors to foster a loving compassion and an excitement that we’re all in this together. She believes we need to be a family and have an openness to really get to know one another. She inspires us to be authentic and speak the truth in love.
Lesley has said there was no doubt in her heart that the Spirit brought us together to journey the next chapter in the life of St Luke. We did not choose each other, she says, but the Spirit chose us; to be filled with joy, to be appointed to work together for the Kingdom, to produce good fruits in Christ’s name through St. Luke. “I have said these things to you so that my joy will be in you and your joy will be complete. You didn’t choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you could go and produce fruit and so that your fruit could last.” (John 15:11,16)
Lesley is very happily married to Scott Swan. Their blended family includes five children, aged 19-32, and three grandchildren.
The Session is made up of Elders, elected by the congregation, plus the installed pastor. The Session is responsible for all decisions regarding the programs and policies of the congregation, except for the two powers reserved for the congregation: the election of officers, including the pastoral staff, and the buying, selling, and/or mortgaging of church property.
Cal Christy, Kathy Erpenbach, Lisa Furstenau, Robin Graham, Marty Lindenberger, Jerry Pavlick, Todd Schenk, Amy Smith, Alice Utter, Sandy Zeles, Dennis Zimmerman
Clerk of Session - Chris Collins
The office of Deacon as set forth in scripture is one of sympathy, witness and service after the example of Jesus Christ. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, of exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies, and sound judgment should be chosen for this office. - Book of Order. Part II. 2002/2003. G-6.04000
St. Luke Deacons serve a vital role in the life of our church, providing fellowship, hosting special events and caring for members of the congregation in need.
Kate Azo (moderator), Bruce Beem, Barb Bollenberg, Pat Ciokek, Karen Goodheart, Dorothy Kramer, Bill McCandless, Bonnie Reid, Sally Schaefer, Vida Winans
Willard Thomen has been serving as Director of Music at St. Luke since 2005, conducting the Chancel Choir (adults), the Youth Choir (grades 6-12) and the Carol Choir (grades 3-5). He works in close consultation with our pastor, Lesley Weir, the Worship Committee, and our organist, Bonnie Johansen-Werner, to provide a dynamic and creative music ministry that coordinates with the liturgy and themes of the weekly services. Each year, the adult and youth choirs present two special music services and the children present a musical on Mother's Day.
Will has been conducting church choirs throughout the Chicago area for thirty-six years. Following his graduation from the School of Sacred Music, Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where he received his Masters in Sacred Music, Will began his career in music ministry at the Roseland Presbyterian Church in Chicago. He also served as Director of Music for Southminster Presbyterian Church in Arlington Heights and The First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange. For seventeen years he directed and coordinated the music program at Community United Methodist Church in Naperville, where he conducted eighteen "Sing-Along" Messiahs. Other orchestral choral works he has conducted include several Fauré Requiems, Vivaldi's Gloria, Rutter's Requiem, Mozart's Solemn Vespers and Schubert's Mass in G.
As a professional tenor, Will has sung with numerous organizations throughout Chicago, including the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Music of the Baroque, and the Chicago Baroque ensemble. He has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestral presentations by university and community ensembles. Will teaches private voice and classes in music appreciation and art appreciation as well as courses in vocal pedagogy and French and German diction at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, and conducts the University of St. Francis Concert Chorale, a community/student/faculty-staff ensemble. He also teaches private and class voice at Concordia University in River Forest.
Raina joined the St. Luke staff in 2008, bringing with her 8 years of church office experience. A one-woman office, she has been enriched working with each of the pastors she has served with at St. Luke. Raina enjoys photography and video ministry, videotaping worship services and special events at the church including weddings, memorial services, baptisms, concerts, and workshops.
Raina is particularly pleased to be a part of Pastor Lesley’s team and assisting in God’s unfolding vision for St. Luke.