At WPLC we empower all people to be leaders in the congregation, bringing forth new ministries and ideas to engage the world and help others glimpse the work of God among us. Our paid staff help guide this process, along with the elected congregation council.
The Rev. Jason Glombicki, pastor and congregation president
Pastor Jason (gender pronouns: he/him – what’s this?) grew up in East Dundee, Illinois, with his parents, brother, and countless pet turtles. He majored in religion, biology, and pre-medicine at Augustana College, Rock Island and worked in Chicago as a homeless shelter case manager with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. He continued his education at both the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and Yale Divinity School before receiving his Master of Divinity with a concentration in urban/metropolitan ministry. During his studies, he served in pastoral roles at Temple University’s Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministries and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Easton, Pennsylvania. Before coming to WPLC in December 2013, Pastor Jason worked as a hospital chaplain at Yale-New Haven Hospital specializing in pediatrics and palliative care.
His passions for ministry include historical liturgical worship, community engagement, administration, and social ministry at homeless shelters, prisons, hospitals, and with other marginalized groups (e.g., LGBTQIA+, women, and immigrants). His favorite Gospel is Luke, especially the story of the Good Samaritan, as it is a continual reminder to love God and to love and show mercy to others and ourselves. Its implications are complex and rich, and it shapes and informs Pastor Jason’s ministry.
In his spare time, Pastor Jason enjoys going to the gym, biking, hiking, exploring new restaurants with his boyfriend, volunteering, the fine arts, and keeping up with current events.
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Vicar Sarah Derrick, pastoral resident
Vicar Sarah (gender pronouns: she/her – what’s this?) is originally from South Carolina and is now in her final year of studies at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She recently returned from a year-long internship in Seattle, WA, where she shared her time between a congregation and interfaith advocacy office. Prior to seminary, Sarah graduated from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC where she majored in Christian Education and Religion. She also served for a year with the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission program in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Her passions include liturgy, education, and the global church. Much of her call to ministry can be understood through the lens of hospitality. She deeply values spaces for folks to come together, over a shared meal whenever possible, to learn more about who God is and how God is calling us to be. In that same vein, Sarah loves a reason to throw a party. Creating party themes is among her favorite things. When she isn’t working or studying, you can find her in the kitchen making cookies, spending time with her new nephew, or resisting the urge to get a dog.
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Dr. Jordan Chua, church musician
Dr. Jordan (gender pronouns: he/him – what’s this?) has been a musician in the Chicago metropolitan area for over 15 years, serving as an ecclesial musician, music educator, and performer. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in music and philosophy from Loyola University Chicago and studied the sciences in Loyola’s postbaccalaureate program. He was awarded a master’s in music education from VanderCook College of Music and completed a doctorate in education from Loyola University Chicago.
He enjoys reading literature by George R. R. Martin, Orson Scott Card, Margaret Atwood, C. S. Lewis, and J. R. R. Tolkien; recreating by Lake Michigan; and playing with his baby niece. Jordan delights in working with both young and experienced musicians. Through his music ministry at WPLC, Jordan desires, as J. S. Bach affirmed, “. . . to give God the greater glory and refreshment to the soul.”
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Tiana (gender pronouns: she/her – what’s this?) grew up in Chicago, Illinois, with her mother, sister, and brother. She is now a mother of two amazing children, Tatiana, 19 and Jionni, 6. She started her education at Northwestern University in 2001, studying education for one year. She then worked for three years at CPS as a teacher assistant in a special education class. She kept working in education but found a new love in early childhood education as a lead teacher at Cornerstone Daycare. In 2005 she decided to try out Florida and ended up staying in Kissimmee for ten years. During that time, she studied at the University of Phoenix where she completed 60 credit hours towards education and worked at two daycares as a lead teacher in the two-year-old class. In 2015 she decided it was time to come back home to Chicago where she began working at Kids Work Chicago as an assistant teacher for the infant room; she has been there for three years now. She has continued her education at City Colleges of Chicago where she studies early childhood development. In her spare time, she likes to take her son places like bowling, the park, the movies, and swimming. When she gets time to herself, she enjoys going to Cubs games! GO CUBS!!