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.
Pastor Jason 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., LGBTQ 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 and exploring new restaurants with his boyfriend, volunteering, the fine arts, and keeping up with current events.
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Vicar Bridget Jones, pastoral resident (beginning August 27, 2017)
Vicar Bridget Jones is a senior at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She just returned from her year-long internship in Bradenton, Florida, and while she will miss the people and the beaches, she is ecstatic to have all four seasons again (especially winter!).
She was born in Mesa, Arizona and grew up in Altoona, Wisconsin with her parents and twin sister. She has a degree in actuarial science from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln with minors in math and Spanish. After graduation, Vicar Bridget spent a year working at All Peoples Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin through Lutheran Volunteer Corps. There she was introduced to anti-oppression work and urban gardening which led to her passion for eco-justice.
Vicar Bridget has a deep passion for eco-theology and caring for all of creation. She loves preaching and leading worship because in worship we connect God’s Word with the work God is doing in the world. In her free time, Vicar Bridget enjoys taking improv classes, spending time with friends, and biking along the lakeshore, and she plans to spend every Saturday this fall cheering on the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
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Jordan Chua, church musician
Jordan 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 is currently working on his dissertation for 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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Mary grew up in Melrose Park, Illinois, where she attended Walther Lutheran High School. She then went on to attend Valparaiso University where she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in social work. After graduation, Mary served for a year with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps, living in community with other volunteers. She is deeply passionate about children’s ministry, women’s rights, and social and eco-justice.
In her free time, you can find Mary at the gym, running along the lakefront, or hanging out with her best adventure pal (her dog) Lucy.
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