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 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, 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 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
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 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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Mary O’Brien, parish assistant
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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