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 Alex Aivars, pastoral resident
Vicar Alex Aivars is continuing his internship, which started last fall at a church in Minnesota, here at WPLC. He will be with us for the summer. He currently attends the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he lived until moving to Chicago 3 years ago. He has a degree in English with a minor in music from Western Michigan University. After graduating he worked for 7 years as a Web developer at WMU. Five years into this work he received his call to ministry while attending a Gay Christian Network conference (now called Q Christian Fellowship) in Chicago.
Vicar Alex has a deep passion ministering to the LGBTQ community, as well as an increasing interest in starting churches.
In his free time he likes to bike, go dancing, and read science fiction.
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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