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 Bridget Jones, pastoral resident
Vicar Bridget 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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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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Seminarian Jessie Edelman, seminary student
Seminarian Jessie is one of the seminarians from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in Hyde Park who will be with WPLC this year.
She grew up in Greenwood, Indiana with her parents and brother. Now, whenever she is not living in Chicago, she lives in Fishers, Indiana. Her family has grown to include many stepparents, step-siblings, in-laws, nieces, and a nephew.
She attended Indiana University, Bloomington where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work. She worked at Arby’s for six years and can hopefully answer any burning questions you may have about roast beef. She also worked at Lutheran Hills in Bean Blossom, Indiana for three summers. She will be happy to sing any of your favorite camp songs (with you, of course!). She was a Young Adult in Global Mission volunteer and worked at a United Reformed Church in Wolverhampton, England where she drank more tea than she ever had before.
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Seminarian Elliott Drake, seminary student
Seminarian Elliott hails from a small town in northern Michigan where he grew up attending an ELCA church with his parents every Sunday, enjoying skiing and cycling in many of their varied forms, and developed an overlapping love for theology, concern for global justice, and love of the outdoors.
He attended Luther College in Iowa, majored in biology, and was chosen along with eleven other juniors to spend a year in Nottingham, U.K. through Luther’s year-abroad program, led by program director Reverend (and communications professor) Mark Johns and his wife. Elliott graduated and spent the following two years in public health with the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, where he also began to hone some of his previously repressed cooking skills. After returning home to Michigan, he worked in commercial kitchens and made payments on undergrad debt, while entering candidacy and applying to LSTC for the M. Div. program.
Elliott spent a rewarding summer (’17) getting out of his “small town shell” on clinical internship doing youth outreach with The Night Ministry around Lakeview, Chicago, and is looking forward to active engagement in year two of seminary (’17–’18), especially with the folks of WPLC.
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