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, the fine arts, and keeping up with current events.
Contact Pastor Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vicar Paisley Le Roy, pastoral resident
Vicar Paisley (gender pronouns: she/her – what’s this?) grew up primarily in Vermont and Virginia with her three brothers. Her family did foster care so there was always plenty of hustle and bustle in her house. She studied theology and biology at Roanoke College. After graduating she went to Omaha, Nebraska for a year with Lutheran Volunteer Corps where she provided pastoral care to a senior living community. It was this experience that affirmed her call to continue her studies at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). She completed her chaplaincy at Bridgeport Hospital in Connecticut working with the palliative care team and the burn unit. She has just returned from her internship at West Linn Lutheran Church in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. Vicar Paisley’s passions include liturgy, environmental justice, Holden Village, and working with memory-support patients. She is passionate about advocating for the marginalized (particularly immigrants, those in the foster care system, and the LGBTQIA+ community). In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, composting as a spiritual practice, and singing karaoke.
Vicar Paisley will be joining WPLC’s team starting August 25.
Contact Vicar Paisley at email@example.com
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.”
Contact Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Caroline Kreidberg, office assistant & volunteer coordinator
Caroline (gender pronouns: she/her – what’s this?) is from Wayland, Massachusetts, a small town twenty miles west of Boston. She studied History at Hamilton College where she became the president of Hillel, the Jewish student organization on campus. At Hamilton College, Caroline also managed social media for the Women’s Center and worked at the Days Massolo Center, the diversity and inclusion center on campus. During college, Caroline spent a semester studying in Hyderabad, India, where she had the opportunity to study some aspects of Indian history and literature. Since graduating, she has lived in Chicago, working for various events and entertainment companies. In her spare time, Caroline enjoys writing, performing, and watching stand up comedy and improv. She also has a passion for queer literature that fits outside the traditional literary canon as well as re-imagining how we interpret various historical events. Coming from a town where the most exciting thing to do on a Friday night was getting frozen yogurt, Caroline loves taking in everything Chicago has to offer!
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Tiana Millet, nursery attendant
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!!