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. In the fall of 2019, Pastor Jason obtained a certificate in non-profit management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
His passions for ministry include historical liturgical worship, community engagement, administration, and for expansive ministries with marginalized groups (e.g., LGBTQIA+, women, BIPOC, 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 walking along the lake, hiking, playing with his cats, exploring new restaurants with his partner, the fine arts, and keeping up with current events.
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Vicar Vicky Carathanassis, pastoral Intern
Vicar Vicky (she/her – what’s this?) grew up in Mazon, IL. She graduated from Shimer College with a B.A. in Humanities in 2013. After college, she went “and now for something completely different,” and spent the next several years working in logistics and data analytics. During this same period, she began to seriously discern the call towards rostered ministry that she’d first felt as a child. With the fierce encouragement of her home church, she decided she was all in, enrolled at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and started the candidacy process for Minister of Word and Sacrament.
Her time in seminary has been particularly shaped by the pandemic, which began roughly a month after she started taking classes full-time. As a result, she has a newfound passion for looking beyond the conventional to find ways to connect communities. She completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where she worked extensively with families whose babies were in the NICU. With the understanding that God’s love excludes no one, she cares deeply about advocating for and accompanying people who, like her, have previously been hurt by religious institutions.
In her free time, she loves engaging with stories, bragging about how cool her dog is, and starting craft projects that she will never finish. Her socks haven’t matched since 2002.
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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. Dr. Jordan 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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Annette Aragon, office assistant & volunteer coordinator
Annette (gender pronouns: she/her – what’s this?) grew up in Chicago, Illinois, with her mother, father, brother, and sister. She ventured off on her own for four years to study communications at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. During her sophomore year, she tragically and unexpectedly lost her brother to gun violence. She has used this experience to lift the hearts of others by founding her own nonprofit organization, the Israel’s Gifts of Hope Foundation. Annette has dedicated herself to creating awareness and giving nothing but love and compassion to those with similar experiences throughout her city. She is passionate about helping others, fighting injustice, and spreading hope, love, and peace.
In her spare time, she enjoys winding down by journaling, doodling, and listening to music. Annette is most happy when she is hanging out with her baby niece, acting goofy, singing karaoke, and advocating for our planet and all those who inhabit it. She believes it is important to not take life so seriously and make time for fun, silly memories with those you love.
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Alejandro SanCHEZ, Child Care Provider
Alejandro (gender pronouns: they/them – what’s this?) grew up in California’s central coast with their parents and brother. They majored in Education at Bucknell University, before coming to Chicago to work as a Toddler/Two Teacher. They pursued further degrees from Oakton Community College in Early Childhood Education as well as the Erikson Institute as an Infant Specialist. During this time, they also worked full time at a Head Start/Early Head Start Birth to Five Program where they served as a birth to three Lead Teacher for 14 years. Recently, they have switched to a new program where they serve as a toddler Lead Teacher. They have also served as a nanny for several families.
Alejandro’s educational philosophy focuses on the individual dignity and respect of each child to be seen as a full person. They believe that children, like adults, are able to make informed choices and learn from the resulting outcomes; and that it’s an educators duty to help children develop the ability to determine for themselves what is important and necessary to make those choices.
In their spare time, Alejandro knits winter apparel, trains in endurance running, and is an avid cyclist.
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