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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CharliE Dykstal, office assistant & volunteer coordinator (Beginning Jan 3)
Charlie (gender pronouns: he/him – what’s this?)
was born in Alabama but grew up in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area in Minnesota. He went to Denison University, outside of Columbus, Ohio, where he explored his interest and love of contemporary art and cinema, earning a degree in both. After this, he followed another interest of his, horticulture, to Chicago; managing a community garden on the West Side, where he grew produce and distributed it for free at a food pantry. He has since been exploring theology and clerical work, leading him to WPLC. He hopes to continue to find meaning in working with people, beauty, and the natural world.
Charlie spends a lot of his leisure time consuming various forms with art with his friends and family. Reading, watching films, going to museums, and playing with his band are his favorite pastimes. He also plays a lot of Dungeons and Dragons and loves the storytelling that goes along with it. He is a dedicated environmentalist, and loves to camp, hike, snowshoe, and everything in-between. He also loves his cat, Aldo.
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Marisleysis Nunez, Child Care Provider
Marisleysis (gender pronouns: she/her – what’s this?) grew up in Chicago, Illinois, with her mother and two brothers. She attended Horizon Science Academy in Mckinley Park. She loved being a part of her high school in many ways, which included being on the Softball team and being in a program that helped students venture out into their social and educational life.
After graduating high school, she ventured out to find a job that would possibly interest her in becoming a teacher or learning more about the development of children. She found a job at a Montessori school where she was introduced to a different way of helping infants and toddlers with their motor skills and much more. She continued her time at a Montessori school until she went on and started a family of her own–she is now a mother to a healthy one-year-old boy. Marisleysis believes that all children no matter their age should always be treated with care and compassion. She plans on continuing her education in the years to come.
In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and shopping til’ she drops. She also loves listening to music while enjoying coloring time as a stress reliever. Marisleysis loves to enjoy her time with her son and embarrass her family in the store by having dance breaks with her son in the middle of the store
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