Senior Pastor | email me
It has been my joy to serve here at Winnetka Covenant Church since the spring of 2001. Previously I have served Covenant Churches in Seattle and Minneapolis. I am a Chicago native, and a graduate of Covenant Bible College, the University of North Dakota, and North Park Theological Seminary. I enjoy books (especially historical fiction), music, sports, and coffee. My wife Bonnie and I are parents to Hannah, Sarah, and Kristina, who fill our lives with laughter.
I am invigorated by the work of ministry in the local Church context. I enjoy the relationships we share together as staff and congregation, and the constant re-visioning process that's at the heart of mutual ministry. I love to worship God in the context of this community of friends. I am blessed in the call from God to preach and pastor.
And I believe that the days ahead will be full of new opportunities for us to engage the life of discipleship and the call to reach out with the love of Christ in our community. These will be our priorities moving ahead. We seek to be an authentic spiritual community of growing Christians who witness to the Grace of God in Jesus. I hope you might join us on this journey.
Welcome to Winnetka Covenant Church!
It is an honor to be joining the staff of Winnetka Covenant Church, beginning August 2017! Previously I served as a Chaplain at Swedish Covenant Hospital and at Sauganash Community Church on the north side of Chicago. Having grown up in Pilgrim Covenant Church in Granby, CT, I am deeply committed to the denomination’s love for intentional and holistic faith. My hope is that this next year will be a time of reflection and growth as the community makes plans for exciting new directions and seeks God’s call. It will be a joy to get to know all of you and participate in life together!
In my spare time, I also teach at North Park University, take walks by the lake, read, and spend time with family and friends. I love travelling, listening to podcasts, watching old episodes of The West Wing, and riding roller coasters.
I am a native Minnesotan and child of the First Covenant Church in St. Paul. I gave my life to Christ at the age of 16, and have been greatly influenced by camping ministry throughout my life. I earned a youth ministry degree at North Park University in 2013. During college, I was a pastoral care intern with University Ministries and was the chaplain for the men’s basketball team. I earned a Master of Divinity degree from North Park Theological Seminary in May 2017. Before coming to WCC, I served as the Summer Program Director at Covenant Pines in Minnesota and for a year on the ministry staff of Pilgrim Pines conference center in New Hampshire.
Judi received her BS in Marketing from Valparaiso University and an MS in Counseling from National Louis University. In the summer of 2014 she completed a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from North Park Seminary.
In 2011, Judi retired after 20 years as Executive Director of the Women's Exchange, a Winnetka not-for-profit organization serving women from the entire North Shore.
Judi and her husband Howard raised three sons in Northfield, living in the same house for 46 of the 47 years of their marriage. They now have 8 grandchildren who live nearby and consider that house their 'weekend getaway', much to Judi's delight.
I am a graduate of the Music School of Moody Bible Institute and earned my master’s degree from Northwestern University.
Administrative Assistant | email me
I have been blessed to serve Winnetka Covenant Church for 12 years, following many years in the Department of Christian Formation of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Our staff works well together and going to work is a pleasure. I have also been a member at Winnetka Covenant for close to thirty years and treasure friendships made along the way. I grew up in Michigan and have two daughters who are my biggest joy. I enjoy a lot of different things, particularly gardening, sports, needlework and time with family.
Building Manager | email me
My husband, children and I have been attending Winnetka Covenant Church for nearly two decades. I recently retired after thirty years working as a public school kindergarten teacher. At this same time, the Children’s Ministry Associate position became available at WCC. It seemed pretty “clear” to me that this was the direction I needed to go! Through the years I have always enjoyed participating with the children at WCC for the Wednesday night activities. It is a true joy serving in this new way and I have been encouraged to combine my love for kids, art, crafts, fun, music, laughter and Jesus all into one!
I have been a Covenant Pastor and Administrator for over 50 years. Now officially "retired," I am honored to serve Winnetka Covenant as Pastor Emeritus after serving many years most recently as Parish Associate. I was Senior Pastor at Winnetka Covenant from 1967-1986. In the intervening years, I held Pastorates at LaSalle Street Church in Chicago, IL and North Park Covenant on Chicago's north side. I have also held leadership positions in administration and faculty appointments at North Park University and Theological Seminary, the national church, as well as pastorates on Long Island, NY, Waltham, MA, and Seattle, WA.
Currently, I am involved as chair of the board of Ministry Mentors, coaching ministers across the country. I am fortunate to be married to Laurel, my wife of 55 years. We have been blessed with three children and eight grandchildren, all living in the Chicago area.
Art is the author of the book, "Prayers: Public and Personal," an invaluable resource for pastors as they minister to individuals in times of pain and grief, and in times of significance and celebration. This small volume is designed to be carried during visitation to hospital and home, and includes prayers for a multitude of unique pastoral situations, Scripture passages, and selected services from The Covenant Book of Worship.
Organist | email me
I have been privileged to be the organist for Winnetka Covenant Church since 2003. Having taken private piano lessons since the age of five, in 2001 I began studying organ under Devon Hollingsworth - organist/music director at Christ Church of Oakbrook. After a year of study, I began substituting at different churches, as well as playing for weddings and funerals throughout the Chicago area. After being referred by a member of the congregation, I began subbing at WCC while they were without an organist. Not long afterward began my relationship with the church as organist. Working here has helped me grow greatly as a musician and it has been a joy working with the staff. WCC and the church family have blessed me in so many ways during my time here. The love and support shown by this church community is both astounding and humbling.
Office Secretary | email me
I have enjoyed working in the office of Winnetka Covenant since the spring of 2000. A fourth-generation Covenanter, I grew up in Rockford, IL and lived for a few years in Phoenix, AZ but have lived in the northern suburbs of Chicago for over 30 years. I have been a member of Winnetka Covenant since 1979 and have participated in many different activities and ministries at Winnetka Covenant over the years, but the most consistent has been singing in the choir.
My husband and I are now empty nesters, with three grown and married
daughters and an adult son. We thoroughly enjoy spending time together as a family, especially enjoying our seven granddaughters and one grandson. In my spare time I enjoy gardening and any type of needlework.