Pastor Erik Christensen was ordained and called to serve as pastor of St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Logan Square in October 2006. Prior to receiving the call at St. Luke's, Erik worked as a youth advocate and community organizer with and for runaway, homeless and street-dependent youth.
In October, 2010 Pastor Erik was received onto the clergy roster of the ELCA. Prior to that he had been credentialed by Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries (ELM) and served as Co-Chair of their governing body. ELM works to expand ministry opportunities for publicly-identified LGBTQ rostered leaders and seminarians who are changing the church and society through their ministry.
Bev Jedynak has been the primary musician at St. Luke's since 2012, and was named "Cantor" in 2016. She was previously minister of music at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Chicago and before that spent 21 years as Cantor at Park View Lutheran Church – her home congregation.
The role of cantor is one well-suited to Bev – as “leader of the church’s song” she seeks to include everyone in the music making – whether the smallest toddler just starting to demonstrate rhythmic skills or the most advanced musician – all are welcome and invited to be a part of the church’s song.
In addition to staff duties at St. Luke’s Bev recently formed her own public relations/investor relations firm, Bevlyn Consulting, following decades of executive positions (the most recent being president) at a Chicago-based national PR/IR firm that recently dissolved.
Claire Schoepp was consecrated as a Lutheran Deaconess in 2010 through the Lutheran Deaconess Association. As a Deaconess, Claire feels it is her vocation to lift up the call of all the baptized to service as their gifts allow. She current serves on the board of the Lutheran Deaconess Conference.
At St. Luke's, Claire uses her gift of organization in the role of Administrative Assistant in order to further the mission and ministry of St. Luke's. She sees her job as one that hopefully enables all those who use our space to do their best service.
Erin Coleman Branchaud serves St. Luke's as Pastoral Intern for 2016-17. Erin comes to St. Luke's from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, where she is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree and seeking ordination to Ministry of Word and Sacrament.
Before coming to Chicago, Erin worked as a Young Adults in Global Mission volunteer in Argentina. Prior to that she lived in Nebraska, where she served in congregations, outdoor ministries, and campus ministries.
Erin brings to St. Luke's a deep sense of call to work for transformative economic justice. She is the Lead Organizer of Seminarians for Justice, a powerful organization of ecumenical seminarians who enact God's love by organizing for social justice in Chicago as part of The People's Lobby.
Luke Morgan Allgeyer is serving as St. Luke's Diaconal Intern for the 2016-17 academic year. He is in his second year of the Master of Divinity program at the University of Chicago, and is seeking to become a chaplain through consecration to Ministry of Word and Service.
Luke comes to Chicago from Montana, where he worked and volunteered with the Montana Wilderness Association, advocating for the protection of the natural landscapes across the American West. His studies today focus around advocacy for young LGBTQ+ people who are experiencing homelessness, especially those who have been forced out of their homes by their families. He currently serves as a Youth Outreach Professional with The Night Ministry, an organization that provides healthcare, housing, and human connection to members of the Chicago community struggling with poverty.
With his passion for uplifting those of God's people who are unjustly left behind by human systems, Luke hopes to live into his role as Diaconal Intern by helping to engage the St. Luke's community in embodied acts of justice throughout the Chicago community at large.
SERVICES / OFFICE
St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Logan Square
2837 W. Armitage Ave. • Chicago, IL 60647
Parking is free and plentiful on the streets immediately surrounding St. Luke’s. Look for parking along Armitage Ave, between California Ave and Humboldt Blvd; on Mozart St, just north of Armitage; or on Francisco Ave, just south of Armitage.
MAIL / DELIVERIES
Please direct all letters, packages, and deliveries to this address:
St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Logan Square
2020 N California Ave
Suite 7 • Box 191
Chicago IL 60647