The Parish Directory Project
Welcome to the Parish Directory Project directory updates page. We are working hard to provide a complete directory of Lutheran Churches in the Chicagoland Area and their worship practices.
Updates to the Church Directory Project
June 24, 2011
- Rover of Life, Channahon - Updated information, now has a website-check it out
June 15, 2011
- St. Paul, Dorchester (Chicago) - Removed Kermit
Walk, Added Rev. Jeffrey Howell (SMP)
- Trinity, Roselle - Added two Specific Ministry
Pastors: Rev. Robert Pudell (SL) and Rev. Thomas Gibbons (FW)
- Messiah, Chicago - Removed Steven Geske (he
transferred to South Wisconsin CRM)
- Bethlehem, Chicago - Removed Rev. Jeremy Heilman
- Genoa, Trinity - Added Rev. Jeremy Heilman (Senior
- Yorkville, Cross - Removed Brian Truog
- Melrose Park, St. Paul - Removed Rev. Dr. Thomas
- Chicago, First St. Paul's - Added Rev. Dr. Thomas
- Matteson, St. Paul - Added Rev. Ronald Millard
(previously a delayed-vicar there)
- Arlington Heights, St. Peter - Added Rev. Aaron
- Elmhurst, Immanuel - Added Vicar Steven Andrews Jr.
- Rockfort, Christ the Rock - Added Vicar Aaron Meyer
- Oak Lawn, St. Paul - Added Rev. Matthew Zickler,
- Lockport, St. Paul - Added A Brian Flamme as vicar
- Shorewood, Hope - Added Jared P. Hartmann as Vicar
- Wheaton, St. John - Added Adam E Jacobsen as vicar
- Chicago, Our Savior (English)- Added Rev. Eric S. Carlson as pastor
- Racine, Lutheran Chapel of the Cross - Added Brian
D. Liermann, pastor
- Updated St. John Darien, comments received from former member.
- Revised Gloria Dei, Chicago - Update received from Rev. Steven
- Added Crosspointe church in Lakewood.
- Channahon, River of Life - Installed Rev. Hans
- Arlington Heights, St. Peter - Removed Rev. Ted
- Trinity, Lisle - Added Rev. Dennis Franzen, SMP as
- Trinity, Lisle, - Added Rev. Dan Grissom, SMP as
- Trinity, Lisle - Added multi-site for Green Trails
February 8, 2011
- McHenry, Zion - Installed Rev. George Borghardt III
- Morris, Friends in Christ - Removed Matthew
- Roselle, Trinity - Removed David Pendley, DCE
- New Church: Immaniel North in Poplar Gove
(Multi-Church Plant from Immanuel-Belvidere)
December 11, 2010
- Chicago Heights, St. Paul - Rev. Michael Croon
installed as senior pastor
- Chicago, Messiah - Removed Rev. Steve Geske
- Itasca, St. Luke - Added Rev. Brett Matz, associate
- Crystal Lake, Immanuel - Added Rev. Erik
- Schaumburg, St. Peter - Added Rev. Matthew Peterson
- Gary IN, St. John - Removed Rev. Bryan Reeves
- Park Forest, Celebration Ministries - Rev. Bryan
- Chicago, St. Paul (Canfield) - Added Rev.
- Hawthorn Woods, St. Matthew - Rev. Ron Mortiz from
Senior to Assistant
- Gurnee, Bethel - Added Rev. Benjamin Squires
- Hawthorn Woods, St. Matthew - Add Rev. Timothy
Kinne, Senior Pastor
- Elmhurst, Immanuel - Rev. Stanley Harding -
Associate to Emeritus
- Barrington, St. Matthew - Removed Rev. Mark
- Lombard, Peace - Added Rev. Hicham Chehab,
- Niles, - Rev. Darin Berg called to glory August 25,
- Oak Lawn, St. Paul - Switched roles of pastors.
Rev. Dan Gensch is now associate while Rev. John Moeller is now senior
- De Kalb, Immanuel - Rev. E. George Krause called to
glory July 14, 2010
- Huntley, Trinity - Installed Joseph Janda as Lay
- Indian Creek, Risen Savior - Removed Rev. Andrew
Barkley to candidate
- Chicago Heights, St. Paul - Rev. David Steuernagel,
Emeritus called to glory on April 3, 2010
- Crystal Lake, Immanuel - Removed Rev. James McCoid
from associate he took a call to Spring Grove
- Spring Grove, Community of Faith - Installed Rev.
- Burr Ridge, Trinity - Removed Rev. Matthew Gunia
- Lions, Zion; Westchester, Faith -
Installed Rev. Matthew Gunia
- Indicated Dr. La Mar Miller as called to glory May 30, 2010 on the
closed record for Beautiful Savior in Chicago
- Braidwood, Shepherd of Peace - Installed Rev. Kurt
- Arlington Heights, St. Paul - Moved Rev. Michah
Greiner from Associate to Senior Pastor
May 22, 2010
- Put up numerous updates and revisions from information collected over the past 10 months.
- Carol Stream, Our Savior - Installed
Rev. Bo Graham as assistant
- Itasca, St. Luke - Installed Rev. Brett Matz
- Crystal Lake, Immanuel - Installed Rev. Erik
Neider as associate
- Schaumburg, St. Peter - Installed Rev.
Matthew Peterson, as associate
- Palatine, Immanuel - Installed Rev.
Warren K. Schilf
- McHenry, Zion - Removed Rev. Aaron Witt who
was called to Nebraska
- Elgin, King of Glory - Removed Rev. Keith
Perry to candidate
- Roselle, Trinity - Removed Rev. Matthew
Helfrich, who took a call in California
- Forest Park, St. John - Installed Rev.
- Lake Forest, North Shore - Removed DCE Amy
Heuer, who took a call to Arizona
- Glenview, Immanuel - Installed DCE Anna
- Tinley Park, Trinity - Installed DCE Gary
For the first time, we are indicating the seminary from which the vicar
is from in our listings.
- Schaumburg, St. Peter - Removed Rev. William Cate
who took a call to California
- Westmont, Bethel - Removed DCE Keri A Johnson to
- Palatine, Immanuel - Installed Dcs. Brenna Nunes
- Rockford, Mt. Olive - Installed David Nelson as DCE
- Aurora, St. Paul - Removed Mark Scheopp, DCE
who has accepted a call to Michigan
- Brookfield, St. Paul's of Brookfield- Installed
Dcs. Kristin Wassilak
- Marengo, Zion, Marengo - Installed Dennis Wahrle as
Director of Parish Music
- Grayslake, Lord of Glory - Rev. Brian Davies,
- Aurora, St. Paul - Removed Rev. Stewart Schultz,
- Chicago, St. Paul (Menard) - Rev. Andrew
- Chicago, St. John - Rev. Richard Heinz, installed
- Joliet, Our Savior - Rev. Keith Bowman
- Braidwood, Peace - Removed Rev. Jason Zobel to
- Chicago, Our Saviour - Installed Rev.
- Island Lake, St. John - Rev. Rod Kruger
- Chicago Heights, St. Paul - Removed Rev. William
Metzger, now in Cary
- Cary, Holy Cross - Installed Rev. William Metzger
- Lake in the Hills, Future Mission - Installed Rev.
John Scott as mission developer for Prince of Peace in Palatine.
- Added vicars for 2009. Updated records based on information from local congregations.
- Added vicars for 2008.
- Hope, Countryside
Add Rev. William Orr as
- Inactive Congregations Tagged
churches are no longer worshiping:
- Beautiful Savior, Chicago, IL
- Peace, Chicago, IL
- St. Martini, Chicago, IL
- Risen Savior, Indian Creek, IL
- Community of Hope, Marengo, IL
- Reinstalled Trinity Glencoe and Light of Life to database and
- Added functionality to search for closed congregations to
new version of directory software
- Added ELDoNA's mission congregation in Lake County
- Added ELDoNA to search options in database software.
- Trinity, Roselle
Added David Pendley as DCE
- St. John, Elgin
Added Heidi Bishop as
- St. Paul, Mount Prospect
Added Anthony Dixon
- First Immanuel, Chicago, IL
Added Rev. Harry
Therwanger as Pastor (Installed September 24, 2008)
- St. James, Chicago, IL
Added Rev. James
Heunink as Associate Pastor (he was a previous vicar at the church)
Installed June 15, 2008.
- St. Matthew, Barrington, IL
Added Rev. Mark
Nordman as sole pastor. Removed Rev. Gerald P. Schalk.
Pastor Nordman previous was associate pastor.
- Immanuel, Batavia, IL
Added DCE Manfred
1st Quarter 2008
- Removed Rev. Kermit Walk from St. Paul (Austin) Chicago. Added Rev. Don Gourlay as Interim pastor.
- Removed Rev. John Carrier from Bethlehem, Dundee, he has taken a call to Trinity in Port Huron, MI.
- Removed +Rev. Christopher Farina from St. John Montrose. Pastor Farina was called to glory 1/18/2008.
- Removed Rev. Robert Clausen, called to glory on January 29, 2008.
- Chicago, ST. Paul Autsin, Don Gourlay, Interim – Rem Kermit Walk
Rem Rev. Craig Meissner St. Michael, Chicago and Mount Calvary, Franklin Park- apparently has taken new call.
Removed Rev. Barry Kolb, Lord of Life, LaFox. He has taken a call to First Lutheran in Texarkana, TX.
- Changed Rev. Stephen Biesel, Trinity, Roselle from Pastor to Emeritus.
- Removed Rev. Lee M. Jany fron St. Peter, Joliet. Pastor Jany is now interim at Redeemer, Peru, IL.
- Removed Rev. Stephen Blocklage, Faith, Oak Lawn. He has taken a call to Vermont.
- Added Rev. Sean Smallwood, Lamb of God, Pleasant Prairie, WI.,
- Removed Rev. Klaus Mehrl, Our Savior, Joliet. Added William T. Mitschke as Interim Assistant Pastor.
- Removed Rev. Jonathan Strand, Hope, Countryside. Pastor Strand was called to glory on September 8, 2007
- Removed Rev. Mark D Post from Trinity, Lombard.
- Removed Rev. Duane S. Feldmann from Peace, Lombard.
- Database Update in progress.
- Removed Rev. Larry K. Loree from Immanuel, Steger. He is now pastor at Zion, Detroit, MI.
- Removed Tim Spilker from Peace, Racine. Pastor Spikler was called to glory on April 30, 2007.
- Added Rev. David Easterday, Trinity, Crown Pointe, WI - Installed 7/22/07.
- Removed Rev. John Berg, Lamb of God, Pleasant Prairie, WI - Pastor Berg has accepted a new call.
- Added Rev. Micah Greiner to St. Peter Lutheran, Arlington Heights, IL as Associate Pastor
- Added Rev. Matthew Helfrich to Trinity Lutheran, Roselle, IL as Associate Pastor
- Added Rev. Nathan Kramer to Zion Lutheran Church, Ottawa, IL as sole Pastor
- Added Rev. Ray Krueger to Immanuel Lutheran Church, DeKalb, IL
- Added Rev. James McCoid, James to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Crystal Lake, IL as associate pastor
- Added Rev. Douglas Swanson to St. John Lutheran Church, Darien, IL as associate pastor
- Added Rev. Jean Binque (EIIT) to Bethesda Lutheran Church, Chicago, IL as associate pastor
- Added WELS/ELS Congregations in Wisconsin (Racine & Kenosha Counties)
- Added Evangelical Catholic Church
- Updated the communion restrictions programming code.
- Updated Parish Listing program to include affiliations, parish map, and repaired the communion restrictions bug.
- Updated St. Paul's Lockport, Illinois to reflect weekly communion.
- Removed Rev. Dan Gilbert from Cross, Yorkville, IL. Added Pastor Erik Gauss and Rev. Wayne Ahrens.
- Corrected typos in Wisconsin LCMS churches (city and congregation were inverted)
- Updated search engine.
- Removed Dr. Jock Ficken from St. Paul's - Aurora, IL. He has left parish ministry to join Capital Funding Services/LCEF.
- Added David M. Juhl to Our Savior, Momence, IL installed on 3/25/07.
- Added Good Shepherd LCMS in Glen Ellyn. They are meeting at Roosevelt Glen (799 Roosevelt Road just west of Route 53) in an office building. Pastor Patrick Boomhower is the pastor.
- Removed Rev. William J. Majer from Faith Arlington Heights, IL. Resigned from roster.
- Added website for Faith Arlington Heights, IL and updated listing.
- Updated NI District's churches to reflect Vacancy listings. Churches calling candidates are indicated as vacancy.
- Added Rev. Kermit Walk to Nazareth, Chicago, IL as vacancy pastor.
- Added Rev. Paul Anderson to St. Paul-Dorchester, Chicago, IL as vacancy pastor.
- Added Rev. Luther Albrecht as Associate Pastor for Trinity, Burr Ridge, IL. He was installed Feb. 11, 2007. Subsequently removed Pr. Albrecht from Peace, Chicago.
- Reviewed entire database and made numerous updates. Update history from April 2006 to December 2006 has been lost.
- Adding churches in Southern Wisconsin and Northwest Indiana (Lake & Porter counties). Future plans include adding Milwaukee area churches. As of 1/15/2007 WELS/ELS churches in Wisconsin have not been added.
- Removed Rev. Philip Lepak from Light of Life in Plainfield. He has taken a call to Indiana.
- The updated circuits have been placed into each congregations records in preparation for the Februrary 2006 recircuiting of the Nothern Illinois District.
- Search by day of worship and translation have been added to the database.
- No updates were received for December 2005 from the Northern Illinois District
- The original Beta Edition of Colleges/University directory went online. It has since been replaced by a newer version.
- A special convention will be held on November 12, 2005 to possibly realign the circuits of the Northern Illinois District. The White Rose Ministries will record all actions of this special convention.
- No further updates were received for November 2005 from the Northern Illinois District
- Trinity, Glencoe
Congregation disbanded October 30, 2005
- No updates were received from The Northern Illinois District.
- Completed Geocoding of Database
- Began work on College & University specific directories
- St. Paul's Brookfield
Added Pastor Joel Brandos, who was previously at Zion, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
- Zion, Summit
Removed Rev. Donald Gerlach and added Rev. Theodore Groth, who was installed on May 1.
- Grace Community Lutheran Mission, Monee
Removed Rev. Theodore Groth. Updated street address. The mission has moved to a new facility.
- St. Peter, Dundee
Removed David Schoenknecht. Added Rev. Eric Gawura as Senior Pastor, installed on June 26. Rev. Eric Gawura was previously on Candidate Status.
- Trinity, Lansing
Moved Rev. Thomas Lee Heren from Vicar to Associate Pastor. Rev. Heren was ordained and installed on July 10.
- St. Peter, North Plato
Removed Rev. Robert Degner (he is now pastor at St. Paul, Stevens Point, WI)
Added Rev. Gerhard Mau who was installed on April 24.
- Christ, Orland Park
Moved Rev. Walter Lodogar to Emeritus Pastor; Moved Rev. Raymond Rohlfs to Senior Pastor. Rev. Lodogar becomes Emeritus on August 21.
Added Vicar Paul Ernewein.
- First St. Paul, Chicago
Removed Rev. Delayne Pauling who retired in June. Listed congregation as Vacant.
- St. Paul's, Aurora
Verified Rev. Thomas Sayre is not listed as a Pastor at St. Paul's. He is currently at Faith, Fairfield Bay, Arkansas. We had no record of Rev. Sayre on staff. No action was necessary.
- North Shore Ministry (Redeemer & Faith), Lake Forest
Removed Rev. Mark R. Schulz who has accepted a call to Bethany, Overland Park, Kansas.
- St. Paul, Melrose Park
Removed Rev. Dr. Paul K. Grossman, who has accepted a call to Specialized Ministry in the Northwest District.
- Faith, Oak Lawn
Removed Rev. Michael R. Gudgel. He has accepted a call to St. Matthew in Lemont.
- St. Matthew, Lemont
Removed Rev. Peter Zadeik as interim Pastor. Added Rev. Michael R. Gudgel as Pastor.
- Zion, Chicago
Added Rev. Stephane Kalonji. Removed listing as a Calling Vacancy.
- St. Peter, Schaumburg
Changed Rev. William Cate from Vicar to Assocaite Pastor.
- St. James, Chicago
Added Vicar Scott Ryll, St. Louis. Removed Vicar Dan Borkenhagen, St. Louis
- Cross, Yorkville
Added Vicar Stephen Wisenauer, St. Louis.
- St. Peter, Joliet
Added Vicar P Christian Agne, St. Louis.
- Emmanuel & Hope, Aurora
Added Deaconess Intern Kathleen Mills, St. Louis
- Zion, Marengo
Added Vicar Jeffrey Frakes, St. Louis
- Zion, Beecher
Added Vicar Stephen Hand, Fort Wayne
- St. Paul, Lockport
Added Vicar Peter Richert. Removed Vicar Stuart N. Floyd. Both were from Fort Wayne
- St. John, Wheaton
Added Vicar Joshua Genig, Fort Wayne.
- Calvary, Elgin
Added Vicar Mark Bestul, Fort Wayne.
- Trinty, Lombard
Added Vicar Marcus Nelson, Fort Wayne. Removed Vicar Mark K Witte.
- St. Peter, Pingree Grove
Added Vicar Johnny Greve, Fort Wayne.
- Bethlehem, Chicago
Added Pastor Jeremy Heilman.
- St. Paul, Addison
Added Rev. James ZImmerman. Added Rev. H Krentz, Emeritus.
Geocoded the database.