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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 Pastor)
  • Yorkville, Cross - Removed Brian Truog
  • Melrose Park, St. Paul - Removed Rev. Dr. Thomas Johnson
  • Chicago, First St. Paul's - Added Rev. Dr. Thomas Johnson
  • Matteson, St. Paul - Added Rev. Ronald Millard (previously a delayed-vicar there)
  • Arlington Heights, St. Peter - Added Rev. Aaron Roggow
  • Elmhurst, Immanuel - Added Vicar Steven Andrews Jr.
  • Rockfort, Christ the Rock - Added Vicar Aaron Meyer
  • Oak Lawn, St. Paul - Added Rev. Matthew Zickler, Associate
  • 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 Anderson
  • Added Crosspointe church in Lakewood.

March 2011

  • Channahon, River of Life - Installed Rev. Hans Feine
  • Arlington Heights, St. Peter - Removed Rev. Ted Andrada
  • Trinity, Lisle - Added Rev. Dennis Franzen, SMP as associate
  • Trinity, Lisle, - Added Rev. Dan Grissom, SMP as asociate
  • Trinity, Lisle - Added multi-site for Green Trails campus

February 8, 2011

  • McHenry, Zion - Installed Rev. George Borghardt III
  • Morris, Friends in Christ - Removed Matthew Winkelman, DCE
  • 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 Neider
  • Schaumburg, St. Peter - Added Rev. Matthew Peterson
  • Gary IN, St. John - Removed Rev. Bryan Reeves
  • Park Forest, Celebration Ministries - Rev. Bryan Reeves Installed
  • Chicago, St. Paul (Canfield) -  Added Rev. Todd Roberts

October 2010

  • 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 Nordmann
  • Lombard, Peace - Added Rev. Hicham Chehab, associate
  • Niles, - Rev. Darin Berg called to glory August 25, 2010

August 2010

  • Oak Lawn, St. Paul - Switched roles of pastors.  Rev. Dan Gensch is now associate while Rev. John Moeller is now senior pastor.
  • De Kalb, Immanuel - Rev. E. George Krause called to glory July 14, 2010
  • Huntley, Trinity - Installed Joseph Janda as Lay Minister

July 2010

  • 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. James McCoid
  • Burr Ridge, Trinity - Removed Rev. Matthew Gunia from assistant
  • 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 A. Ulmer.
  • 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 as associate
  • 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. Leonard Payton
  • Lake Forest, North Shore - Removed DCE Amy Heuer, who took a call to Arizona
  • Glenview, Immanuel - Installed DCE Anna Barber
  • Tinley Park, Trinity - Installed DCE Gary Zimmerman

For the first time, we are indicating the seminary from which the vicar is from in our listings.

  • Vicar Assignments (a one-year internship at an LCMS parish) from St. Louis

    • Bushuiakovish, Mark – Immanuel Lutheran Church, Elmhurst, Illinois

    • Millard, Ronald – Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Matteson, Illinois

    • Miller, Joshua – Saint John's Lutheran Church in Pecatonica and Risen Savior Lutheran Mission, Winnebago, Illinois

    • Weaver, Brian – Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Freeport, Illinois

    • Woodrow, Joshua – Christ the Rock Lutheran Church, Rockford, Illinois

  • Vicar Assignments (a one-year internship at an LCMS parish) from Fort Wayne

    • Hoem, Josemon – St. John Lutheran Church, Wheaton, Illinois

    • Packer, Andrew – St. Paul Lutheran Church, Lockport, Illinois

April 2010

  • Schaumburg, St. Peter - Removed Rev. William Cate who took a call to California
  • Westmont, Bethel - Removed DCE Keri A Johnson to candidate
  • Palatine, Immanuel - Installed Dcs. Brenna Nunes
  • Rockford, Mt. Olive - Installed David Nelson as DCE

February 2010

  • Aurora, St. Paul -  Removed Mark Scheopp, DCE who has accepted a call to Michigan

January 2010

  • Brookfield, St. Paul's of Brookfield- Installed Dcs. Kristin Wassilak
  • Marengo, Zion, Marengo - Installed Dennis Wahrle as Director of Parish Music

November 2009

  • Grayslake, Lord of Glory - Rev. Brian Davies, installed
  • Aurora, St. Paul - Removed Rev. Stewart Schultz, candidate
  • Chicago, St. Paul (Menard) - Rev. Andrew Schermbeck, installed
  • Chicago, St. John - Rev. Richard Heinz, installed
  • Joliet, Our Savior - Rev. Keith Bowman
  • Braidwood, Peace - Removed Rev. Jason Zobel to candidate
  • Chicago, Our Saviour -  Installed Rev. Christopher Browne
  • 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.


2009 Updates

  • Added vicars for 2009. Updated records based on information from local congregations.

    2008 Updates

    • Added vicars for 2008.
    • Hope, Countryside
      Add Rev. William Orr as Pastor
    • Inactive Congregations Tagged
      The following 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 marked inactive.
      • 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 Deaconess
    • St. Paul, Mount Prospect
      Added Anthony Dixon as DCE
    • 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 Gutwein

    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.,
      Pleasant Prairie

    September 2007

    • 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.

    August 2007

    • Database Update in progress.
    • Removed Rev. Larry K. Loree from Immanuel, Steger. He is now pastor at Zion, Detroit, MI.

    July 2007

    • 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

    May 2007

    • Added Spring Vicars

    April 2007

    • 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.

    March 2007

    • 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.

    January 2007

    • 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.

    March 2006

    • Removed Rev. Philip Lepak from Light of Life in Plainfield. He has taken a call to Indiana.

    January 2006

    • 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.

    December 2005

    • 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.

    November 2005

    • 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

    October 2005

    • Trinity, Glencoe
      Congregation disbanded October 30, 2005

    September 2005

    • No updates were received from The Northern Illinois District.
    • Completed Geocoding of Database
    • Began work on College & University specific directories

    August 2005

    1. St. Paul's Brookfield
      Added Pastor Joel Brandos, who was previously at Zion, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
    2. Zion, Summit
      Removed Rev. Donald Gerlach and added Rev. Theodore Groth, who was installed on May 1.
    3. Grace Community Lutheran Mission, Monee
      Removed Rev. Theodore Groth. Updated street address. The mission has moved to a new facility.
    4. 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.
    5. Trinity, Lansing
      Moved Rev. Thomas Lee Heren from Vicar to Associate Pastor. Rev. Heren was ordained and installed on July 10.
    6. 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.
    7. 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.
    8. First St. Paul, Chicago
      Removed Rev. Delayne Pauling who retired in June. Listed congregation as Vacant.
    9. 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.
    10. North Shore Ministry (Redeemer & Faith), Lake Forest
      Removed Rev. Mark R. Schulz who has accepted a call to Bethany, Overland Park, Kansas.
    11. St. Paul, Melrose Park
      Removed Rev. Dr. Paul K. Grossman, who has accepted a call to Specialized Ministry in the Northwest District.
    12. Faith, Oak Lawn
      Removed Rev. Michael R. Gudgel. He has accepted a call to St. Matthew in Lemont.
    13. St. Matthew, Lemont
      Removed Rev. Peter Zadeik as interim Pastor. Added Rev. Michael R. Gudgel as Pastor.
    14. Zion, Chicago
      Added Rev. Stephane Kalonji. Removed listing as a Calling Vacancy.
    15. St. Peter, Schaumburg
      Changed Rev. William Cate from Vicar to Assocaite Pastor.
    16. St. James, Chicago
      Added Vicar Scott Ryll, St. Louis. Removed Vicar Dan Borkenhagen, St. Louis
    17. Cross, Yorkville
      Added Vicar Stephen Wisenauer, St. Louis.
    18. St. Peter, Joliet
      Added Vicar P Christian Agne, St. Louis.
    19. Emmanuel & Hope, Aurora
      Added Deaconess Intern Kathleen Mills, St. Louis
    20. Zion, Marengo
      Added Vicar Jeffrey Frakes, St. Louis
    21. Zion, Beecher
      Added Vicar Stephen Hand, Fort Wayne
    22. St. Paul, Lockport
      Added Vicar Peter Richert. Removed Vicar Stuart N. Floyd. Both were from Fort Wayne
    23. St. John, Wheaton
      Added Vicar Joshua Genig, Fort Wayne.
    24. Calvary, Elgin
      Added Vicar Mark Bestul, Fort Wayne.
    25. Trinty, Lombard
      Added Vicar Marcus Nelson, Fort Wayne. Removed Vicar Mark K Witte.
    26. St. Peter, Pingree Grove
      Added Vicar Johnny Greve, Fort Wayne.
    27. Bethlehem, Chicago
      Added Pastor Jeremy Heilman.
    28. St. Paul, Addison
      Added Rev. James ZImmerman. Added Rev. H Krentz, Emeritus.

    July 2005

    Geocoded the database.