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About Edison Park Church

Staff

  • Rev. Dr. Michael D. Sparby, Senior Pastor
  • Deacon Carole Edwards
  • Phil Mauro, Director of Youth and Family Ministry
  • Matt Haider, Director of Worship and Music
  • Jennifer Williams, Director of Preschool and Children's Ministry
  • Full Staff Listing/Bios Below

    Judi Eastwood

    Parish Administrator

    Office Phone: 773-631-9131, ext. 221

    Email: jeastwood@edisonparkchurch.com

    My parents, sister, and I became members of Edison Park Lutheran Church in 1957 when we moved from the Austin area of Chicago. After graduating from Taft, I spent a year at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. I pursued a career in advertising. I lived in many places such as Montana, The UK, and Birmingham, Alabama where Mom, Dad and my sister and her family resided . I began a career in travel. I returned to the Chicago area in 1992, with my parents and continued in the meeting planning and incentive travel business. I have traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Mexico.

    I joined the staff of EPLC at the beginning of June, 2004 as Parish Assistant. I enjoy working with the staff preparing the weekly bulletins and handling other office duties.

    Carole Edwards,

    Associate in Ministry

    Office Phone 773-631-9131, ext. 227

    Church Mobile: 773.580.3617

    Email: cedwards@edisonparkchurch.com

    Having been a member of EPLC my whole life, this church has been my “second home.” I’m blessed to have been reared in a loving Christian home, where faith and church life were high priorities. My parents, brothers, and I were active in our church in many capacities. I’m grateful to be able to serve the congregation where I attended Sunday School, Bible School, Confirmation, and Luther League. In my teenage and college years, I was very active in our church youth group. It was during these years that I really experienced and tasted what a personal relationship with God was, and as I got older, I began teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. In my adult years, I served in various leadership roles, including Council President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Assisting Minister. I’ve done lay ministry on a volunteer basis for many years, and especially enjoy visiting the sick and homebound.

    I earned a B.A. in Psychology and Education from North Park University, and an M.B.A. in Management from Loyola University. In 2003, I completed the Diakonia program, an intensive two-year process of spiritual formation and theological education, covering the classic seminary disciplines of practical, systematic, historical and Biblical theology.

    God blessed me with a successful 30-year career in corporate management positions, in the areas of Customer Service and Operations Management. However, for the past several years, I sensed God calling me to full time ministry. In my role as Parish Deacon, I assist with all worship services, visit and bring Holy Communion to those who are hospitalized, in nursing homes, or homebound, manage the Prayer Chain, and assist with Confirmation classes and Senior Worship services. I also work with the Outreach Committee on various activities including the annual Pet Blessing and Ice Cream Social, as well as efforts to welcome new members to our congregation.

    If you are looking for a place to learn about God’s abundant love and grace, I invite you to come and worship with us. Our lives are filled with such uncertainty - but one thing we can count on is the promise that nothing will ever separate us from God’s love. God says, “Come to me, all who are tired from carrying heavy loads and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest.” If you have any questions about EPLC, or if we can be of any help to you, please feel free to call us. Blessings to you.

    Mary Gates

    Office, Publications, and Preschool Assistant Teacher

    Office Phone 773-631-9131, ext. 224

    Email: mgates@edisonparkchurch.com

    My family and I have been at EPLC since 2004. I enjoy being the preschool assistant as well as a member of the church office staff. I play handbells as well.

    Matt Haider

    Director of Worship and Music

    Office Phone: 773-631-9131, ext. 222

    Church Mobile: 773-710-4648

    Email: mhaider@edisonparkchurch.com

    Matt is a native of Minnesota, the land where butter is a spice and gravy is a beverage. And no, he does not like Lutefisk. He has a Bachelors degree from St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN, and his Masters from the University of Minnesota. He began playing for worship at a very young age. For the past few years he has served as the Worship and Music Director at Hosanna Lutheran Church, Forest Lake, MN, has organized benefit concerts for Relay for Life, Youth Performing arts musicals, and served as the musical director for Masquers Community Theatre. He has produced two solo piano recordings. He enjoys cooking, traveling and being random. And with your spirit!

    Rev. Dr. Michael D. Sparby

    Senior Pastor

    Office Phone 773-631-9131, ext. 226

    Church Mobile: 773.580.3607

    Email: msparby@edisonparkchurch.com

    Michael grew up on a dairy farm in the west-central Wisconsin community of Sand Creek, located thirty-five miles north of Eau Claire, and eighty-five miles east of Minneapolis/St. Paul, as the third of four children.

    He is a graduate of Augsburg College, Minneapolis with a B.A. in Religion; received his Master of Divinity from Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA.

    Early ministry experience included developing a singles ministry at Oak Grove Lutheran Church, Richfield, MN; working as a chaplain at St. John’s hospital, St. Paul, MN; and serving as Director of Crossroad Ministries, an inner-city ministry through Augustana Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.

    In 1985 he was called as associate pastor to Hosanna Lutheran Church, Forest Lake, MN, and in 1988 was called to be the church’s senior pastor and served there until April 2010. In March 2010 he was called to serve as Edison Park's senior pastor, and began June 1, 2010.

    Michael enjoys gardening, the Packers (apologies to his new home in Chicago), exploring the neighborhoods of Chicago, and experiencing the world and people through travel, having visited over forty countries and five continents. He has two sons, Nick and Erik who live in St. Paul, MN.

    Jennifer Williams

    Edison Park Preschool and Children's Ministry Director

    Office Phone: 773-631-9131 ext. 229

    Email: jwilliams@edisonparkchurch.com

    I am thrilled to be teaching preschool here at EPLC. I have lived on the Northside of Chicago my entire life. After graduating college with a BA in Early Childhood Education I began teaching Kindergarten. While I taught I continued my education and received a Masters Degree in teaching Language Arts. I am now returning to the teaching profession after staying home with my three wonderful children

    Pastor Kevin Jacobson

    Global ELCA Missionary

    Custodial Team

    Phyllis Bober/B & P Cleaning

    Beth Burke/B & P Cleaning

    Frank Peters

    Duane Smart

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