St. Paul's welcomes all who seek God in community. We challenge one another to grow in spirit and compassion. We invite all into joyful worship, service and learning. Christ claims us through Water, Word, and Meal so we are gathered, forgiven, fed, and sent to be workers with God and all creation in the redemption of the world.
When you worship with us, you will encounter traditional worship for contemporary people: relevant biblical messages, beautiful music that reflects our human diversity, and a warm welcome for all people.
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We are delighted to be welcoming Pr. Peg Otte as our Pastoral Fellow. A longtime friend and regular guest pastor at St. Paul’s over the years, Pr. Peg will be leading us in worship throughout the autumn season (Sept. 17 – Nov. 26), including for our much-beloved Season of Creation services over the next 4 weeks. Pr. Peg, whom many at St. Paul’s know well, previously served here in 2019 as a part-time interim after Pr. Tim McKenzie moved to North Carolina. Pr. Peg and her husband Randy are long-time Evanston residents who raised their three now-adult children here. Pr. Peg previously served at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Prospect Heights and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wilmette, has served as an interim minister in this synod, and each winter, serves at Shepherd by the Sea, a joint Episcopal/Lutheran congregation in Gualala, California. She has just completed a summer leading Concordia Lutheran Church in Chicago during the summer sabbatical leave of their pastor. Pr. Peg has a particular love for leading worship in the Season of Creation – in fact, she has introduced this liturgy to other congregations where she’s served – and she is thrilled to be with us this year for our 2023 Season of Creation.
I am delighted to be joining you at St. Paul’s and I look forward to getting to know each of you! I am especially thankful to be asked to be your first Care & Outreach Minister. Through this role, I look forward to providing pastoral care, leading the Care Team as well as offering my leadership skills to help the Church better reach out into the community. I have been serving churches since 2001 and have been an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church since 2008. I hold a Master of Divinity and a certification in Christian Education from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, a Certificate in Church Leadership from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in partnership with Kellogg School of Nonprofit Management and several certifications in restorative justice and community building. My calling as a deacon is to provide specialized ministry that focuses on word, service, justice, and compassion. I have fulfilled that calling in various ways over my career including creating and leading a small nonprofit through United Church of Rogers Park and providing pastoral care, worship leadership and youth ministry in Churches throughout Chicagoland. I am currently serving as a paraprofessional at Evanston Township High School in the Special Education department. My wife, son and I live in Evanston and my son will be entering E.T.H.S. in the fall as a freshman. I am an avid baseball fan and enjoy spending time outdoors kayaking and biking. I invite you to call me Deacon Wes. It grounds me to the role of my calling as a deacon, connecting the Church to the world and the world to the Church.
Rev. Wesley Dorr
Kurt Westerberg has been privileged to serve as Director of Music at St. Paul’s since 1998, performing on piano and pipe organ, directing the St. Paul’s chancel choir, and arranging music for the choir as well as instrumental and vocal soloists. He recently retired from the DePaul University School of Music, where he served as an Associate Professor of musicianship and composition and held several administrative posts. He holds degrees from St. Olaf College and Northwestern University and has been active as a composer of modern classically-oriented music.
Kurt, soloists, and choir aim for a blend of classical, gospel, and global music to meaningfully enhance the worship experience at St. Paul’s like
Come and Fill Our Hearts With Your Peace featuring soloists, choir, and cello.
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We believe our search for meaning in life falls hand in hand with a purposeful life. At St. Paul's we believe that our work, worship, and prayers together allow the living Christ to meet us where we are and transform our lives. Come join us as we discover ways to publicly share and live all of our gifts through God's Living Word.