Pastor Shelly loves ministry to God's people in the church. One of her favorite verses in Scripture is from Psalm 122, “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’” Throughout her life, the church has been the place where Pastor Shelly’s faith has grown and been nurtured. She is committed to leading and serving God’s people in and through the church so the church is a joyful, welcoming, vibrant community where all grow and deepen their life with Christ.
Pastor Shelly and her family moved to Glen Ellyn from Florida where they had lived for twelve years, but cold is not new to her. She is originally from North Dakota where she graduated from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND with a Bachelor of Science. She then earned her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ, and a Master in Sacred Theology from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.
She and her husband Kent Annan have two children Simone and Cormac. Read more about Pastor Shelly and her family in this Daily Herald article about her installation!
From Joe: It is an absolute blessing and joy to be called to Faith to serve as Associate Pastor!
Joe was born in and grew up in Richmond, VA, and then migrated south to attend college at Wake Forest University in the beautiful city of Winston-Salem, NC. A psychology major, Joe worked in a Christian counseling office before feeling called to seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
After meeting his future wife Christine in seminary, they married in June of 2015, and then Joe started his internship year at Faith. After a time of discernment, Joe is thrilled to return to Faith in the role of Associate Pastor.
While Joe is passionate about all aspects of ministry, he finds the most joy in working with youth and doing pastoral care visits. Building relationship and trust is the key to a successful ministry, and form the basis of Joe's ideology of pastoral ministry. These principles also help Joe train Luna his lab-shepherd puppy mix!
Our Director of Music Ministry position is currently open while we search for a new person for this position. Our music for worship and Joyful Noise is being led by members of Faith Lutheran Church, who we've heard throughout as song leaders and musicians. Please come back for this variety while our search committee works to round out our staff!
Kayla Feil, Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministry
Eileen is the director of our preschool, Rainbow Place. She began teaching here in 1992. She stays involved teaching within the program and has served as the preschool director since 1995.
She graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Business. She pursued her Master's studies at National Louis University focusing on children's literature and it's use in preschool curriculum. She enjoys sharing her passion of books and storytelling with the children.
Eileen and her husband Rick both grew up in Glen Ellyn. They have a daughter, Anna.
Eric manages the office at Faith, creates the bulletins and newsletters, and coordinates the many ministries making use of our fantastic facility. He also ensures that office systems and processes are running smoothly, and that the building is in good working order. He has been active in business and chambers of commerce, and as a volunteer in churches for many years. He has organized and promoted numerous mission trips, both domestic and international, for youth and adults, including interfaith teams. Eric has many loves which enhance his work such as photography, writing mission blogs, and a heart for faith and mission. He also enjoys cycling, sailing, X-C skiing, kayaking, cooking and reading.