Staff and Vestry

Rector

Rev. David Jackson

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After receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees at Johns Hopkins University, David began a career in law enforcement. He experienced a call to ordained ministry and completed his seminary education in 2017, receiving a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Pastoral Care from Northern Seminary (in Lombard) and a Diploma in Anglican Studies from Bexley Seabury (the Episcopal seminary in Chicago). During seminary, he completed clinical pastoral education as a chaplain intern at the DuPage Convalescent Center (in Wheaton) and pastoral internships at Grace Episcopal Church (in New Lenox) and Emmanuel. Following his internship, Emmanuel called David to remain as the Assistant Rector after his ordination as a Transitional Deacon in December 2016. David was ordained as a Priest in June 2017. He was elected as Co-Rector with Rev. Ellen in 2019 and then became Rector upon her departure in 2020.

 

As a bi-vocational priest, David will continue to work full-time outside the church and part-time at Emmanuel. David has been married to his wife Stacy since 2006 and they share a passion for promoting healthy relationships. David specializes in marital and pre-marital counseling and relationship enrichment programs. He has trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy (among other approaches) and is a practitioner member of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.




Deacon

Rev. Bill Rimkus

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The Rev. Bill Rimkus has been a Deacon in the church for thirty-one years, eighteen of which have been in service here at Emmanuel. Deacon Bill is the father of five children and grandfather to three. He is retired and enjoys painting in various media. (Take a look at our Youth Group gathering space downstairs or the scenery for our Children’s Christmas Pageant- Bill's artwork is amazing!) One of Deacon Bill's many gifts to the church is his powerful preaching which offers sermons that both challenge and inspire our congregation.




Treasurer

Adam Harp

Adam has agreed to take over as Treasurer from January 1st 2019. Thank you

 




Parish Administrator

Judy Staiano

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As the Parish Administrator, Judy's role is to assist the Rector in compiling and preparing the service bulletins, announcements, and Prayers for the parishioners on a weekly basis. Also to help co-ordinate the many ministries that serve the community within the church, and the organizations that use the church for their meetings and social events.

I was born in Coventry, England, am married with 2 teenage children, and I have lived in the U.S for the last 10 years. I lived in Hinsdale for 3 years and now live in Western Springs. I have been studying at the College of DuPage for the last 6 years, learning new skills and achieving Honors status. I admire the diversity of this community and the generous, caring spirit of this beautiful old church and its parishioners.




Altar Guild Director

Kathy Lampert

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The Altar Guild is the liturgical partner of the Priest.  As one Altar Guild manual puts it, "We are the ones chosen to prepare for the meeting of the people with God."  We care for the objects used in worship.  We handle them carefully and respectfully, because those objects have been dedicated in prayer for use in worship for the glory of God.  We also care for the sanctuary of the church.  The work of the Altar Guild is to ensure that our sanctuary reflects the holiness and the joy we all create together in our worship.

The members of the Altar Guild are part of an unbroken tradition reaching back to the faithful people who provided for Jesus during his lifetime.  Joining the Altar Guild means learning many fascinating aspects of Church tradition, including the esocteric names for all the various vessels, vestments, linens and paraments we use in worship.  Most importantly, serving on the Altar Guild is a spiritual exercise.  Caring for the Altar is a way to act out our relationship with God.  It is quiet, prayerful work.

Please consider joining and helping in this special ministry.




Music Director

George Tarasuk

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George has over twenty-five years’ experience as a liturgical musician, directing the choirs and preparing rehearsals, anthems, hymns and service music.  Additionally, he has designed a personal website for the purpose of teaching choristers to learn and practice in a "virtual rehearsal" space. George has led a series of "Technotyme" workshops for church musicians to assist them developing their own music databases and web sites.  Previously, he has instituted a children’s choral program and concert series, a performing arts series and formed a committee to administer fundraising, marketing and receptions and planned a major capital campaign for the purchase of a new pipe organ.  Along with teaching keyboard to students he is versed in many instruments and vocal skills.

As with most church musicians, George has a full time position.  He is a Grants Officer/Information Systems Analyst for the Illinois Arts Council in Chicago.  He lives in La Grange Park with his wife, Hilary, and their two children. 

Choir Practice

Wednesday, 7:00 PM  All Are Welcome

Sunday, 8.00 AM All Welcome




Acolyte Director

Andy Dolliff

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Andy Dolliff became the Acolyte Director in 2012.  Andy was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Minneapolis.   He also served as a long-time Acolyte at St. Paul's which helped him in his transition to Acolyte Director here at Emmanuel.   Andy is married to Kerry and is the father of 3 children – two of which are Emmanuel Acolytes.  Andy is the Vice President at McNellis Insurance with offices in Evergreen Park & Chicago.  Andy & his family enjoy spending time at the family summer home in Grand Beach Michigan & attending Notre Dame football games in the fall.   




Sexton

Clarence Johnson

Clarence joined our team on October 12th.

His hours are:
Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's between 9-2pm and Saturdays 9-5pm

if you wish to contact him, for the moment please use admin@eeclg.org and the office will forward your request. Thank you.

 




The Vestry

The Vesty is the governing body of Emmanuel.  The Rector is a voting member of the Vestry.  Each vesty member is elected to a three year term.  The junior and senior wardens are elected to two year terms.  The Junior Warden succeeds the Senior Warden.

Our Vestry is made up of the following parishioners.

Senior Warden -- Kathleen Valenta

Junior Warden -- Marc O'Brien

 

Members

Kathy Lampert -- 2020

Marc Borge -- 2021

Marc O'Brien -- 2021

Sue Jasiak 

Dorren Gertsen-Briand

Cliff Egel

Matt Longo

Katherine Valenta

Rachel Rivera-Weaver-- 2022

Drew Beyer -- 2022

 

Hadley Rivera-Weaver - Youth Representative

Adam Harp -- Treasurer

Andy Dolliff - Vestry Secretary