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A small Sunday School begun in 1883 in the Old Irving Park neighborhood has become the parish of St. John’s Episcopal Church, a neighborhood congregation committed to worship and service. St. John’s is a diverse congregation made up of people of all ages, races, abilities, and sexual orientation.
Throughout its history, St. John’s has been involved in reaching out to the community and has been most known for a free home-cooked Thanksgiving meal served every year since the 1980s.
Currently, the community of St. John’s is involved in a partnership with the Diocese of Southeast Mexico, Hands to Help Ministries, which serves the local homeless population, and activities and events to strengthen ties between neighbors. The newly formed Genesis Group acts on issues of sustainability in our homes, church and in the community.
Kara Wagner Sherer is a cradle Episcopalian raised in the small congregation of St. James in Marshall, Minnesota. She has a B.A. in English Literature from St. Olaf College in Minnesota (1991) and earned her M.Div. from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in 2003. During the years between St. Olaf and Seabury, she taught elementary school in England, New York, and Chicago and also served as Campus Minister at Sacred Heart Schools in Chicago. Kara came to us from St. Paul & the Redeemer in Hyde Park where she was the Assistant Rector from 2003 – 2005.
Michael Brauer, Director of Music
Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Michael Brauer moved to Chicago 20 years ago from the Twin Cities. A lifelong Roman Catholic, he has worked as a singer in several Episcopal churches including St. James Cathedral in Chicago, St. Gregory in Deerfield, and St. Mark’s Cathedral in Minneapolis. He has been a professional member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus since 1995 and is currently completing a Master of Music degree in Vocal Pedagogy at Northeastern Illinois University. After completing an interim organist position at Immaculate Conception Parish in Highland Park, Mike is happy to join the community at St. John’s.
Lisa Krappman, Director of Commmunication
The vestry of St. John’s, along with the Rector, are the leaders of the church who discern, articulate, and direct the vision of our community. They care for the spiritual life of the parish, including pastoral care and Christian formation. They guide the work of evangelism and outreach to our community and world. They are responsible for assets of the church, maintaining financial health and the buildings and grounds. Members are elected in January to 3 year terms, and can serve two consecutive terms. The dates listed are the year they finish their terms.
Richard Gage, Senior Warden (President), 2015
Tom Camell, Junior Warden (Vice-President), 2014
Leslye Martinez, Treasurer (Ex-Officio)
Krystyna Gallagher, Clerk (Secretary), 2015
James Barrett. 2016
Cheryl Jarvis, 2016
Adam Malson, 2016
Ruth Edwards, 2015
Marj Monaghan, 2015
Elizabeth Jurkacek, 2014
Dee Murphy, 2014
Maureen Ziegler, 2014
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Address: 3857 N. Kostner Ave., Chicago, IL 60641
Directions: Located at the corner of Kostner and Byron in Chicago’s Old Irving Park, St. John’s is accessible by Metra, the EL Blue line, or the #80 bus. From 90/94, exit on Kostner going north or at Irving & Keeler going south. There is ample street parking.
Office Hours: Tues.-Fri. (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)