Pastor Lindsay Mack leads from a belief that God’s effusive love is alive in people’s lives and in our world. She loves provocative questions about faith, meaningful worship, connecting our faith to Bible stories, and leaning into our call to serve people on the margins of society. She has a passion for deepening the spiritual lives and commitments of people and believes we are all spiritual beings trying to figure out what it is that gives our lives meaning and purpose.
Before coming to LMC in 2017, Pastor Lindsay served as the coordinating pastor of the ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission Program in Mexico City, Mexico, from 2013–2017. Previously, she also worked at Family Shelter, a domestic violence organization in the Western Suburbs of Chicago and served with ELCA Global Mission with the Christian Lutheran Church in Tegucigalpa, Honduras from 2003–2006. Along the way, she married Omar and convinced him to return with her to live in the US. Pastor Lindsay has a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City with an emphasis in theological ethics and is ordained in the ELCA. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Omar, their twins, and their Rottweiler, Clio.
Sarah Swagler joined the LMC team as Director of Youth Ministries in summer 2021. While working towards her MA in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry from Luther Seminary, she is also seeking candidacy in Word and Service with the Metro-Chicago Synod. Her passion is helping high school students develop a holistic view of their faith and encourage students to engage in interfaith discussions with other communities in the area. A Chicago native, she and her family (spouse, Justin and three children Grant, Frances, and Caleb) recently repatriated from London, UK.
In her spare time, Sarah enjoys singing, taking long walks, crafting, and reading. The Swagler family currently lives in Oak Park and added their cat, Snickers, and rescue dog, Jordy, shortly after returning to the US. As you can imagine, it is never a dull moment in the Swagler Haus! Sarah is also a lover of all things pumpkin and gnomes and, most recently, succulents.
Liza directs LMC's Praise Band that provides music at our 11:00 a.m. contemporary service. She has always found it rewarding to share her musical gifts with others, and is grateful to be a source of inspiration and support to those in and outside of the LMC family. When not directing praise band, you can find Liza playing in various groups around town and teaching private and group piano lessons. Fun fact! There’s TWO OF HER!
Christopher Drummond serves as LMC's organist. You may know him (or his feet!) as the organist accompanying the congregation virtually since the Fall of 2020. Christopher brings a long history serving churches and a university as an organist and director of music. In addition to his ministry of music, Christopher recently completed a Masters degree in Divinity and is currently a candidate for ordained ministry in the ELCA.
Nichole Martinez assists with our middle school ministry at LMC. Her day job has her working in the field of mental health with adolescents, but she thinks middle schoolers are pretty cool and loves working in ministry with kids. She has a love for the power of God’s love to strengthen the community to church. Nichole previously served as a volunteer with the ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission program. She loves sunshine, Albany park, her dog Nova, the Chicago Cubs, and opportunities to be creative.
Jared works in the church office. He manages building use, puts together the weekly News and Notes emails and the Sunday bulletins, takes photos, and does other office-related things. He is Episcopalian, but don't hold that against him. He lives with his boyfriend in Uptown and likes to knit and go running in his spare time.