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Philip Trzynka


Like so many other Lutherans, Pastor Phil Trzynka hails from Fort Wayne, Indiana. His father was a Lutheran Pastor and parochial school teacher in Lanesville, Indiana, Sherwood, Ohio, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Winthrop, Minnesota.

Pastor Trzynka attended St. Francis University, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 1982 he entered Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, and upon graduating, accepted a call to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Otto, MO. He also served at Immanuel, Olivette, MO, and Prince of Peace Lutheran, Farmington Hills, MI before he transferred to the ELCA and accepted a position as interim pastor at Mission Lutheran Church, Laguna Niguel, CA.

Pastor Phil's last call was to Trinity Lower East Side in December of 1999. He and his partner, Brett Henry, were united in a Holy Union in October of 2006. They adopted a son, Joseph, in 2009.

Pastor Phil accepted his call at Christ the Lord Lutheran, Elgin beginning November 6.

Peggy Letourneau

Administrative Assistant

Peggy started her career in mainframe computer operations and has worked with computer software for many years with her most recent, and still current, work as a freelance website and graphic designer. She has worked with many different organizations and groups of people, which included administrative office-type work setting up marketing and data base software. Work in this area included, procedures needed to run the marketing software, marketing campaign setups, and office workflow procedures. Peggy holds a B.S. in Computer Science and a M.A. in Human Resource Development, both from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching Netflix series, reading, and posting nonsense on social media.

Jason Palmer

Director of Music

Jason comes to us with many years of experience in playing for worship and in directing church choirs, including nine years as director of music, senior organist, and choirmaster at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Aurora. Jason founded the Fox Valley Philharmonic and the Fox Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra, as well as serving as music director of the Fox Valley Festival Chorus. He has won awards for composition, and was honored by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia as one of ten national award recipients for the advancement of music in America and contributions to music education. Jason holds a B.A. in Music from NIU, with a specialization in vocal music and choral conducting, as well as an M.B.A. with a concentration in Marketing. He and his wife Jamie make their home in Genoa.

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