Conference Deans

Leading the Metropolitan Chicago Synod's Eight Conferences

The dean of a Conference shall:

a. aid the Conference and its planning council in setting and achieving Conference objectives,

b. arrange the monthly meetings of ordained ministers, and deacons,

c. maintain personal contacts with the ordained ministers and deacons of the Conference,

d. serve as a communications link between the synod office and the ordained ministers, and deacons of the Conference,

e. make an annual written report to the bishop -- including a summary of Conference activities and advising with respect to the conditions and needs of this church within her/his Conference -- to be part of the reports to the Assembly, and

f. perform such other duties as the bishop may from time to time assign.

The deans may attend meetings of the Council as spokespeople and observers for their Conferences, with voice but not vote at such meetings.

Current Conference Deans are:

Central Conference

The Rev. Meagan Sherman-Sporrong (6/20)
Acacia Park Lutheran Church
4307 N. Oriole Avenue
Norridge, IL 60706
708-453-3662 - congregation

Relates to the Rev. Ray Legania at the synod office

Near West Conference

The Rev. Katie Hines-Shah (6/20)
Redeemer Lutheran Church
139 E. 1st Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
630-323-5530 - congregation
630-325-5604 - fax

Relates to the Rev. Cynthia K. Hileman at the synod office

North Conference

Rev. Matthew J. Smith-Laubenstein (6/19)
Grace Lutheran Church
501 Valley Park Drive
Libertyville, IL 60048

Relates to the Rev. Sarah Stumme at the synod office

Northeast Conference

The Rev. Deanna Langle (6/20)
University Lutheran Church/Lutheran Campus Ministry at Northwestern University
2204 Orrington Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
847-864-7849 - congregation

The Rev. Nicholas J. Zook (6/19)
Concordia Lutheran Church
3855 N. Seeley Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
773-281-1225 - congregation
773-935-0414 - fax

Relates to the Rev. Ray Legania at the synod office

Northwest Conference

The Rev. Linda J. Thurston (6/20)
Christus Victor Lutheran Church 
1045 South Arlington Heights Road
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
847-437-2666 -congregation

The Rev. Laura Hall-Schordje (6/20)
Living Christ Lutheran Church
1402 Arlington Drive
Hanover Park, IL 60133
630-837-2100 - church

Relates to the Rev. Cynthia K. Hileman at the synod office

South Conference

The Rev. Rayford J. Grady (6/19)
Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit
1335 W. 115th Street
Chicago, IL 60643
773-264-6615 - congregation
773-264-5103 - fax
The Rev. Dr. Cheryl Pero (6/19)
7305 S. Crandon Avenue
Chicago, IL 60649

Relates to the Rev. Ray Legania at the synod office

Southwest Conference

The Rev. Chris Wogaman (6/20)
Trinity Lutheran Church
2901 Western Avenue
Park Forest, IL 60466
708-747-8388 – church

Relates to the Rev. Ray Legania at the synod office

West Conference

The Rev. Melody Beckman Eastman (6/19)
Grace Lutheran Church
493 Forest Avenue
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
630-469-1555 - congregation

The Rev. Trudy Stoffel (6/19)
Geneva Lutheran Church
301 South 3rd Street
Geneva, IL 60134
630-232-0165 - congregation

Relates to the Rev. Sarah Stumme at the synod office


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