Visitor Guide

Common Questions

We're glad you're thinking of coming to St. John Lutheran Church in Libertyville. We want you to feel welcome, but we realize that coming to an unfamiliar church can feel awkward with all sorts of questions. Here are a few answers:

Will I look out of place?

What about parking?

What door should I go in?

Where are the restrooms?

What about our special needs?

Will I be singled out?

Will I know what's going on?

What about our children?

We'd like to have our child baptized in your church. How do we go about doing that?

We'd like to become members of your congregation. What do we do?

We'd like to be married in your beautiful church. Is that possible?

Join us for worship Saturday at 5 PM and Sunday at 9 AM. Family Bible Hour is every Sunday after worship at 10:30 AM.

About the Pastor


Serving as pastor of St. John Lutheran Church is a wonderful privilege!

I get to point people (some hurting, some struggling and questioning) to Jesus as our Savior, to connect with Christ. I get to share his forgiveness (a right relationship with God) and help people to know and grow in God's promise and power for them. As we share God's promise and power, I get to help people see God's way, not just God's way to get through this life, but God's way to make his difference in this life.

At St. John, God has given me a wonderful family to work with and serve. They care about Jesus, his people, and his world. They want to be a church and school family that shows and shares the love and glory of God.

I've been pastor here since 2000; before that I was pastor in the dual-parish of Fort Morgan and Hillrose, Colorado. Whether out west in laid-back ranch and farm country or here in fast-paced suburbia ... whether in smaller congregations or larger ... I've found that the most important things are the same - we're blessed when we're connecting with Christ.

At home in Grayslake, I'm blessed with my wife, Lisa. Lisa enjoys serving at church (helping us make connections with each other) and serving in the community as a mental health counselor. When we can match our schedules, we look forward to traveling and seeing the wonders of God's beautiful creation.

Please feel free to contact me at the church at 847-362-4424 or

"Being the pastor of St. John Lutheran Church is an awesome privilege."