Our staff at Concordia Lutheran Church looks forward to seeing you at our next Sunday Service and welcoming you to our Christian faith community of Chicago.

Rev. Nicholas J. Zook
Rev. Nicholas J. ZookPastor

The Reverend Nicholas J. Zook leads Concordia Lutheran Church’s ministries of worship, education, and service at large. Pastor Zook has served Concordia Church since 1981. He brings a commitment to the ministry of the church that emphasizes the importance of worship in our lives and also engages us in service to the community around us.

Our Pastor

Pastor Zook’s favorite quote
For what has been—thanks! For what shall be—yes!
Dag Hammarskjold

A note from our Pastor
We hope you are inspired by what you learn about the ministries of Concordia Lutheran Church and choose to get involved in our community; to live your faith more deeply in an atmosphere where you feel you belong and experience joy; to embrace opportunities you didn’t know you had and where you feel led to share the same impact in the lives of others.

We welcome you to join us for worship, participate in our community activities and events, get involved in volunteer outreach, and get connected with others who are inspired to put their faith to work.

If you have any questions about how to get involved, our Concordia Lutheran Church staff is more than happy to help you!

Jen Phillips
Jen PhillipsDirector of Mission Development
773-463-1600 ext. 402

At Concordia Lutheran Church, Jen focuses on the church’s mission to connect people to the love of Jesus, whether it is supporting our own church community or seeking ways to serve others. Jen has over 17 years of administrative experience and received her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University and recently completed her certificate in church administration.

Desirae Contreras
Desirae ContrerasParish Administrator
Fax: 773-935-0414

Desirae is the Parish Administrator for Concordia Lutheran Church. She is responsible for being the strategic partner and administrator of the congregation’s ministry, including business operations, human resources, communications, marketing, support for church worship and ministry teams and providing support for the church’s mission expansion outreach.

Paul Dykstra
Paul DykstraMinister of Music
Marisa Buchheit
Marisa BuchheitMusic Director

Marisa Buchheit is a classical soprano hailing from Chicago. She has performed on stages around the world in opera productions, concerts, and musicals. Marisa earned her Master’s Degree in Opera at DePaul University with Distinction and her Bachelor’s Degree with Academic Honors and a German minor from the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM). Marisa is also an educator and arts advocate. She has been the Soprano Soloist at Concordia Lutheran Church for the past 2 years, and is excited to be taking on the new role of Music Director!

Concordia Lutheran Church Leaders

From Sunday School assistant to Church Council member, Concordia Lutheran Church thrives due to the leadership displayed by our community.  Read more about what draws people to Concordia Church below.

“The role of the church is to serve our mission and meet people where they are and provide service that adds value and inspires the lives of people.”

“It inspires me to get to be part of a new work-to help develop new things-to help create and plan and dream and be a part of what God is doing.”

“Our outreach into the community has been an inspirational experience to see how working with Children-Teens-Adults-Seniors can bring such joy to their lives. We have been blessed in our ministry with Pastors who are passionate through worship and God’s mission of touching those who are in need.”