Aug 27 2017 - 9:30am
Sep 15 2017 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Staff Contact Information and Bios


Rev. Kathy Nolte
(708) 848-4741

Rev. Kathy Nolte has served as pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Oak Park since 2008. Prior to this she served as pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in North Aurora for seven years. She currently serves as the Chair of the Advisory Group - Companion Synod within the area of Global Mission. She works with Kidz Express, an after-school mentoring program in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago and is a member of the Leaders' Network, a collaboration of clergy and area leaders working to improve the quality of life of people on the west side of Chicago. She is a member of the OPRF Workgroup for Positive Youth Development which seeks to reduce underage drinking in Oak Park and River Forest. She serves on the Chicago chapter of Reconciling Works. To augment her work in these areas she advocates for anti-racism training, LGBT rights and mental health initiatives.

Previously Rev. Nolte served as president of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center and as Vice President of the Community of Congregations within the Oak Park Community.  She previously served as Dean of both the West Conference and the Near West Conference for the Metro Chicago Synod.

As a woman who began her spiritual journey as a Roman Catholic, her ministry has an ecumenical stance and openness to others.  She finds that each faith tradition has a different lens through which to catch a glimpse of the Divine One who remains veiled. Through her work she has partnered with playwright, Rohina Malik to bring stories from the Muslim tradition to her congregation and advocates for religious freedom for Muslims..

Director of Christian Education

Deaconess Debbie Rank Speer
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The first question I am usually asked is, “What is a deaconess anyway?” The quick answer is that a Lutheran deaconess is a woman who is called, trained and set apart for service. For me, this service is lived out in a congregation setting, currently here at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church as the Director of Christian Education. I did my education/formation at Valparaiso University, a year of internship in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and was consecrated as a deaconess in 1999.

My ministry at Good Shepherd focuses on faith education and spiritual growth for all ages. I lead our Sunday School, Confirmation ministry and youth program, coordinate our summer Vacation Bible School, and offer support and resources to our many member-led programs. I am passionate about encouraging others in what God has called them to do and to create opportunities for mentoring between age groups.

What makes my work so great is that I get to do crafts with kids, go bowling with middle schoolers, ride horses with high schoolers and camp with college students. At the same time, I am able to talk with parents about the challenges of parenting today, explore the gift of being a woman of faith with other women, and volunteer at a food bank side by side with people of every generation. I truly love what I do!

Director of Music

Jonathan Oblander
(708) 848-4741

I have enjoyed my relationship with Good Shepherd, one that goes back to 2007, when I first started to collaborate with previous Director of Music Mark Law for the Advent Jazz Vespers.  Then, I began to do occasional substitute work as organist, most recently through the summer months of this year.  I look back on those times as God putting me and the people of Good Shepherd closer together; and starting October 1st, 2013, I officially began serving as Minister of Music.   I was born to be a musician, and it’s a career that I enjoy thoroughly and in many ways.  I also am the Tonal Director for Berghaus Pipe Organ Builders of Bellwood, Illinois, am responsible for the tonal design of new instruments, and also serve as a pipe voicer, tuner, and service technician.  I enjoy meeting many new people at Good Shepherd, and working with Pastor Kathy, staff, and volunteers of Good Shepherd in providing uplifting and inspiring worship services.  Soli Deo Gloria!

Office Administrator

Catie Withers
(708) 848-4741

Catie is a retired healthcare professional with extensive administrative and organizational skills and abilities. She is strong communicator, a versatile problem-solver, an ace customer service professional, and an independent self-starter. She has experience in for-profit and non-profit organizations and customer service standards.

Catie spent most of her career managing large telecommunications call centers for Northwestern Memorial Hospital in downtown Chicago and for the Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee, WI. She also served as a United Way Loaned Executive and she chaired Today’s Girls/Tomorrow’s Women on behalf of the Junior League of Milwaukee, and served on the boards of the non-profits WAHAM (healthcare) and WHTA (healthcare technology). She has a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where her extended family resides, and where she was a Luther League member in her youth.

She currently works part-time at the Economy Shop on behalf of Thrive Counseling Center



Communications Coordinator

Rosemary Dyson
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Rosemary spent much of her career at the ELCA working with The Lutheran Magazine and the Multicultural Unit. rosemary is inspired to apply her communications and multicultural training to benefit Good Shepherd's work to serve as a diverse congregation with strong partnerships in the surrounding community and the world. 

As news editor for the ELCA Lutheran Magazine, Rosemary researched, wrote and edited a wide range of original articles. While acting as Associate Executiive Director for the Division for Multicultural Ministries she was instrumental in creating curricula and marketing material on domestic, global cross-cultural and multiethnic topics. Rosemary received training in conflict mediation and experience in facilitating conflict resolution workshops with adults and youth. Rosemary planned and executed a wide array of events, training initiatives and special programs in support of global multi-cultural awareness and conflict mediation education for the ELCA. She has a Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University in Journalism and Human Development. She also has Certification in Planning and Leading Diversity Workshops from the Kaleidoscope Institute and Mediation Skills Training from the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center.

Sunday Nursery Attendant

Elois Gardner

During the 10:30 Sunday worship service, small children may be taken to our nursery where they are watched over by one of our caring professional attendants. Elois Gardner and Ruth Collins alternate Sunday childcare so you may worship and nourish your spirit knowing your small children are playing games, napping, doing crossword puzzles, snacking, and being entertained in a kind, caring and responsible environment.

Sunday Nursery Attendant

Ruth Collins

During the 10:30 Sunday worship service, small children may be taken to our nursery where they are watched over by one of our caring professional attendants.  Ruth Collins and Elois Gardner alternate Sunday childcare so you may worship and nourish your spirit knowing your small children are playing games, napping, doing crossword puzzles, snacking, and being entertained in a kind, caring and responsible environment.

Come to Church on Time this Sunday!

Daylight savings time begins THIS SATURDAY, March 10th.  Turn your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night.  If you forget, you'll be late to church!

Council Contact Information and Bios

Church Council Member

Rob Hann

I am originally from Kettering, Ohio, and spent my teenage years on Long Island.  I came to Chicago in 1995 and met my wife Talley while attending Broadway United Methodist Church in Chicago. I served at that church as Treasurer, chairperson of the Church and World Concerns Committee, and as Lay Leader.  We have three wonderful boys.  In my spare time, I am head coach of an r-ball team, co-president of the RIF league of OPYBS, and a member of Rotary International.  Professionally, I am an agent with Weichert Realtors in Oak Park.

Church Council Vice President & Personnel Chair

Beth Houle

I am originally from the Minneapolis area, where I grew up in a wonderfully progressive Roman Catholic church.  I have lived in Manhattan and New Delhi. My husband David and I have lived in Oak Park for 15 years.  We have been Good Shepherd members for eight years.  Our daughter Elise is in 4th grade and our daughter Vivienne is in Kindergarten.  I have worked in marketing and business development in international microfinance with a focus on Africa and Asia for most of my career, and most recently for a civic-engagement foundation.   We love the caring and engaged communities of Oak Park and Good Shepherd.

Church Council President

Kellie Campbell

Dr. Kellie Hunter Campbell has been a Geriatric Medicine Specialist in Chicago for over 16 years. She is a life-long Lutheran from Milwaukee, who graduated with honors from University Of Wisconsin Medical School. She and her husband William have three energetic, young sons. 

Church Treasurer

Dan Feiertag

I have been a member of Good Shepherd for about 10 years and I believe this community is a wonderful place to belong. I've served as treasurer previously, as well as chairing the finance and Memorial Endowment Fund committees for the past 5 years. You may also see me in other roles, such as 5th & 6th grade Sunday school teacher, usher, and percussion player. In addition to my duties at Good Shepherd, I am the Reconciling in Christ regional coordinator for the Chicago chapter of Reconciling Works and am a member of the Metro-Chicago synod council.

Church Council Member

Troy Koch

Welcome new Council member Troy Koch!

Look for a personal bio soon.

Church Council Secretary

Sue Priebe

Suzanne J. Priebe, PhD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who works with individuals of all ages. She serves as the Clinical Director of the Samaritan Counseling Center and has several years experience working with adolescents, both in outpatient and residential treatment settings.

Church Council Member

Leah Suarez-Abraham

Leah L. Suarez-Abraham, MD is a Family Practitioner at PCC Community Wellness Center and is affiliated with West Suburban Medical Center. Her father is a Lutheran pastor in California, which makes her a life-long Lutheran. Her husband Anthony and three children join her in membership.

Committee and Chair Information

Christian Education

Gail Frost
(708) 848-4741

Our mission is to provide interesting and engaging ways for children and adults to nurture and strengthen their faith journeys while encouraging them to grow in faith, service and fellowship.  The committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month.  We make sure that all of our programs are running smoothly with the necessary volunteers each week.  We discuss upcoming events and how we can help make them happen.  We discuss ways to keep our programs relevant and meaningful for all participants.  We vision about what more we would like to see happen at Good Shepherd.  If you are interested in Christian Education and want to learn more, contact Gail Frost, chairperson, or any of the committee members.


Jim Hunt
(708) 848-4741

Our mission is to spread the spirit and words of Christ to all men and all women; to welcome all to worship in our diverse Good Shepherd congregation; to encounter Christ in each person treating all with love, trust and respect; to nourish spiritual growth and encourage, teach and support all who witness and follow Christ's example.  The committee meets the second Tuesday of each month.  If you are interested in Evangelism and want to learn more, contact Committee Chair Jim Hunt.


Marcia Schattauer
(708) 848-4741

Our mission is to oversee and provide guidance for the financial life of Good Shepherd Lutheran.  The committee meets once a month as scheduled.  See the Good Shepherd calendar for upcoming meetings.  If you are interested in Finance and want to learn more, contact Committee Chair Marcia Schattauer.

Parish Life

New Parish Life Chair coming soon!
(708) 848-4741

Our mission is to organize/assist with fellowship events for the congregation to foster connections among members, visitors and our community.  The committee meets approximately once a month as scheduled.  See the Good Shepherd calendar for upcoming meetings.  If you are interested in Parish Life and want to learn more, contact the new Parish Life Chair or Pastor Kathy.


Tim Clute
(708) 848-4741

Our mission is to support Good Shepherd by caring for our physical assets and facilitating their use by members and friends.  The Property Committee meets as scheduled.  See the Good Shepherd calendar for upcoming meetings.  If you are interested in Property and want to learn more, contact Committee Chair Tim Clute.

Social Ministry

Barb Hunt & Florence Miller
(708) 848-4741

Our mission is to support programs bringing help to members, our community and the world, and to educate Good Shepherd members concerning justice and social welfare issues.  The Social Ministry committee meets as scheduled.  See the Good Shepherd calendar for upcoming meetings.  If you are interested in Social Ministry and want to learn more, contact either Committee Co-Chair Barb Hunt or Florence Miller.


Judy Beisser
(708) 848-4741

Our mission is to assist and encourage members striving for whole life stewardship, and to plan and conduct the annual Pledge Drive to assist in budgeting for ministries, programs, property maintenance, and staff payroll.  The Stewardship Committee meets the second Monday of each month.  If you are interested in Stewardship and want to learn more, contact Committee Chair Judy Beisser.


Laura Twining
(708) 848-4741

Our mission is to connect the actions of the Good Shepherd community to the stewardship of God's creation.  We promote sustainability in every aspect of church life, and advocate and demonstrate ideas and tehnologies that move our community to more sustainable living.  See the Good Shepherd calendar for upcoming meetings.  If you are interested in Sustainability and want to learn more, contact Committee Chair Laura Twining.

Worship, Music and The Arts

Gail Frost
(708) 848-4741

Our mission is to provide a worship experience for people of all spiritual paths so they are equipped and inspired to practice their faith throughout the week.  We stress the experience of God's love and grace in community, joy and thankfulness, comfort and consolation, provocation and challenge.  The committee meets the second Thursday of each month.  If you are interested in Worship, Music and the Arts and want to learn more, contact Committee Chair Gail Frost.

Located at

611 Randolph St.
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 848-4741

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Public Shepherd's Staff for the Web February 2010

Public Shepherd's Staff for the Web February 2010. Good Shepherd members should login to see the Members Only version of the Shepherd's Staff and other Member publications.

Monthly Themes to Spotlight Hallmarks of Good Shepherd's Ministry

Throughout the Anniversary Year, monthly themes will spotlight seven hallmarks of Good Shepherd's ministry.  Events and communications related to these themes will comprise our year long celebration.

January:  Diversity
March:  Social Ministry
May:  Sustainability
June:  Spiritual Development
August:  Community Involvement
September:  Vibrant Worship
October:  Lutheranism

Our Anniversary Theme: "Building on our Past to Grow our Future"

Our Anniversary theme, "Building on our Past to Grow our Future" is a reflection of Good Shepherd's remarkable history which inspires our ministry for years to come.  The theme is visually captured in the Anniversary logo (see left) which is anchored in the building blocks of our past and points to the life-filled ministry of our future, all centered around the infamous "folded hands" logo that has aptly represented Good Shepherd for many years.


One of the "out of the box" ideas from the 75th Anniversary committee is an attempt to open and remove an old safe that hasn't been opened or moved in decades, since we lost the combination. We knew it would be hard to accomplish, but not this hard....

A group gathered to move the safe to a different location where it could be cracked open or taken apart. Ouf-dah! It must weigh a ton - literally 2000 pounds - as it could barely be budged from its spot. Most certainly it could NOT go into the elevator and could likely damage the stairs if we got it that far. Read more »

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Confirmation Activity Slips Feb 19 2013
Automatic Donation Form Oct 18 2016
Sunday School Registration Form 2016-17 Sep 7 2016
Reformation 500 Germany Brochure Apr 20 2016
Request Money from the Memorial Endowment Fund Jun 30 2015
Leader App for Children/Youth Programming Sep 6 2013
Child Safety Policy Sep 6 2013
Parent/Student Talk Sheets Feb 25 2013
Parental Consent Form Feb 19 2013
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