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..