Meet Our People and Staff

 

 

The St. John Family is a mix of persons of all ages and backgrounds who have come together to share their love and fellowship with each other; and their love and worship with their Lord Jesus.

 

You will find warm, caring and friendly people within the Family.

Age, gender and "how long you've been a member" are of no consequence to the Family.

 

We welcome everyone who wishes to serve the Lord and His Church to be able to do so.

We invite you to attend all activities.

We urge you to get to know the Family...and allow us the privilege to get to know you.

 

                   There are no "outsiders" in a Family.   

 

            COME...VISIT...and "MEET THE FAMILY". 

 

 

Our Pastor

Jeff G. Gavin

 

Bio:  Pastor Jeff has served in the ministry for over 35 years; the last 25 years here at St. John.

 

Orginally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin; he received his Master of Divinity degree and was ordained in 1982. He is well versed in many areas of religion; and is a fine preacher, teacher and counselor. 

 

He has served fourth consecutive 3 year terms as an elected officer of the Northern Illinois District of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. As "Circuit Counselor" he supervised six other area churches and served as the liaison among the pastors and people of these churches and the President of the District.

 

Pastor is also skilled in worship aspects, and is the person behind the crafting of every worship service. Many of the worship services used at St. John have been written by him.

 

Pastor Gavin is proud of his Irish ancestry (obvious when you enter his office) and still remembers vividly the trip he made with his wife in 2009 to Ireland and Wales (the location of his wife's ancestors).

  

In the spring of 2012 Pastor had the opportunity to visit Isreal and tour the Holy Land. He states that it was a rewarding and an enriching experience.  

 

Pastor Jeff has enjoyed 43 years of marriage to his supportive wife Lynn (Davies). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor Jeff at the Jordan River at the traditional site of the baptism of Jesus.

May 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Music Director

James Vhyanek

 

Bio:  Jim is serving his 30th year as our St. John Organist/Music Director. He is a graduate of Concordia College, River Forest, Illinois.

 

Jim is a highly accomplished musician. His position includes serving as the organist; as well as directing our Choir, Hand Bell Choir and our Praise team. It is also his fine voice which you hear leading the congregational singing.  He is very fond of the church's new organ, and especially the synthesizer and the full range of instrumental music that it produces.

 

He is also a published composer, with a number of his arrangements appearing in various church music books; as well as works he was comissioned by publishers to compose.

 

Jim is proud of his "minority status" within the congregation as a die-hard White Sox fan.

 

Jim is married to his wife Carol and they have two grown sons, Phil and Jeff.

 

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