Pastor Rebecca Gordon
Pastor's Office Hours
My Regular Office Hours are:
- Monday: Day Off (available for emergencies)
- Tuesdays: 10am-1pm
- Thursdays: 9am-12pm
- Wednesdays & Fridays: visits out of office & work at home, and anytime by appointment
*Please always call the office first to make sure Pr. Rebecca is in*
I am also available by email and phone:
Welcome to Saint Stephen Lutheran Church!
I’m going to tell you a secret…I am a normal human being just like you. I love my family, I enjoy gardening, reading, and cooking, and I love God and I’m challenged to seek ways to be a faithful follower of Jesus in a messy world. You might run into me taking a walk in my neighborhood, volunteering at my children’s schools, out in a restaurant enjoying a laugh and a glass of wine with my girlfriends, or hosting a dinner party at our home in Grayslake—this is God’s mission field!
I’m a native of northern Utah, and received my BA psychology and religion at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Before attending the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago where I graduated with an MDiv with a concentration in eco-justice I was a full-time volunteer at the Urban Servant Corps in Denver, Colorado. My time living and travelling in Spain, Hungary, Honduras, and Belize gives me a global perspective to living and serving in God’s world.
I have been an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 2002. My first call was to Nativity Lutheran Church in Wonder Lake, IL from 2002-2008. For nearly eight years after that I attended to my call as mom to my two children full time. During that time I also served as an active supply preacher, retreat-leader, Churchwide voting delegate, and Diakonia teacher eventually receiving a call to the Northern Illinois Synod in Interim Ministry.
My husband, Trent, is also a pretty normal but extraordinary guy. He’s connected to the Lutheran world through Advocated Healthcare and works as Vice President of Business Development at both Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital and Advocate Condell Hospital. You might find him enjoying a soccer match, exploring local craft breweries, or coaching volleyball. We share our home with our two delightful children, Amelia and Owen, and our beloved cats, Higgins (a gentleman) and Fawkes (more than a bit naughty.)
My greatest joy in ministry is participating with the Holy Spirit to create communities of love and grace—in the church and beyond. While my call to Saint Stephen is half time, I believe that makes me more efficient in leadership and more determined to empower others in their call in the priesthood of all believers!
Are you hungering for concrete ways to make your faith active in the world? Come see where God is calling you as part of the community at Saint Stephen Lutheran Church! Let us know what YOUR passion is…we’ll get you connected!
Pastor Rebecca Gordon
Church Office Hours
If you have any need to conduct business in the church office, normal staffed hours for Secretary Penny Bartels and Treasurer Vicky Hill are:
- Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday from 8 am – Noon.
Calling the office to ensure availability is always a good idea.
If the doors to the church are locked when you arrive, either call the church number (847-395-3359) or ring the doorbell. One of the staff will let you in