Our Staff


  • Rev. Dawn Roucka, INTERIM Senior PASTOR

    Pastor Dawn D. Roucka currently serves as Messiah's Interim Senior Pastor. She began work in October 2021 and has jumped right in. Pastor Roucka has extensive experience as an interim pastor and we welcome her warmth and expertise!


    Pastor Roucka’s 30 year professional experience spans topics many will not talk about in polite company – acting, politics and religion. As a shy kid, Dawn grew up loving theater as a place to exhibit her creative expressive side and later post-college served at the US Senate. She is an ordained ELCA pastor who has traveled widely as an advocate and speaker sharing development work with people in vulnerable situations across the US, Serbia, the Republic of Moldova, former East Germany, and Tanzania.  

     

    Pastor Roucka loves helping people find the best of themselves in the worst of situations, and she keeps flexible herself by dabbling in the art of improvisation as both performance and a teaching technique, and dancing with her husband and ballroom dance partner. Dawn and her husband, Ken, live in Bartlett with their tuxedoed cats, Theo and Vincent. 


    Pastor can be seen weekly, outside of regular worship, on the vlog, “Midweek Messiah: Ministry in Motion” on Messiah’s Facebook page, or in our community news or through her blog at www.SpiritPartnerships.com which includes ideas and prayers for worship and partnering with the playful spirit.


    Need to contact Pastor Roucka? 

    Email: pastor.roucka@messiah-wauconda.org        

    Office Phone: 847-526-7161, ext. 115

    Cell Phone: 847-331-0373

  • Jessica Wallwin, Youth Ministries Director

    Jessica Wallwin has served as Messiah's Youth Director at Messiah since 2019. She coordinates a team of adult volunteers and provides oversight of our PATHWAY and High School education programs. Jessica's passion and enthusiasm for her work are evident in her constant innovation with these programs. Jessica has moved to incorporate a variety of new approaches to engage students as they develop their faith - through music, engaging activities, and fun learning opportunities.


    Jessica is married to James and has two sons, Joseph and Dylan. She also has a tuxedo cat named Smithers.


    Need to contact Jessica?

    Email: youthdirector@messiah-wauconda.org

    Office Phone: 847-526-7161, ext. 105

  • LIsa kale, Office administrator

    Lisa Kale is Messiah's new Office Administrator! 


    Need to contact Lisa? 

    Email: lisa.kale@messiah-wauconda.org

    Office Phone: 847-526-7161

  • Sue Kreckman, Administrative assistant

    Sue Kreckman has served in Messiah's Church Office for many years. Sue brings our worship bulletin to life each week and provides amazing support and experienced expertise to a variety of other support tasks. 


    Need to contact Sue?

    Email: sue.kreckman@messiah-wauconda.org

    Office Phone: 815-526-7161

  • Pam dadian, Music Director

    Pam Dadian is our passionate, talented, dedicated Music Director. Pam has served Messiah for 40 years and continues to share her musical gifts with our community, Pam and her team of musicians provide the music for each of our worship services. Pam oversees our vocal choir, ensemble praise band SANS, and coordinates our strings ensemble and Gosbells handbell choir. 


    Need to contact Pam? 

    Email: pam.dadian@messiah-wauconda.org