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Pastor Dawn Mass Eck is Messiah's Pastor of Outreach and Parish Life. She enjoys welcoming the talents and passions of everyone in this community and beyond. If you'd like to be more a part of things here or even start your own ministry group, her standard reply is "Yes, and how can I help!"

Pastor Ben Dueholm is Messiah's Pastor of Worship and Education. He has also written for The Christian Century, Aeon, Religion Dispatches, and other periodicals, and serves on the editorial board of the theological journal Let's Talk.

Pastor Chuck Merkner serves as Pastor Emeritus at Messiah. Pastor Chuck served as senior pastor for 23 years, and continues to contribute his tremendous gifts to the Messiah community on a volunteer basis.

Kim Kroes is our Youth Director. Serving all of our, Middle School Affirmation of Faith program (Pathway), High School Youth Group, and College Ministry. Kim is a daughter of our congregation, a recent graduate of Illinois State University and "fun with kids" is her middle name!

Pam Dadian is our director of music. She is primarily responsible for worship planning, leading music in worship, leading adult choir, and working with our Sing A New Song (SANS) group.

Wendy Haase is our altenate organist / pianoist. She is our steadfast Saturday evening worship organist.

Tracy Meyer is Director of Children's Ministry. Christian education overseeing Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, children's rites of passage and special children's events.

Erica Jawnyj is the Director of Messiah Lutheran Community Preschool and Extended Care Program.

Sue Kreckman and JoAnn Freeman provide invaluable support as Administrative Assistants in the church office. JoAnn also serves as Pathway Director.

Karen Holmes is Messiah's Church Administrator and serves as Volunteer and Communications Coordinator.

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