I am originally from North Dakota, where I graduated from North Dakota State University (GO Bison!) in Fargo with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After a twenty-year career with the YMCA, I earned my Master of Divinity degree from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 2014. I then served as an Associate Pastor with a Lutheran church in Barrington for five-and-half years before accepting the call to St. Mark’s. My husband, Jon Jensen, has worked in Aurora since 2001 for SMC Corp. We have two grown sons, Leif (Andrea) and Erik (Morgan), and three grandchildren. My passion in ministry includes finding ways to make God’s word relevant whether that be in preaching, in the everyday of joys and struggles or in serving others. We worship a living God, a God who yearns to speak and be present in our lives. Now.

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    I grew up in Oswego, Illinois, and graduated from Augustana College and Luther Seminary. My first call was in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before coming to St. Mark's in 2018. I love running, being out in nature, listening to music, watching sports, and spending time with my family. I am married to my beautiful wife, Kate, and we have two adorable young girls, Ellie and Maddie. I am passionate about helping people develop strong relationships with each other, the community and with God. I have a heart for advocacy and seeking justice. I believe all people are created in the image of God and all people have spiritual gifts. I am honored to serve as associate pastor at St. Mark's and continue to stand in awe at God's activity and interconnectedness in people's stories.

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    Called to St. Mark’s in 1996 to lead this church’s song, it is pure joy to share Christ’s abundant love through the gift of music. The song here takes many forms and is expressed in many ways: from the classics, traditional choirs, and sacred cantatas to Dixieland, jazz, and contemporary praise teams and worship bands. It is always fun and inspiring! Working with students, singers, and musicians, teaching musical concepts, and preparing and presenting great music that draws people to God and deepens their faith are my passion. I graduated from DePaul University with a degree in piano performance and a minor in voice and conducting. I also enjoy traveling, the out-of-doors, hiking, riding bikes, fishing, gardening, and cooking. My husband, Bruce, and I enjoy living in the Midwest, where we have raised our four children.

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    A native Auroran, I now live nearby with my husband, Greg, and my three children, Brady, Josie, and Keagan. I graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in business marketing and worked for several years at advertising agencies and web design firms. In 2014, I began serving at St. Mark's as the Director of Youth and Family Ministries. I love my job and love working with kids of all ages, helping them discover and connect with their faith. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and close friends, love to travel and spend time outdoors! Spreading God's message of love and kindness to everyone is very important to me, and I am committed to developing our children and youth programs with this purpose in mind.

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    I grew up in towns and cities in Minnesota, North Dakota, Illinois, and Iowa. After graduating from Luther College with a degree in social work, I served two years in the Peace Corps in a small village in the Philippines, where I met my husband, Ben. I am a widow and mother of three young adults, Andrew, Emily, and Jacob; mother-in-law of Carlos; and grandmother of Chloe and Mila. I love spending time with family, gardening, traveling, and people watching. I am fulfilled and happy to be serving as Office Manager at St. Mark’s, working with pastors, staff, ministry leaders, and members to carry out our mission of sharing Christ’s abundant love amongst our St. Mark’s family and with our neighbors both near and far.

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    Joining St. Mark’s as the communications coordinator has given me the opportunity to apply my background in publishing and nonprofit organizations to St. Mark’s vision for healing and justice. As a former managing editor of two publishing companies, the owner of a third (which I sold to Augsburg Fortress), and, later, the director of a music therapy association and the communications manager for an advocacy organization for classical sacred music, I feel privileged to be able to weave these threads of experience together on behalf of St. Mark’s. My passion for communication is not just to share the news, but to offer encourage lively, interactive connections. My interests in music, reading, nature, and tiny house communities for seniors help keep my life in balance.

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    I was born and raised in this area (Chicago and Elgin) and went to the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where I was a member of the Badger football team and met my wife, Vicki. We married in 1969 and have three adult children and seven grandchildren. I've migrated through two careers, from owning a ServiceMaster franchise for 15 years, to working for AT&T for 25 years. Now, my "third career" is helping keep the St. Mark's building running and working well. Vicki and I have been members of St. Mark's since 1974, and have been involved in multiple projects over the years. During my free time, I keep active hiking, biking, weight training, competitive stair climbing, and traveling in the Caribbean, Europe, and the USA.

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    I was born in Monmouth, Illinois, and raised in Kewanee. I served in the Air Force from 1963 through 1967, and then graduated from Illinois State with a degree in applied computer science. When my wife, Sandy, and I came to Aurora in 1986, we found St. Mark’s. It’s amazing to see how this church has grown since we joined and gratifying to know that my family and I have been a part of that growth. I’m a widower with two adult daughters, Anna and Lauren, father-in-law to Michael, and grandpa to Bridget. In addition to being on staff at St. Mark’s, I am a member of The Lion’s Voice Choir. I enjoy time with my family, classical music, all sorts of puzzles, and travel.

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