Staff & Contacts
Joy Douglas Strome, Pastor
Prior to attending seminary, Joy graduated from Southwest Missouri State University, with her BS in Education. She taught 5-6th grade in rural Missouri before coming to Chicago to begin seminary. Joy attended McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and received her Masters in Divinity in 1991. She served the Community Presbyterian Church of Mt. Prospect and came to Lake View in 1996. Joy has received extensive training in church redevelopment and under her leadership, the church has seen substantial growth-both in membership and programs of the church. Joy is committed to the belief that the church should be a resource for the community where all people can come to nurture spiritual life through education, service opportunities and worship. Program development and the creative use of media, music and drama in worship are areas where Joy has made an impact on the life of Lake View Church.
Alex Wirth, Associate Pastor
Alex Wirth grew up in perma-sunny Long Beach, CA blissfully unaware of changing seasons and snow. He went to University of California, Santa Cruz to major in marine biology because of his love of plankton but ended up with a degree in English literature because of his love of reading. Upon graduation, like most English majors, Alex had no plan for his future. He concocted wild ideas with his friends about constructing rafts made of trash and floating down the Mississippi or converting old school buses to bio-diesel and driving to the Gulf Coast to help with Katrina Relief. Alex shared these ideas with his parents and they lovingly suggested he consider something with health insurance. Alex ended up serving as a PCUSA Young Adult Volunteer in Belfast, Northern Ireland for a year. It was during this year of service that Alex found the call that God had placed on his life to serve the “least of these” whom Christ calls his family and become an ordained minister. Alex now has his Masters Of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and does building maintenance and social justice work at Lake View Presbyterian Church. Alex buys vinyl albums more than mp3s, tries to ride his bike more than drive a car, make/bake things more than buy them, and generally stick to a punk rock, do-it-yourself mindset like Jesus did.
Megan Cochran, Associate Pastor
Megan comes from the land of hotdish and snow piles much taller than her commonly known as Minnesota. After graduating from Macalester College with a joint degree in Psychology and Religious Studies, she spent a year in Cameroon, Africa doing counseling with people living with HIV/AIDS. When she returned from Cameroon, she loaded up her car and drove to Chicago to begin the Master of Divinity program at McCormick Theological Seminary. After graduating from seminary, Megan began working here at Lake View Presbyterian Church and she couldn’t be more excited! Megan is committed to nurturing the faith of this community and exploring creative ways to live into that faith. She is in charge of our Christian nurture programs, which includes Sunday school, young adult activities, Christian education, helping out with the golden diners program, assisting with weekly worship, and more! In her free time, she likes sewing, knitting, and cuddling with her gigantic dog, Pearl.
Sue Cox, R.N. B.S.N., Parish Nurse
In partnership with Advocate Health Care the congregation’s committment to whole person care is enhanced by the work of Parish Nurse Sue Cox. Sue recieved course preparation in Health Ministry and began her Parish Nurse work at Lake View Presbyterian in 1989. Whether visiting someone in the hospital or helping a new mom get settled with an infant, whether she is monitoring blood pressures or teaching a health education class Sue’s work among us reflects our commitment to spiritual, mental and physical well-being for all our members. For more information about the Parish Nurse Program visit Advocate.
John Erickson, Pianist
John has been accompanying the Lake View Choir and playing for worship services since 1998. Originally from California, he received a degree in jazz studies from San Diego State University before relocating to Chicago. He can be heard at various music venues throughout the city and also keeps busy teaching piano at the Old Town School of Folk Music and beyond. John has recorded three CDs under his own name, the most recent, “A Feeling of Christmas “, is a collection of hymns and carols arranged for jazz piano, bass, and percussion. Visit his web site at johnerickson.net
Jackie Klindera, Choir Director
Jackie has been leading the choir at Lake View Presbyterian Church since 2009 and loving it! A singer, actor & teacher, Jackie has been involved in church music ever since her first solo in St. Croix Falls, WI at the age of 3. Growing up at the First Baptist Church in New Richmond, WI, Jackie had many opportunities to sing solos and duets in church and even sang with the adult choir starting in her pre-teen years. Jackie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Theatre from the U of WI-Eau Claire. In addition to singing in the choir and performing in many operas and musicals, she also led several choirs and taught Sunday School while in college. After a few years performing in the Dinner Theatre circuit, she settled in Chicago; hoping to grow some roots. She’s now been in Chicago since 1999 and lives in Lincoln Square with her arborist husband, Dan, her sons, Max, Luke, and Henry, and her #1 babygirl, Molly the dog. Directing the choir is a perfect musical accompaniment to her photography business, voice coaching and various theatre gigs around Chicago.
Andy Masters, Office Manager
Andy Masters hails from the far western suburb of Geneva. After studying Philosophy at Eastern Illinois University, he spent some time in Thailand learning the Thai language and sampling spicy cuisine. Upon returning home he moved to the big city to see what spicy cuisine Chicago had to offer. He is excited about the opportunity to work with the welcoming, action-oriented community of Lake View Presbyterian Church. He is passionate about writing and performing music. He currently resides with his 3 chickens in Logan Square.