The Reverend Maureen O'Connor grew up in the Chicago area and attended seminary locally at Northern Seminary and Bexley-Seabury. Maureen started an intentionally multicultural church plant, Bethel Bible Church, with a professor from Elmhurst College and remained with them for five years before solely devoting her time to the Episcopal Church. Maureen has also co-founded a 501(c)(3) non-profit called Connecting With Love (CWL) that provides fundraising support to local charities and at-risk-children in Guinea, West Africa through the Anglican Diocese. You can read more about Maureen's story in her interview with the Lombardian.
The last few years Maureen has served at St. James Episcopal Cathedral in Chicago, and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn. Maureen has a passion to empower people to love like Christ, and feels called to build bridges between those outside the church walls and those within.
Marvin comes out of the Lutheran tradition and serves as Deacon at First Lutheran Church of Harvey, IL. Marvin has been married to his beautiful wife, Deborah, for over 25 years.
Marvin grew up on the south side of Chicago in a CHA housing project. He attended Catholic schools where he learned his foundations. Marvin holds Master’s degrees in Special Education, a Master’s degree in Secondary Education (Math and Science)and a Master’s degree in Administration and Leadership (type 75) and a Type 75 Superintendent endorsement. Marvin’s educational philosophy is that the first purpose of education is identity. Marvin has worked for Chicago Public School and inner city schools for twenty-five years. He has also worked with elementary and high school at risk students teaching Math and Science on the West and South sides of Chicago. Marvin has also worked with ELL (English Language Learners) in elementary and high school. In his years at CPS, he has always worked in high crime areas with students that have experienced firsthand the repercussions from gun violence and gang affiliation. He has served as administrator in an alternative educational program (Youth Connection Charter Schools) as an Educational Generalist working to implement strategies to help prepare students for college and careers.
Marvin spends his time serving those around him. He's started a Social Justice Ministry to help improve the living conditions in Harvey, IL, rehabbed 2 abandoned homes and is currently renting them to residents in need, and he is always seeking job opportunities and training for our youth through the National ABLE Network. Marvin also works with a crew of contractors to repair and assist seniors in need of maintenance on their homes.
Director of Music
We are seeking an enthusiastic and energetic team member to lead our music program, embracing our desire for growth in diverse membership.
The Music Director must provide music leadership of every Sunday worship service, using our electronic keyboard, and other services including Holy Week, Christmas, ecumenical services, and multi-racial/ethnic services. He or she will also direct the Adult Choir in weekly rehearsals from September through May, and recruit other members for the choir.
The Music Director will choose the music for each Sunday service and insert it as needed into the bulletin master on the computer. Other computer skills include providing information about the music program for the church website, and sharing upcoming music events on social media.
The Music Director will work 8-12 hours on average each week, for an annual salary of $10,000 to $13,000, depending on experience.