Leadership

Rev. Dr. James M. Matarazzo, Jr.

Senior Pastor

Jim was born in Boston and grew up in nearby Winthrop, Massachusetts. He received his BA degree in History from Bates College in Maine in 1990. He then studied theology at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He received his M.Div. degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York. He moved overseas to live and work in London in 2007 and later completed his DPhil in Theology at the University of Oxford in 2017. He was then appointed a Lecturer in Theology at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, while also being a member of the Oxford University Faculty of Theology and Religion. After returning to the United States in late 2018, Jim served as a pastor in Guilford, Connecticut and Shrewsbury, Mass. He was also an Instructor in Theology at Boston College.

 

Before, during, and after his doctoral studies, Jim worked in the international development field for 19 years, most recently working on gender-based violence with religious and traditional leaders in Zambia. He has worked for Christian Aid, London; Norwegian Church Aid, Oslo; and GIZ, Bonn. He has served as a consultant for the World Council of Churches, the Lutheran World Federation, various United Nations agencies and other international organizations.

 

He lists among his hobbies and interests adventure travel (he has visited 94 countries and territories), genealogy, good coffee, and anything to do with an ocean or lake. He is an avid fan of the alt rock band Guster. When he is feeling extra nerdy, he sometimes edits Wikipedia. As serious as some of this may sound, Jim is known to be a somewhat “irreverent reverend” and he loves the gifts of humor and laughter. He lives in Wilmette with his husband Tom.

Rev. Bobbie McKay, PhD.

Pastoral Associate for Spiritual Life

Bobbie answered her call to ministry after a profound God moment that resulted in dual careers as a composer and lyricist, and as a student in ministry.  She received a M.A. in Religion from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston and was called to GCC the first time in 1970 as pastor to GCC’s Women’s Association.  Bobbie also received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University.  She has done extensive research and published six books on spiritual life and psychological health.  Bobbie returned to GCC in 2015, initiating and growing the Spiritual Life Team Ministry to sixteen teams.  Bobbie and her husband, Lew Musil have a blended family with four children, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Rev. Sarah Lohrbach

Designated Director of Youth Ministry

Rev. Sarah Lohrbach is thrilled to be joining Glenview Community Church as the Designated Director of Youth Ministry. Sarah is a lifelong member of the United Church of Christ. She has been involved in Outdoor Ministries since first grade and has served as the director for Camp Worship and Wonder since 2009. Sarah received her B.A. in Theological Studies from Elmhurst College in 2009 and her M.Div. from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2014. Sarah was ordained in 2015 and has served as the Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries at Peace Memorial Church in Palos Park and as Associate Pastor for Children, Family and Youth at Winnetka Congregational Church. She currently works for the Illinois Conference as Support Staff for Communications and Technology. Youth ministry has always been a calling of Sarah’s and she looks forward to being in ministry with the youth and families at GCC. Sarah lives in Evanston with her wife, Paige, and their two rescue dogs, Cohen and Sheba.

Gary Wendt

Minister for Music & Organist

Gary joined the GCC music staff as Children’s Choir Director in 2000, became our organist and instrumental music director in 2005, and has been our Minister for Music since 2011.  He directs the Joyful Ringers Handbell Choir and the Pilgrim Wind Ensemble at GCC. He continues to develop, administrate and program the church’s Simple Gifts Concert Series, which each year offers over a dozen performances by regional and nationally known artists and ensembles. A native of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Gary studied organ with Dr. Shirley Sands, Gregory Vancil, Jerome Butera, and Margaret McElwain Kemper.  When he is not at the organ bench, you can find him teaching music at Hubbard Woods Elementary School in Winnetka.

Guillermo Muñoz Küster

Director of Adult Choirs

Guillermo Muñoz Küster is currently Director of Adult Choirs at Glenview Community Church. Guillermo enjoys a diverse musical life as a conductor, classical guitarist, and singer. A native of Santiago, Chile, Guillermo earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Lebanon Valley College (Annville, PA) and a Master of Music degree from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, where he studied conducting with Robert Harris and Stephen Alltop, and classical guitar with Anne Waller. Outside of GCC, Guillermo can be found working at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, exercising his passion for long-distance running, and exploring the city.

Lydia Lane Stout

Director of Children’s Choirs & Worship Associate

Lydia Lane Stout is currently the Children’s Music Director and Worship Associate at Glenview Community Church. She received her masters degree in choral conducting from Michigan State University in 2018 and her undergraduate degree in choral conducting from Oberlin in 2012. Lydia is the founder and director of common pulse, a professional vocal ensemble in Chicago. Lydia and her husband live in their Logan Square home and music studio with their cats, Wrinkle and Time. Outside of GCC, Lydia can be found directing choirs at the Youth Choral Theater of Chicago, teaching private lessons, singing in mirabai, nurturing common pulse, practicing yoga, and taking too many pictures of her cats.

Lucinda Fuller

Business Administrator

Lucinda joined the Glenview Community Church staff in January 2019. Previously she worked as Financial Director for Northfield Township and the Northfield Township Food Pantry, and for a decade was Bookkeeper and Assistant Treasurer at the Glenview New Church.  Lucinda is also an alto in GCC’s Chancel Choir.

Frank Pulice

Facility Manager

Frank became the facility manager at Glenview Community Church in November 2017.  He has served as a facility manager and team leader at a number of large and small companies.  He is responsible for maintaining a safe, clean, and welcoming environment for the current and future members of the congregation.  Frank and his fiancé Peggy have two young sons.

Tania McCarthy

Administrator for Communications and Media

Tania left Morse Diesel International’s marketing department to raise her children.  After becoming a member of GCC, she joined GCC’s administrative staff, focusing particularly on design and preparation of digital and print media.

Susan Woodsome

Scheduling Coordinator

Susan is a longtime resident of Glenview and member of GCC.  After completing her degree and working in Nashville for ten years, she returned to Glenview and worked for 20 years as management in the manufacturing industry.  Beyond her general administrative support of GCC’s ministry, her work is particularly focused on facility scheduling and management.  Susan resides in Glenview with her husband Robin.