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Rev. Nicholas J. Zook, Pastor

Rev. Nicholas J. Zook has served as Concordia's Pastor since 1981. He brings a commitment to the ministry of the church that emphasizes the importance of worship in our lives and also engages us in service to the community around us. Believing firmly in the words of the eucharistic dismissal, "Go in peace, serve the Lord," Pastor Zook emphasizes the dynamic of finding spiritual peace and nurturing in the worship while being challenged to practice one's faith through service and ministry in the community.

Rev. Adam C. Varner, Associate Pastor

Rev. Adam C. Varner is Concordia’s Associate Pastor. He is the lead pastor for our new worshipping community at Concordia on Whipple and can also be found occasionally leading worship and other activities at Concordia on Seeley. Born and raised in Austin, TX, Pastor Adam moved to the Northeast for college, and then worked for several years in Washington, DC before attending seminary at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Pastor Adam’s office is in the Resource Center at Concordia on Whipple (3300 N. Whipple).

Jennifer Phillips, Director of Ministry Outreach

Jen Phillips is Director of Missions at Concordia, which includes a focus on our expansion and how we engage our communities, as well as, oversight responsibilities for church operations. Jen has over 17 years of administrative experience and received her Masters in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University and in March 2016 completed her certificate in church adminstration.

Erin Outson, Parish Administrator

Erin is the Parish Administrator for Concordia Church. Erin prepares materials for Sunday worship and membership communications. She also works with the pastors and church volunteers to develop Sunday School and Confirmation materials, an outreach program, volunteer activities and provides membership support. For the past seven years Erin has worked in non-profits in many different capacities, working with children, the arts and church ministries.

Music Director, Organist

Pianist and organist Yana Reznik is joining Concordia as our Worship and Music Director. Yana grew up in Moscow, Russia, where her grandmother and mother were professional singers at the Russian Orthodox Church, influencing her to fall in love with sacred music since the day she was born. Yana studied piano performance since she was 6 years old and has become an international soloist, touring worldwide for many years. She received her high school, bachelors, masters and post graduate diplomas in piano performance in New York and Los Angeles. When Yana was 18, she started her first Music Director / organist position at a Catholic Parish in NYC. Since then, Yana has led numerous choirs and developed music programs in congregations. Yana moved to Chicago with her husband two years ago where he is pursuing his Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of Chicago.

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