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Staff and Leadership

Reverend Peg Otte
Interim Pastor



Robert McConnell
Music Director

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Robert McConnellRobert McConnell has served as music director and organist at St. John’s Lutheran Church since late 2010. His contribution to the music offerings at St. John’s have mixed a deep appreciation of the traditional sacred music of the Lutheran church with more contemporary sounds by incorporating gospel, folk, rock, Latin and African music into worship.

Born in New York City, Robert began his musical training at the preparatory division of the Mannes College of Music in New York City where he studied piano, composition, and conducting. Robert received his Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University’s Henry Bienen School of Music, and later, a Master’s in orchestral conducting from Northwestern.

He maintains an active schedule as an organist, continuo player, and accompanist, and has appeared as soloist with the Erato Chamber Orchestra, the Bach Week Festival, the Renovo String Orchestra, the Northwestern Baroque Music Ensemble, and the North Shore Chamber Orchestra. Robert has received critical acclaim for his work as Music Director of the 2011 International Beethoven Festival and for his work composing 33 measure of music missing from Beethoven’s piano trio in D-major as a collaborator with the Beethoven Trio Project.

Jan Wendel
Administrative Assistant

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Jan WendelJan Wendel has been the administrative assistant here at St. John’s since 1990. Jan's ties to St. John's go back well before that, though. No less than 5 generations of Jan's family have been members of St. John's, and she herself has been a life-long member. Jan’s greatest joy in her job is working with a great team of people, as well as all the wonderful people of St. John’s. Every day is different and each day is a blessing. Jan also is the current chair of the Worship and Music Committee.

Jan and her husband, Tom, live in Des Plaines. They have one son, Eric, who lives in Woodstock, and a daughter, Amanda, who lives in Rockford. They also have 8 wonderful grandchildren.