Interim Pastor – The Rev. Dr. Kim Beckmann
Pastor Beckmann started as interim pastor this past July 2nd. She is a graduate of the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. Together with her husband The Rev. Fredric Kinsey, she served a 20 year pastorate in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Since returning to Chicago, Pastor Beckmann has served as Director of Candidacy at the ELCA churchwide offices and now as an interim pastor in Chicago.
Director of Music – Rebecca Barbalace
Rebecca Barbalace has been Director of Music at Grace Lutheran Church since 2005. A professional accompanist, she maintains a varied background in music ranging from liturgical church & classical music to experience in studio session work & bands. She is also the Director of The Piano Authority Studio & Workshop LLC where she teaches private & group piano, voice & trumpet. Her greatest joy is working with young musicians, whom she believes can develop critical soft skills through music education & music activities. In her spare time she enjoys being with her husband Frank & 2 sons, Adam & Michael. She also enjoys playing baroque recorder, genealogy research & watching her favorite TV show NCIS. She & her family reside in Elmwood Park.
Administrative Assistant – Dianne Cravens
Dianne has been Grace’s part-time administrative assistant since November 2016. Her main duties in the office include preparing the weekly bulletin and readings, paying invoices and processing payroll. She enjoys the opportunity to assist the members of Grace as they carry out their ministry. Dianne has a B.A. from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and has held previous positions in the education field.