What We Value

Our worship is ancient and new.

We celebrate a liturgy based on ancient patterns and rituals that go back to the early centuries of Christianity. We gather each Lord's day to hear the scriptures and wrestle with their meaning for our lives today. We share the sacred meal of bread and wine and depart to serve a world in need. Though ancient, worship is always fresh and new as the gospel of Christ comes alive for our contemporary context. Time unplugged from electronic devices allows reflection and centering. Open to the Mystery we connect, strengthen and serve with joy.

Things We're For

Radical inclusivity regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, socio-economic status, sexual orientation or religious/spiritual background. Embodied gathering in real time and sacred space. Multisensory liturgy that helps us delight in God's beauty. Intentional engagement with contemporary social, theological and spiritual issues. User-friendly liturgies. Preaching that is honest about the struggles of life and the grace of God. Robust congregational singing. Reverence and joy in worship that spills over into everyday life. Cultivating empowering relationships, not only at church but everywhere. Openness to questions and faith struggles.Treasuring mystery above certainty.

Things We're Against

Power and privilege that lead to prejudice and oppression. Racism, sexism, heterosexism and ableism. A religion that claims to have all the answers. Senseless violence. Negative and hateful partisanship. Superficial responses to life's painful and difficult realities. Boring sermons. Church services that don’t connect with everyday life. Equating Christianity with the Religious Right. Indifference to injustice and suffering. Misuse of the earth and its resources.

Staff

Lead Pastor Craig Mueller

  • + Born near Williamsburg, VA
  • + Went to school at Gustavus Adolphus College
  • + Hobbies include reading, playing the piano, cooking, running, yoga, travel, all things Bach
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Pastor Mueller grew up in Longmont, Colorado and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a degree in music education. For two years he served as Minister of Music and Education at Pilgrim Lutheran in Indianapolis. He attended the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and spent his internship year at St. James Lutheran in Kansas City, Missouri. His first two calls were associate pastor positions at Resurrection Lutheran in Chicago and Gloria Dei Lutheran in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was called as pastor of Holy Trinity in 1999.

With special interests in liturgy, preaching and spirituality, Pastor Mueller has both published materials and presented workshops in those areas. Two unique publications include an essay on dreams and spiritual direction and an extensive list of suggested hymns for Sundays and festivals in Indexes to Evangelical Lutheran Worship. Craig recently received a Doctor of Ministry degree through an ecumenical program in Hyde Park. He thesis topic was: Any Body There? Embodied Worship, Virtuality, and Human Authenticity.

Craig's partner is Ernest Vasseur and they live in the Edgewater neighborhood. While not at church Craig's interests include cooking, running, yoga, biking, reading, playing the piano, and listening to Bach.

Assistant Pastor Ben Adams

  • + Born in Livonia, MI
  • + Went to school at John Carroll University
  • + Hobbies include playing sports, skateboarding, juggling
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For this bio, I am going to try something a little different, instead of trying to prove to you how well equipped I am to be a pastor by writing about all of the boring information like what seminary or university I went to, or what training I have received, I have decided to just include that in a list at the end. Ultimately those things are not going to give you a good indication of who I am, because I am much more than the places that educated and formed me.

For instance, if all you knew was my education history, you’d never know that I love to skateboard, or that I have a record collection, or that I have successfully ripped my pants while dancing at not one, but two weddings, including my own. You’ll have to ask my wife Tara about that story, she lights up when she tells it.

Furthermore, if all you gather from this bio is how I became a pastor, you’d never know that I also double as an assistant wrestling coach at the University of Chicago. So next time you think about critiquing that sermon I just gave, remember that I know how to properly perform a suplex. Just kidding... but, seriously.

Finally, I am an extrovert. This essentially means that I am energized when I am around others, but what it really means is that I love and value relationships. Not that introverts don’t love and value relationships, but I really love and value relationships like most of the time. So let’s have coffee, or lunch, or wine after Saturday night worship, and let’s get to know one another.

Now for the boring stuff ;)

  • I graduated in May 2014 from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) where I received a Masters of Divinity degree with an urban ministry emphasis.
  • Prior to seminary I received an MBA with a concentration in Finance and a BS in Business Administration, major in Economics and Finance and a minor in East Asian Studies, both from John Carroll University in University Heights, OH.
  • I have also been trained in anti-racism, community organizing, and the catechumenate.

Associate Pastor Michelle Sevig

  • + Born in Anoka, MN (near Minneapolis)
  • + Went to school at St. Cloud State University
  • + Hobbies include reading cookbooks and cooking, bargain shopping, photography and watching little league baseball games.
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Pastor Michelle L. Sevig grew up in Anoka, Minnesota a suburb of Minneapolis. She received her B.E.S., with an emphasis in Special Education and Elementary Education, from St. Cloud State University.

She was very active in her church as a youth and young adult and felt a call to ministry while in high school. Three days after graduating from college she began seminary at Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Michelle's internship was with an urban congregation in Jersey City, New Jersey and her first call in 1994 was to a rural congregation in Volga, South Dakota.

In 1996 she moved to Chicago with her partner, and since then has served as Interim Pastor in three different congregations and Director for Women and Leadership and Ministry for the ELCA.

Since 1999 she has served as a part-time pastor at Holy Trinity with an emphasis in Children and Family Ministry. Currently she also works part-time as a hospice chaplain with NorthShore University Health System.

Michelle and her partner, Julie Sevig, have three children--Peder, Oliver and Annika. Together they enjoy living in the Edgewater neighborhood and value the "small town" feel of knowing their neighbors, shopping at local stores and eating in neighborhood restaurants

Parish Administrator Joshua Judd-Herzfeldt

  • + Born in Manitoba, Canada
  • + Went to school at Pacific Lutheran University
  • + Hobbies include reading, cooking, biking, comics, web-design, programming
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Josh was born in Canada but moved to Oregon at age ten where he was raised by two Lutheran pastor parents. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA with Bachelors degrees in Religion and Music. He went on to receive his Masters of Theology from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

After graduation from LSTC in 2009, Josh took the position of Parish Administrator here at Holy Trinity where he in in charge of day-to-day activities in the office including email, phone, bulletins, e-news, website and pretty much anything else that needs doing around the church.

Though he has degrees in humanities, Josh has a great passion for science and technology. Specifically he is interested in computer programming and web design and in fact designed this very site from the ground up!

Josh lives with his wife, Caroline in the Uptown neighborhood. When not running around the church, Josh enjoys cooking, working out, reading, biking, programming and playing board games.

Musician Daniel Schwandt

In addition to Saturday evening services at Holy Trinity, Daniel is the Cantor to the Seminary Community at The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and Cantor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Edgewater.

Ministry Partners

Holy Trinity in Lakeview offers Sunday School, adult formation, and other programming. We hope to soon announce mid-week events and volunteer opportunities in the South Loopp. Those living downtown may currently attend midweek events or volunteer through Grace Episcopal Church. This ecumenical venture represents the relationship of full communion between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Episcopal Church. Additional ministry partners include the Lutheran-Episcopal South Loop Campus Ministry and The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.