Concordia Lutheran Church Staff

Concordia Lutheran Church Staff 2017-08-18T15:12:16+00:00

Our staff at Concordia Lutheran Church looks forward to seeing you at our next Sunday Service and welcoming you to our Christian faith community of Chicago.

Reverend Nicholas J. Zook
Reverend Nicholas J. ZookPastor

The Reverend Nicholas J. Zook leads Concordia Lutheran Church’s ministries of worship, education, and service at large. Pastor Zook has served Concordia Church 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.

Rev. Adam C. Varner
Rev. Adam C. VarnerAssociate Pastor
773-463-1600, ext. 402

Pastor Adam is Concordia’s full-time Associate Pastor. Born and raised in Austin, TX, Pastor Adam moved to the northeast for college, and then worked for several years in Washington, DC before moving to Chicago to attend seminary, where he attended the University of Chicago Divinity School. He lives in Chicago’s Irving Park neighborhood with his wife Hen, daughter Grace, and dog Charlotte. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, trying new foods, and reading anything by Marilynne Robinson.

Our Pastors

Pastor Zook’s favorite quote
For what has been—thanks! For what shall be—yes!
Dag Hammarskjold

Pastor Adam’s favorite quote
Vocation is the place where our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.
Fredrick Buechner

A note from our Pastors
We hope you are inspired by what you learn about the ministries of Concordia Lutheran Church and choose to get involved in our community; to live your faith more deeply in an atmosphere where you feel you belong and experience joy; to embrace opportunities you didn’t know you had and where you feel led to share the same impact in the lives of others.

We welcome you to join us for worship, participate in our community activities and events, get involved in volunteer outreach, and get connected with others who are inspired to put their faith to work.

If you have any questions about how to get involved, our Concordia Lutheran Church staff is more than happy to help you!

Jen Phillips
Jen PhillipsDirector of Ministry Outreach

At Concordia Lutheran Church, Jen focuses on the church’s expansion, community engagement, and oversight of general church operations. Jen has over 17 years of administrative experience and received her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University and recently completed her certificate in church administration.

Jeri Higgins
Jeri HigginsInterim Administrative Assistant
Fax: 773-935-0414

Jeri is the Interim Administrative Assistant for Concordia Lutheran Church. Jeri prepares materials for Sunday worship and membership communications. She also works with our pastors and church volunteers to develop Sunday School materials, Confirmation information, volunteer activities, and membership support. Jeri has been a part of the Concordia family in various roles since 2012.

Yana Reznik
Yana ReznikMusic Director & Organist

Acclaimed Pianist and Organist Yana Reznik is Concordia’s Worship and Music Director. Yana grew up in Moscow, Russia and studied piano performance since she was six years old. Yana’s education all resides in piano performance including her high school diploma, Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, and Postgraduate Degree. She has become an international soloist, touring worldwide for many years, while also leading numerous choirs and developing music programs in congregations across the country.

Jennifer Kelly
Jennifer KellyMusic Leader at Concordia on Whipple
Concordia Church is blessed to have Jennifer Kelly as the Music Leader of worship services at Concordia Church on Whipple. In addition to helping plan what music will be incorporated into the Sunday morning services, she and her husband Kevin, provide instrumental accompaniment and help lead the congregation in worship through the beauty of song.

Concordia Lutheran Church Leaders

From Sunday School assistant to Church Council member, Concordia Lutheran Church thrives due to the leadership displayed by our community.  Read more about what draws people to Concordia Church below.

“The role of the church is to serve our mission and meet people where they are and provide service that add value and inspires the lives of people.”

“It inspires me to get to be part of a new work-to help develop new things-to help create and plan and dream and be a part of what God is doing.”

“Our outreach into the community has been an inspirational experience to see how working with Children-Teens-Adults-Seniors can bring such joy to their lives. We have been blessed in our ministry with Pastors who are passionate thru worship and God’s mission of touching those who are in need.”