Staff & Partners

Joel T. Lohafer, Pastor

Pastor Joel has been blessed to be married to his wife Annie for 34 years and they have three grown children: Jessica, Andrew and Elisabeth. He loves being a pastor, and especially enjoys visiting members of the congregation and getting to know people in the community! His sermons are down to earth, easy to understand and relevant to daily life. He has been in the ministry a little over 27 years and believes there is a place for everyone in the church.

In his spare time Pastor Joel likes to go to Cubs games, drink countless cups of coffee and warily cheer for the Packers. You can contact Pastor Joel by calling CLC at 847.358.4600, or emailing him.

Vera Wisniewski, Music Director & Ken Spengler, Organist

Vera has a B.A. from Blackburn College, Carlinville, IL, is married to Michael and resides in Palatine. They have a son, in Montana, and a daughter, son-in-law and two young granddaughters who live in Hoffman Estates.

“A quick internet search provided the following information: The word “praise” appears 363 times in the Bible (NIV).  The word “sing” appears 122 times.  Those statistics would indicate that we all need to be coming together to “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!” (Psalm 100)  I am grateful for the opportunity to minister to God’s people through music and look forward to making a joyful noise with voices and instruments! (I also have a heart for Deaf Ministry — ask me how to “make a joyful noise” with your hands!)”

Ken grew up in Chicago and taught chemistry at Palatine High School for 35 years.
Music has always been a pleasant sideline for him. Ken began playing the organ at Christ Lutheran Church in 1967.

Tracy McClure, Youth Director

Tracy is pictured here with Brian, her husband of three years.  She is originally from Aurora, IL where she still resides . Tracy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Western Illinois University in December 2005 and shortly thereafter, she began working within the Customer Service and Finance Departments at Nalco Company in Naperville. Tracy’s career at Nalco spanned twelve years. It was during this time that Tracy became more involved with the senior high and Sunday School ministries at her home church, St. Timothy Lutheran in Naperville. After embarking on a mission trip to Tanzania in 2011, Tracy decided to follow her call to youth ministry and enrolled at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. During her years at LSTC, Tracy served a year-long internship at St. Mark’s Lutheran in Aurora; where she further developed her skills with high school, Confirmation, Sunday School and adult ministries. Tracy graduated with a Master of Arts in Ministry from LSTC in May 2015. In her spare time, Tracy enjoys reading, writing, crocheting, traveling and watching/playing baseball. Tracy is very excited to be a part of Christ Lutheran Church and can’t wait to see where this new adventure leads!

Theresa Greinig, Sunday School Superintendent

Theresa was born and raised in the Chicagoland area and has enjoyed living in Iowa and Nebraska as well. Theresa and her husband, Karl, returned to Illinois in 2001 and was blessed to add a son, Joshua, to her family in 2008. With 18 years teaching experience and an M.S.Ed, specializing in Curriculum and Instruction, Theresa feels blessed to be the Sunday School Superintendent and looks forward to guiding the children as they grow in God’s eternal and unconditional love.

Maggie Burton, Administrative/Financial Assistant

Maggie was born and raised in Indiana, moving to Palatine 26 years ago. Maggie has three daughters and three grandchildren. She attended Indiana State University with an Associate degree in Business Administration.  She has worked for nearly 30 years as a  bookkeeper, the last 20 in church bookkeeping.

15 of those years have been here at CLC. In the Fall of 2016, she also accepted the role of Administrative Assistant.

In her spare time Maggie enjoys traveling  and visiting with family and friends.