Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church

Our mission is to invite all people to know Jesus, grow through the power of the Holy Spirit,
and go forward to serve all God's children.

Church Operations

Meet the Church Council

Council President: Laura Hobart

Laura Hobart

Laura is a life long Lutheran. The Lutheran message of "by Grace we are saved through faith" is what gives her strength and solace. She has been a member of SOTL for 8 years. Her regular job is teaching mathematics at College of Lake County. She and her husband, Mike (Hoby), have been married for 25 years and are parents to Fox who attends the University of Minnesota and Bethany who attends Augustana College.

Council Vice President: Jeff Stoy

Jeff Stoy

Jeff has been a member at Shepherd of the Lakes since 1995. He played bass and keyboards in the contemporary band for the past five years and had been on the A/V staff prior to that. Jeff has a family of four including two sons and his interests include outdoor BBQ cooking and SCUBA diving.

Council Treasurer: Phil Lippert

Phil Lippert

Phil has attended SOTL since 1992. He has been treasurer for 7 years, a council member on multiple occasions, served on various call committees, and sings in the Shepherd's Voice Choir. He is retired from a career in finance with both Grainger and General Electric. He and Diane live in Grayslake, enjoy camping, travel, and spectator sports, and have two daughters.

Council Secretary and Parish Nurse: Evelyn Rossi

Evelyn Rossi

Evelyn has been a member of Shepherd of the lakes for 28 years since moving to Grayslake. She is currently serving as Secretary on Council and as volunteer Parish Nurse. In the summer she can be found with her husband of 45 years, Randy, sailing on Lake Michigan. She delights in a son and daughter-in-law who have blessed her with four beautiful grandchildren. God is good!

Council Member Jerry Alberte

Jerrty Alberte

Jerry Alberte moved to the Chicago area from St. Paul, Minnesota in 2009. He has spent most of his career as an Electronic Engineer, having the opportunity to live in many interesting places across the United States, Scandinavia and Asia. Jerry currently lives in Grayslake with his wife Kathy and their daughter Tinka. His hobbies include recreational physics, astronomy, mathematics, meteorology and bike riding.

Council Member Maria Anderson

Maria Anderson

Maria Anderson was born in Buenos Aires and has been a member of SOTL since the early 1995. She is currently serving her second term as a member of the church council and is active in Stitch & Tie, Senior Shepherds, helping with Pads and as Communion Assistant in the 10:30 service. Maria and her husband Cliff live in Lindenhurst, recently celebrated their 55 wedding anniversary are proud parents of four, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. In her spare time she plays bridge and golf.

Council Member Jason Harbek


Council Member Dave Meadowcroft

Dave Meadowcroft

Dave Bio

Council Member Jim Zemanek

Jim Zemanek

Jim has been a member at Shepherd of the Lakes since 2015. Jim has a family of four including two daughters McKayla and McKenna and his wife Megan. Jim loves the outdoors and enjoys spending as much time as possible on the water boating and fishing. He especially loves their family's semi-annual trips to Florida to spend time relaxing at Walt Disney World.

Opportunities to Serve

You are Needed:

Offering Counters and Financial Secretary
If you are looking for a way to help out at church with minimal time commitment, we are looking for people interested in joining the counting team. Counters are partnered with one other person to count the offerings once a month. This typically takes no more than one hour on a Sunday following the second service. Counting must be done at the church and training will be given to all volunteers.

Financial Secretary
We are also looking to fill the role of Financial Secretary. The Financial Secretary is responsible for recording the weekly offerings into the church software so that giving statements can be generated regularly. In addition, the Financial Secretary usually coordinates the counters and makes sure that counting supplies are in order. The recording of the weekly gifts can be done either at the church or from home if you are able to connect to the internet. If interested in either of these opportunities, please contact either Phil Lippert (847-651-4368) or Roz Beitzel (847-529-8054).

Ministry Needs

Operation Christmas Child
May items of the month.
Any items appropriate for ages 2 to 4 years old.

Stitch 'n Tie
We are in need of flat sheets for the backing of our quilts. So if you will be doing some “Spring Cleaning” soon, we would be glad to give them a “new home”. They can be any size, although queen & king work the best. You can drop them off in the Stitch ‘N Tie closet (just inside Luther Hall) or let Dee Sponholtz (847-223-7384) or Saline Leckman know about your donation.

Financial Donations

PADS Ministry
Since this season began in the fall of 2015 we have have served nearly 1,000 homeless guests. As we close in on the end of the season we are in need of monetary donations in order to continue providing 3 meals a week to these guests. Please consider making a donation to help this ministry continue to serve the homeless in Lake County. If you have any questions about this, please contact Karen Senase at

We Accept Electronic Donations!
Shepherd of the Lakes is pleased to offer a convenient new way to make a onetime offering or to schedule regular offerings. With our electronic giving program, you can easily set up a recurring giving schedule or make a onetime contribution. We encourage you to set up a schedule of recurring contributions. It's convenient for you and provides much-needed consistency for our church. If you are currently giving on a weekly basis, you will no longer need to write out 52 checks a year or prepare 52 envelopes. Even when travel, illness or other circumstances prevent you from attending services, our church will continue to receive your contributions on an uninterrupted basis.

To become an electronic giver, click HERE.

Monthly Council Meeting Minutes

On the second Monday of every month the Shepherd of the Lakes Council meets. The minutes that are recorded during those meeting are listed below for all who would like to view them. If you have any questions regarding these meeting or are unable to view the meeting minutes, please contact the Council Secretary Evelyn Rossi at
March 13th, 2017 Council Meeting Minutes
April 10th, 2017 Council Meeting Minutes