Church Operations

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Council Meetings

The Shepherd of the Lakes church council meets on the second Monday of every month. The minutes that are recorded during these meetings are available for all who would like to view them. If you would like to receive a copy of the latest meeting minutes, please contact the Council Secretary Evelyn Rossi at

Meet the Church Council


Council President
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
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.

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Council Treasurer
Roz Beitzel

Roz has done a little bit of everything since becoming a member of Shepherd of the Lakes. Currently, she enjoys attending and creating the PowerPoint slides for the Saturday night service. Roz is a life long lover of cheese and secretly would like to be considered a ‘Cheesehead’ without moving to Wisconsin. Roz enjoys retail therapy, dipping her toes in a pool and the occasional roller coaster ride.


Council Secretary &
Parish Nurse
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!

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Council Member
Scott Prentice

Scott has been a member at Shepherd of the Lakes since 2016 and were introduced to SOTL by their daughter Anna. Scott and his wife Julie are originally from New Zealand. They moved to Grayslake in 1993 and 2 of their 4 children live with them. Their older kids and 3 grandchildren live in New Zealand. Scott is heavily involved with Boy Scouts, loves the outdoors, sailing, scuba and hiking. Scott has lived and worked in 5 countries and for the last 28 years has been travelling the world for his work.

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Council Member
Amy Nielsen

Amy and her Family have been members of SOTL since 2011. She previously helped teach Sunday’s Cool for 5 years, and is currently the newest member of the Council. Amy and her husband Marc enjoy spending time with their children Brenden (15), and Morgan (13), mostly on the baseball and softball fields throughout Lake County. When not watching or playing softball herself, Amy enjoys cooking, gardening, and vacationing with her Family.

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Council Member
Jason Harbek

Jason has been a Grayslake resident for 15 years and a member of Shepherd of the Lakes for 3 years. His professional vocation is aviation.  He enjoys playing guitar, jogging and spending time with his wife, Janet, and 3 year old son, Aidan.


Council Member
Dave Meadowcroft

Dave and his family have been members here at Shepherd of the Lakes for 20 years. Dave won’t tell you this, but secretly, he is a huge fan of the Packers and especially their quarterback, Aaron Rogers. In the summer you can find Dave manning the soundboard and computer for VBS. In the winter he is often seen as one of Santa’s helpers.


Council Member
Margot Krause

Margot became a member of Shepherd of the Lakes in 1984, when she married her husband (a Charter Member) and is a lifelong resident of Lake County.  Margot currently serves as a Communion Assistant and as a Greeter, previously she served as a Sunday School Teacher and Sunday School Superintendent.  She and her husband have 2 children and are new grandparents!  She has become an avid Cubs fan and loves family trips to Disney!

Opportunities to Serve

You are Needed:

Offering Counters
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.


Ministry Needs

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
The PADS season began the first Monday in October here at Shepherd of the Lakes. During the season we not only provide a warm place to sleep but also 2 hot meals and a sack lunch. 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 Reverend Ellen Arthur here at Shepherd of the Lakes.