The Rev. Kyle Severson, Pastor
Pastor Kyle became part of the St. Philip family in the summer of 2015, with a deep passion for sharing God's love and working towards reconciliation and justice in this world.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, and a Master of Divinity degree from The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Chicago, IL. He recently completed an Executive Scholars Certificate at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Nonprofit Management. Before attending seminary, he was the Director of Choirs and Choral Music Educator at Iroquois West CUSD #10 in Gilman, IL.
Pastor Kyle serves as the Chair of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod Candidacy Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Family Service Center, the Glenbrook Hospital Community Advisory Committee, the Crisis Response Network of the North Shore, and the Human Services Review Commission of Northfield Township. He recently completed a two year term as Co-Chair for the Glenview Values Project.
He lives in Glenview with his husband Clyde, who serves as the Vice President for Advancement of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and their two cats, Ezekiel and Simeon. Pastor Kyle is a member of Proclaim, the professional community for Lutheran pastors, deacons, candidates, and seminarians who publicly identify as LGBTQIA+.
Email Pastor Kyle at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 847-998-1946.
Kjel Hanson, Minister of Music
Kjel joined the ministry team at St. Philip in July 2016, have previously served other congregations in Illinois and Iowa for over 15 years. Within those capacities, he has had the opportunity to work with various age groups of volunteer and professional musicians. He feels that the Lord has called him to the ministry utilizing his musical abilities.
In addition to working at churches, Kjel also has taught music in a Catholic school and shared his abilities in performing with and giving insight to musical programming in community musical and choral groups.
Kjel resides in Wheeling with his wife LorieAnn and their Coonhound Beagle mix dog, Scout. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and six stepchildren doing various activities.
You can email Kjel at email@example.com or call him at 847-998-1946.
Gemma Batty, Parish Administrator
Gemma, pictured with her husband, Chris, and their children, Ellen and Joe, handles much of St. Philip’s communications, as well as keeping the church organized and spreading the word about St. Philip around Glenview and the surrounding community!
Gemma earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education with Drama from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom and first came to St. Philip in 2006, when she moved from England to Illinois for Chris’ job. She was a dedicated volunteer and Church Council member at St. Philip for several years, leading the church’s Education team, Sunday School, and Vacation Bible School, before taking over as Parish Administrator in April 2014.
You can email Gemma at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 847-998-1946.
Barb Kot-Mitalo, Bookkeeper
Barb started as St. Philip’s bookkeeper in January 2009 after a ten-year break from her previous full-time job. Prior to having children, Barb worked for Fox television station in Chicago. She started as a staff accountant and ended an 11-year career as the Director of Finance there in order to raise her oldest son, Eric. She really didn’t anticipate being home for ten years, but her youngest son, Jake, was diagnosed with autism just shy of his third birthday. Autism research, advocacy and volunteer work became the new norm for Barb’s life. When Jake turned seven, he started at a new school for children with autism and Barb finally felt ready to get back to work on a very part-time basis. It was the second time that she peeked at Craigslist that she saw the ad for St. Philip.
“I think God just made the match happen! It was the perfect job,” says Barb.
Barb says she is very fortunate to be able to spend time with her children and also have the opportunity to get back to working in her profession, which she really enjoys.
“St. Philip is a wonderful match for my sometimes crazy life,” Barb says.
You can email Barb at email@example.com.
Church Council and Officers
Pastor Kyle Severson, Pastor, Faith Formation and Communications Liaison
Steve Parks, President, Property and Stewardship Liaison
Melanie Chavin, Vice President and Worship and Music Team Leader
Cris Bartlett, Secretary
Michael Weidemann, Treasurer
Pam Blackstone, Outreach Team Leader
Marzee Eckhoff, Mutual Ministry Team Leader
Sharon Holmstrom, Fellowship Team Liaison
Jack Taylor, Finance Team Liaison