The Lutheran Church of Martha and Mary began when Edwin and Florence Friesendorf donated the land. The breaking of the ground began on June 1963. As our church membership grew, we began finishing the interior. We held our first worship service on December 22, 1963. The congregation was officially organized on March 15, 1964 with 115 baptized members. In October 1986 there was a fire that ruined the new pipe organ and much of the building. The church and pipe organ were rededicated on February 14, 1988. On January 1, 1988 LCMM became a member of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
Since we began we have continued to grow and build our ministries through our pastors that have joined our church. We continue to grow our youth group, Sunday School, Mission Team, and various others that are dear to our hearts. We continue to grow in faith and community
Pastor Jessica A. Harren
Pastor Jess Harren began as our Pastor on Feb. 18, 2020. Pastor Jess knows that God created her and she deeply loves Jesus because he has brought her to healing more times than she can count. She assists the Holy Spirit in deepening discipleship by meeting people where they are because that’s where the Holy Spirit always meets her! You can learn much more about Pastor Jess and listen to her sermons at http://pastorjess.com.
She comes to us with experience in many areas of ministry including children/youth, discipleship, and creative worship/preaching. Her expertise is in inspiring discipleship and creating worship that is welcoming to all, including those with disabilities and the LGBTQIA+ community. Along with her MA in counseling, she has an additional 80 hours of training in sexual assault and domestic violence victim advoacy.
Pastor Jess is the volunteer Pastor developer for a church plant called Open Heart faith gathering. She is a member of Proclaim and provides group and individual coaching for other church leaders through Spark Faith. She serves on Metro Chicago Synod’s Anti-Racism team Another Pebble and on the European Descent Lutheran Association for Racial Justice. She is excited to make LCMM her long-term home.
Pastor Jess lives in Schaumburg, IL with her husband, and child, plus two cats, Mai Tai (because tails look like straws) and Gandalf the Gray (because her family is kinda geeky). Pastor Jess loves to read (book recommendations are always welcome!), to hang out with people (invitations welcome!) prays while building with Legos, and is excited to share a journey of faith and service with LCMM and the surrounding community.
Michael is a classically trained pianist with degrees in performance from the University of Illinois and New England Conservatory of Music. Michael served Lutheran congregations in Queens, New York and Norwood Park, Illinois before coming to LCMM in 2001. He enjoys playing in a wide variety of styles with each of the musical groups—Choir, Moving Mountains (worship band) and Bell Choir.
His hobbies include reading and spending time with his wife and son.
Ann has been a member of Martha and Mary all her life. Having gone through Sunday School and the Youth Group here and raising her own 3 children in this church, she wanted to give back and offer the kids of our church some of the same faith foundation that she received. She became Christian Education Director and that is the calling she has followed for 21 years.
Ann is a Middle School Resource teacher and combines her love and understanding of children with her deep appreciation of the impact of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit in their lives... Not to mention finding creative and fun ways to present this appreciation to the children.
Nicole has been the youth leader for Martha and Mary for the past 15 years. She loves spending time in learning, service and fellowship with the youth of our church. Nicole has taken the youth to the ELCA National Gatherings, weekend retreats at Lutherdale, service work, lock-ins, and various other events in between. Nicole has been a member of Martha and Mary since she was born, and now brings her own family each Sunday. She is married with two sons and a daughter. Besides being the youth leader, she also play bells, lector, teach Sunday school for the youth.
Outside of church, she works part time as a civil engineer, enjoys her time with my family and friends, does yoga and (on the rare occasion she has time) snuggle up with a good book.