Church Operations

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.

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Council Vice President
Roz Bietzel

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 Treasurer
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 &
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!


Council Member
Jerry 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 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.

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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, although his passion is for the Lord. 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
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

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.