Leadership


  • Pastor: Daniel ruen

    Daniel Ruen was born in the the South Bronx, NYC, where his father was pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran church on 140th Street and Willis Avenue. PD grew up in Shorewood, just north of Milwaukee. Pastor Ruen earned a degree in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2000. In 2001, he entered Luther Seminary in St. Paul, and served Mount Olive Lutheran Church as Vicar for the 2003-2004 academic year. He lives with his family in Evanston. Pastor Ruen has been serving Grace since May of 2007. You can email Daniel HERE

  • Director of music: Mark bowman

    Mark brings many years of experience as a church musician and worship leader in Chicago-area churches and seminaries. He is an international voice for enlivening music in churches everywhere. We are excited to have his gifts at Grace. When commenting on the role of music in his own life, Mark writes, "I formed a deep love for music in diverse forms and how it animated my life and the human spirit." Mark has been the Director of Music at Grace since 2012, and he leads a growing choir ministry. You can email Mark HERE

  • Parish ADMINISTRAtor: Marie O'Brien

    Marie O’Brien runs the office at Grace. Her background is in education, having worked in museum outreach, ESL, and violence prevention. She is part of the Green Team at Grace, and has worked at Grace since 2013.


    You can email Marie HERE

    (The office is open Monday, then Wednesday-Friday, starting at 10am)

  • Director of children's ministry: Liz Laughlin

    You can email Liz HERE