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Pastor Hellstedt joined Prince of Peace in 2009 after serving at Grace Lutheran Church in Mount Prospect and, before that, at congregations in Park Ridge and Decatur. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA and has a masters in biblical studies from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Pastor Hellstedt has been active in interfaith work and has served on the Council of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the ELCA. His passions in ministry are preaching and teaching from the Bible, and talking with people to help them connect faith to daily life. He enjoys baseball (particularly the Cubs), anything connected with airplanes, and a good cup of coffee. He is married to Cheryl Hellstedt and they have 2 adult children.