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.
Sonia works full time as Parish Secretary. She has worked for the congregation of Prince of Peace, initially part time and now full time, since June of 1989. Sonia greets visitors and members, in person and on the phone, with a smile. She maintains and schedules the church calendar, prepares the weekly bulletins, coordinates mailings, orders office supplies, & monitors office equipment. She also provides information and assistance to other staff members, boards and committees.
Lisa earned her undergraduate degree in Physical Education and Health and her master’s degree in Health Sciences. Lisa taught preschool at Prince of Peace for nine years and was also assistant director for seven years. Lisa believes that every child is a unique individual and that as teachers we need to help them develop in their own unique way. Lisa also believes that children learn best from exploring the environment around them and through their own natural curiosity as well as modeling the adults in their lives. Lisa’s goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment where children can learn and grow through the patient and loving hands of the teachers who guide and teach them.
Scott has served as Director of Music for Prince of Peace since 2003. Scott directs the Adult Choir, Handbell Choir, Children’s Choirs, and instrumental ensembles, and coordinates the Community Concert Series. He has held similar posts with prior congregations at Lyonsville Congregational Church, Gary United Methodist, and Living Lord Lutheran Church. Scott holds a Masters in Music from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Music from DePaul University.
In addition to his church responsibilities, Scott has an active performance schedule and regularly appears with the Chicago Symphony Chorus and Grant Park Chorus. He has additional professional credits with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, Florentine Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Ravinia Festival, and as national anthem soloist for the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls. Further, he serves on the voice faculty and is the music director for the theater department at Elmhurst College. He, his wife Kristina and their four children, Emily, Benton, Jennifer and Carrie, reside in Elmhurst, IL.
Karen has been a member of the staff of Prince of Peace since August, 1994. Under Karen’s direction, Prince of Peace has developed a vibrant family and children’s ministry centered on a series of “stepping stones” of faith. She coordinates the Sunday School and Vacation Bible School programming and facilitates a variety of retreat experiences including mission trips. She coordinates various Bible studies and service opportunities for adults. Karen is a certified Youth Minister through the Center for Youth Ministries at Wartburg Theological Seminary.