Pastor Tom Johnson
"My hope and prayer is to partner with the people at First Saint Paul's in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with the Chicagoland community. As Christians we have a treasure trove of hope, meaning, and assurance of forgiveness and eternal life. Come by and visit us for worship or drop by the church office. You are always welcome and I look forward to meeting you."
Pastor Tom Johnson was born in Lafayette, Indiana and grew up in West Lafayette near Purdue University’s campus. He attended Indiana University as a music performance major studying classical guitar before changine to linguistics and Spanish. He attended Dallas Theological Seminary where he earned a Master of Theology degree with an emphasis in intercultural church planting. He also earned a Master of Arts degree from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana and became an ordained servant of the Word in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.
Pastor Tom served several church plantings in Texas and Sweden before he was called to plant Christ the King Presbyterian Church in El Paso, Texas which continues to thrive today. He has also served two LCMS congregations, Saint Luke Lutheran Church (Wheaton, KS) and
Saint Paul Lutheran Church (Melrose Park, IL).
In May 2010, he received a Doctorate in Ministry from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago with an emphasis in urban preaching. He has three children: Natalie (18), Daniel (16), and Joseph (13). The whole family enjoys music including voice, piano, guitar, oboe, English horn, trombone, trumpet, and flute.
Pastor Johnson was installed as Pastor of First Saint Paul's Lutheran on May 8, 2011.
Director of Family Ministry and Outreach
Marlo Schulz has lived all over the Midwest, most recently residing in Oklahoma. She earned Bachelor of Science degree in interior design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. God chose to redirect her life in 2001, leading her to serve as the interim youth director at Bethany Lutheran Church in Overland Park, KS. Marlo eventually returned to school to earn certification as a director of christian education from Concordia University Nebraska in 2005.
Since earning her certification, Marlo served as an intern and called DCE at St. Peter Lutheran in St. Joseph, MO for 2 ½ years. She also served Lutheran Urban Mission Agency in Kansas City, MO at a coffee house art gallery ministry as overseer of the art gallery. She then volunteered at the Urban Scholastic Center in Kansas City, KS, and was eventually brought on as staff to direct Life Enrichment, an after-school discipleship and leadership program for fourth and fifth graders.
In 2011-12, Marlo served St. Matthew Church and three Lutheran schools in Hong Kong, teaching the English language to students there. Marlo returned to the US and began looking for a full time DCE role while working part time jobs in the ministry. In early 2015, she applied for an alternative teaching certification program and was placed in Oklahoma to teach third grade.
Marlo was overjoyed to receive the inquiry from First Saint Paul’s regarding the position of director of family ministry and outreach in 2015 and accepted the call after prayerful consideration. She has settled into her new life in Chicago and is enjoying the First Saint Paul's community. We give thanks for Marlo and the new perspectives on ministry that she brings to our congregation of faith.
Laurie Bart graduated from Concordia University Chicago in 2011 with a degree in English. After graduation, Laurie worked as the dispatch supervisor and liutenant of communications in Concordia's Public Safety Department until February 2015, when she became part-time church secretary at First Saint Paul's.
Laurie and her husband, John, have been members at First Saint Paul's since 2013. They both sing in the choir. Laurie is also an active oboist and regularly plays, along with other talented musicians, for our services and seasonal concerts.
Steven Wente is cantor and has been an active church musician for many years. He is professor of music and serves as the music department chair and coordinator of the graduate music programs at Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, Illinois. He teaches applied organ, music history and church music.
Steven holds undergraduate and masters degrees from Concordia and a doctorate in organ performance from Northwestern University.
Steven's wife Susan is also a graduate of Concordia, River Forest, with BA and MCM degrees. They have two adult children, Margaret Danilovich, a physical therapist and the organist at First Saint Paul's, and Karla, who is also a physical therapist in Chicago.
Margaret Danilovich has played organ at First Saint Paul's since the fall 2009. Margaret attended Concordia University, River Forest where her piano teachers included Craig Sale, Daniela Mineva, and Kuang-Hao Huang. She studied organ with Steven Wente.
During college, she was an active recitalist, accompanist, and sang with the Kapelle choir. Margaret earned a doctorate in physical therapy from Northwestern University in 2007 and currently is a physical therapist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
Pastor Delayne Pauling
Pastor Delayne Pauling attended Concordia College (now Concordia University) Saint Paul, MN and Concordia Theological Seminary, Saint Louis, MO. Early in his career, he served as a student chaplain in Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole, WY.
Upon graduation, Pastor was assigned as missionary-at-large to the Lutheran Church of Bloomfield Township, an LCMS mission church in suburban Detroit, MI. Under his direction, the church grew, relocated, built a new building, and became Cross of Christ Lutheran Church.
He accepted a call as senior pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Glen Ellen, IL. Later he accepted an executive position at Carson Pirie Scott & Company in Chicago, IL, while becoming a worker-priest pastor actively involved in student ministry.
Pastor Pauling returned to the ministry full time in 1979, and accepted the challenge of starting a LCMS mission church in Downers Grove, IL. The church grew, and became Cross of Christ Lutheran Church.
He accepted First Saint Paul's call to be senior pastor in 1982, and was instrumental in starting the Community Meals Program still held on Saturdays, serving meals to those less fortunate in our community. Pastor retired in June 2005 and was granted emeritus status after serving the congregation for twenty-three years. Rather than the congregation presenting him with a gift at retirement, Pastor asked the funds be redirected toward a major landscaping project.
Churches Pastor Pauling served include:
- Cross of Christ Lutheran Church (Bloomfield Hills, MI)
- Cross of Christ Lutheran Church (Downers Grove, IL)
- First Saint Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church (Chicago)
- Gloria Christi Lutheran Church (Northwestern University, Evanston IL)
- Grace Lutheran Church (Glen Ellyn, IL)
- Saint Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church (Huntington, Long Island NY