Pastor – Linda Misewicz-Perconte
Pastor Linda is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and Garrett-Evangelical Seminary in Evanston. She is a wife, mother and grandmother. Linda has served urban, suburban, and rural congregations. While a pastor in Northern Illinois she served 4 years near Fox Lake, 9 years in Aurora and 12 years in Woodridge.
As she begins her 7th year of ministry at Ravenswood Fellowship, she is excited about all of the possibilities God is giving in the Ravenswood neighborhood, the city of Chicago, and the church community. The church’s close connection to the Night Ministry is of special interest as it helps the church share food with our brothers and sisters in Chicago. Ravenswood Fellowship UMC is a reconciling congregation and trusts that” all means all”. We welcome all and want to do the work of building relationships with people of all backgrounds, sexual orientations, and ethnicities.
“Our church building is a lively place, beginning with meaningful worship and fellowship. Many groups take advantage of our building for athletic activities, musical events, and mental health counseling. Of special importance is our non for profit work and Midori fair trade market.” Linda enjoys mentoring younger pastors, getting to know neighbors, visiting in homes and hospitals, and making her Sunday morning messages relevant to everyday people. She values the difference Jesus makes in our lives as we face the challenges and opportunities the city presents.
“We must move forward to further justice and peace in as fearless a way as possible.” Pastor Linda
Deacon – Gloria Grasse
Gloria Grasse is a Deacon in the United Methodist Church as well as a counselor with the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy. She has a particular interest in the impact of the creative process on the psychological and spiritual transformation of individuals. Gloria recently worked with homeless and marginalized individuals in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. She has a master of arts in pastoral care and counseling from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary where she is completing a PhD in pastoral theology, personality and culture. Her research addresses the concept of the Divine as it relates to groups and individuals struggling with trauma. Gloria has been working with couples and individuals for five years. She works with clients around issues of identity, vocation and the creative process. Gloria has worked extensively with individuals in recovery from addiction as well as abuse survivors; addressing their experiences with anxiety and depression while working toward the development of life-giving skills.
Music Director – Jonathan Hannau
Jonathan is a Chicago-based composer who hails from New England. Starting his musical career as a classically-trained pianist, his exposure to experimental and avant-garde music as an undergraduate sparked an interest in composition. In 2014, he was the winner of the Kleinman Composition Competition for his chamber piece Petite Counterpoint. An avid pianist and performer of new music, he currently plays in two Chicago-based groups: Ursa Ensemble and Disquiet Music Ensemble, both of which perform contemporary and classical music during their concert seasons. Jonathan completed his graduate studies at Roosevelt University and undergraduate studies at DePaul University where he studied composition with Stacy Garrop, Kyong Mee Choi, Kurt Westerberg, Christopher Jones, Seung-Won Oh and piano with Jelena Dirks. While at DePaul he was the recipient of the George & Rita Flynn Endowed Scholarship in composition. Additionally, while at Roosevelt, he served as a teaching assistant in music theory specializing in 20th century techniques. Jonathan maintains the position of music director for the Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist church and liturgy pianist for the St. Vincent DePaul Catholic church. He also serves as piano and composition teacher at Access Contemporary Music.