As a church with a democratic, congregational structure, Minnekirken’s Voter’s Assembly – and the Church Council members they elect – provide both essential direction to the congregation and support to the staff, in accordance with our Constitution and By-Laws. Besides our resident Pastor and staff, Minnekirken is also blessed to host visiting clergy, educators, youth workers, and others who come from Norway to serve the church on temporary assignments.
Pastor, David Schoenknecht
The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church’s resident Pastor is currently the Rev. David Schoenknecht—PastorMDiv: Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO; MA in Environmental Ethics: DePaul University, Chicago, IL. Rev. Schoenknecht has three decades of pastoral and professorial experience. In addition to serving Minnekirken, he continues to be an employee of 1517 Media/Sparkhouse Publishers of Minneapolis, MN and an adjunct professor of Religious Studies at Rockford University. He lives in Elgin, IL and is married to Lynn. They have three adult children and four grandchildren. Pastor’s favorite Bible passage comes from Nehemiah 8:10: “The joy of the Lord is your strength!”
Parish Administrator and Caretaker, Susan Tokich
Susan was born and raised in Chicago. She has also lived in Florida for 9 years. She holds a BS in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Susan spent 9 years as a Deputy Sheriff in Chicago – as well as 6 years in Florida – before deciding to return home. Susan has one daughter and one granddaughter with whom she loves spending time. As the Parish Administrator, Susan assists the Pastor, maintains the records of the church, and performs general administrative work. As the Caretaker, Susan maintains the cleanliness of the church and parsonage, schedules service repairs, and performs minor repairs.
Music Director, Yeeseon Kwon
Dr. Yeeseon Kwon directs the seasonal choir and supports the weekly worship service by performing a variety of organ and piano music. Dr. Kwon is pianist as well as an associate professor at Roosevelt University, where she teaches piano musicianship and piano pedagogy, bringing both expertise and scholarship. Dr. Kwon is also on the Music Academy faculty at Northwestern University, where she enjoys providing adult group instruction and teaching students of all ages. Dr. Kwon has published numerous new music reviews and articles, and was formerly an editor of keyboard music. Dr. Kwon is in demand as an adjudicator, workshop clinician, and conference and masterclass presenter. Her performances include international solo and collaborative engagements in the United States and Russia.
Congregation President Beverly Covyeau
Growing up in Logan Square, Beverly frequently attended Minnekirken with her grandmother, Agnes Lindgren. Being raised in the Norwegian culture, she celebrated many Norwegian traditions with her family. Syttende Mai, which at the time took place in Humboldt Park, was Beverly's favorite. Her son, Christian, was baptized and confirmed at Minnekirken. He is currently a Trustee on Minnekirken's Board of Directors. Beverly and her husband, Ray, live in the city, west of Logan Square. Beverly is a Real Estate Broker in Chicago; she also enjoys working and managing the properties that she and her husband own. She still has fond memories of visiting her cousins in Skien, Norway. Beverly feels privileged and honored to have served as Council President over the past few years.
Board of Trustees
The name of the board members and their positions will appear here.
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