Meet Our Leaders

St. Andrew’s is a student-led campus church; you can meet our staff and leadership below. Each year we elect a 9-month Church Council from active participants, most of whom are UIUC students. We hire two undergrads annually who serve as Student Ministers, and this year our Music Minister is also a UIUC undergraduate. Our Board of Trustees is comprised of supportive members of area ELCA congregations.

Student Minister of Faith in Action Student
Brendan O’Shaughnessy 

Brendan is a senior at the University of Illinois studying Sculpture and Environmental Science. “I am excited to continue finding new and engaging ways to spread Christ’s message of radical love and inclusion for all. As a student minister, I believe this revolutionary  message is rooted in service and charitable acts for marginalized groups. In addition, I am committed to providing a faith-filled community for groups that have been and continue to be unfairly persecuted by the Church. I am particularly interested in the ways in which these communities of faith can be at the forefront of climate justice, sustainable consumption, and environmental restoration.”
faithinactionsm@gmail.com

 

Student Minister of Communications
Emilie Schramer


Emilie is a sophomore pursuing a dual degree in Linguistics and Speech and Hearing Science, with a minor in Spanish. “I have been attending St. Andrew’s since the start of my freshman year at UIUC, and I am now honored to be your Student Minister of Communications as well as serving on the Council. I look forward to contributing to the wonderful community here through my roles at St. Andrew’s.”
communicationssm.salc@gmail.com

 

 

Music Minister
Nathan Waterson

Nathan is currently a Sophomore here at UIUC majoring in Choral Music Education.

“I am new to St. Andrew’s, but I have attended an ELCA Lutheran Church my entire life, and am so excited to be joining a new church on campus! I am also stoked to be your Music Minister! My role is to organize everything music-related here at St. Andrew’s. Not only do I accompany services, but I reach out to YOU to get involved in sharing music as well. I look forward to getting to know everyone, and hope to share some wonderful music together!”

Pastor and Director
Pastor Amy C. Thoren

Pastor Amy  holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College and an MDiv from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She studied and lived in Germany before being ordained in 2004, and she served 2 congregations in the other twin cities (Mpls/St Paul) before landing in Central IL. She loves biking, music, arts, language, composting with worms, and all things sustainably green. She often has more questions than answers, and she believes young adults and students are wonderfully honest about the intersection of their lives, their studies, the institutional church, and both faith and doubt. She believes the church is about a community of love formed by God’s radical grace known in Christ, and she’s eager to meet you for coffee or lunch. pastor.amy.salc@gmail.com

Office Administrator
Mary Corkery

Mary is so excited to be joining the St. Andrew’s community as your Administrative Assistant! She grew up in Urbana and has recently returned to town after moving to St. Louis for school where she received a degree in Theological Studies, and a minor in Human Resources Management. Mary returned to the US in March after living in Hungary since August for her YAGM “year”. When not working, you will find Mary chilling in her hammock, visiting friends, spending time with family, or binging tv shows. Mary loves food, both eating it and making it and is excited to be back on a college campus and getting to know you all!. lutherancampuscenter@gmail.com

 

Church Council

Council President
Brendan O’Shaughnessy

Brendan is a senior at the University of Illinois studying Sculpture and Environmental Science. “I am excited to continue finding new and engaging ways to spread Christ’s message of radical love and inclusion for all. As a student minister, I believe this revolutionary  message is rooted in service and charitable acts for marginalized groups. In addition, I am committed to providing a faith-filled community for groups that have been and continue to be unfairly persecuted by the Church. I am particularly interested in the ways in which these communities of faith can be at the forefront of climate justice, sustainable consumption, and environmental restoration.”

 

Treasurer
Stephanie Tillman

 

Stephanie is a second-year grad student in Library & Information Science at UIUC. “I look forward to working with my fellow Council members this year to continue to make St. Andrew’s a welcoming space for all.”  

 

Council member
Molly Banwart

Molly is a recent graduate in Linguistics from Algonquin, IL. “While I’ve been involved with St. Andrew’s less than a year, I have quickly grown to love the community in such a short amount of time.  I hope to be a welcoming face and a helpful hand to those new and old to St A’s as well as those searching for a spiritual home.”

 

Council Member
Emilie Schramer


Emilie is a sophomore pursuing a dual degree in Linguistics and Speech and Hearing Science, with a minor in Spanish. “I have been attending St. Andrew’s since the start of my freshman year at UIUC, and I am now honored to be your Student Minister of Communications as well as serving on the Council. I look forward to contributing to the wonderful community here through my roles at St. Andrew’s.”
communicationssm.salc@gmail.com

 

Council member
Kayla Vittore

 

Kayla, junior undergraduate studying Crop Sciences in the College of ACES.  Besides St. Andrew’s, I’m also part of communications and publications clubs on campus.  After classes, I’m usually working part-time in a plant pathology research lab.  It’s great being a part of the St. Andrew’s community, they’ve always been supportive and loving to me so I joined the Council to return some of that positivity back!

 

Council member
Maddi Vogel

 

Maddi  is a junior from Fox River Grove, Illinois studying jazz drums with a minor in business. “I’ve been involved with St. Andrews for three years, and on council I help most with fellowship and music. My favorite thing about St. Andrews is the continually welcoming and supportive community here

 

*Student Ministers also serve on the council.

Board President
Rev Janet Lepp 

Janet Lepp is an ELCA Pastor who has retired from full-time ministry and has moved with her husband, Dan, to Champaign. Janet enjoys playing the piano, exploring new places with friends, hanging out with her adult children, playing with her 2 year old grandson, and reading mysteries and theology books. “I am pleased to be able to participate in the U of I Lutheran Campus Center activities where I have met some amazingly faithful and exceptionally resourceful emerging adults. Because of their passion for serving others in creative new ways, I’m excited to see how the vibrant ministry of this place will unfold as we enter the future.”