Meet The Staff
Pastor Carla Thompson Powell
1996 Ordained, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
1996 Master of Divinity, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, OH
1991 Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Religion, Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH
My pastoral career has been varied and diverse – including many different types of settings and communities. Familiar themes include justice ministries, children/youth/family, outreach, online and in person Bible studies. I enjoy conversations about faith in daily life, innovative worship, and new ways to pray. At United in Faith, I especially enjoy the intergenerational connections I observe in congregational life. I appreciate UIF’s openness and willingness to try new things. I live in a Northwest suburb with my spouse (also an ELCA pastor) and three young adult children. My hobbies include Broadway musicals, amusement parks, cooking, and movies. I enjoy reading, but never find enough time to devote to books (it’s even hard to keep up with my magazine reading).
Deacon Intern, Jason Schultz
Jason is currently a deacon intern at United in Faith and will be here for six months, starting Sunday, August 1st. He is in seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) to become an ordained deacon in the ELCA. If you do not know what a deacon is or what a deacon does, you are not alone! A deacon in the ELCA is a minister who devotes the majority of their time to service, and some of their time to traditional ministerial work in the church. Jason will be involved in worship through leadership, preaching, and assisting Pastor Carla. He will also lead small groups, do pastoral care, and be involved with outreach, missions, and justice ministry. His focus outside of that will be anti-racism and disability advocacy. Ask him about intersectionality!
Jason was born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago. He ran cross country and track and was involved in band and orchestra playing percussion and singing in choir. He started as a music education major in college and switched to history, getting his bachelor's degree in history from Eastern Illinois University.
After college, Jason served in AmeriCorps and in a non-profit working with adults with developmental disabilities. He began seminary as a second-career student and became interested in anti-racism work during his studies there. The death of George Floyd was a turning point for Jason, and he decided to make anti-racism work his priority in ministry. He felt God moving in him to work for racial justice and to stop the senseless killing of people of color in the US and around the world. He strongly believes that every person is loved by God and is made in God’s image. Because of this, love for God and love for humanity cannot be separated.
Jason also loves being an uncle to two awesome little boys, and he loves being around his dogs, Cody and Wrigley. He enjoys running, crime dramas, superhero movies, being outside, serving others, and good conversations.
Jeanne, Church Administrator
Jeanne smiles at you both in person and over the phone. She is the one behind the pleasant voice that greets you whenever you contact our church office. She has served as United in Faith's church administrator for many years. Her past experience includes 18 years of ELCA church experience and is a certified paralegal.
Please feel free to contact her during her office hours at (773)-283-2326 or UIFAdmin@unitedinfaith.org with questions or suggestions.