About

Peace Lutheran is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Please follow this link to learn more about what we believe.

ELCA

A new mission church in the Morris area was suggested by Rev. Leonard G. Hinderaker in 1965. In 1973 a steering committee was formed and a 2.6 acre site in the Mission Hills subdivision was purchased. October of 1973 brought a call to Rev. Harold I. Nelson to become the organizing pastor. The first worship service was held December 2, 1973 at the Morris High School. Baptized membership at the end of the year was 187. Planning for a permanent facility began in 1974. The first worship service in the new building was held June 22, 1975 with a dedication service on December 7, 1975.

Rev. James. E. Reents became our second pastor on November 11, 1979. In 1984 a new addition including an entryway, office and five classrooms was added. As the membership continued to grow, it became apparent we needed an additional pastor and a larger facility. Rev. Charles V. Olson joined the staff as associate pastor in November 1990. On May 15, 1994 was the ground breaking for the large addition to the building. This included a new sanctuary, kitchen, fellowship hall and Sunday School rooms. The dedication service was held on August 12, 1995.

On October 28, 2001, Rev. Jeffrey K. Chubb became pastor of Peace Lutheran Church.

Pastor Lu Cantrell joined Peace as the senior pastor in June of 2013 and was ordained into the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in 2011. Pastor Lu graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Vocal Music Education from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. Pastor Lu currently serves as the president of the Morris Ministerial Association, is a member of the Board of Directors for Grundy Area P.A.D.S., serves on both the Nominating Committee and Stewardship Team for the Northern Illinois Synod, and the volunteer Chaplain for the Channahon Fire Protection District. Pastor Lu is married to her husband Jim, has 3 adult children, 4 grandchildren, and lives in Channahon, IL. In her spare time, Pastor Lu loves NASCAR, wine tasting, reading, and showing her three purebred Maine Coon cats.

Staff

Rev. Luanne K. Cantrell - Pastor

Scott Larson - Organist

Sara Jepsen Director of Music, Organist, and Pianist

Beth Bullard - Administrative Assistant

Wendy Rossi - Sunday School Coordinator

Council

Executive Team/Officers

  • Jana Trofimchuck President and Co-Liaison to Outreach/Inreach Team
  • Aaron Walker Vice President and Co-Liaison to Christian Ed Team
  • Eric Peterson - Secretary and Co-Liaison to Property Team
  • Tom Christ Treasurer and Co-Liaison to the Stewardship/Finance Team
  • Pastor Lu Cantrell Co-Liaison to Worship/Music Team

Members At Large

  • Debi Hopkins Co-Liaison to Outreach/Inreach Team
  • Tom Langland Co Liaison to the Property Team
  • Mary Seilkopf Co-Liaison to Stewardship/Finance Team
  • John VanFleet Co-Liaison to Christian Ed Team