Our Staff

Elizabeth (Libby) Piotrowski

Co-Pastor

Libby has been on staff at North Park Covenant Church since 2002. In that time, she has served in various capacities, with 10 years spent as the Children’s Minister, until being called to the co-pastorate in 2016. Libby has a B.S. in Biology from North Park College, an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from North Park University, and an M.A.C.F. from North Park Theological Seminary. Her goal is to one day earn a doctorate in preaching. In her former life, Libby was a high-school biology teacher. She and her husband, Joel, have three children: Sofia, Harrison, and Tegegn. In her spare time, Libby enjoys gardening and reading (lots of historical fiction), watching the Food Network, and cooking new foods with and for her family. Email Libby.


Jeff Hunter

Co-Pastor

Jeff has served as a Covenant Pastor since his first call to ministry in 2004 at Kent Covenant Church in Kent, WA, and has served as co-pastor at North Park Covenant Church since 2016. Lifelong learning is deeply important to Jeff, and his formal education has been at Seattle Pacific University (BA, Christian Theology and Educational Ministry) and North Park Theological Seminary (M.Div). In addition to serving NPCC alongside Pastor Libby, Jeff has been spending time lately walking with an anti-racism cohort of fellow pastors, facilitating the Covenant pastor cluster on the Northside of Chicago, and helping to birth an innovative church community inside of Stateville Correctional Center in partnership with NPTS School of Restorative Arts. Jeff and his wife, Kristen, are well into their second decade together, and have two children. In addition to living that church life, we enjoy reading; drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea; fiddling with tech gadgets, family art projects, gluten-free cooking, and mopeds; and making music. Email Jeff.


Christine Olfelt

Volunteer Minister for Christian Education

Christine is our volunteer Minister for Christian Formation. She joined the staff officially after a lifetime of being connected with North Park Covenant Church in various ways, from living in the neighborhood as a child of missionaries on home-assignment to becoming a member while a student at North Park College (now University). Christine has a passion for teaching, learning, and resourcing people of all ages to be formed in Christ. She is delighted to be able to apply her Ph.D. in Christian Education to this task and to be once again worshipping with three generations of her family at North Park. Christine enjoys building structures for a model railroad, writing curriculum, cooking, and gardening. She and her husband, Joel, have two children and a daughter-in-law, all of whom also are a part of this church community. Email Christine.


Alison Kugel

Interim Director of Young Adult Ministry

Alison grew up west of the Twin Cities in Minnesota and is a newly transplanted resident of Chicago while she attends North Park Theological Seminary. Her undergraduate degree is from Northwestern College (Orange City, Iowa). She has had a passion for the family of God from the moment she set foot in a church as a high-school student. Her love of scripture, creating space for genuine relationships, the stories and voices of women, and discipleship are dear to her as she continues to grow in discerning God’s role for her in the Kingdom. Aside from ministry life, Alison is passionate about coffee, metalsmithing, swing dancing, nature, and thrifting. Email Alison.


Jeanette Mottl

Interim Director of High-school Ministry

Jeanette grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, where her four younger siblings and parents still live. She is a senior at North Park University studying Biblical & Theological Studies and Psychology. After graduation, she hopes to go back to school to get a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and or a Master of Divinity degree. Jeanette has been able to lead worship at different churches and Bible camps over the past six years and is very excited to be able to serve in the youth ministry here over the coming school year. Email Jeanette.


Amanda Stenstrom

Interim Director of Middle-school Ministry

Amanda grew up in Libertyville, IL, with her parents and older sister. She is now finishing her last semester at North Park University. She loves camp and pine trees and is excited to be involved in the unique community of people at North Park Covenant Church, where members from the city and suburbs come together. Email Amanda.


Abel Rangel Espinosa

Intern for High-school Ministry

Abel grew up in California, in the land of In-N-Out Burger, watching his parents follow their calling into ministry. In high school, he felt a great hunger for social change, environmental awareness, and the pursuit of the ministry. With guidance, Abel took up the calling, and it has been a time of much learning of God’s nature of love, justice, and peace. He’s excited to learn alongside our congregation, and to share time with the people of the North Park community! Email Abel.


Isaly Soto

Intern for Middle-school Ministry

Isaly grew up and currently lives with her family on the west side of Chicago in the Humboldt Park area. At a young age, her parents put her in a Christian Arts Ministry Program called City Wide Christian Arts, which allowed her to not only express her love for God through dance, but also spread the gospel as well. The arts are her passion, and as a senior Christian Ministry Studies major at North Park University, Isaly hopes to incorporate more of the arts into youth ministry. There are many tools that can be used to connect with God and share His Word, and she would love to provide those tools for the youth. Isaly is excited to be an intern for NPCC and work with the middle-school students, as well as the staff. Email Isaly.


Ann-Marie O. Frisk

Church Administrator

Ann-Marie was born into North Park Covenant Church and is a member of the Chancel Choir. A 1996 graduate of North Park College, she has been on staff at NPCC since December 2013. When not working, she enjoys biking, running, yoga, sewing, and spending time with her daughter. Email Ann-Marie.


Christian Schuetz

Custodian & Gardener

Christian has worked as our building engineer and landscaper since 2004. Christian graduated from Illinois State with a degree in Agribusiness and Horticulture. He is a model gardener! Married with three grown children, Christian enjoys running, biking, and spending time at his family’s cabin in Hayward, WI. Email Christian


Brian Ward

Music Ministry Coordinator & Organist

Brian is a choir director and music teacher at Providence St. Mel School in the Garfield Park neighborhood and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from North Park University and Northwestern University, respectively. He has been attending North Park Covenant Church regularly since 2007. Brian and his wife, Maria, were married here and are the proud parents of Erik, Annalisa, and Kajsa. Email Brian.


Dominic German

Chancel Choir Director

Dominic is a singer, voice teacher, and choir director in Chicago. He sings with many Chicago ensembles including Grant Park Chorus, William Ferris Chorale, Bella Voce, Stare at the Sun, and Constellation Men’s Ensemble. He has also sung with Chicago Symphony Chorus, Music of the Baroque, and Chicago Opera Theater. He also sings regularly with the Grammy Award-winning Philadelphia-based choir, The Crossing. Dominic teaches voice lessons at Maine West and Maine East high schools and conducts the Chicago Swedish Mixed Chorus in Andersonville. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Vocal Performance from Moody Bible Institute and North Park University, respectively. Email Dominic.


Carol Olfelt

Chancel Handbell Choir Director

Carol moved to Chicago from her hometown of Colorado Springs, Colorado, in the fall of 2010, when she began her undergraduate degree in Music Education at North Park University. She began attending North Park Covenant Church that same year and has been a part of the church in a variety of ways ever since. Carol finished her degree in Music Education and went on to receive a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education, also from North Park University. Carol has been directing the Chancel Handbell Choir since 2014 and has been involved as a musician in a variety of capacities since she started attending North Park Covenant Church. She is currently a preschool teacher through ECDEC, a program of The Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning, a non-profit organization in Arlington Heights. Carol is married to Peter, and they have two feisty cats who love to fight and play. Email Carol.


Becky Edwards

Administrative Director,
North Park Church Cooperative Preschool

We welcome back Becky Edwards as our Interim Preschool Director for North Park Church Cooperative Preschool. Becky has a BA in Biblical Studies, Spanish, and Early Childhood Education from North Park University, as well as more than six years of teaching experience in early childhood. She was our assistant teacher at NPCCP during the 2011-2012 school year, followed by teaching second grade at Passages Charter School from 2012 to 2015. She then worked as the Preschool Director here at NPCCP from 2015 to 2017. Becky and her husband currently live in Logan Square with their young daughter and son. She is excited to be back at NPCCP to help guide the preschool through this transitional time. Email Becky



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