A Church Committed to Shared Leadership

It won’t take much looking around on this page before you notice that our lead pastor is actually two lead pastors. Or, as we affectionately call them, our co-pastors. Libby and Jeff share leadership, and we have called them to pastor this congregation as a team. It’s no lie to say that this commitment to co-leadership frames most of how we think of healthy leadership and how we seek to share power in the congregation.

There’s a lot that we could say here, but someone wise once said, brevity is next to godliness, so we’ll keep it short. Our church is led by a partnership between the staff of the church and the volunteer leaders (it’s a churchy thing to say, but we call them lay leaders), and we are at our best when both staff and lay leaders are walking together side by side into the future that God is calling us to.

For a few reasons, we’ll only list the paid staff bios and contact info here, but know that, as you get connected to the church, you’ll see that structure of shared leadership and be invited to step into the community and share your wisdom, as well.

Elizabeth (Libby) Piotrowski


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 our Children’s Minister, until being called to the co-pastorate in 2016. Libby has a BS in Biology from North Park College, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from North Park University, and an MA in Christian Formation 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


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 (MDiv). In addition to serving NPCC alongside Pastor Libby, Jeff has been spending time lately facilitating the Covenant pastor cluster on the north side of Chicago and walking with Church without Walls, an innovative church community inside of Stateville Correctional Center, in partnership with North Park Theological Seminary’s 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, the Hunters enjoy reading, drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea, Seattle sports, tech gadgets, family art projects, gluten-free cooking, mopeds, and making music. Email Jeff.

Jeanette Mottl

Director of Youth Ministry

Jeanette grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, where her four younger siblings and parents still live. She graduated from North Park University in May 2022 with degrees in Biblical & Theological Studies and Psychology. She hopes to continue her education by getting 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 in past years, she served as the interim director for high-school youth ministry here at NPCC during the 2021-2022 school year, and she is very excited to be able to continue servIng our youth. Email Jeanette.

Gordon Battles

High-school Ministry Intern

Gordon grew up in a suburban of Los Angeles called Glendora, CA, and has two brothers. In 2022, he graduated from Baylor University in Waco, TX, with a degree in Religion and Philosophy. At Baylor, he met his wife, Christina, and they married that summer. Gordon is currently an MDiv student at North Park Theological Seminary. Email Gordon.

Zayd Vestal

Middle-school Ministry Intern

Zayd was born in Denver, moved to Indianapolis when he was 7, and grew up in Indy. He moved to Chicago to attend North Park University and is in his third year studying Biblical & Theological Studies. When Zayd graduates, he dreams of living somewhere overseas. He loves reading theology and is passionate about other cultures. Zayd has studied Arabic in school and was also a part of his school’s Muslim Student Association. He enjoys running, reading, and writing and is excited to be part of North Park Covenant Church. And if you’re curious about his name, Zayd is Arabic for “to increase”; his sister’s name is Daya, which in Hindi means “compassion”; their parents named them Zayd and Daya so they would “increase in compassion” throughout their lives. Email Zayd.

Brian Ward

Music Ministry Coordinator & Interim Chancel Choir Director

Brian is a choir director and music teacher at Providence St. Mel School in the Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago 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.

Sunwoo Lee

Interim Organist

Linnea Olfelt

Interim Chancel Handbell Choir Director

Christian Schuetz


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 adult children, Christian enjoys running, biking, and spending time at his family’s cabin in Wisconsin. Email Christian.

Ann-Marie Olson 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 walking, biking, yoga, sewing, reading, and spending time with her daughter. Email Ann-Marie.

Becky Edwards

Administrative Director,
North Park Church Cooperative Preschool (NPCCP)

Becky has a BA in Biblical Studies, Spanish, and Early Childhood Education from North Park University. She was the 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 from 2015 to 2017. She left the Preschool to stay home when her children were born and returned in 2020 to take on the role of Administrative Director. Becky and her husband currently live in Logan Square with their young daughter and son. Email Becky.

Lyndsey Wellner

Lead Teacher,
North Park Church Cooperative Preschool

Lyndsey has been working at NPCCP since 2013. She began as a teaching assistant and is now the lead teacher and educational director of the preschool. She has a BA in English Literature from Miami University and is continuing her studies in Early Childhood Education at Oakton Community College. Lyndsey lives in Irving Park with her teenage son, a former student at NPCCP.