United Methodist Mission Statement
“To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
North Shore UMC Mission Statement
“The North Shore United Methodist Church is an inclusive community of faith in Jesus Christ guided by the Holy Spirit. We are committed to providing support, healing, and inspiration to all. Our missions encompass worship, service, the arts, education, and fellowship. We participate in interfaith activities that serve to further world understanding and peace. We believe in the power of prayer and strive to be of help to our members, our community and those in need.”
About Our Staff
Glenna Olumstad (Pastor)
Glenna is a native Chicagoan and a life-long United Methodist who grew up in the Old Irving Park neighborhood on the Northwest side of Chicago. (Yes, she supports the Cubs). Ministry was not Glenna’s first calling. She first received a nursing degree from Wesley Hospital School of Nursing, specializing in high risk labor delivery. She later attended the University of St. Francis and obtained a B.S. degree in Health Arts. After the birth of her two sons she entered into a second career with a focus on Early Childhood Education. She taught for seventeen years and while her two sons were both in college she answered her call into ministry. Glenna was accepted as a full-time student to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2004 and graduated in 2007 with her Master of Divinity. North Shore UMC in Glencoe, IL is Glenna’s second pastoral appointment. She arrived at NSUMC in July of 2013 after serving six years as the Senior Pastor of Hope UMC in Joliet. One of her favorite things about North Shore United Methodist Church is the congregational practice of hospitality to all whom we meet, both within our community and beyond as we reach out in ministry to the greater Chicago area.
Barbra Javore (Deacon)
Rev. Dr. Barbara Javore is a Deacon in Full Connection in the United Methodist Church. She holds a Masters of Divinity and a PhD in Christian Education from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She has been an adjunct professor at Garrett-Evangelical for over a decade, working in the Vocation Formation and Church Leadership Program. She also holds a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois. Her areas of concentration were in Vocal Performance and Music History with training in aesthetic theory. Her Phd incorporated her interest in the arts, aesthetics and creativity with its focus on incorporating creativity into the practice of religious education. She has served as the Youth Coordinator for the Northern Illinois Conference, facilitating programs and educational offerings for youth throughout northern Illinois. She is a mentor for ministry candidates and served three years as a Board Member for the Methodist Federation for Social Action. She is an avid supporter of Pan-African Rural Health and Social Services and support of the Methodist Church in Bolivia. She also is working on initiatives to end the violence against youth in Chicago’s inner city.Barbara believes that the spiritual formation of children and youth is the priority of the Christian Community. The Christian Education Program at North Shore United Methodist Church incorporates aesthetic experience and sacred story. Participants use music, art, drama, crafts, games and movement to live the Story. All of the teaching/learning experiences move toward missional outreach. Children and Youth form a community of learning and service, supporting and encouraging one another as they engage scripture and service.
Peggy Bucklin (Secretary)
After moving to Illinois from Wisconsin at age nine, Peggy grew up in Mount Prospect. She graduated from Prospect High School and went to work at various jobs before becoming a secretary. Peggy was married in 1986 and left the work force when her first child was born. She considers her most important job to be the raising of her three daughters. Peggy spent two years as an adult student at Barat College studying English and Art History then she returned to the work force. She became the church secretary at North Shore United Methodist Church in 2007. Her favorite thing about working at NSUMC is that she gets to work with wonderful people and she loves that everyone involved with the church is kind, friendly, and helpful.
Tomoko Shibuya (Organist)
Tomoko was born in Kobe, Japan and came to the United States in 1986. She obtained a Master Degree from Northwestern University in Music focusing on Piano Performance and Pedagogy in 1996. She also received a Master Degree from Indiana University Bloomington in Library Science in 2002. Tomoko has previously worked at the New York Public Library for Performing Arts as a librarian (2003-2008) and is now working at Northwestern University Libraries as a Music Metadata Librarian. While she was studying piano for her degree, she took organ and harpsichord classes as electives. Ever since then, she has been falling in love with the organ, both the instrument itself and its repertoire. Tomoko started playing at NSUMC as a substitute in 2010 and became the regular organist in September 2013. She really enjoys the people of North Shore United Methodist Church as well as the atmosphere.