Pastor Steve Lee and wife Elaine
Pastor Steve Lee is a Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) pastor currently serving as vacancy pastor at Living Word Lutheran Church. Prior to entering the ministry, Pastor Lee served as a law enforcement officer, first locally in California as a patrol officer, juvenile officer, corrections officer, SWAT team leader, major crimes investigator and supervisor, and then as a federal NCIS special agent.
Over the years, Pastor Lee has served in a variety of ministry roles, including parish pastor, church planter, youth director, missionary and law enforcement chaplain. In 1996, he founded Peace Officer Ministries, Inc. (POM), a Christian chaplaincy ministry to law enforcement. POM has produced thousands of law enforcement edition Bibles and books, and conducted chaplaincy training courses at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO. In his chaplaincy role, Pastor Lee has also responded to many crises, including Columbine High School, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and many other natural and man-made disasters.
Pastor Lee has been married for 42 years to his wonderful wife Elaine. In the past she has assisted him as POM’s Ministry Support Coordinator and also as church secretary. Among other endeavors, she also worked for Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family and Dr. Wyn Arn’s Institute for American Church Growth. They have four children and six grandchildren.
Pastor Steven Lange
Pastor Steven Lange has recently retired after serving as pastor for over 30 years, beginning in Nebraska and then Kansas, before coming to Orland Park as a church planter in the fall of 1989. He was the 1st pastor Living Word ever had, founding the congregation with five other families in 1990. He is married to Karen. They have four children and ten grandchildren.
Rick and his family have been attending Living Word since 1999. All three of his kids attended Sunday School and were confirmed here and some of them also attended the preschool. Rick is currently Village Manager for Palos Park and volunteers for service activities here at the church as well. He currently serves as President of the congregation.
Anita has been attending Living Word from the very beginning, and has been its primary musician throughout the years. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. Prior to Living Word, Anita served in other churches since 1973. She currently leads musicals twice a year at the church and gives direction to singers for worship each week. Anita is married to Gary and they have two grown sons and six grandchildren. “My intent for Living Word is that we grow in faith, hope, love, grace, charity, and forgiveness. If I can be an instrument through music and singing, I will be very thankful and praise my God and Savior for such an opportunity.”
Audra is our preschool teacher. She has experience working in early childhood, elementary, special education, college levels as well as activities outside the traditional classroom. Audra was the Assistant Director, preschool and Kindergarten teacher at the Farm & Nature Discovery School for 11 years. She has also been an Adjunct Professor for the past eight years at Moraine Valley Community College. Prior to that, Audra was a Teacher at Cicero District #99 teaching Special Education in a cross-categorical classroom and first grade in a regular classroom for six years. Audra has a Masters Degree in School Administration with a Type 75 certificate, as well as a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with a Type 03 with Special Education, Social Science and Language Arts specialties. Audra has a strong passion to educate young minds and help them blossom into well-rounded, responsible individuals. She is dedicated to creating a positive learning environment and making a difference in students' lives.