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Our team members

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Rev. J. Michael Solberg
Senior Minister

Mike Solberg became our Sr. Minister in July of 2013. Mike is committed to pastoral ministry because he believes that congregations are the primary vehicle God has given us to participate in God’s work in the world. Mike says living as a Christian is joyful, challenging, peace-filled, confusing, comforting, blessed, and risky, and he seeks to be with, and guide, people in the midst of it all. Mike has lived in northern Illinois most of his life. He and his wife, Janine, have two children, Henry (married to Linda) and Muriel (married to Walker), and, so far, one grandson, Jonas. Mike's dog, Kona, is a frequent visitor at church. Mike has run many marathons, done four Ironman Triathlons, and swum the English Channel, with the latter effort raising over $80,000 to build a school in Waku Kungo, Angola. The school is now educating about 800 students who would otherwise receive little or no education. Mike graduated from the University of Illinois (B.A.), Duke University Divinity School (M.Div.), and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (D.Min.). Probably more importantly, he has read lots of Jane Austen, all the Harry Potter books, and most of what Stanley Hauerwas has published. Along with the whole congregation of Union Church of Hinsdale (UCC), Mike would love to welcome you at worship on Sunday morning. He is also happy to field questions from all, church members or not, talk through problems, assure you of God’s love, and draw you into the wonderful life of being a follower of Jesus.


(630) 590.6695

Rev. Grant Glowiak
Associate Pastor

Grant grew up right next door in Western Springs, and currently lives in Hinsdale with his lovely wife Anna (Kuhn) Glowiak, his son Al, and two adopted goldendoodles, Obi-Wan and Maya. Grant started at UCH in the fall of 2015 as the Director of Youth Ministries. He now serves as one of the pastors here, working primarily with young families. If he's not at the church, you can probably find Grant working in the yard or on the little projects around the house, or perhaps sitting around a bonfire or a board game with family and friends. His passions include environmentalism, alternative music, and cookies.


(630) 590.6656

Rev. Dr. Robb Knuepfer
Associate Pastor

Robb Knuepfer is an associate pastor. Robb earned an M.Div degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School, a Doctor of Ministry degree at Chicago Theological Seminary, and is ordained as a minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC). At Union Church, he assists with our worship ministry, supports our pastoral care ministry, including the Union Church Care Team Ministry, and helps with member development, including our UCECP program, and our community and civic presence initiatives. Robb and Nancy, and their 4 children and 11 grandchildren, have been members of Union Church for many years.


(630) 590.6690

mobile (312) 927.8913

Stephen C Edwards
Director of Music

Stephen C Edwards has been teaching and working with choirs and vocal ensembles for over 18 years. In addition to his work at The Union Church of Hinsdale, Stephen is one of the founders and the Artistic Director of Allegrezza, a community chorus that celebrates all people for who they are, and as a foundational principal, gives a portion of their proceeds to area non-profit organizations. Besides working with the Chancel Choir and all of the fabulous children and musicians, one of Stephen’s favorite things about working at The Union Church of Hinsdale is the people. “I believe that the people of Union are kind, generous, caring, and so fun to be with!”


(630) 590.6659

Penny Johnson
Director of Christian Education and Administration Manager

Penny Johnson became the Director of Christian Education in early 2015. Her responsibilities include the faith formation of the church community from cradle through grave. A special emphasis of Penny’s ministry is the early elementary years as she helps the children develop personal, curious, generous and socially engaged Christian faith. Penny is also the Administration Manager of the office; she holds an MBA and has a business background. Penny and her husband Andy have raised three sons at Union Church.


(630) 590.6691

Jennifer Keldahl
Director of Union Church Early Childhood Program (UCECP)

Jennifer joined UCECP, our Early Childhood Education Program, in 2004. Prior to her position at the UCECP, her journey included being a first grade teacher for CPS and an Assistant Principal. She also served as the Program Director and Regional Director for several urban preschools. Jennifer has a Master’s Degree from Loyola University in Education Administration with state endorsements enabling her to be a principal and superintendent.


(630) 590.6696

Sherry Fairfield
Kitchen Manager, Building Maintenance
Gabriela Gleason
Financial Manager



Ann Gleason



Carissa Kapcar
UCECP Facilitator/ UCH Public Messaging and Family Program Director



Adriana Kieffer
Church Administrator



Elizabeth Jung
Director of Handbells


Adam Nakutis
Director of Audio/Visual Media


Francisco Ortiz
Building and Grounds Supervisor



Stephen Uhl


Union Church of Hinsdale exterior in Autumn
Union Church's Member Leaders

Trustees + Executive Council

The members of Union Church of Hinsdale are also served by our Trustees Ministry and Executive Council.