- Don WinkSenior Pastor224-655-7200
Pastor Don came to Atonement in January, 1999. Prior to becoming a pastor, he worked in business to business sales for three technology companies. He attended seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and also has degrees from Southern Methodist University in Texas and Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
At Atonement, his primary responsibilities are leading a very able staff and volunteer leadership core, and carrying half of the teaching schedule during Sunday services. He is humbled by the gifts and passion of Atonement's members and within the wider community, and welcomes the challenge of leading through influence.
Pastor Don is married to Joy Wink. They have three children: Natalie, Josh and Olivia. Their household also includes Joy's mother, Barbara, and two absolutely useless cats. He enjoys cooking, maintaining health and fitness (especially through golf and paddle tennis), music, and time with friends.
- Annika SundbergDirector of Worship & Music224-655-7500
Annika is an organist, violist, and pianist, born and raised in the Chicago area. She began working at Atonement in 2019 (25 years after her father completed his internship at Atonement!) as the assistant organist and children’s choir director, and eventually moved into the position of Director of Worship and Music. Previously, she held music leadership positions at various Lutheran churches in the Chicago suburbs as well as Oberlin, OH.
Outside of church, Annika has a busy career as a violist. While sitting principal of the DePaul Symphony Orchestra, she won a position in the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, and now regularly subs with orchestras such as Elgin Symphony and Oistrakh Symphony. She enjoys working as a teacher and has coached at middle schools, conducted youth orchestras, and even had the opportunity to teach at a summer festival in Panamá.
Annika enjoys a variety of musical projects. She has presented in elementary schools, directed high school musicals, accompanied graduate recitals on piano, and written training programs for choristers, to name a few. At home, Annika likes to exercise, watch TV, and train her cat, Fullerton.
Annika graduated from Oberlin Conservatory with a Bachelor’s of Music in viola, studying with Michael Strauss, and a minor in organ, studying with Jonathan Moyer. She holds a Master’s of Music and Performance Certificate (both viola) from DePaul University, where she studied with Rami Solomonow, Paul Neubauer, and Wei-Ting Kuo.
- Pam LodenDirector of Church Operations224-655-7502
Pam Loden serves as our full-time Director of Church Operations. Her role involves managing our campus facilities, including scheduling building use as well as oversight of all our business functions including finance, administration and HR. She heads up our support staff team and works closely with all staff and volunteers. Pam also has responsibility for issues relating to areas of safety, security, risk management, legal documents and records.
She was the impetus and driver for our Youth and Volunteer Protection Policy and regularly conducts training so that our staff and volunteers are fully prepared and well acquainted with our commitment toward both children, volunteers and members at Atonement.
Pam and her husband, Mike, have two adult children, Kelsey and Nick, and have been members of Atonement since 1996. She enjoys utilizing her creative skills in many areas and often demonstrates her excellent hospitality talents.
- Dawn PattenFinancial Services Director224-655-7503
Dawn Patten is responsible for ensuring that all approved expenses are put in line for payment; safeguards that all contributions and receipts are properly recorded and deposited; manages vendor's disbursements; and administers payroll processing. She also provides confidential reporting and assists members with questions about their commitments and giving records. Dawn works closely with our financial team, treasurer and the director of church operations.
Dawn is married to Dan, and they have two children, Mikayla and Josh.