• Don Wink
    Senior Pastor

    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.

  • Sarah Stumme
    Associate Paster ~ Interim




Ministry Leaders

  • Helen Ailabouni
    Director of Worship & Music

    Helen has served as Atonement’s Director of Worship and Music since 1987. When she began there were two traditional Sunday services, led musically by an ancient electronic organ and one adult choir. Now there are three services, incorporating an incredible variety of talents and resources: a beautiful Holtkamp pipe organ, a grand piano, multiple bell choirs, state-of-the-art sound system, multimedia capability, instrumentalists and singers of all types and ages serving across the morning. Helen says that looking back over these last many years, she is amazed at the growth and change in the worship life at Atonement.


    Worship life continues to evolve as we seek to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ through the gift of music. Music in worship reflects the rich bounty found in our Christian heritage as well as the best of the new and contemporary. Over a season, the music Helen leads ranges from the “Schubert liturgy” with orchestral accompaniment to global songs and jazz ensembles. The variety rises out of the gifts found among the people, and she considers it to be her joy to help release those gifts into sound and action each week.


    Helen has a husband who serves as a pastor working for the ELCA as a director in Global Mission, and two adult children—who are often seen playing their instruments in worship from time to time as well. Beyond the world of music, Helen enjoys traveling, gardening, reading mystery novels, and eating Rural Route #1 Jalapeno Cheese Popcorn.

  • Mary Williams
    Minister of Community Formation

    Mary and her family have been at Atonement since 1995. Over the years she has directed the mid-week youth program, served on the executive committee of the church council, facilitated confirmation small groups and other various adult classes. She joined the staff on a part-time basis in 2005 as the Minister of Community Formation. Her responsibilities include welcoming and following up with guests, facilitating our new member classes, helping connect new members to ministries and programs, and assisting with other church-wide events.


    Mary and her husband, Todd, live in Deer Park and have three adult children.



Administrative Staff

  • Pam Loden
    Director of Church Operations

    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 Patten
    Financial Services Director

    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. 

  • Linda Zimmerman
    Administrative Assistant

    Linda Zimmerman is the face you see in our church office at the front desk Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. She is a skilled administrative assistant, responsible for our cloud-based church management system called REALM, sends out the weekly email and assists in updating and maintaining the website.


    Linda is married to Cal and often spends weekends touring around the countryside on their Harley along with other church biker friends. Cal and Linda live in Crystal Lake and have three adult children.


Sunday Worship - 8:45 & 10:10am | Sunday School (pre thru 5th grade) - 8:45am
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