- 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.
- Associate PastorInterim
- Helen AilabouniDirector of Worship & Music224-655-7500
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.
- Jen BradburyMinister of Youth and Family224-655-7202
Jen is responsible for overseeing the many facets of our Youth and Family Ministry including our Sunday School, Mid-Week Youth Programs, Vacation Bible School and Mission Trips. Along with those areas, she assists with our Families in Worship initiative and has introduced several innovative offerings such as Leadership Development for our youth, recognition of Milestone Ministries and regular Parenting Discussion Groups.
Jen is a veteran youth worker and holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. She is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus (The Youth Cartel), The Real Jesus (The Youth Cartel), Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders (Abingdon), and A Mission That Matters (Abingdon). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century.
Jen is also the Assistant Director of Arbor Research Group where she has led many national studies. When not doing ministry or research, she and her husband, Doug, and daughter, Hope, can be found traveling and enjoying life together.
- Mary WilliamsMinister of Community Formation224-655-7211
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.
- Pam LodenDirector of Church Operations224-655-7502
Pam Loden serves us as our full-time Director of Church Operations. Her role involves managing our campus facilities, including scheduling and building use as well as oversight of all our business functions. She heads up our support staff team and works closely with all other staff and volunteers. Pam also has responsibility for issues relating to areas of safety, security, maintenance contracts, equipment acquisitions, risk management, legal documents and records.
She was the impetus and driver for our Youth and Volunteer Protection Policy and regularly conducts training on it so that our staff and volunteers are fully prepared and well acquainted with our commitment toward the children we are entrusted to care for in our midst.
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 the many crafts she shares with us and relishes the opportunity to demonstrate her excellent hospitality talents.
- Dawn PattenFinancial Services Director224-655-7503
Dawn 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 has also taken on the responsibility as our volunteer Sunday School coordinator for children from preschool to 5th grade. She and her husband, Dan, have two children, Mikayla and Josh.
- Linda ZimmermanAdministrative Assistant224-655-7504
Linda Zimmerman is the face you see in our church office at the front desk Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. She is a skilled administrative assistant, responsible for our cloud-based church management system, our weekly email blasts to members and targeted groups, maintains our online registration system and coordinates church calendar activities along with a myriad of other related activities.
Linda is married to Cal and often spends weekends "tooling around" the countryside on their Harley along with other church biker friends. Cal and Linda live in Crystal Lake and have three adult children.