Rev. Peter Sjoblom serves DeerGrove Covenant Church as the interim pastor. He brings experience to the role having consulted with dozens of congregations over the past 25 years.
Pastor Peter previously served as Associate Superintendent for the Central Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church. He served as Director of Congregational Vitality since 2005. Peter’s vision in ministry is to aid in creating a climate for growing health and mission in congregations, enabling each church to fulfill their unique calling. Peter is married to Joanna (Westberg), and has four adult children and 7 grandchildren.
Pastor Taylor has been serving at DeerGrove since 2017. He is one of our preaching pastors and also oversees our worship and youth ministries. Taylor grew up in Springfield, IL and moved to Chicago in 2008 to attend North Park University where he received his undergraduate degree in Youth Ministry. He also holds his Masters of Divinity from North Park Theological Seminary. Pastor Taylor and his wife Kara have two beautiful children, Ames and Elowynn. Together they enjoy traveling, making music, taking their dogs on family walks, and trying new restaurants.
Pastor Rick joined DeerGrove’s staff in 2017 as Associate Pastor. This was the perfect opportunity for Rick to live out his desire for purpose and meaning for life in his retirement. Pastor Rick oversees DeerGrove’s congregational care. This includes life groups, visitation and hospital calls, as well as opportunities to meet with individuals over coffee or a meal to hear their life stories. Rick and his wife Barbara, are long term members of DeerGrove.