Pastors & Staff



We are currently working with the ELCA, and specifically our synod, the Metro Chicago Synod, in searching for our next pastor

Cheyenne Watkins

CHurch Secretary

Cheyenne started at Grace in September of 2019, just before Grace's 125th anniversary. She handles office administrator tasks, including creation of the newsletter, distribution of the weekly bulletins, and upkeep of the website. She can be easily reached through email at churchsec@graceoflilylake.com for anything church related.

Nick Rex

Vision Team President

Nick moved to the area when he was 5 years old and has been a member of Grace since (30+ years). He has been president since 2017. He is also the Contemporary Worship Team leader as well as organizing and putting on multiple events at Grace throughout the year. He is married to Mandy Rex and they have a 2 year old son, Emric. Nick works full-time as a project manager for Honeywell Building Solutions and enjoys sports, exercise, family, and camping in his spare time.

Dottie and Paul Mantsch 

organist and financial secretaries

Dottie Mantsch has been organist at Grace since 1985. During her first years at Grace she also served as choir director but later passed that position to others. While training to be a schoolteacher at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois, she also received training in organ. She later received a master’s degree in library science at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. In addition to her work as a librarian and organist, she has also taught piano for many years, both for children and adults. She held a number of student recitals at Grace.
Dottie and Paul Mantsch together are now serving as Financial Secretary for Grace, assuming that task from Michele Dannewitz  in early 2020 when she and her husband moved to Arizona. The work of Financial Secretary involves entering the donations each week into a software package that tracks the giving of each member of grace. These donation records provide input to the quarterly statements provided to members.

tricia painter


Tricia joined Grace in 1995. She has been involved in many roles over the years as she/her children were involved in Nursery, Sunday School, VBS.  Both children are married and she has one grandson.  Tricia ensures the bills are paid for Grace and works with the Finance Team to address other financial aspects .  She is also a Vision Team member, enjoys singing in the choir, and coordinates the semi annual rummage sales at Grace.  Tricia works full-time as an executive assistant//property manager/customer service rep (lots of variety in her everyday tasks!)


Vision Team Vice President

Kelly joined Grace in 2015. He has been a member of the vision team for the past year. Kelly is a member of the Choir and loves to sing.  He volunteered in the office and helped with teaching kids in Vacation Bible School. Kelly is married to Natalia and has one beautiful daughter.  Beside his full-time job running a landscape company, he is also a Village Trustee.

Nancy Schnaitman 

Vision Team Secretary

Nancy Schnaitman is a relatively new member, she and her husband, Jim joined Grace in 2017. She is interested in taking a more active role in Grace activities.  Nancy is an ardent birder having traveled throughout the United States and Costa Rica, in search of new birds for her lifelist. In addition to birding, she enjoys hiking, working in the garden, painting, playing the piano and traveling.  Nancy is a retired special education teacher, and worked many years for Richardson Electronics. 

contemporary worship team

The contemporary worship team was formed 2011. Prior to 2011 there had been various forms of contemporary and alternative worships at Grace, but this team focused in on a structure and style that you see today. While the services and music have evolved and changed, the spirit of the service has remained. We are flexible and always up for ideas, new music, stories that you’d like to share, musical talent, and more to make our service that much better for all who attend.

Vacation bible school

VBS is an active program for our Church members and Community members as well. It incorporates all age groups from 3 years of age to Adults. We offer VBS during the third week of June and it is held in the evenings from 6:00 – 8:15pm. The VBS team strives to teach God’s Word through Bible stories, songs, prayers, crafts, games, and snacks. We also choose a Mission project to help others and support them.