Ministers, Staff, and Council – Directory Photography at Assembly

Every two years, the Northern Illinois Synod has arranged with a commercial company (most recently Lifetouch) to set up shop at Synod Assembly, take photos of Rostered Ministers, Synod Staff and Synod Council Members. This year, we have found it both necessary and a good idea to offer a pictorial directory in a different way.

In checking with other Synods, we have found a service that will allow the Northern Illinois Synod to offer an online directory, which has many advantages. The directory can be continually updated to reflect changes in our rostered ministers, staff and Synod Council. Those in the directory will be able to submit their own pictures and their own information to the synod office for upload which will avoid the directory being out of date. Lastly, those who are unable to be at Synod Assembly will still be able to appear in the directory. There are actually many other advantages that we will let you know about in future communications.

Yes, there are a few downsides. You won’t be given a directory copy that you can keep in your briefcase, although there will be an option to allow you to print out the directory if you wish a hard copy. You won’t get a free lovely 8 ½ by 11 photo to give to someone for Christmas. And you won’t have any excuse for NOT being in the directory!!! We think the upsides outweigh the downsides.

In order to still allow those of us who wish an updated photo for this online directory to have one taken, we have arranged with Mr. Andrew Kjos, a professional photographer and member of Cross of Glory, Homer Glen, to take photos at this year’s Assembly. If you like the photo, there will be an opportunity to order additional photos, but that is completely up to you. There will be no sales pitch.

In order to know how much time to set aside for photos to be taken at Synod Assembly, please fill out the form on the right to indicate your interest in having your photo taken. You may also leave the photo that's already in the directory or upload a photo that you have already had taken. 

And if you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Erdmann at or at 815-964-9934.

Rostered Ministers, Synod Council, and Synod Staff: Please fill out the quick form below to let us know if you'd like to have your photo taken at assembly for the new online directory.