Pastors & Staff

Pastor David Mercurio 


Pastor David Mercurio was born and raised in Chicago, he graduated from Loyola University, DePaul University, and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. He supports the Grace mission of sharing God’s grace through rich traditions of faith, family and community and is dedicated to loving and serving our neighbors and spreading the Gospel. He is a wonderful preacher and Bible scholar. 

Dallas Peters

Vision Team President

Dallas grew up in Grace, and was married at Grace.  He and his wife returned as members in 2021.  He served as President of the firm Critchell-Miller for 18 years and is currently an independent consultant and senior executive member of Arachas Group, LLC.  He joined the Vision Team in 2023 to replace a member and was elected to the Vision Team at the 2024 Annual Meeting.

Kurt Redemann

Vision Team Vice President

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 two grandsons.  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!)

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. 

Cathy Lindquist

Cathy and Steve joined Grace in 1977 when they moved to Elburn.  Their two youngest children were baptized at Grace (and another child at Bethlehem in St. Charles) and they were all confirmed at Grace.  Cathy has assisted with Sunday School for 6-7th graders as well as with serving communion.  She is currently on the Building Maintenance Committee and serving as an offering counter.  Was elected to the Vision Team in 2024.  She is grateful to be a member of Grace.

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.