Our Staff

Pastor

Rev. Paul Thompson

Pastor Paul began serving at Northwest on January 1, 1995. His responsibilities have changed over the years beginning as an Associate Pastor with an emphasis on youth, to now serving as the Pastor.  In addition to his pastoral ministry, Pastor Paul has a passion for foreign missions and has led numerous mission trips to Ecuador.

Pastor Paul and his wife Mary have three children, Katherine, Tori, and Bradley.

Pastor Paul is a native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  He is a graduate of Wheaton College and Princeton Theological Seminary.  He has completed additional studies at North Park Theological Seminary.  Paul is an ordained minister of the Evangelical Covenant Church.

Associate Pastor of Youth

Mark Peterson

Mark Peterson was raised in First Covenant Church in Omaha, Nebraska. He felt God’s call into ministry during high school. When he graduated, he attended Covenant Bible College, and continued to follow God’s direction to North Park University, where he received his degree in Youth Ministry in 2001.  “I believe that youth ministry is a calling from God, not just a job.” His passion for youth and the importance of that ministry both within the church and community is apparent in all he does. It is evident as you talk with him that his priority is a “growing and following” relationship with Christ; a desire to share Christ with others so they can also have the joy of a relationship with Him.  Mark and his wife, Sara, are happy to be a part of the church family, working closely with the pastor, leadership team, and youth, while building relationships within the congregation.

Director of Children and Family Ministries

Daun Geissler

Daun began attending Northwest Covenant as an infant and has been serving as the Director of Children and Family Ministries since August of 1995. Her responsibilities include adult education programming and children’s ministries, except children’s choir. Daun attended North Park University and worked for a major oil company for 20 years after graduation. She and her husband Larry have two children, Stefanie and Rusty.

Administrative Assistant

Beth Petersen

Administrative Assistant at Northwest since 1990.

Brought up in the Evangelical Free Church Beth came to Northwest when her family moved to Mt. Prospect in 1981.
Being the mother of seven didn’t keep her busy enough, so she is also a Pre/Kindergarten Sunday School teacher.

There is always a dish of M&Ms on her desk in the church office so she is also known as the M&M lady!

Organist and Choir Accompanist

Karen Lindquist

Just to be different from the rest of the staff, I earned my Bachelor of Music Degree in piano and voice from Augustana College in Rock Island!  20 years after graduating from college I went to grad school at Concordia University, River Forest earning my Masters of Church Music Degree.

The interim 20 years were filled with 3 children, piano teaching and being active in the music program at Trinity Lutheran, Des Plaines.  I served as Minister of Music at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Mt. Prospect for 13 years before coming to Northwest.  I am enjoying the wonderful pipe organ at Northwest, the caring staff and congregation,  and of course my 3 grandchildren.

Director of Children’s Choirs

Jennifer Swanson Hillbo

Jennifer has attended Northwest Covenant Church since she was three years old, singing in the Children’s Choirs she now directs. She attended North Park University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music, and earned her Doctorate in Human Learning and Development from National-Louis University. The mission of the Children’s Choir Program at Northwest Covenant Church is to provide memorable, positive musical experiences worshiping God and with the church community, that will reinforce children’s sense of belonging to God’s family and participation in worship and ministry with the church and community. The goals are that the children: 1) Understand God’s love, 2) Thank God for loving us, 3) Share God’s love with others, and 4) Help others worship God.

Building and Grounds

April Hoke

April has served as building and grounds assistant since 2010, and has select maintenance and security responsibilities at the Mount Prospect campus.
Prior to that, April and her husband, Jason, assisted Pastor Paul with the youth groups from 1997 to 2002, when they left the area to serve in a full-time ministry.
April and Jason both attended Toccoa Falls College in Georgia majoring in counseling and youth ministries. Their desire is to glorify God wherever they can be used, and hope to return to youth/family ministries in the future. The Hokes have two sons