Our Staff

Joe Schultz, Pastor

Pastor Joe Schultz comes to Edgebrook Lutheran from Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Naperville where he served as Pastor of Congregational Life. Pastor Joe, as he likes to be called, made a mid-life decision to become an ordained minister of the Evangelical Luther­an Church in America (ELCA) after many years of working in the construction industry driving a concrete truck. In 2007 he received his Masters of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Pastor Joe has been married for 39 years. He and his wife Tammy have two sons, Jason and Dan.

Christina Garrett Klein, Pastor

Pastor Christina Garrett Klein is a 2014 graduate of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and comes to Edgebrook from Faith Lutheran Church in Homewood, IL. After completing her degrees in biology and psychology at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, Pastor Christina served as a youth and Christian education director in Northern Illinois, and heard God’s call to seminary through the voices of her confirmation students. Her passions include children, youth, and family ministries, worship and music, and creating space for everyone to feel love and acceptance as children of God. She also enjoys spending quality time with her husband, Keith, and her 13-month-old, Rachel.

Codrut Birsan, Music Director

Edgebrook Lutheran Church is blessed to welcome Emmy Award winning composer, international pianist and opera singer Codrut Birsan, as Director of Music Ministries.

Codrut Birsan, our Music Director was born in Brasov, Romania. He began piano lessons at age 6 and continued his studies at the Brasov Conservatory and the Bucharest University of Music. He has sung with Opera Constanta and the Romanian National Opera.

Codrut moved to the United States in 2005 and obtained a Master of Voice degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has performed with the San Francisco Lyric Opera. He has won many music awards, both here and in Romania. In 2009 Codrut founded Candid Concert Opera in Madison WI.

Codrut also enjoys contemporary music and enjoys adding his considerable music skills to the Contemporary Worship Services.

Pat Godek, Office Manager

Pat Godek worked for 22 years in Corporate Finance before coming to Edgebrook Lutheran Church. She keeps the office and staff on schedule, greets callers and visitors as well as creating the weekly bulletins and "What's Up" monthly newsletter.

Pat lives in Edison Park with her husband, Paul and her dog, Charlie.

Will Santiago, Custodian