PHILIP SPENCER, Founding Conductor and Festival Artistic Director (email)
Philip Spencer is the Lutheran Youth Choir’s founding conductor and a member of its board of directors. He has more than three decades of experience conducting choirs of all ages in college, church and community settings. Mr. Spencer is Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Music at Joliet Junior College. He and his wife Pamela have been members of Faith Lutheran Church since 2002. More about Mr. Spencer …
TODD CARRICO, Associate Conductor (email)
Todd Carrico serves the Lutheran Youth Choir as associate conductor and as a board member. He is Director of Music Ministry at Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where he directs three children’s choirs and five adult ensembles. More about Mr. Carrico …
PASTOR JAMES HONIG, Chaplain
Pastor Jim Honig provides pastoral leadership as the Lutheran Youth Choir’s chaplain. He is also a member of the choir’s board. He is Senior Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church. He has been involved with youth and adults in music ministry in the parish, community and national organizations. More about Pastor Honig …
SANDY BECKER, Treasurer
Sandy Becker grew up at Faith Lutheran Church and has been active since 1959. She was a member of the choir throughout grade school and high school and now plays hand bells with the Hallelujah Choir. Her three daughters participated in the choir program, Midweek Miracle, and Sandy was the leader for several years and directed four of their annual musicals.
LARRY JOHNSON, VP, Secretary, Logistics and Tour Planning
Larry Johnson and his wife Karen have been members of Faith for 35 years, and currently are members of one of the handbell choirs. Larry also has enjoyed planning and working on seven Faith mission trips to the Gulf Coast to help with housing rehab work. He also looks forward to planning the choir’s tour. Larry and Karen have four grandchildren who are involved with music.
PAMELA SPENCER, Secretary
Pamela is a French teacher who has had the privilege of leading and accompanying many groups of young people to France and Germany. She brings her organizational skills and experience to the choir, as well as her joy in working with youth. Pam believes that music and travel can truly change lives and has witnessed this on several occasions through her own students, as well as members of the choir both in the U.S. and in Germany. She and Philip have been members of Faith Lutheran since 2002.
KRISTINE SUBLETTE, Development
Kristine Sublette is an advocate for strong sons and daughters of faith. Her own son and daughter attend St. Olaf College. She is an eighth grade Sunday School teacher, a member of the Sanctuary Choir at Faith Lutheran Church, a participant in bible studies, president of Faith’s Women of the ELCA (WELCA) organization, and founder of Helping Mom. She feels music helps us to become true light.
ROBERT WULFFEN, Development
Robert Wulffen has been an educator for 45 years. He taught for 8 years and served as building principal for 25 Years at the middle school level. Dr. Wulffen also taught graduate level education courses at Aurora University for 12 years. He accompanied the Lutheran Youth Choir on its German tour in 2013. Dr. Wulffen sings in the bass section of Faith Lutheran Church’s Sanctuary Choir.