Pastor: Rev. Shawna Bowman (she/her/hers or they/their/theirs) is the first called and installed pastor of Friendship Presbyterian Church and has been doing ministry with the creative and justice-seeking folks here since 2011. Shawna is most grateful for the creativity, energy, and compassion the Friendship folks exhibit in everything from worship to community engagement. Shawna is a 2009 grad from McCormick Theological Seminary where she currently serves in Experiential Education and as Affiliate Faculty. Shawna is also a Co-founder of Creation Lab, an art collective and a working studio space at the intersection of creativity, spirituality and prophetic imagination located in Edgewater.
Pastoral Intern: Katherine Chilcote (she/her/hers) is in her second year of seminary at McCormick Theological Seminary and is an inquirer for ordination in the United Church of Christ. She earned her Masters of Fine Arts from the New York Studio School in 2005 and has since been a mural artist, musician, nonprofit director of Building Bridges Arts Collaborative, and teaching artist. Katherine is coming into seminary to deepen her calling to design create sacred spaces through practices of collaboration and space transformation in public art. She is dedicated to practices of restorative justice in our community. She looks forward to growing with our congregation practices of arts ministry as she looks towards the intersections of arts based ministry, social justice and sanctity of public space.
Office Administrator: Kasey Trouba (she/her/hers) is a Nebraska native who moved to Chicago to study and pursue a career in arts administration. In addition to her work as the Administrator for Friendship, Kasey is an Administrative Assistant for Prismatic, an organization dedicated to educating young people to be intentional, mission-driven leaders. She is also the co-founder of Asterisk Arts Collective, a collective dedicated to showcasing work from underrepresented folks.
Musician: Josh Lava (he/him/his) is a musical chameleon who has amassed an impressive and eclectic body of work as a multi-instrumentalist, producer/engineer, composer, and songwriter across the genre spectrum. Whether he’s composing for full orchestra, performing live with a jazz trio, or producing an electronic dance track, Josh is musically at home pretty much anywhere. http://www.joshlava.com/