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: Beth Farias (she/her/hers) is a 3rd year seminarian at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and an inquirer into ordination in the PC(USA). She earned a Masters in Pastoral Studies in ’06 from the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago, and enjoyed work as both a campus minister and a parish minister for 7 years. Beth is interested in contextual theology, mythology, spiritual practices, and the intersection between faith and healing.  She has been a member of Friendship Presbyterian Church since May ’16, and she looks forward to spending the summer writing, recording, praying, marching, worshipping, practicing, learning, and expanding in the role of seminary intern.


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.