Staff

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.

Operations Manager: Kasey Trouba (she/her/hers) is a Nebraska native who moved to Chicago to study theater at Loyola University Chicago, and along the way discovered her skills in administration. She started working with Friendship as their Office Administrator in 2017 and quickly came to love the community at Friendship. With Friendship’s growth, Kasey’s role has also grown from the Office Admin to the Operations Manager. In her off hours, Kasey works as a producer for 2nd Story, a local storytelling company, and with Shawna and the gang at Creation Lab!

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/