Photo by Michael SotoRector – The Rev. Kristin E. Orr

Pastor Orr was called as Rector of St. John the Evangelist in January, 2004.  A graduate of Virginia Seminary, she was ordained to the transitional diaconate in 1991 and the priesthood in 1992.  She began her ordained ministry as Assistant Rector at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas.  Later she served as locum tenens (Interim Rector) at St. Mark’s before being called as Rector of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Brewer, Maine, in 1999.

In the Diocese of Texas Pastor Orr served on the Diocesan Liturgical Commission and on the board of Autry House, the Episcopal chaplaincy at Rice University.  In Maine she represented the Diocese of Maine on the Province 1 Commission on the Environment.  Since coming to the Diocese of Chicago, she has served on Diocesan Council, on the task force on reunification of the Dioceses of Chicago and Quincy, and is currently Dean of the Joliet Deanery.  She also serves as the Convener of the South Suburban Interfaith Ministerial Association.

In her “previous life” Kristin worked as a geologist.  Her graduate research was on the geologic evolution of the Okanogan highlands in eastern Washington and southern British Columbia.  She later worked as a research scientist for Exxon Production Research Company.

Kristin’s family roots are in the Big Horn Mountain area of Wyoming.  She enjoys hiking in the mountains each summer on vacation.  In Chicago she loves Lyric Opera and Cubs baseball.  She shares the Rectory with her two dogs:  Lupine, a Golden Retriever, and Tallis, a Newfoundland.


Photo by David Ettinger.Director of Music – Michael D. Soto

A native of Texas, Michael Soto studied organ performance and linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. His primary teachers include Frank Speller and Gerre Hancock in Texas and Vincent Warnier in Paris. In 2011, he was awarded a State Department English Language Fellowship in Tunisia, and while there, he served as organist of the Cathedral of St. Vincent de Paul in Tunis. Michael’s musical interests include French organ music of the 20th century and Anglican choral music. He performs throughout the Chicago area as an organist, violist, and pianist, and he is the accompanist of the Grande Prairie Singers.







Office Administrator – Betsy Sloan


Sexton – Kenneth Shells


Nursery – Larissa Smith


2017 Vestry

Senior Warden – Greg Lawrence

Junior Warden – Steve Hofer

Bob Burgwald, Rob Carrier, Cynthia Turnquest (terms expire January 2018)

Alice Creason, Randy Oyster, Zoltan Sziky (terms expire January 2019)

Michael Bond, Shirley Reilly, Mary VanSwol (terms expire January 2020)