Good Shepherd Staff
Julio Pena, Pastor
Reverend Julio Pena is the Designated Pastor of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church. He was the Pastor of Spirit of Love Community Ministry of 1001 PCUSA for the past two years. He has also been a part of the pastoral staff at Pullman Presbyterian Church. Reverend Julio was the Moderator of the Chicago Presbytery in 2013 and he has actively served as a church youth leader for about 20 years. He graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary in 2005. He also served in the social services field for nearly 30 years.
His family includes his wife, Claudia and children Jessica 23, Israel 17, and Emilio 15. Their pets include dogs, Marley and Coco, cat, Castle, turtles, Squirt and Flash, tropical fish and one goldfish. In his free time, he enjoys camping, reading, watching DVDs, attending shows and concerts, hiking, going on bike rides, road trips, spending time with his family and ,of course, he loves being a Pastor.
Julee Phillips began as our new Music Director on January 7, 2018. Julee Phillips is from the west coast. She grew up in southern Oregon. While studying music at college in Utah, she met her future husband, Nathan. They loved living in Utah, Tennessee, and now in the Chicago area! Nate’s job as a professor at the UIC brought them to this area 4 years ago. Julee has HAPPILY been teaching piano and music for the past 25 years, wherever she has lived. Julee and Nate have 5 kids that you may have seen coming and going.