Pastor Brian Wise serves as Senior Pastor of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church.
Pastor Brian Wise (he, him) joined the Our Saviour’s community in August 2015 as Associate Pastor of Outreach. His previous call was Associate Pastor at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Aurora, IL, and he also served in the coordinator position in the Office of the Presiding Bishop for the ELCA Churchwide Offices. He graduated from Valparaiso University with a B.A. in Theology and a Minor in Music. He received his Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He is currently enrolled at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, and is working on his Doctorate in Ministry, focusing on pluralism and new religious movements.
Pastor Brian met the love of his life, Mandy, at Valparaiso University in a music theory class. Mandy is now an elementary school music teacher in Palatine. He proposed to her near home plate before a White Sox game…she said yes, and the Sox won that day, too! Pastor Brian and Mandy have a Morkie named Pani Paczki, which is Polish for "Mrs. Donut." They also have three children, Wesley, Gia, and Wyatt, who love coming to church and connecting with their church family!
Pastor Brian constantly reflects on Jesus’ life and ministry, which was surrounded by relationships, reconciliation, meeting people where they are at, breaking down walls of injustice and sharing God’s love with everyone. He is thrilled to be called to Our Saviour’s, a place that is working to reflect that justice, love, and mercy in all that they say and do.
Pastor Brian leads the Our Saviour's staff, the Children’s Center Preschool, Local and Global Missions and Benevolent Partners, and reception of new members. He also oversees all worship opportunities at Our Saviour's.
Pastor Brian additionally leads the Just Love Team as we support our congregation in having courageous conversations about naming racism and injustices and working to be an ally for all people. He is personally committed to listening and working toward being an antiracist and is a proud ally of the LGBTQ(IA+) community and making sure Our Saviour's is a welcoming and safe place for all.
If you find yourself with questions about life, love, God, or anything, please feel free to email him or follow him on Instagram @wisepastor. Also, for updates on his doctoral work, feel free to check out www.rootsrockreggaezion.com!