Luke Esselman

Director of Youth & Family Life - Luke Esselman, DCE

Dir. of Youth and Family Life, Luke Esselman was certified as a Director of Christian Education from Concordia University Chicago (in River Forest, IL) in May of 2010. He finished his academic career with a year long internship at Grace from July 2009-July 2010; after which, he accepted Grace's call to stay in as a fulltime member of Grace's staff.  He has been at Grace ever since.

Luke is very passionate about seeing children and teens grow up knowing Jesus Christ as their Savior and the ultimate truth of the Bible. Luke believes that the faith development of children starts at home, and so the faith of a FAMILY is JUST as important (if not more so) as the faith of the individual.

Luke grew up in Springfield, IL and comes from an extremely loving and service centered, Christian family of father (Dennis), mother (Becki), and little sister (Hannah). Luke’s father has since passed away and moved on to his heavenly reward, but his mother still resides in Springfield and Hannah is studying at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.

Luke is outgoing and loves meeting new people and building 
relationships with them.  He has played soccer since he was 4 years
old and his favorite physical activities are rock climbing, canoeing, 
volleyball, and basketball. He also enjoys the theater.  He was in a 
number of plays and musicals in high school, as well as one in his last year of college.

Camp Ministry has been a very important part of Luke's life.  He worked at a Christian day camp for 6 summers and spent one summer at Camp Wartburg in Southern IL. Luke grew his passion for youth ministry in college and particularly in his last two years as led the Concordia Youth Ministry at River Forest, where he coordinated numerous teams of college students who were sent out to various congregations to help with retreats and lock-ins.

A guiding passage Luke has taken for his life is  2 Timothy 1:7-12

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, 
of love and of self-discipline.

So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me  his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the  power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life not  because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and  grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our  Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and  immortality to light through the gospel. And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have  believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have  entrusted to him for that day.”

(2Tim 1:7-12 NIV)