Rev. Wendy Hardin Hermann is currently the Associate Pastor of Glenview United Methodist Church; she has been an ordained Elder in the N orthem Illinois Conference since 1999. Wendy has also served churches in Hinsdale, Rogers Park (Chicago) and Norwood Park (Chicago). Wendy’s family roots are in the Deep South; she grew up in Auburn, Alabama and is a lifelong United Methodist. In addition, she is a “PK (Pastor’s Kid)”-her mother is a retired United Methodist pastor who served churches in Alabama and Georgia. Wendy holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from United Methodistrelated Birmingham-Southern College, and a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.
Wendy has a deep love for God, God’s people, and for the church. Her passions for ministry include creative worship and preaching, building community among diverse people, helping congregations connect the faith practices of spiritual growth and social justice, and empowering churches to live and grow into the future God is preparing for them. Wendy’s personal faith has been heavily influenced by the United Methodist emphasis on “head and heart”-living in ways that honor both the intellect and emotions. John Wesley’s teachings on love of God and neighbor have also been a guiding principle for Wendy’s everyday life and ministry. A favorite bible verse speaks to Wendy’s continued experience of God’s love and grace: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
Wendy enjoys running, yoga, music, good books, and a steaming hot cup of coffee-even in summer! She has been married for almost 22 years to Steve Hermann, and they are blessed to be raising three children: Lucy (15), Nick (12), and Helen (7). Steve is a high school teacher, and the family currently lives in the Edison Park neighborhood of Chicago. Together they enjoy road trips to visit grandparents, day trips to Chicago museums and beaches, hanging out at Great America, and long summer evenings in their backyard.