About Us

Our Mission  
Illinois Lutheran Schools provides a quality, Christian education to students of the Church and community and the world by nurturing and reaching souls for time and eternity.

Our Vision
Illinois Lutheran Schools empower young people to be bold, confident Christian leaders by encouraging each to identify and develop those unique gifts with which God has blessed them. Using a comprehensive curriculum, qualified, caring teachers nurture critical thinking skills enabling our graduates to become independent thinkers, positive role models, and effective servant leaders in their church and community. By emphasizing spiritual growth, academic excellence, and co-curricular activities, we develop strong Christian character and spiritual maturity that prepares today’s youth for tomorrow’s world and eternity.

Meet Our Superintendent, Pastor Troy Swenson

Pastor Troy Swenson is from Wisconsin. He graduated from Martin Luther College with a Bachelors in Liberal Arts from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary with a Masters of Divinity.

Pastor Swenson was called to serve as the first superintendent of Illinois Lutheran Schools in 2016. He is responsible for carrying out the mission of the school and casting the vision. He provides direction and support for the spiritual growth, academic excellence, and co-curriculars of the students and teachers. He is also committed to providing support to our local churches and community through the different groups at Illinois Lutheran Schools.

Pastor Swenson has been blessed by the Lord to serve our children, young adults, and families over the years in the following capacities:

  • Adjunct Professor at Wisconsin Lutheran College
  • Associate Pastor at Saint Lucas in Kewaskum, WI
  • Member of the Board of Directors at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School
  • Chairman of the Finance Committee at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School
  • Chairman of the Care Committee for Called Workers at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School
  • Coordinator for Youth Discipleship in the Nebraska District
  • Pastor at Shepherd of the Plains in Fort Morgan, CO
  • Vicar at Christ Lutheran in Zumbrota, MN

Pastor Swenson enjoys playing golf and basketball, watching professional football and college basketball, going to movies, reading, traveling, and worshiping our Lord with his wife, Monica, and their three children.

Pastor Swenson shares this thought with you, “Illinois Lutheran is more than an institution of academic and co-curricular excellence. Illinois Lutheran is a family. It is a family that walks with Jesus through His Word each day. It is a family that faces challenges and celebrations together knowing that all things work out for the good of those who have faith in Jesus. It is a family that is bonded together through the death and resurrection of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, and will remain together for all eternity. It is a family that I am proud to call my own!”

Meet Our Principal, Mr. Joe Archer

Mr. Joe E. Archer is the Principal of Illinois Lutheran Junior High and High School. He has 40 years of administration and teaching experience and began his current position at Illinois Lutheran High School in 1995. He has served as school system administrator and currently serves as principal of the high school and junior high. Mr. Archer provides spiritual leadership and works closely with boards and committees to develop and implement programs and policies that are in keeping with the school’s strong Biblical foundations, goals, and objectives.
“Our school provides a unique educational opportunity. We offer an academically challenging Pre-K through 12th grade curricula firmly founded in God’s Word. We strive to provide a family atmosphere where parents, teachers, and students work together as a community of learners to prepare for tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities and grow in our faith. We stand ready to provide any additional information you may need about our program. Please feel free to contact us at any time and arrange an Educational Success Consultation. Contact jearcher@ILHS.org or call (708) 672-3262.”