Savior has an abundance of talented women named Sandy: a few weeks ago, we learned about Sandy Richter; today, get to know Sandy Oyler, Savior's deacon.
What is your role at Church of the Savior?
I serve as Deacon at Church of the Savior. As such, I participate liturgically each week in the service, assist with pastoral care, and oversee the acolyte and altar ministries.
Where do you live now, and where are you from?
I live in Wheaton and grew up in Skokie, IL. Except for a brief 3-year stint in Kansas, I’ve lived all of my life in the Chicago area.
What do you do professionally?
Professionally, I’m a clinical social worker. I’m currently the Director of the Counseling Center at Warrenville Youth and Family Services, which is a branch of Outreach Community Ministries.
What is the best book you've read in the last 5 years?
It’s difficult to narrow down my favorite book of the last 5 years, but I really enjoyed Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson and Evicted by Matthew Desmond. Both books thoughtfully discuss complex social issues by following the lives of real people affected by them.
How does the ministry you lead serve the life of our congregation?
On a practical level, my ministry consists of handling logistics so that our church service runs smoothly. On another level, I hope that by preparing the altar and serving liturgically, that I contribute to creating a sacred space for our worship together.
How can people get involved in the ministries you lead?
I would love anyone who might be interested in the altar ministry to contact me. I’m always looking to add people to the team. I also welcome any parent who has a child interested in being an acolyte to talk to me as well.