Meet Our Staff
Charlotte Tsuyuki Lehman
I’ve never met anyone else with the same name as me, and that’s been like my experience of life as a biracial woman of some color born at the very end of the Baby Boomer generation and not raised to be leader and yet I have become one.
I joined the Reba Place Church community as Co-Pastor in 2022. I have an MDiv from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and am ordained in the Illinois Conference of Mennonite Church USA. Before coming to Reba I worked in campus ministry, hospital chaplaincy, and theater education (MA in Theater Education, Emerson College). I grew up in London, England as a missionary and pastor’s kid and have lived in many places. My passions include building cross-cultural relationships, youth and young adult ministry, the arts in worship, and nurturing vibrant, inclusive faith communities. For fun I like to sing, dance, cook, read, hike and make cards.
I was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, and emigrated to the United States in 1993. I have been an operatic tenor, an actor, a paramedic, and now work as a hospital chaplain, carpenter, and coordinator of worship service music at Reba Place Church. I am a proud father of two, stepfather of two, and a husband to Tomo, an immigrant from Japan who serves at a Unitarian Universalist seminary in Chicago.
I have been a part of the Reba Place Church community since 2008 and was drawn to the neighborhood by the vibrant life and expression of the church. Originally from Minnesota, I now live in the area with my husband and three kids, and am excited to be a part of the community-building efforts at Reba to create a thriving and life-giving experience.