The door to Strauss-Betker Hall is handicap accessible. All bathrooms are not only handicap accessible but large enough to turn a wheelchair around within. There is a wheelchair lift to the sanctuary that contains handicap accessible seating in the center with chairs, spaces for wheelchairs and a moveable baptismal font if needed to provide full access. if you have any questions about handicap accessibility, please feel free to contact Amanda Vandervort.


1095 East Thacker Street

Des Plaines, IL 60016


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Our Ministry Team

St. Martin's is so lucky to have such a wonderful Ministry Team. Rev. M.E. Eccles takes care of our spiritual needs in a caring way. Adam  creates beautiful music with both the choir and the organ. Kathy Isaacks keeps the office running smoothly as well as keeping our finances in line, and our sextons take great care of our building and grounds.

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A priest since 2007, Rev. M.E. started at St. Martin’s on All Saints’ Day 2013.  He's also served the larger church as a member of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Chicago, warden of the Diocesan Council, and a volunteer and Deputy at several General Conventions of the National Episcopal Church. M.E’s primary interests are the full inclusion of diverse populations in the church and beyond, animal welfare and environmental conservation.  An intersection of his passion for pastoral care and the church is helping the disenfranchised find their place in church, be that at an individual or national level. M.E. is married to Kathleen Erin Eccles and they are the loving animal parents of two wonderful dogs. 


The Very Rev. M.E. Eccles


Kathleen (Kathy) Isaacks, has several years of experience serving the church in many ways.  Her first position after moving to Illinois in 2006 was where she learned the "mechanics" of the Episcopal church.  In 2014 she became the Communications & Operations Manager at St. Martin's.


A cradle United Methodist, she taught Sunday School and has chaired most every committee in the local United Methodist Church while living in NJ, worked in the UMC Conference office and was Co-Chair of the Conference's AIDS Action Team while in NJ.  Kathy is currently an active member of Trinity UMC in Mt. Prospect and lives in Des Plaines with her husband, Hank, cat Sammie, a puppy Zena.  They have two grown children - a daughter, son-in-law & granddaughter in Seattle, WA (and a huge dog who owns them); and a son in Phoenix, AZ.


Communication and Operations Manager

Kathleen Isaacks​

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Adam Gruber is a native of nearby Arlington Heights, and has always had a love of music. He began taking piano lessons at just eight years old. Organ lessons followed two years later, and while in middle school, his lessons expanded further to include composition and choral conducting. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Organ Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and just this past May graduated from Indiana University with a Master's Degree, also in Organ Performance.

Interim Music Director and Organist

Adam Gruber

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Barbara Cortino & Jim Nowak, Sextons

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