Jim Clauer came to St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in November of 2018, bringing a vast amount of experience. He has served as a musician, liturgist and campus minister at some of the largest parishes in the Midwest. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Jim began his church career accompanying the choir at the parish he grew up in at the age of fourteen. In 2006, Jim became the Director of Worship and Music at Holy Family Parish in Shorewood, Illinois. During his tenure there he saw the parish through massive growth from 800 families to over 3,500 families before serving as a Campus Minister at Joliet Catholic Academy. Most recently, Jim served as the Director of Liturgy and Music at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Deerfield, Illinois.
Jim is a graduate of St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theology with an Academic Minor in Music for Liturgists. In addition to his work in music and liturgy, Jim has directed retreats for various parishes, as well as been a presenter for diocesan events, including Cathedral Days, and the Joliet Catholic School Summit. In 2012, he was a recipient of a Catechetical and Youth Ministries Recognition Award for the Archdiocese of Chicago.
When not making music at the church, Jim remains active with community theater groups and local schools, accompanying and directing for musicals and concerts.