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Pastoral Staff

  Rebecca Anderson | Co-Pastor    Rebecca  is ordained in The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She has a Masters in Divinity from the University of Chicago and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Playwrighting from Hampshire College (Amherst, MA). A believer in the power of the spoken word, Rebecca’s been on  Snap Judgment  (radio) and  The Broad Experience  (podcast) and worked with story-telling companies like 2nd Story, The Moth, and Do Not Submit (all in Chicago, IL). Rebecca has developed and teaches workshops designed to grow the practice of story-telling and foster interpersonal connection. As a comic, she was featured in The Boston Globe and The Christian Century. With a background in farming and gardening, growing healthy food has been joy, job, and spiritual grounding for Rebecca. In 2015, she planted her first garden in Rogers Park, where she’s putting down all kinds of roots.   Contact Rebecca: rebecca@gileadchicago.org

Rebecca Anderson | Co-Pastor

Rebecca is ordained in The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She has a Masters in Divinity from the University of Chicago and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Playwrighting from Hampshire College (Amherst, MA). A believer in the power of the spoken word, Rebecca’s been on Snap Judgment (radio) and The Broad Experience (podcast) and worked with story-telling companies like 2nd Story, The Moth, and Do Not Submit (all in Chicago, IL). Rebecca has developed and teaches workshops designed to grow the practice of story-telling and foster interpersonal connection. As a comic, she was featured in The Boston Globe and The Christian Century. With a background in farming and gardening, growing healthy food has been joy, job, and spiritual grounding for Rebecca. In 2015, she planted her first garden in Rogers Park, where she’s putting down all kinds of roots.

Contact Rebecca: rebecca@gileadchicago.org

  Vince Amlin | Co-Pastor    Vince  is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Vince has a Masters of Divinity from the University of Chicago and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing from New York University. His writing has been published in  Split Ticket: Independent Faith in a Time of Partisan Politics  and  From the Psalms to the Cloud: Connecting in a Digital Age.  He is also a monthly contributor to the United Church of Christ "Still Speaking Daily Devotional." Vince has always dreamed of starting a church, out of a deep interest in Christian community. He used his Ministry Fellowship from the Fund for Theological Education to study Christian intentional communities around the world. When not working, Vince can be found scouring the prairie or studying the tops of trees for birds. He's currently working on a book titled  The Great Speckled Bird: Faith Lessons Learned Through Binoculars.    Contact Vince: vince@gileadchicago.org

Vince Amlin | Co-Pastor

Vince is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Vince has a Masters of Divinity from the University of Chicago and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing from New York University. His writing has been published in Split Ticket: Independent Faith in a Time of Partisan Politics and From the Psalms to the Cloud: Connecting in a Digital Age. He is also a monthly contributor to the United Church of Christ "Still Speaking Daily Devotional." Vince has always dreamed of starting a church, out of a deep interest in Christian community. He used his Ministry Fellowship from the Fund for Theological Education to study Christian intentional communities around the world. When not working, Vince can be found scouring the prairie or studying the tops of trees for birds. He's currently working on a book titled The Great Speckled Bird: Faith Lessons Learned Through Binoculars.

Contact Vince: vince@gileadchicago.org

  Alexa Eisenbarth | Student Pastor    Alexa  is in her third and final year as a Master of Divinity student at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. A Washington state transplant, she graduated from Whitworth University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Sociology in 2016. Having sensed a call to ministry in high school youth group, that call and her faith have changed a million times since then. She is a certified candidate for ordained ministry in The Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Methodist Church, and hopes to participate in the reconstruction of the Christian faith tradition that it might not do harm. Alexa has previously worked for The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women in The United Methodist Church, and at Audubon Park, Kennewick First, and Bothell United Methodist Churches as a pastoral intern.   Contact Alexa: alexa@gileadchicago.org

Alexa Eisenbarth | Student Pastor

Alexa is in her third and final year as a Master of Divinity student at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. A Washington state transplant, she graduated from Whitworth University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Sociology in 2016. Having sensed a call to ministry in high school youth group, that call and her faith have changed a million times since then. She is a certified candidate for ordained ministry in The Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Methodist Church, and hopes to participate in the reconstruction of the Christian faith tradition that it might not do harm. Alexa has previously worked for The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women in The United Methodist Church, and at Audubon Park, Kennewick First, and Bothell United Methodist Churches as a pastoral intern.

Contact Alexa: alexa@gileadchicago.org

 

Staff Staff

  Will Bouvel | Student Pastor    Will  is in his 2nd year as an MDiv student at the University of Chicago and also has a MA in Voice performance from the Royal Academy of Music. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Chicago in Geography. He is currently exploring a vocation to ordained ministry in the Episcopal church. Sunday mornings, Will can be found organizing and teaching children’s ministries at an Episcopal church in Chicago. Whether with kids or adults, he loves exploring creativity in worship through music, art, and expression which is a big reason why he’s so excited to be at Gilead! Vibrant and authentic worship is key for him, no matter the style and he’s excited to find the Holy Spirit wherever it’s moving. Will lives with his husband of ten years in Chicago’s near north side. He nerds out over public transit, maps, and Star Trek (TNG), and loves attending theater and ballet.   Contact Will: wil@gileadchicago.org

Will Bouvel | Student Pastor

Will is in his 2nd year as an MDiv student at the University of Chicago and also has a MA in Voice performance from the Royal Academy of Music. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Chicago in Geography. He is currently exploring a vocation to ordained ministry in the Episcopal church. Sunday mornings, Will can be found organizing and teaching children’s ministries at an Episcopal church in Chicago. Whether with kids or adults, he loves exploring creativity in worship through music, art, and expression which is a big reason why he’s so excited to be at Gilead! Vibrant and authentic worship is key for him, no matter the style and he’s excited to find the Holy Spirit wherever it’s moving. Will lives with his husband of ten years in Chicago’s near north side. He nerds out over public transit, maps, and Star Trek (TNG), and loves attending theater and ballet.

Contact Will: wil@gileadchicago.org

  Bri Crumbley | Administrative Queen & Party Person    Bri  is the queen of all things administrative (and is in the process of accepting that that can actually be a spiritual gift). With a passion for planning, a musical theatre background, and a self proclaimed Type-A- personality Bri is here to stage manage the production that is Gilead. Both her make-it-happen attitude and desire to create spaces where people connect and grow together were evident in her nearly 5 years with Cross Culture Student Ministries (now Grace Students - Chapel Hill, NC) as an administrator, events coordinator, and small group leader. A sociologist at heart, high-energy introvert Bri is always up for a chat, be it problem-solving, idea-generating, or pure relationship-building. When she's not roaming around Roger's Park, Bri is known to escape to her home state, North Carolina, where you're likely to find her with a Cheerwine and her chosen family.

Bri Crumbley | Administrative Queen & Party Person

Bri is the queen of all things administrative (and is in the process of accepting that that can actually be a spiritual gift). With a passion for planning, a musical theatre background, and a self proclaimed Type-A- personality Bri is here to stage manage the production that is Gilead. Both her make-it-happen attitude and desire to create spaces where people connect and grow together were evident in her nearly 5 years with Cross Culture Student Ministries (now Grace Students - Chapel Hill, NC) as an administrator, events coordinator, and small group leader. A sociologist at heart, high-energy introvert Bri is always up for a chat, be it problem-solving, idea-generating, or pure relationship-building. When she's not roaming around Roger's Park, Bri is known to escape to her home state, North Carolina, where you're likely to find her with a Cheerwine and her chosen family.

  Adam Motz | Music Director    Adam  is a musician, attorney, teacher, and advocate. He has a Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Juris Doctor and Certificate in Advocacy from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He was inspired to become an attorney by the marriage equality movement, and has since worked with the Legal Council for Health Justice and the National Immigrant Justice Center’s LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative. By day, he spends most of his time writing legal stuff, but outside of that, he loves to play the piano, solve crosswords, and explore the city with his better half. He is classically trained, but really values flexibility in musicianship (go with the flow!), and he writes some of his own songs, too. He loves pop music, all the divas, country, Christian, and classical, but his number-one-favorite-of-all-time will forever be Céline Dion.

Adam Motz | Music Director

Adam is a musician, attorney, teacher, and advocate. He has a Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Juris Doctor and Certificate in Advocacy from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He was inspired to become an attorney by the marriage equality movement, and has since worked with the Legal Council for Health Justice and the National Immigrant Justice Center’s LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative. By day, he spends most of his time writing legal stuff, but outside of that, he loves to play the piano, solve crosswords, and explore the city with his better half. He is classically trained, but really values flexibility in musicianship (go with the flow!), and he writes some of his own songs, too. He loves pop music, all the divas, country, Christian, and classical, but his number-one-favorite-of-all-time will forever be Céline Dion.

  Sam Willis | Head Grower    Sam  is excited to be the grower for Gilead's garden this year! He loves working outdoors and growing food for community. He has a BA in Radio Broadcasting from Columbia College and a certificate in Urban Agriculture and Market Gardening from Purdue University Extension. Plucked from the hills of West Virginia when he was 13, he spent his teen years growing up in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. After many years of work in Radio, Sam pursued another love and got married, leaving Chicago. He and his wife, Danielle, have now settled back in Evanston with their dog, Lightnin' (as in Lightnin' Hopkins, Sam's favorite blues guitar player, look him up!). With friends and family near again Sam is happy to be back in his  Sweet Home... Chicago.  Danielle and Sam are busy preparing for their first child, due in September.

Sam Willis | Head Grower

Sam is excited to be the grower for Gilead's garden this year! He loves working outdoors and growing food for community. He has a BA in Radio Broadcasting from Columbia College and a certificate in Urban Agriculture and Market Gardening from Purdue University Extension. Plucked from the hills of West Virginia when he was 13, he spent his teen years growing up in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. After many years of work in Radio, Sam pursued another love and got married, leaving Chicago. He and his wife, Danielle, have now settled back in Evanston with their dog, Lightnin' (as in Lightnin' Hopkins, Sam's favorite blues guitar player, look him up!). With friends and family near again Sam is happy to be back in his Sweet Home... Chicago. Danielle and Sam are busy preparing for their first child, due in September.

Contact Bri: bri@gileadchicago.org

Contact Adam: music@gileadchicago.org

Wanna Garden?: info@gileadchicago.org

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#MakeItHappen


#MakeItHappen


The Leadership Team

Leadership means a lot of things. Leadership does a whole lot of things. Gilead wouldn't be Gilead without the Grade-A team of who help us  make it happen. 

Pedro Bortoto is a full-time househusband writing his PhD thesis, still trying to figure out the whole church thing. He believes in Gilead's mission of creating a welcoming place, and he hopes to help it flourish as a church and as a community. If you need Portuguese lessons for some weird reason, he can provide them.

Lizzy Brady Bortoto  is a union organizer and recovering evangelical. A couple years ago, she spontaneously tattooed a large pineapple on her forearm, but it also symbolizes hospitality and welcome, so it all worked out in the end. Lizzy loves to share stories, and believes that Gilead is a place where you can share yours, too. 

David Braden is our treasurer, a recent graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law, and has been hiding in a hole studying for the Illinois bar exam later this month. Once licensed, he'll practice family law. David spends (too much?) spare time in cemeteries pursuing his genealogy, but he also enjoys communing with the living over tea or dinner. David is a cradle Methodist in self-imposed exile, craving inclusive community and justice for all. 

Jill Dunlap comes to Gilead by way of the first beer release at Smack Dab. She is excited to be helping the leadership team with congregational care in the coming year. Jill works from home for a higher education association, which means she gets really excited for Sunday services so she can talk to real people. Jill also teaches Political Science at St. Xavier University and does dissertation editing on the side. 

Susan Haarman has worked with college students for over ten years and can show you the gray streak in her hair to prove it. She’s also been a hospital chaplain, knife salesman, camp counselor, waitress, Jesuit Volunteer, and lifeguard. She tells stories, is an improvisor, and should really get back to the gym.

Sarah Pressly is Gilead's resident golden retriever - she will bounce up to visitors and greet them, talk to just about anybody, and be enthusiastic about all sorts of things. Sarah currently works as a fundraiser for Feed My Starving Children in their Libertyville volunteer site, and lives in Evanston. She has a car if you need to borrow it on weekends or evenings.

Dave Scott focuses on creating community by hosting dinner parties, meeting with folks One-to-One and offering to help with projects.  He holds a certificate in Lay Ministry through the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. He works with adults with special needs through Misericordia and enjoys volunteering with Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly in his spare time.

 

some Special Thanks: 

Since we began working on Gilead, many talented folks have stepped forward to offer their help. We are honored to work with them. You should follow the links below and pay them money to do things for you!

Adam Frieberg, photography and technology. Find him at http://www.adamfrieberg.com/

Edyta Legiec, web design. Find her at http://www.littleworldphoto.com/

Lucas Ryan, photography. Find him at https://www.facebook.com/LRYANPhoto/

Mathew Schramm, logo design and branding. Find him at http://www.matschramm.com/

Rachel Singer, art ("Give" page). Find her at http://www.theblindcartographer.com/

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#HallofFame


#HallofFame


We've had, and are gonna have, amazing people passing through this congregation, as student pastors, as musicians, as interns. Until we're like, a hundred years old, and there are too many to fit in this space, we wanna hold a place for them and the ways they've shaped us as a church!

 
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Vince Wilson helped launch Gilead as our first music director. Vince is a professional singer and songwriter from Philadelphia, PA (and now back home there). He was classically trained at Swarthmore College for twelve years through the Chester Children's Chorus and has provided vocal support for artists such as Tasha Cobbs, Mark Collier, Shawn Bigby, Ernest Pugh, Dorinda Clark-Cole and more. Currently he specializes in music production, singing, songwriting and performance theough his solo vocal work and collaborative projects. Vince has spent a considerable amount of time leading worship and being a band leader across many genres. You can hear him here

In addition to all his considerable musical chops, Vince came to Gilead knowing how to start something new: he's the founder of The Soul Section, a band and an event, in State College, PA (home of Penn State), where artists, singers, rappers, poets and musicians gathered. 

 
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Chelsea Cornelius was our first ever student pastor, during her second year at the University of Chicago Divinity School, in the Masters of Divinity program. She's a candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Her academic interests include feminist theology, queer theory, bioethics, and identity and discursive space. She also works in the University of Chicago Writing Program, serves on the Office of the Provost's Sexual Misconduct Advisory Board, and co-organizes DivOUT (the Divinity School LGBTQ+ organization). Her previous ministry work includes serving as a chaplain at Cook County Jail, a Ministry Associate in campus ministry, and as a summer camp Program Director in northern Wisconsin.