Rebecca Anderson 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.


Vince Amlin 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.


Vince Wilson is a professional singer and songwriter from Philadelphia, PA. 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 through 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 his considerable musical chops, Vince knows 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.

Other Members of the TeaM

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/


Gilead is a congregation-in-formation under the auspices of Chicago Metropolitan Association (CMA) of the UCC.  Gilead is also an emerging congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  We participate in denomination-wide ministries and activities of each church.