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Rebecca Anderson (co-pastor) 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 (co-pastor) 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.


Chelsea Cornelius (student pastor)  is a second-year Master of Divinity graduate student at the University of Chicago Divinity School and 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. 


Adam Motz (music director) 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.


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.