About Our Church


Glen Ellyn Bible Church is a place for people just like you, your friends and your family. We are here to help you in any way we can. We make this offer because the God we worship and serve cares about people. He cares about you.

From the worship services (9am and 10:30am every Sunday) to the Sunday-school classes (for all ages) to student groups and small groups—everything we do is to help people walk the journey of life. Presently about 700 people attend our worship services. Approximately 150 middle school and high school students count GEBC as their church home. The children’s ministry serves over 200 kids.

Browse our site. Learn more about us. Give us the opportunity to build a bridge to you and for you. In the process, we are confident that God will help bring about the changes you long for in your life.

Our Story


Glen Ellyn Bible Church is a place for people just like you, your friends and your family. We are here to help you in any way we can. We make this offer because the God we worship and serve cares about people. He cares about you.


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Our Vision


Inspired by Acts 2:44 ("All believers were together and had everything in common."), our vision is for every member of the congregation to ENGAGE each other, with those in need, and with spiritual seekers in relationships.


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Our Mission


The primary purpose of the church is to glorify God by making disciples. This is the single greatest contribution the church can make in this world, and toward that end all of our programming at Glen Ellyn Bible Church will be driven by at least one of the four disciple-making activities we’ve identified as part of our method.


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Our Story


September 29, 1943 was the date of a merger between two smaller churches in Glen Ellyn—the First Evangelical Church and the Gospel Tabernacle. Both churches were rich in history and had a common desire to proclaim the good news of Christ in their community and around the world.

With the common commitments to children’s and student ministries, supporting missionaries, and a shared passion to reach their community with the gospel, these two churches merged to form what is now known as Glen Ellyn Bible Church

Since 1943, the church has continued to build on its commitments to each of ministry focuses. In 1960, the church planted a congregation on Park Boulevard, near the present location of Glenbard South High School. The church plant grew to over 200 people in three years.

During the 1980s, Gary Gulbranson served as Senior Pastor, and Glen Ellyn Bible Church experienced significant growth in attendance. The late 1980s were a time of facility improvement as well, with Rathbun Hall and additional education space being built. In 1994, Jim Cofield began serving as Senior Pastor, and it became clear that, to better meet the needs of the congregation, some updating was necessary. Air conditioning was installed, the basement was remodeled and the Worship Center was upgraded with a new sound system, pews, carpet, stage and lighting. At the same time, all remaining debt was retired.

As we look ahead, we are thankful for our heritage and God’s faithfulness to our community of faith.Kelly Brady
In May of 2004, Kelly Brady was installed as Senior Pastor, having already served as the Student Ministry Pastor and Family Life Pastor for a decade. In 2006, GEBC added a third Sunday morning worship service and the elders of Glen Ellyn Bible Church first illustrated their Philosophy of Ministry using the Disciple-Making Target. Pastor Kelly published Following Jesus in 2010, which explains the Disciple-Making Target in detail.

In February 2010, Pastors Brian From and Dave Schubert were sent out, along with 72 adults and children, to plant Four Corners Community Church (FCCC) in Downers Grove, Illinois. Today, FCCC averages nearly 300 in worship on Sunday mornings.

January of 2015 marked a new era in the life of our church with the launching of the Engage Vision. Out of years of prayer and seeking God’s wisdom for what was next for our community of faith the Engage vision was born. The Engage Vision guides everything we do at Glen Ellyn Bible and was the catalyst for launching our Caregiving Center in August of 2015, which serves over 200 under-resourced families in our community each month.

As we look ahead, we are thankful for our heritage and God’s faithfulness to our community of faith. We are also excited about what we believe God has called us to do in reaching the broken and in growing followers of Christ. God has done many great things in and through this church. We believe that the best days for God’s church are before us!

Our Vision


With One Another in Fellowship

To pray, study Scripture, and reach out to others, with the hope of knowing Jesus and making him known.

WITH THOSE IN NEED IN CAREGIVING

To meet the physical needs of others, with the hope of demonstrating Jesus' love for all.

WITH SPIRITUAL SEEKERS IN RELATIONSHIP

To share our faith story, with the hope of helping others find faith.

Our Mission


The primary purpose of the church is not to make us feel better about ourselves. The church is not a self-help community, aiming simply at empowering us to live lives that are more balanced and more successful. The church’s purpose is not to make us happy, or to entertain us with programming, or to provide a safe community insulated from the harsh realities of the world. The primary purpose of the church is to glorify God by making disciples. This is the single greatest contribution the church can make in this world, and toward that end all of our programming at GEBC will be driven by at least one of the four disciple-making activities we’ve identified as part of our method. These are explained in-depth below.


Our Team


  • Jonathan Heise
    Jonathan Heise
    WORSHIP MINISTRY ASSISTANT
  • Kelly Brady
    Kelly Brady
    SENIOR PASTOR
  • Grant Armstrong
    Grant Armstrong
    GROWTH AND GROUPS PASTOR
  • Nate Cantleberry
    Nate Cantleberry
    ASSISTANT STUDENT MINISTRY DIRECTOR
  • Erin Christner
    Erin Christner
    WOMEN'S MINISTRY DIRECTOR
  • Amy Coyle
    Amy Coyle
    CHILDREN'S MINISTRY DIRECTOR
  • Kendra DeRuyter
    Kendra DeRuyter
    CAREGIVNG CENTER ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
  • Carolyn Docter
    Carolyn Docter
    ADULT MINISTRIES ASSISTANT
  • John Foster
    John Foster
    CARE & OUTREACH PASTOR
  • Matt Kappel
    Matt Kappel
    CUSTODIAN
  • Janet Kurinsky
    Janet Kurinsky
    CHILDREN'S MINISTRY ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
  • Andrea Lichtenheld
    Andrea Lichtenheld
    CHILDREN'S MINISTRY ADMIN. ASSISTANT
  • Sarah March
    Sarah March
    CAREGIVING CENTER DIRECTOR
  • Matt Marron
    Matt Marron
    WORSHIP PASTOR
  • Sarah Rosenthal
    Sarah Rosenthal
    STUDENT MINISTRIES ASSISTANT
  • Bonnie Skala
    Bonnie Skala
    OFFICE MANAGER
  • John Vandervelde
    John Vandervelde
    EXECUTIVE PASTOR
  • Mark Wilkerson
    Mark Wilkerson
    STUDENT MINISTRIES PASTOR
  • Kurt Wise
    Kurt Wise
    FACILITIES MANAGER

Glen Ellyn Bible Church
501 Hillside Avenue, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137