Leadership and Staff
Elder and Staff Leadership Team
Glen Ellyn Bible Church (GEBC) is an Elder led and staff driven church. The term “Elder” can sound strange to our 21st century ears, but it is a biblical word that describes the highest level of leadership within the local church. The GEBC Elder board is made of up of nine men who are elected by the congregation and are charged with cultivating and casting vision, as well as overseeing caregiving and the teaching ministries of the church. The senior pastor, Kelly Brady, is the only Elder who also serves as a paid staff member.
The staff of GEBC are a group of passionate and gifted women and men charged with strategically implementing the church’s vision. Their primary task is to recruit, equip and empower volunteers to do the work of the church’s ministries. Our staff’s greatest joy is to share in ministry with the people of GEBC.
Kelly joined the staff of Glen Ellyn Bible Church in 1994. During his tenure, he has overseen children’s, youth and family ministries at one time or another.
In May 2004, Kelly became the senior pastor, with his primary responsibilities being preaching, leading the staff and cultivating and casting vision.
A graduate of Wheaton College, he holds masters degrees in Educational Ministries and Biblical Theology, as well as a doctorate in ministry from Trinity International University in Deerfield.
Married in 1991, Kelly and Sherri have three children.
You can contact Kelly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Nathan joined the GEBC staff as a technical assistant in 2014, and has served in audio and video realms of the church. He is currently the Assistant Student Ministry Director. He earned a degree in Public Relations from Malone University in Canton, Ohio. Throughout his career, he has photographed and filmed for various corporations and non-profits. You can catch him wearing neon at Children’s Ministry game nights, performing stand-up comedy, or cheering on the hopelessness that is Cleveland sports teams.
Erin joined the Glen Ellyn Bible Church staff in August 2017 as the Women’s Ministry Director. Erin and her husband, Jordan, grew up in Lake Geneva, WI and both attended Wheaton College. During their time at Wheaton College, they both started serving in the GEBC youth group. They continued to serve and get plugged into small groups at GEBC, while Erin pursued her graduate degree at Wheaton in Christian Formation and Ministry. After graduating, Erin was a Resident Director at John Brown University, where she oversaw a residence hall of 240 female students. She loved mentoring and discipling the students at JBU. She is excited to continue to use her gifts and passions for identity and spiritual development to come alongside the women at GEBC. Erin enjoys reading, paddle boarding, traveling, and connecting with others over a shared meal or good cup of coffee. Erin and Jordan have two kids Adelyn and Miles, and love spending time with family and friends. They are thrilled to be back in this area and a part of the community at GEBC.
Mark joined the staff in January of 2007 as our Facilities Manager and oversees the buildings and grounds here at GEBC. He is accomplished in residential and commercial construction/renovation and is a licensed Illinois Inspector. Mark has been attending GEBC for several years now and is very excited to be serving the great folks he both works and worships with. After living in Raleigh, North Carolina for a number of years with his wife Lisa, he returned home so that he could be closer to family. Mark lives in Glen Ellyn and most of all enjoys spending time with his wife and three beautiful children, Nicole, Evan and Peter. His hobbies include camping, woodworking and tinkering around with things out in his garage.
Kendra joined the staff team in 2018 as the Caregiving Center Assistant Director.
Supports Last Names: G,H
My wife, Jill, and I have been married since 2008, and have been attending Glen Ellyn Bible Church since January 2012. We are the parents of two fantastic boys, Bennett and Sam. Since we’ve been attending GEBC, Jill and I have had the opportunity to be involved at GEBC in multiple ways, including Feed My Starving Children, small groups, nursery ministry, ushering, and the evangelism team. In the past, I have also coordinated Loop Lunches for those attending GEBC who spend Monday through Friday downtown. At our previous church, I had the opportunity to serve as a teacher in both young adults and young-marrieds classes, as well as to help establish the DuPage County arm of Administer Justice, a non-profit, legal aid organization founded on biblical principles. It is my desire to see GEBC continue to be a church committed to knowing God through His word and proclaiming the gospel. Vocationally, I am an attorney in private practice in Chicago. In addition to activities at church, I enjoy all sports (but baseball, first and foremost), reading, biking, traveling, and spending time with Jill and the boys.
Carolyn joined the GEBC staff in July 2016 as Preschool Coordinator and in January 2017 began her new position as the Adult Ministries Assistant. She has enjoyed tutoring high school math part time while being home with her three kids, Lila, Micah and Cora. Carolyn and her husband Matt have been attending GEBC since 2010. Carolyn and her husband are passionate about connecting with other families in fellowship and spending time together as a family.
John serves as the Sending Pastor overseeing the Local and Global Sending Ministry and Student Ministry at Glen Ellyn Bible Church. He attended Washington Bible College in Maryland and has masters degrees from Wheaton in Intercultural Studies and Educational Ministries. He has served churches in Georgia, Colorado, and Illinois. John and Tammie are proud parents of three children. He enjoys snow skiing, hacking at golf, yard work, taking pictures, travel, long meetings, humor, the Boston Red Sox, and Cape Cod beaches. He loves being on staff at GEBC and is passionate about seeing a quiet revolution of men and women worldwide becoming disciples of Jesus.
Janet joined the staff in October 2012 in the worship department and made the switch to Children’s Ministry in 2018. A former middle school choir director and department chair in the Naperville schools, she has a passion for education and helping kids and their parents grow as followers of Jesus. Janet and her husband, Matt, have attended GEBC since 2001 and have 4 kids.
Supports Last Names: F,L,K
As the husband to the real Dr. Larson for 34 years—31 of them at GEBC—I’ve been able to see Beth serve many in our body as their beloved physician. Together with Beth, we’ve seen GEBC, in turn, minister to two sons, now 31 and nearly 29, who’ve spent their entire lives at GEBC being cared for in the nursery, growing up through children’s and youth ministries, and now being launched into their own lives of service, both having been supported in missionary projects through GEBC. Two granddaughters (6 and nearly 4) and a grandson (nearly 2) are now completing the cycle, being cared for in the nursery, while their mom assists in worship and dad occasionally runs sound. Meanwhile, my oldest son, his wife. and their nine month old son are preparing for service as medical missionaries with TEAM in Pakistan. Along with my family, I’ve been fortunate to serve GEBC in my own ways through a variety of different ministries. I’ve served as a deacon and an elder, taught adult Sunday School, served in AWANA, coached softball, sung in the choir and worship teams, run sound, and even served for a time as our worship leader. I play the role of GEBC’s utility infielder, even having taken a few turns preaching when Kelly and the rest of the staff are away. When I’m not at GEBC, I serve as one of the adminstrators at Wheaton College, play with my grandchildren, and try to play golf (badly).
Andrea joined the GEBC staff as the part-time Children’s Ministry Assistant in September 2017. She graduated from North Central College with a Business Management degree and has worked in the non-profit industry since graduation. Andrea and her husband Steve live in Wheaton with their 3 kids (Jacob, Mollie & Greta) and their feisty dog, Josie. Andrea and Steve are involved with small groups at GEBC and serve in the children’s nursery, Feed my Starving Children, and other volunteer events throughout the year. They also enjoy hosting fun events with their friends and family and are both highly involved in their neighborhood and kid’s school community. Andrea also enjoys reading, playing tennis, and watching her kid’s sporting events.
Sarah joined the GEBC staff in 2015, and serves in a part-time role as the Caregiving Center Director. Sarah met her husband, Tim, at Wheaton College, where she studied Business & Economics. Following college, Sarah worked briefly in event production before providing fundraising counsel to non-profits. She is excited to see how God is using her previous work experience and passions to help serve His people through the Caregiving Center. When she’s not trying desperately to keep up with her four children, she enjoys the outdoors and being active.
Sarah joined the GEBC team in October of 2018.
Tim joined the Elder Board in 2018. He and his wife Sarah have 4 children and have been at GEBC for 12 years.
Chuck joined the Elder Board in 2018. He and his wife Lynnea have 2 children and have attended GEBC for over 25 years.
Bonnie joined the staff in September 2001 providing support as Assistant to the Children’s Ministry Directors and later, also supporting Women’s Ministry. In September 2017, she moved into the Church Office Manager position. As the church Office Manager Bonnie handles many of the financial and administrative duties of the church. Bonnie and her husband, Lance live in Glen Ellyn. They have three adult sons, Eric, Glenn and Luke. Apart from enjoying her role as mom, she loves to travel (especially to the family cabin in the woods in the U.P. of Michigan). She is a Glen Ellyn native and has always made her home in the western suburbs.
This is Phil Koch and I am looking forward to serving as Elder and living the great Godly adventure that Glen Ellyn Bible Church is headed towards. I was born and raised in the Chicago area. My family and I started coming to GEBC in the Fall of 1998. We had just moved back to the area after living/working overseas for five years. All it took was one visit and we knew that GEBC would be our church home. I have been married to Cherie for 38 great years and have two children, Joel who is 31 and Alison who is 25. Joel is married to Sarah and they have a 3 year old son named Liam. At present, I am an active participant in small group, men’s Frat, usher and the Global Missions Leadership Team. Last year I made the decision to leave corporate life after 43 years. I enjoyed my work in the fields of transportation, consulting, energy and agricultural but it was time to turn the page to the next chapter of life. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, sports, movies and international travel (especially visiting GEBC missionaries).
Supports Last Names: A,B,I,P
Bio to come.
John and his wife, Kari have been married for 15 years, and they have 5 children: Brayden, Wyatt, Caleb, Annika, and Izzy. Kari grew up in Valparaiso, IN and John is from Holland, MI. They met while they were students at Wheaton College and got married right after graduation. They now live in Winfield and have been a part of Glen Ellyn Bible Church since 2010. John enjoys running, biking and competing in triathlons. He also enjoys outdoor activities and is an avid duck hunter. As a family, they love to spend time together with their extended family on the beach in West Michigan.
Mark joined the GEBC staff in 2016 as the Student Ministries Pastor. He serves primarily as the High School youth pastor but oversees all student ministry for Middle School through College students.
Mark is originally from the northeast, where he spent the first half of his childhood just outside of New York City. Although he spent the second half of his childhood just outside of Boston, Mark’s heart and sports allegiances remain permanently tied to the far-superior New York teams. Mark felt called to ministry in high school, and pursued a degree in Christian Education and Ministry and Bible and Theology at Wheaton College. After graduating in 2011 he joined the staff of an inner-city church plant in Chicago for two years. After marrying his wife, Elle, in 2013 he heard the unmistakable voice of God, saying, “Go West, young man!” Mark and Elle moved out to Denver, where Mark earned his Master of Divinity at Denver Seminary, served as the youth and worship pastor at a local church, and spent his free time shredding the fresh powder of the Rockies. Mark and Elle have a crazy and hilarious daughter named Hadley (2014). Mark enjoys watching and playing pretty much any sport, playing guitar, listening to music, the great outdoors, and doing just about anything with good friends.
Supports Last Names: R,U,V,W,X
Kurt Wise joined our staff team this year as our Facilities Assistant. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supports Last Names: D,E,J
Bio to come.