Pastoral Team

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Jonathan Friesen

IMG_0106sOur lead pastor, Jonathan Friesen, is in his 11th year at the church.   Prior to serving at Ellis Jonathan co-directed the DOOR Chicago program, a short-term Christian service and education program located on the westside of the city.  He also was a city director for the Service Adventure program, a program for young adults to explore service vocations and connect with local church communities.  Jonathan received his M.Div. from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 2008.  He and his wife Kristin have been residents of Hyde Park for almost 20  years.  They have two children, Nathan, 16, and Caroline, 11.

Jorja A. Porter

jorjaOur Assistant Pastor, Jorja A. Porter is a passionate and caring woman of God that has been a member of the Ellis Community for the past 4 years. A native Hyde Parker, she is an advocate of youth, women and senior citizens and believes that God has a place for everyone. She has a professional background in fundraising, strategic planning and event planning and enjoys sharing these gifts to encourage and support the community of Ellis Avenue Church. She tries to live life according to one of her favorite scriptures which is Mark 12: 31 which ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” She is active with the youth, women and special programming at Ellis.