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I live in Illinois , and am willing to relocate.

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I would like to work in…

  • Youth / Student Ministry
  • Camp Ministry
  • Young Adult / College Ministry

I would like to work at a…

  • Episcopal church
  • Presbyterian (PCUSA) church
  • United Church of Christ (UCC) church
  • United Methodist church

Ellen Gotelli's résumé

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My vocational calling is to youth ministry. I feel called to foster mentorship, invite others into ministry with young people, and to create transformative discipleship experiences that allow teenagers to embrace a commitment to a profound Christian life.


Trinity UMC, Wilmette, Illinois: Director of Children’s and Youth Ministry April 2019-Present
Offering vibrant leadership to families, youth, and children in Wilmette, Illinois. Built both Children’s and Youth volunteer teams to execute creative, age appropriate programming on Sunday mornings.

First United Methodist Church, Conway, Arkansas: Youth Associate Aug. 2017 - May 2018
Worked with Youth Directors as a bridge between MidYouth and C1 Youth ministries. Led weekly Bible study and age-appropriate programming for 120+ students 5th-12th grade. Worked with three student-led leadership teams to develop leadership skills and programming. Developed emerging ‘junior high’ ministry in its inaugural year.

Project Transformation North Texas: House Pastor Summer 2018 Facilitated community of 130 Americorps Members serving at-risk children and youth in Dallas, Texas. Designed worship, planned events for over 130 young adults, offered constructive coaching and mentorship during summer programming.

Project Transformation North Texas: Corps Member Summer 2016, 2017
Worked with a team of fourteen college-age Americorps members to lead day camp for 25-30 inner-city
Students—taught literacy, social and emotional skills, college readiness, and spiritual development.

First United Methodist Church, Conway, Arkansas: Midyouth Ministries Assistant Aug. 2016 - May 2017
Led Wednesday night programming and Sunday School for 80-100 students ages 10-14. Guided 16-student leadership team to develop leadership skills, hospitality, and age-appropriate programming.

Hendrix College: Associate Chaplain of Worship Fall 2016 – May 2018
Under Hendrix College of the Chaplain, organized and led worship weekly. Played lead Guitar. Managed band of 10+ musicians in contemporary and Taize style worship.

Flower Mound United Methodist Church, Flower Mound, Texas: Youth Ministries Intern Summer 2015
Worked with dedicated church staff of 14, led programming for 75 youth ages 12-19 in absence of Youth Director, planned and facilitated weekly events, and worked with Youth Director and 10 adult volunteers to execute out-of-state mission trip for 53 students.


Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston Il. Master of Divinity expected Spring 2021

Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas 2018 GPA 3.94 Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in Religious Studies; Magna Cum Laude
Perkins School of Youth Ministry: Continuing Education January 2018 Perkins School of Youth Ministry: Introductory Course January 2015


Relationship oriented
Volunteer Recruitment
Preaching/public speaking
Proficient in Social Media content creation
Athletics and healthy lifestyle cultivation (Long distance running, weight lifting, nutrition)
Theological reflection
Basic pastoral care skills
Problem solving
Resilient leadership
Student Leadership Cultivation
Intergenerational Ministry Approach
Worship Music leadership (Guitar, vocals, percussion)

Additional information

Looking to relocate near Tulsa, Oklahoma.